Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson will lead the field in the Coca Cola 600 on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway after NASCAR’s first qualifying since its return to the green flag.
The Coca Cola 600 is the third race in the Cup series this week after two races were held in Darlington last Sunday and Wednesday. Motorsport is returning for the first time since the world was blocked by corona virus.
William Byron’s lap at 180.264 mph was enough to secure him provisional pole at the start of the practice session.
But it wouldn’t last as teammate Jimmie Johnson, a four-time winner of the Coca-Cola 600, took the top spot with a lap of 181.214 km / h.
Without practice, the route was tricky for some. J.J. Yeley cut a left rear tire while running after rubbing the tires heavily in his lap.
Matt DiBenedetto hit the wall at the exit of Turn 4 during his lap, forcing the Wood Brothers to roll out the replacement car.
Shortly afterwards, Aric Almirola turned to the side and lightly touched the outer wall as his car slid into the infield.
Several drivers fired on Johnson’s lap, but none seemed to outperform the # 48 machine.
Kurt Busch of Chip Ganassi Racing was able to put Johnson out of the game in the final moments of the session and reached pole position in just 0.009 seconds (181.269 mph).
For Busch, this is his 28th career pole and his first in NACAR’s longest race.
“I’m just so proud of Matt McCall (crew chief) and all of our guys and the way we have to communicate and get through everything now, like these last minute details and these tweaks,” said Busch.
“I mean, wow. What a Chevrolet and being in front is pretty cute.
“It’s a great pole. I was really more prepared for downforce and ready for 600 miles.
“That means Matt McCall has something up his sleeve and we should be good tonight! ‘
This is Johnson’s seventh start in the front row at Charlotte Motor Speedway and his fourth in the 600.
Chase Elliott finished third, Matt Kenseth fourth, Tyler Reddick fifth, Austin Dillon sixth, Joey Logano seventh, Martin Truex Jr. eighth, Brad Keselowski ninth and William Byron tenth.
Complete Coca Cola 600 qualification results
|1||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||29.790s||– –||1|
|2nd||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||29,799s||0.009s||1|
|3rd||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||29,834s||0.044 s||1|
|4th||Matt Kenseth||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||29,847s||0.057s||1|
|5||Tyler Reddick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||29,850s||0.060 s||1|
|6||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||29,877s||0.087 s||1|
|7||Joey Logano||Team Penske||ford||29,925s||0.135 s||1|
|8th||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||29,946s||0.156 s||1|
|9||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||ford||29,953s||0.163 s||1|
|10th||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||29,956s||0.166 s||1|
|11||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||30.019s||0.229s||1|
|12||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||30.020s||0.230s||1|
|13||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||30.027s||0.237 s||1|
|14||Erik Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||30.033s||0.243 s||1|
|fifteen||Christopher Bell||Leavine Family Racing||Toyota||30,042s||0.252 s||1|
|16||Ty Dillon||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||30.059s||0.269s||1|
|17th||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||30.071s||0.281s||1|
|18th||Ryan Newman||Roush Fenway Racing||ford||30,072s||0.282 s||1|
|19th||Chris Buescher||Roush Fenway Racing||ford||30,081s||0.291s||1|
|20th||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||ford||30,095s||0.305 s||1|
|21st||Ross Chastain||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet||30.150s||0.360s||1|
|22||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||ford||30.156s||0.366 s||1|
|23||Darrell Wallace Jr.||Richard Petty Motorsports||Chevrolet||30.172s||0.382 s||1|
|24th||Corey LaJoie||Go FAS Racing||ford||30.183s||0.393 s||1|
|25th||John Hunter Nemechek||Motorsport in the front row||ford||30.254s||0.464s||1|
|26||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||ford||30,313s||0.523s||1|
|27th||Michael McDowell||Motorsport in the front row||ford||30,324s||0.534s||1|
|28||Cole Custer||Stewart-Haas Racing||ford||30,334s||0.544 s||1|
|29||Ryan Preece||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||30.352s||0.562s||1|
|30th||Quin Houff||StarCom Racing||Chevrolet||30.848s||1,058s||1|
|31||Gray gaulding||Rick Ware Racing||ford||31.160s||1,370s||1|
|32||Timmy Hill||MBM Motorsport||Toyota||31.234s||1.444s||1|
|33||Matt DiBenedetto||Wood Brothers Racing||ford||31,452s||1,662s||1|
|34||J.J. Yeley||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||31.480s||1.690s||1|
|35||Brennan Poole||Premium motorsport||Chevrolet||31.502s||1.712s||1|
|36||B. J. McLeod||BJ McLeod Motorsport||Chevrolet||31.590s||1,800s||1|
|37||Daniel Suarez||Gaunt Brothers Racing||Toyota||31.858s||2.068s||1|
|38||Garrett Smithley||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet||31,971s||2,181s||1|
|39||Joey gases||Petty Ware Racing||ford||33.538s||3.748s||1|
|40||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||ford||– –||– –||0|
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