The Starting Lineup For Today’s NASCAR Race
If you want to see who’s starting today’s NASCAR race, you’ll need to watch qualifying on Saturday at 12:20 p.m. ET on USA Network. Qualifying pits drivers in single-car races, with the fastest five in each group competing for pole position. Those drivers who finish first will be in the starting lineup for today’s race. While these drivers may look good on paper, they could ruin the race if they make a mistake.
Chase Elliott will start on the pole
After qualifying on the pole last year at Road America, Chase Elliott will start on the front row today at the Kwik Trip 250 at the Wisconsin Speedway. Elliott edged out Chase Briscoe for the top spot in qualifying. The 2020 Cup Series champion is the current points leader and won last week’s Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. Today’s win could give him a significant cushion in the standings.
Denny Hamlin will lead the field to the green flag
After a poor start to the season, Denny Hamlin will lead the field out of the starting gate in today’s NASCAR race. He’s the seventh active driver to reach 500 career starts. Hamlin earned pole position in his first start at Kansas Motor Speedway in 2005, finishing 32nd. In his four hundred-plus starts, Hamlin has scored 35 wins, 156 top fives, and 253 top tens. The Texan has made the playoffs in all but one year and is a favorite to get a win this Sunday at Nashville Superspeedway.
Ryan Blaney will start alongside
The driver of the No. 12 Team Penske Ford Mustang will start alongside Brad Keselowski in today’s NASCAR race. Blaney will be teamed with a new crew chief in 2022. Jonathan Hassler has been with Team Penske for 15 years. He was previously with Wood Brothers Racing. Both of Blaney’s drivers have won NASCAR races.
Brad Gragson could ruin his NASCAR race
There are many reasons Brad Gragson may be able to ruin his NASCAR race. First of all, he is a five-time Xfinity Series champion. The rookie won his first race in the 2020 season opener at Daytona. Gragson’s best year yet was 2021, when he won three races and advanced to Championship 4. At the season finale at Phoenix Raceway, he battled for the series title.
Ryan Blaney’s aggressiveness could spoil Elliott’s NASCAR race
While Blaney is known for being considerate on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit, he might need a bit of extra edginess to win this season. In his most recent visit to his hometown of Mooresville, North Carolina, Blaney hosted a question-and-answer session with more than 50 local kids. He reflected on his respectable racing manner throughout his career.