Bowling for playoff points.
The penultimate race of the Cup Series season takes drivers to Watkins Glen for yet another road course. And it figures to be among the most dramatic of the year, with a bevy of drivers competing to secure their spot in the playoffs.
Things are tight as ever at the bottom, with Bubba Wallace clinging to playoff qualification, 28 points over the drop. He’s never been the strongest competitor amid the curls — he’s only snagged one top-five finish on the apparatus during his career. How sweet would it be for him to impress when the pressure is tightest and put together a decent showing at The Glen?
With that, here’s what you need to know about the starting lineup and pole-sitter for the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard.
Who won the pole for Watkins Glen in 2023?
Denny Hamlin took the pole for Sunday’s race as he posted the fastest lap time in qualifying. He outpaced William Byron, who will join him in the front row. It’s the 40th career pole and third of the season for Hamlin.
NASCAR at Watkins Glen starting lineup 2023
Leading the field for Sunday’s race are Hamlin and Byron. Fresh off his win at the Brickyard, Michael McDowell will be right behind Hamlin after qualifying third on Saturday.
|Starting pos.||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|2||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|3||Michael McDowell||34||Live Fast Motorsports|
|4||Ty Gibbs||54||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6||A.J. Allmendinger||16||Kaulig Racing|
|7||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|8||Tyler Reddick||45||23XI Racing|
|9||Kyle Busch||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|10||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|11||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|12||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|13||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing|
|14||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing|
|15||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|16||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|17||Austin Cindric||2||Team Penske|
|18||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|19||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|20||Justin Haley||31||Kaulig Racing|
|21||Mike Rockenfeller||42||Legacy Motor Club|
|22||Ross Chastain||1||Trackhouse Racing|
|23||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|24||Brad Keselowski||6||Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing|
|25||Todd Gilliland||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|26||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|27||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|28||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG-Daugherty Racing|
|29||Andy Lally||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|30||Ryan Preece||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|31||Erik Jones||43||Legacy Motor Club|
|32||Harrison Burton||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|33||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|34||Cole Custer||51||Rick Ware Racing|
|35||Josh Bilicki||78||Live Fast Racing|
|36||Ty Dillon||77||Spire Motorsports|