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Atlanta Truck Series Qualifying Cancelled; Austin Hill Starts from the Pole

Due to poor weather conditions, NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series qualifying at Atlanta Motor Speedway has been cancelled. The starting lineup for the Ultimate Tailgating 200 will be according to the NASCAR rule book.

According to the NASCAR rule book, the Top 25 spots of the Truck Series lineup are set by 2018 owners points. The 26th and 27th starting positions then go to the top two drivers who laid down the fastest practice speed. The remaining five spots are set by 2019 owners points. 33 trucks were entered, so BJ McLeod will fail to make the race in the No. 80 Jacob Wallace Racing Chevrolet.

Austin Hill, winner of the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, will lead the field to the green flag in his No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota. Harrison Burton will start alongside him in second place.

The remaining starting Top 5 are Brett Moffitt, Sheldon Creed, and Grant Enfinger. Kyle Busch is the only Cup Series regular entered in the Ultimate Tailgating 200. He will start seventh.

Mother Nature has not been kind to NASCAR at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 23. Earlier today, NASCAR cancelled Xfinity Series qualifying. Both the Xfinity Series and Truck Series are scheduled to race on Saturday, February 23.

In the event that the weather forces the postponement of both races, there will be a tripleheader on Sunday, February 24. In that scenario, the Truck Series race would start at 10 am e.t., the Cup Series race would begin at 2 pm e.t., and the Xfinity Series race would end the day with the green flag flying at 6:30 pm e.t.

Ultimate Tailgating 200 starting lineup

The Ultimate Tailgating 200 is scheduled to begin on Saturday, February 23 at 4:30 pm e.t. TV coverage will be provided by Fox Sports 1.

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Mark Kristl joined Frontstretch at the beginning of the 2019 NASCAR season. He is the site's ARCA Menards Series editor. Kristl is also an Eagle Scout and a proud University of Dayton alum.

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