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William Byron Snags Cup Pole on Indianapolis Road Course

William Byron will start on the pole for today’s (Aug. 15) NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports driver topped the century mark in speed in the final round, going 100.044 mph.

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe will line up next to Byron on the front row after going 99.561 mph. Byron’s Hendrick teammates, Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson, make up the second row, and Daniel Suarez rounds out the top five.

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Joe Gibbs Racing pilot Martin Truex Jr. begins sixth after averaging 99.211 mph in a single lap. Joey Logano is seventh, AJ Allmendinger starts eighth, Ross Chastain is ninth and Cole Custer completes the top 10 qualifiers.

A safety truck went out on the track while Corey LaJoie was making his lap. He’ll start 26th today.

Cup Starting Lineup for Indy Road Course

The Verizon 200 at the Brickyard airs at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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Bill B

I really miss qualifying before each race. I was glad to be able to watch it this morning.


Doesn’t it make you wonder why NA$CAR won’t do it for every example of Brian’s product? Aside from the “competition cautions” to check tire wear that the teams don’t have to pit for to give the networks more time for commercials.

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