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NASCAR starting lineup: William Byron claims pole position in rained out qualifying for Coca-Cola 600 race

We’ve got updates as qualifying settles the starting lineup for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

A general view of cars on track during the NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 30, 2021 in Concord, North Carolina. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Update: The Coca-Cola 600 was postponed due to rain. It is now scheduled to get underway on Monday, May 29 at 3 p.m. ET and will air on Fox. William Byron still has pole position and will be joined on the front row by Kevin Harvick.

Update: Qualifying was canceled, so William Byron was awarded the pole position for Sunday’s race. Saturday’s Xfinity Series race was postponed to Monday, and the weather forecast doesn’t look much better for Sunday, so the Cup Series race could also be moving.

NASCAR Cup Series qualifying is back this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 37-driver field will be competing on Saturday evening for pole position in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. A year ago, Denny Hamlin claimed the pole and went on to win the race.

The biggest question heading into qualifying is the weather. Rain is in Saturday’s forecast, with showers expected during the day and into the evening. It’s only looking like “a couple showers” in the evening, but that will be something to track for any potential delay.

If qualifying happens, we’ll provide live updates during the event until the starting lineup is settled. Qualifying will see the field split in half with each driver getting one lap to run their fastest time. The five fastest in each group advance to the final round to determine the pole-sitter and the rest of the top ten. If qualifying is rained out, a performance-metric formula will be used to determine Sunday’s starting lineup.

Kyle Larson is a +550 favorite to win on Sunday at DraftKings Sportsbook. William Byron is second with +700 odds, and Chase Elliott and defending race winner Denny Hamlin are third at +800.

Here is the full entry list for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 Cup Series race. We’ll update it with the full starting lineup as qualifying wraps.

2023 Coca-Cola 600 Starting Lineup

Pos. Driver Car #
Pos. Driver Car #
1 William Byron 24
2 Kevin Harvick 4
3 Brad Keselowski 6
4 Denny Hamlin 11
5 Kyle Busch 8
6 Chase Elliott 9
7 Bubba Wallace 23
8 Ryan Blaney 12
9 Christopher Bell 20
10 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 47
11 Chris Buescher 17
12 Kyle Larson 5
13 Harrison Burton 21
14 Ross Chastain 1
15 Tyler Reddick 45
16 Justin Haley 31
17 Joey Logano 22
18 Martin Truex Jr 19
19 Ty Gibbs 54
20 Chase Briscoe 14
21 Austin Cindric 2
22 Ryan Preece 41
23 Aric Almirola 10
24 Daniel Suarez 99
25 Corey Lajoie 7
26 Erik Jones 43
27 A.J. Allmendinger 16
28 Noah Gragson 42
29 Zane Smith 38
30 Michael McDowell 34
31 Alex Bowman 48
32 Ty Dillon 77
33 Austin Dillon 3
34 B.J. McLeod 78
35 Todd Gilliland 51
36 J.J. Yeley 15
37 Jimmie Johnson 84