Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr Up Front: Starting Line-up for NASCAR Cup Series Atlanta Race

Published 03/19/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Feb 21, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


For the next round of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, the paddock heads to Atlanta. For this weekend’s race, Denny Hamlin is starting on pole position ahead of Martin Truex Jr. Right on their tail are Team Penske duo, Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski, with Chase Elliott rounding out the Top 5.

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With Kyle Larson in sixth place, there is an all-Joe Gibbs front row. An all-Penske second row and an all-Hendrick third-row follow. Kevin Harvick represents the Stewart-Haas Racing team, with Christopher Bell in 8th place. Meanwhile, William Byron and Ryan Blaney complete the Top 10.

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Kurt Busch and Ricky Stenhouse Jr just missed out on a Top 10 berth. Meanwhile, Austin Dillon, Alex Bowman, Bubba Wallace, and Aric Almirola complete the Top 16 drivers. Chris Buescher and Michael McDowell make up the ninth row on the starting grid. Meanwhile, a disappointed Kyle Busch and Matt DiBenedetto round out the Top 20.

How does the rest of the NASCAR Cup Series grid line up at Atlanta?

Ross Chastain and Erik Jones make up the 11th row in 21st and 22nd places, respectively. Behind them are Ryan Preece and rookie driver Chase Briscoe. Daniel Suarez, Justin Haley, Cole Custer, Ryan Newman, Tyler Reddick, and Corey LaJoie complete the Top 30 drivers.

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Mar 14, 2021; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) drives during the NASCAR Instacart 500 at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

BJ McLeod and Anthony Alfredo line up in 31st and 32nd places on the grid. Right on their tails are Cody Ware and James Davison. Finally, Quin Houff, Joey Gase, Josh Bilicki, Timmy Hill, and Austin Cindric bring up the rear of the pack. It is worth mentioning that Cindric is pulling double duty after securing pole in the Xfinity race.

Truthfully speaking, the 2021 Cup season has been largely unpredictable. Every race has produced a different winner. However, one has to wonder whether the streak will break or whether it will continue even further.

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