NASCAR qualifying results: Starting grid for the NASCAR Cup Series Geico 500 at Talladega

When it comes to NASCAR Cup Series races at Talladega, there's just no telling how the field may finish.

But as of Saturday morning, we at least know how they'll start.

Michael McDowell took the poll with a qualifying time of 52.609 seconds to put his No. 34 out front. He also started first in the last superspeedway race at Atlanta. Also, of note, Kyle Larson failed inspection and was not permitted to qualify. He will start in the back.

Sunday's Cup Series race, the Geico 500, is set to begin at 3 p.m. and will air on Fox. The Xfinity Series Ag-Pro 300 was scheduled for a green flag at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Here's a look at Sunday's starting grid:

NASCAR Cup Series drivers race through Turn 2 during the playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 1, 2023.
NASCAR Cup Series drivers race through Turn 2 during the playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 1, 2023.

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NASCAR Cup qualifying today

  1. Michael McDowell, No. 34 Ford

  2. Austin Cindric, No. 2 Ford

  3. Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Ford

  4. Kyle Busch, No. 8 Chevrolet

  5. Austin Dillon, No. 3 Chevrolet

  6. Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Toyota

  7. Joey Logano, No. 22 Ford

  8. Chris Buescher, No. 17 Ford

  9. Chase Elliott, No. 9 Chevrolet

  10. Christopher Bell, No. 20 Toyota

  11. Ryan Preece, No. 41 Ford

  12. Alex Bowman, No. 48 Chevrolet

  13. William Byron, No. 24 Chevrolet

  14. Bubba Wallace, No. 23 Toyota

  15. Ty Gibbs, No. 54 Toyota

  16. Harrison Burton, No. 21 Ford

  17. Shane van Gisbergen, No. 16 Chevrolet

  18. Tyler Reddick, No. 45 Toyota

  19. Daniel Hemric, No. 31 Chevrolet

  20. John Hunter Nemechek, No. 42 Toyota

  21. Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Ford

  22. Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Ford

  23. Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Toyota

  24. Anthony Alfredo, No. 62 Chevrolet

  25. Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Chevrolet

  26. Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Ford

  27. Justin Haley, No. 51 Ford

  28. Erik Jones, No. 43 Toyota

  29. Josh Berry, No. 4 Ford

  30. Zane Smith, No. 71 Chevrolet

  31. Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Chevrolet

  32. Ross Chastain, No. 1 Chevrolet

  33. Ricky Stenhouse, No. 47 Chevrolet

  34. Cody Ware, No. 15 Ford

  35. Carson Hocevar, No. 77 Chevrolet

  36. Noah Gragson, No. 10 Ford

  37. BJ McLeod, No. 78 Chevrolet

  38. Kyle Larson, No. 5 Chevrolet (did not qualify)

This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: NASCAR lineup for Sunday: Grid set for NASCAR Cup race at Talladega