NASCAR starting lineup at Talladega: Austin Dillon wins second pole of year
- Austin Dillon blew away the field at qualifying Saturday in Alabama.
Austin Dillon is your polesitter for the 2019 GEICO 500.
The 29-year-old blew past the field Saturday as he took the pole away from Clint Bowyer by more than two-tenths of a second and then held off Aric Almirola for the top spot.
This is Dillon's second pole of the season.
Kyle Larson tallied his best start at Talladega ever as he will begin in the 10th spot. This is his first ever top-10 start at the track.
Several top drivers missed the final round of qualifying as Kurt Busch (14), Kevin Harvick (19), Martin Truex Jr. (20), Kyle Busch (22) and Denny Hamlin (23) all were on the outside looking in as the top 12 drivers raced for the pole.
It should also be noted this week that due to high speeds during practice runs, NASCAR has preemptively looked to limit speed due to driver safety.
The sanctioning body mandated the addition of a 1-inch wicker to the rear spoiler in a bid to reduce speeds after 21 cars averaged 200 mph or more in the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup practice session of the weekend.
The GEICO 500 can be seen Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on Fox.
GEICO 500 starting lineup
Here is the starting lineup for Sunday's race:
|No. 1||Austin Dillon||3|
|No. 2||Aric Almirola||10|
|No. 3||Clint Bowyer||14|
|No. 4||Brad Keselowski||2|
|No. 5||Daniel Hemric||8|
|No. 6||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||17|
|No. 7||Ryan Blaney||12|
|No. 8||Joey Logano||22|
|No. 9||Alex Bowman||88|
|No. 10||Kyle Larson||42|
|No. 11||Chase Elliott||9|
|No. 12||Michael McDowell||34|
|No. 13||Ty Dillon||13|
|No. 14||Kurt Busch||1|
|No. 15||David Ragan||38|
|No. 16||Daniel Suarez||41|
|No. 17||Paul Menard||21|
|No. 18||Matt Tifft||36|
|No. 19||Kevin Harvick||4|
|No. 20||Martin Truex Jr.||19|
|No. 21||Jimmie Johnson||48|
|No. 22||Kyle Busch||18|
|No. 23||Denny Hamlin||11|
|No. 24||Ryan Newman||6|
|No. 25||William Byron||24|
|No. 26||Matt DiBenedetto||95|
|No. 27||Erik Jones||20|
|No. 28||Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr.||43|
|No. 29||Tyler Reddick||62|
|No. 30||Ryan Preece||47|
|No. 31||Chris Buescher||37|
|No. 32||Landon Cassill||00|
|No. 33||Jeffrey Earnhardt||81|
|No. 34||Ross Chastain||15|
|No. 35||Parker Kligerman||96|
|No. 36||Corey Lajoie||32|
|No. 37||Reed Sorenson||27|
|No. 38||Justin Haley||77|
|No. 39||Stanton Barrett||52|
|No. 40||Cody Ware||51|
What time does the GEICO 500 start?
The GEICO 500 will take place Sunday, April 28. Live coverage begins on FOX at 2 p.m. ET.
What channel is the GEICO 500 on?
The GEICO 500 will be broadcast nationally on FOX. The race can also be live-streamed on the FOX Sports Go App or by subscribing to fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
GEICO 500 schedule, how to watch
All of the events leading up to the week, including practices and races for the Truck Series, can be seen on NASCAR.com, PRN, MRN and FS1.
Here's a daily schedule of events leading up to the GEICO 500.
(All times Eastern)
Sunday, April 28
|2 p.m. ET||GEICO 500||Fox/MRN|