Rain washes out NASCAR Cup Series qualifying for Coke 600. Here’s starting lineup

William Byron will start on the pole for the state of North Carolina’s biggest race.

NASCAR Cup Series practice and qualifying was canceled on Saturday after rain washed out all on-track activities. That means the starting lineup for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway was subsequently set by the rule book — and the driver of the No. 24 car finds himself on the pole as a result.

Kevin Harvick will start second. Brad Keselowski will start third, with Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch rounding out the Top 5.

This marks the second pole win for Byron, a Charlotte native, at his hometown racetrack. The 25-year-old driver leads the Cup Series in points wins on the season with three.

In lieu of a qualifying session, NASCAR weighs three competition-based metrics to set a starting lineup “by the rule book.” Those include 50% finish last race (25% owner, 25% driver); 35% owner points ranking and 15% fastest lap rank from previous race.

Alex Bowman, who hasn’t participated in the past four race weekends because he’s been recovering from a fractured vertebra, will return this weekend. He will start 31st.

NASCAR great and Legacy Motor Club owner Jimmie Johnson, who is running a limited Cup schedule in 2023, will also run in the Coca-Cola 600. He will start last (P37).

The green flag for the longest race in NASCAR is scheduled for just after 6 p.m. on Sunday barring more inclement weather. Fans can watch it on FOX and follow it on PRN and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

NASCAR driver Alex Bowman, right, walks back to his hauler following practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday, May 23, 2019.
NASCAR driver Alex Bowman, right, walks back to his hauler following practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

Starting lineup for Coca-Cola 600

Position

Driver

Car No.

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

AJ 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

BJ McLeod

78

35

Todd Gilliland

51

36

JJ Yeley

15

37

Jimmie Johnson

84