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Qualifying Canceled, Three Nascar Ford Teams Starting Top 10 At Atlanta July Race

Qualifying was rained out at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the second time in the 2022 Cup Series season, prompting the sanctioning body to set the field using a formula instead of lap times. The Nascar Ford teams didn’t fare as well as they did in March, with just one Mustang starting within the top five, and three total in the top ten.

As a reminder, Nascar developed a formula to determine starting order if a qualifying event is canceled. The sanctioning body sets the field by taking into account a specific driver’s rank in points standings, their finish in the previous race, and rank of the driver’s fastest lap in the previous race.

Daytona 500 champion Austin Cindric’s No. 2 Mustang will start fifth after the above factors were calculated. The No. 12 Nascar Ford of Ryan Blaney will start behind him in sixth, while Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Mustang is the final Ford to start in the top ten, starting 10th.

Up front will be the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 of Chase Elliott, who placed second in last week’s race at Road America. Ross Chastain in the No. 1 Camaro will start second, the No. 5 Camaro of Kyle Larson will start third, and most recent race winner Tyler Reddick will start fourth in his No. 8 Camaro.

Atlanta Motor Speedway was reconfigured for the 2022 season, resulting in a style of pack racing similar to superspeedways such as Daytona and Talladega. It has been colloquially referred to as “mini Daytona” leading up to this event, and the Nascar Ford teams were dominant early in the March race but fell back at the end. Weather permitting, the green flag will drop on Sunday, July 10th at 3 p.m. ET.

Nascar Cup Series Qualifying Results, Atlanta Motor Speedway, July 9, 2022
Pos Car Number Driver Team Time Speed Car
1 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2 1 Ross Chastain Jockey Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
4 8 Tyler Reddick Alsco Uniforms Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
5 2 Austin Cindric # Menards/Quaker State Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
6 12 Ryan Blaney Wabash Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
7 99 Daniel Suarez Freeway Insurance Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
8 48 Alex Bowman Ally Milestone Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 19 Martin Truex Jr. Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota 0 0 Toyota TRD Camry
10 4 Kevin Harvick Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
11 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
12 34 Michael McDowell Fr8Auctions.com Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
13 24 William Byron Axalta Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
14 14 Chase Briscoe Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
15 20 Christopher Bell Rheem Toyota 0 0 Toyota TRD Camry
16 9 Chase Elliott Hooters Chevrolet 32.941 136.608 C
16 11 Denny Hamlin Coca-Cola Toyota 0 0 Toyota TRD Camry
17 22 Joey Logano Autotrader Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
18 41 Cole Custer HaasTooling.com Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
20 4 Kevin Harvick #BuschLightPolite Ford 33.019 136.285 C
19 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Crunchy Cookie Toyota 0 0 Toyota TRD Camry
22 38 Todd Gilliland # First Phase Ford 33.055 136.137 C
20 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Ball Park Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
21 45 Kurt Busch Monster Energy Toyota 0 0 Toyota TRD Camry
22 10 Aric Almirola Ford Pro Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
23 42 Ty Dillon Allegiant Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
24 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
25 43 Erik Jones FOCUSfactor Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
26 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
27 21 Harrison Burton # Freightliner Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
28 38 Todd Gilliland # YANMAR Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
29 16 Noah Gragson(i) Gold Fish Casino Slots Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
30 7 Corey LaJoie Raze Energy Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
31 6 Brad Keselowski Solomon Plumbing Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
32 23 Bubba Wallace leidos Toyota 0 0 Toyota TRD Camry
33 15 Garrett Smithley(i) True Brands Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
34 51 Cody Ware Nurtec ODT Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
35 78 BJ McLeod(i) Blaster Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
36 77 Landon Cassill(i) Voyager: Crypto for All Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – Part-time driver

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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