Bristol, Tennessee – Eric Almerola He will take the green flag in front of eight playoff drivers in the starting lineup for the Cup on Saturday night as the first round ends at Bristol Motor Speedway (USA, coverage begins at 6:30 PM ET).
Almerola, who failed to make the playoff (after re-signing a contract extension for the No. 10 Ford), He finished fourth in his career in the Cup. His last post was before 47 starts (last year at the Nashville Superspeedway).
Stewart-Haas Racing’s driver became 14th in the Cup this season by converting a lap of 14.946 seconds over the 0.533 mile oval in Friday’s qualifying.
It was his sixth top 10 in seven races on the short track for Almerola, whose best finish in qualifying in Bristol was second.
Here are the starting positions for the 16 drivers in a playoff match:
Chase Brisco (secondly), Alex Bowman (Third), Denny Hamlin (the fourth) , Kyle Larson (Fifth) , Ryan Blaney (VI), Kevin Harvick (vii), Christopher Bell (eighth), Austin Cendrick (ninth), Ross Chastain (twelveth) , Joey Logano (15th), William Byron (sixteen) , Tyler Riddick (17), Kyle Bush (XXI) Chase Elliot (23), Austin Dillon (28) and Daniel Suarez (29).
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Four drivers will be eliminated after the first qualifying round ends on Saturday from the 500 lap race. Bell was only booked into the second round.
Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric are below the cutting line to start the first race on high-bank concrete in Bristol with the next generation car. Busch and Harvick are trying to avoid a first-round elimination for the first time in their careers.
Harvick finished second in Bristol last year after winning it in 2020.
Busch has racked up eight premier NASCAR Series wins in Bristol – most recently in a 2019 win that was one of six top-five races in the past eight races there.
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The starting line-up for the Bristol Cup qualifiers Originally appeared NBCSports.com