Road America Cup qualifying results: Chase Elliott wins pole


Chase Elliott has won the pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Road America (3 p.m. ET, USA Network), claiming his second pole of the season.

Elliott turned the fastest lap (2 minutes, 14.427 seconds) among the 10 drivers that advanced to the final round of qualifying from the preceding two group sessions.

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Last year at Road America, Elliott had to start 34th after two stoppages in qualifying kept him from posting a lap. He was still able to win.

On Sunday, he’ll have a much clearer view coming to green as he tries to repeat in Wisconsin.

“It was a little more fun that I thought it was gonna be, for sure,” Elliott told NBC Sports. “Hopefully, the results are the same tomorrow as they were last year. That’s what’s important.

“…We’ll try to go to work and see if we can get it driving like it needs to for tomorrow. I think it’s gonna be really, really hard to pass, based on what I saw there in (Saturday) practice.

“It’d be nice to keep track position as long as we can. (It’s) always a tough thing at road courses to manage that balance of what to do at what time, so we’ll see.”

Chase Briscoe posted the second-fastest lap (2 minutes, 14.465 seconds) in the final round to earn the outside front row starting position. However, he was not pleased with his effort.

“I did a terrible job,” Briscoe told NBC Sports. “I was more sideways than I was going straight. I feel like I gave up six-tenths (of a second) pretty easily, just in different corners.

“My team definitely deserves the pole. The driver doesn’t deserve the pole. I just didn’t do a very good job.”

Reigning Cup Series champion Kyle Larson (2 minutes, 14.672 seconds) and Tyler Reddick (2 minutes, 14.740 seconds) are set to line up on Row 2.

Behind them in Row 3 will be Austin Cindric (2 minutes, 14.780 seconds) and Michael McDowell (2 minutes, 14.793 seconds).

During the session, NBC Sports’ Kim Coon reported that Kyle Busch – who failed to reach the final round of qualifying – will have to start from the rear Sunday due to an engine change.’s Dustin Long later confirmed that the decision was made as a precaution due to an RPM issue on a downshift.

The No. 27 Team Hezeberg Ford (driver Loris Hezemans) failed pre-qualifying inspection twice. The No. 27 team subsequently lost pit selection for Sunday. Additionally, a team member, engineer Jonah Karpinski, was ejected.

COTA Cup starting lineup


Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron, who has won two of the first five races of the season, will lead the Cup field to the green flag Sunday at Circuit of the Americas.

Byron will be joined on the front row of the starting lineup by Tyler Reddick, the only driver to win multiple races at road courses last year.

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Austin Cindric starts third and is joined in the second row by Jordan Taylor, who is filling in for the injured Chase Elliott in the No. 9 Hendrick car.

Taylor’s performance is the best qualifying effort by a driver making their Cup debut since Boris Said started second in his Cup debut at Watkins Glen in 1999.

William Byron wins Cup pole at COTA


William Byron will start on the pole for Sunday’s Cup race at Circuit of the Americas.

Byron won the pole with a lap of 93.882 mph around the 3.41-mile road course Saturday. He becomes the first Cup driver to win a pole at four different road courses: Charlotte Roval (2019), Road America (2021), Indianapolis road course (2021) and COTA (2023).

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Byron will be joined on the front row by Tyler Reddick, who had posted the fastest lap in Friday’s practice and fastest lap in the opening round of qualifying Saturday. Reddick qualified at 93.783 mph.

Austin Cindric (93.459 mph) qualified third. Former IMSA champion Jordan Taylor, substituting for an injured Chase Elliott in the No. 9 car for Hendrick Motorsports, qualified fourth with a lap of 93.174 mph. AJ Allmendinger (93.067) will start fifth.

Taylor’s performance is the best qualifying effort by a driver making their Cup debut since Boris Said started second in his Cup debut at Watkins Glen in 1999.

Ross Chastain, who won this event a year ago, qualified 12th. Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen qualified 22nd, former world champion Jenson Button qualified 24th, seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson qualified 31st and IndyCar driver Conor Daly qualified 35th.

Sunday Cup race at Circuit of the Americas: Start time, TV info, weather


Is this Toyota’s weekend?

Chevrolet won the first four races of the season. Ford won last weekend with Joey Logano at Atlanta. Is it Toyota’s turn to win its first Cup race of the season? Or does Chevrolet return to dominance?

Chevrolet drivers have won 11 of the past 12 Cup races on road courses. The exception was Christopher Bell‘s win for Toyota at the Charlotte Roval in last year’s playoffs. Chevrolets have won the two previous Cup races at COTA: Chase Elliott in 2021 and Ross Chastain in 2022.

Details for Sunday’s Cup race at Circuit of the Americas

(All times Eastern)

START: Brendan Hunt, who plays Coach Beard in “Ted Lasso” on Apple TV+, will give the command to start engines at 3:38 p.m. … The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:49 p.m.

PRERACE: Cup garage opens at 12:30 p.m. … Drivers meeting at 2:45 p.m. … Driver introductions at 3:05 p.m. … Invocation will be given by Sage Steele, ESPN broadcaster, at 3:30 p.m. … Jaime Camil, actor from “Schmigadoon” on Apple TV+, will perform the national anthem at 3:31 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 68 laps (231.88 miles) on the 3.41-mile, 20-turn road course.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 15. Stage 2 ends at Lap 30.

TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race at 3:30 p.m. Pre-race coverage begins at 2 p.m. on FS1 and moves to Fox at 3 p.m. … Performance Racing Network’s radio coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. and will also stream at; SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the PRN broadcast.


FORECAST: Weather Underground – Mostly cloudy with a high of 80 degrees and a 2% chance of rain at the start of the race.

STARTING LINEUP: COTA Cup starting lineup

LAST YEAR: Ross Chastain scored his first career Cup win in a physical battle with AJ Allmendinger on the final lap. Alex Bowman finished second. Christopher Bell placed third.


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NASCAR Saturday schedule at Circuit of the Americas


Saturday will be a busy day at Circuit of the Americas, as all three national series are on the track.

Cup will qualify ahead of the Craftsman Truck and Xfinity Series races.

The forecast Saturday calls for sunny conditions and no chance of rain all day. The high is expected to be 69 degrees during Cup qualifying, 76 degrees at the start of the Truck race and 81 degrees for the start of the Xfinity race.

Zane Smith looks to win his second consecutive Truck race at the road course in Austin, Texas. AJ Allmendinger seeks his second consecutive Xfinity win at COTA.

Saturday, March 25

(All times Eastern)

Garage open

  • 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Cup Series
  • 10:30 a.m.  — Truck Series
  • 2 p.m. — Xfinity Series

Track activity

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Cup qualifying (FS1)
  • 1:30 p.m. — Truck race (42 laps, 143 miles; FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
  • 5 p.m. — Xfinity race (46 laps, 156 miles; FS1, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)