NASCAR is conducting qualifying sessions during its next two racing weekends. The first session was Sunday morning at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) near Austin, Texas.
On-track qualifying is a rarity this season; NASCAR decided to limit the amount of time teams needed to spend at the track amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Only eight races will have practice and qualifying in 2021, and they’ll take place only at new tracks on the schedule, such as COTA, or for premier events, such as the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Memorial Day weekend.
And while teams will be able to test their cars on COTA’s 3.41-mile road course prior to the Echo Park Texas Grand Prix, they won’t have much time to study the data from it. The race is scheduled to begin about two hours after qualifying.
Below is the starting lineup, which was set with qualifying, for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Circuit of the Americas.
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Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at COTA?
Tyler Reddick won the pole on Sunday, his first pole in 52 career starts. Because NASCAR is running for the first time at the Circuit of the Americas, he also set the course record at 2:12.911. He beat Kyle Larson for the pole position by .1 seconds.
NASCAR starting lineup at COTA