Friday’s qualifying session for the Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 17th, 2023 was canceled due to rain, meaning the lineup for Saturday’s race was set by formula instead of on-track qualifying speed. While the Ford teams benefitted from this arrangement and will start on the front row, don’t count the NASCAR Chevy Silverado RST racers out, as they will not be starting too far behind.
As a reminder, in the event that qualifying cannot be completed for any reason, NASCAR relies on a formula in order to set the lineup. This formula takes into account an individual driver’s performance in the previous weekend’s race with the following metrics:
- Fastest lap time position (15 percent)
- Driver’s final race position (25 percent)
- Owner’s final race position (25 percent)
- Owner points position (35 percent)
Christian Eckes, driver of the No. 19 Chevy Silverado race truck, will start fourth, the best of all the Bow Tie-badged teams. Carson Hocever will start right behind him in the No. 42 Chevy race truck. However, the first three starting positions were claimed by Ford F-150 racers, with Daytona victor Zane Smith on the pole in his No. 38 F-150, followed by the No. 98 F-150 of Ty Majeski, and the No. 99 F-150 of Ben Rhodes in third, respectively.
It’s worth noting that while the No. 51 NASCAR Chevy Silverado won the last Truck Series race, which occurred at Las Vegas, its driver, Kyle Busch, is not a series regular, and therefore is not racing this weekend.
NASCAR did not provide a lineup for this weekend’s Truck Series event, but the starting grid can be viewed on its website. The Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which is the third race in the division for the 2023 season, is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 18th, 2023 – weather permitting, of course.
Xfinity Series qualifying, which was also scheduled for Saturday, was also canceled due to rain.