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WWT Raceway Cup starting lineup: Michael McDowell wins pole

Michael McDowell will lead the Cup Series field to the green flag Sunday afternoon at World Wide Technology Raceway.

McDowell qualified on the pole for the third time this season. He won the pole with a qualifying lap of 138.598 mph. This is the fourth time McDowell has qualified on the front row this season.

McDowell also set a new track record during the first round of qualifying with a lap of 32.318 seconds and 139.241 mph.

Austin Cindric qualified second with a lap of 138.134 mph. Cindric has started inside the top 10 in all three Cup races at World Wide Technology Raceway.

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"I was close to messing it up," McDowell said about his qualifying lap to Fox Sports' Jamie Little. "I had a little moment there in Turn 3. Got just a little bit loose and had to catch it but luckily was able to recover quickly and get back in the throttle.

"I'm just so proud of everybody at Front Row Motorsports."

Ryan Blaney (137.982 mph), Christopher Bell (137.669 mph), Tyler Reddick (137.585 mph), Denny Hamlin (137.505 mph), Brad Keselowski (137.392 mph), Bubba Wallace (137.30 mph), Ty Gibbs (137.137 mph), and Kyle Busch (137.02 mph) all qualified in the top 10.

For the first time this season, no Hendrick Motorsports drivers reached the second round of qualifying. William Byron was fastest in 11th. Kyle Larson qualified 13th. Alex Bowman qualified 14th. Chase Elliott rounded out the lineup in 17th.

Sunday's race marks the 15th of the regular season. McDowell remains in pursuit of his first win of the season. He is 23rd in the Cup standings.

Busch and Joey Logano, the two drivers to win Cup races at World Wide Technology Raceway, are also winless this season as they pursue spots in the playoffs. Busch is 14th in the Cup standings. Logano is 17th.

The green flag for Sunday's race will wave at 3:42 p.m. ET. FS1 will provide coverage for the race with Mike Joy, Kevin Harvick, and Clint Bowyer in the booth. Larry McReynolds will provide an analysis of pit stops and tire strategy from the Fox Sports studio in Charlotte, North Carolina.