TEAM CHEVY UNOFFICIAL TOP-20 STARTING LINEUP:
2nd DANIEL SUAREZ, NO. 99 WORLDWIDE EXPRESS CAMARO ZL1
8th WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 LIBERTY UNIVERSITY CAMARO ZL1
14th AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 16 ACTION INDUSTRIES CAMARO ZL1
16th RICKY STENHOUSE JR., NO. 47 KROGER/TREE TOP CAMARO ZL1
17th KYLE BUSCH, NO. 8 MARK III EMPLOYEE BENEFITS CAMARO ZL1
18th AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 BASS PRO SHOPS CAMARO ZL1
19th KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1
TOP-FIVE UNOFFICIAL STARTING LINEUP:
1. Ryan Preece (Ford)
2. Daniel Suarez (Chevrolet)
3. Aric Almirola (Ford)
4. Chase Briscoe (Ford)
5. Martin Truex Jr. (Toyota)
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (April 15, 2023) – The NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) hit the track this afternoon for the first time this weekend, with the field taking on a 20-minute practice session before qualifying to set the lineup for tomorrow’s NOCO 400 at Martinsville Speedway. The .526 mile Virginia oval marks the first of two appearances at the track for the series, with the oldest track on the circuit returning as the host for the NCS’ Playoffs Round of Eight elimination round.
The event’s defending winner William Byron led Chevrolet on the overall practice speed chart, driving his No. 24 Liberty University Camaro ZL1 to a second-fastest lap overall. The Bowtie brand showed speed in both Group A and B practice sessions with Byron leading six drivers from four different Chevrolet teams to top-10 lap-times in practice. Byron’s Hendrick Motorsports’ teammate Chase Elliott was tenth-fastest overall in his first laps back behind the wheel of his No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Camaro ZL1 after a six-race absence during recovery from a leg injury.
Byron and fellow Team Chevy driver Daniel Suarez followed up strong practice runs with a lap time that took their Camaro ZL1’s to the final round of qualifying. Suarez posted a lap of 20.081 seconds, at 94.298 mph, to take a front-row starting position for tomorrow’s 400-lap race; his third top-10 start of the 2023 season. Byron clocked-in a lap of 20.155 seconds, at 93.952 mph, ultimately qualifying in the eighth position.
FS1 will broadcast the NASCAR Cup Series’ NOCO 400 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m. ET. Live coverage can also be found on the MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.