In all, playoff drivers took the first nine qualifying spots. Tyler Reddick was third, Ryan Blaney fourth, then Brad Keselowski, defending series champion Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Chris Buescher and Michael McDowell.
Aric Almirola, in 10th, is the first non-playoff competitor in the lineup.
The two points leaders and playoff seeds in William Byron and Martin Truex Jr. were back of the pack. Byron, with five wins this season, will start 23rd and Truex, with three victories, 31st.
The rest of the 16 playoff competitors are Kyle Busch, who’ll start 11th; Chase Briscoe, who’ll start 12th; Kyle Larson, who’ll start 18th; Bubba Wallace, who’ll start 19th; and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who’ll start 25th.
Ryan Preece, coming off a frightening crash at Daytona last week, starts 34th in the 36-car field.