NASCAR lineup at Bristol: Starting order, pole for Sunday’s race without qualifying



Rain forced NASCAR to cancel the Cup and Truck Series qualifying heat races that were scheduled for Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway. NASCAR will now move straight to racing in both series on Sunday.

With the heat races rained out, the starting lineup for the Cup race was deterimined by the mathematical formula that NASCAR uses for races without qualifying.

Drivers’ starting positions for the Food City Dirt Race (3:30 p.m. ET TV time, 4 p.m. green flag; Fox, TSN5, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) were based on four factors:

  • Driver’s finishing position from the previous race (25 percent)
  • Car owner’s finishing position from the previous race (25 percent)
  • Team owner points ranking (35 percent)
  • Fastest lap from the previous race (15 percent)

Below is the starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race on the 0.533-mile dirt track at Bristol, which was set without qualifying.

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Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Bristol?

Kyle Larson was awarded the pole position after Saturday’s heat races were canceled. Larson is second in the Cup Series point standings after six races, with one win, three top-fives and five top-10s. Points leader Denny Hamlin will start on Larson’s outside in the second position. Hamlin has no wins but five top-five and five top-10 finishes.

Larson’s championship experience as a dirt racer should make him an even bigger favorite to win Sunday’s race.

The rest of the top 10 after Larson and Hamlin: Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Alex Bowman, William Byron, Austin Dillon and Joey Logano.

NASCAR starting lineup at Bristol

The starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Bristol was determined through a mathematical formula NASCAR adopted late in the 2020 season. The formula produced this starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway, the Food City Dirt Race:

Driver Car No. Team
Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
Daniel Suarez 99 TrackHouse Racing
Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing
Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske
Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
Erik Jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
Anthony Alfredo 38 Front Row Motorsports
Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsports
Cody Ware 51 Petty Ware Racing
Stewart Friesen 77 Spire Motorsports
Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing
JJ Yeley 53 Rick Ware Racing
Shane Golobic 78 Live Fast Motorsports
Chris Windom 15 Rick Ware Racing
Josh Bilicki 52 Rick Ware Racing
Mike Marlar 66 Motorsports Business Management
Ty Dillon 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing





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