NASCAR lineup in Michigan: Starting order, pole for Sunday's race without qualification | MCUTimes

NASCAR lineup in Michigan: Starting order, pole for Sunday’s race without qualification

The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway was determined using the statistical formula NASCAR uses for most 2021 Cup races.

The drivers’ starting positions for FireKeepers Casino 400 (15:00 ET; NBCSN, TSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) were based on four factors:

  • Driver’s final position from previous race (25 percent)
  • The car owner’s end position from the previous race (25 percent)
  • Team owner points ranking (35 percent)
  • Fastest lap from previous race (15 percent)

NASCAR qualifies for eight Cup Series races in the 2021. Season. Seven of these races have already been run; the one remaining race is the season-ending Championship 4 race at Phoenix Raceway in November.

Below is the starting lineup, which was set without qualification, for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedways 2-mile oval.

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Who won the pole for the NASCAR race in Michigan?

Kyle Larson was awarded the top spot based on NASCAR’s formula. He finished third in the previous race, the Verizon 200 at The Brickyard on Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He also took over the league points lead from Denny Hamlin with two races left in the regular season.

Larson’s Hendrick Motorsport teammate Chase Elliott will join him in the front row. Elliott finished fourth at Brickyard for his 11th top-five finish of the season. Larson leads all drivers with 13 top-fives.

The drivers on the playoff bubble do not start too close to the front. Kevin Harvick rolls out of eighth, Tyler Reddick starts 14th and Austin Dillon starts 26th. Starting eighth may not mean much to Harvick because he has won the last three races in Michigan.

Matt DiBenedetto starts fourth after his race in fifth place in Indy. A win is his ticket to the playoffs because he tracks 16th-place Reddick with 145 points in the standings. DiBenedetto is also running for a job after Wood Brothers Racing replaced him for the 2022 season with Harrison Burton.

NASCAR starting lineup in Michigan

NASCAR used a mathematical formula to set the starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway, FireKeepers Casino 400. 37 cars were entered for the race.

Startpos. Driver Car no. Team
1 Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
2 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
3 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
4 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing
5 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
6 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
7 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
8 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
9 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
10 Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
11 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
12 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
13 Erik Jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
14 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
15 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing
16 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
17 Justin Haley 77 Spire Motorsport
18 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
19 Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
20 Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske
21 Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
22 Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
23 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
24 Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsport
25 Michael McDowell 34 Motorsport on the front row
26 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
27 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
28 Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
29 Josh Bilicki 52 Rick Ware Racing
30 Image by Daniel Suarez 99 Trackhouse Racing
31 Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing
32 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
33 Garrett Smithley 53 Rick Ware Racing
34 James Davison 15 Rick Ware Racing
35 Anthony Alfredo 38 Motorsport on the front row
36 BJ McLeod 78 Live fast motorsport
37 Cody Ware 51 Petty Ware Racing

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