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.
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.
|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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