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.
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:
|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|