The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway was established by applying the statistical formula that NASCAR is using for the majority of its 2021 races.
The drivers’ starting positions for the Buschy McBusch Race 400 (3 p.m. ET; FS1, TSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) were based on four factors:
- Final position of the driver from the previous race (25 percent)
- Final position of car owner from previous race (25 percent)
- Team Owner’s Point Rating (35 percent)
- Fastest lap of the previous race (15 percent)
NASCAR is conducting qualifying and practice for just eight Cup Series races in the 2021 season. Six races remain in that group, beginning with the May 23 event at the Circuit of the Americas, a racetrack in outside of Austin, Texas.
Below is the starting lineup, which was established without qualifying, for Sunday’s NASCAR race on the 1.5-mile track at Kansas Speedway.
Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Kansas?
Brad Keselowski is the pole winner of Sunday’s race according to NASCAR’s mathematical formula. Keselowski made a pass on the final lap to win last weekend’s race at Talladega. The Penske team driver is sixth in the Cup points standings in 10 races, but is eligible for the Cup playoffs after his victory. He has already won twice at Kansas in his career, in 2011 and 2019.
The other driver in the front row on Sunday will be William Byron. The Hendrick Motorsports driver is fourth in the points standings after his second place to Keselowski at Talladega.
Michael McDowell, Kevin Harvick, Matt DiBenedetto, Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch and Cole Custer round out the top 10.
A historical note: the pole-winner has won six times in the previous 30 Cup Series races at Kansas (20 percent). The last to do so was Harvick in 2018.
NASCAR starting lineup at Kansas
The starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway was determined by a mathematical formula, which produced this starting lineup for the unqualified Busch McBusch Race 400:
|Pos. Start||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1||Brad Keselowski||two||Penske Team|
|two||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|3||Michael McDowell||3. 4||Front row motorsports|
|4||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|5||Matt DiBenedetto||twenty-one||Wood Brothers Racing|
|6||Austin dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|7||Ryan blaney||12||Penske Team|
|8||Christopher bell||twenty||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|9||Kyle busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|10||Cole custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|eleven||Tyler reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|12||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|13||Bubba wallace||2. 3||23XI Races|
|14||Ryan newman||6||Roush Fenway racing|
|fifteen||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|sixteen||Chris buescher||17||Roush Fenway racing|
|17||Chase elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|18||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|19||Chase briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|twenty||Denny Hamlin||eleven||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|twenty-one||Daniel Suarez placeholder image||99||Trackhouse racing team|
|22||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front row motorsports|
|2. 3||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|24||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|25||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|26||Corey lajoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|27||Erik jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|28||Kurt busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|29||Joey logano||22||Penske Team|
|30||BJ McLeod||78||Live fast motor sports|
|31||Justin haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|32||Kyle larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|33||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|3. 4||what houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|35||Joey gase||fifteen||Rick Ware Racing|
|36||Garrett smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|37||Josh bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|38||Austin cindric||33||Penske Team|
|39||Matt mills||55||BJ McLeod Motorsports|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.