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NASCAR lineup at Martinsville: starting order, pole for unranked playoff race

The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Martinsville Speedway was established by applying the statistical formula that NASCAR is using for the majority of Cup races in 2021.

Drivers’ starting positions for the Xfinity 500, the final round of the round of 16 and the ninth race of the 2021 Cup playoffs (2 p.m. ET; NBC, 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 for just eight of the 36 points-paying Cup Series races in the 2021 season. Seven of those races have already been run; the only remaining qualifying race is Championship Race 4 which ends the season at Phoenix Raceway on November 7. NASCAR lowered the rating to limit time on the track and cut costs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below is the starting lineup, which was established without qualifying, for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at the 0.526-mile oval at Martinsville Speedway.

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Who won pole for the NASCAR race at Martinsville?

Stop us if you’ve already heard this one: Kyle Larson is on pole for Sunday’s race. The playoff points leader was awarded first place for the third time in a row following his victory at Kansas, which was his third playoff victory in as many weekends. He is the only round of 16 driver already in Championship 4 heading into the Martinsville tie.

MORE: Kansas Race Results, Highlights

Larson’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott will line up next to him on the starting grid. Elliott finished a distant second behind Larson at Kansas after his car made contact with the outside wall late in the race.

Right behind Larson and Elliott will be Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr., in third and fourth places, respectively. The starting spot is a big boost for Truex, who is out of a playoff spot by three points before the race.

NASCAR Cup playoff standings

The bubble drivers will be the ones producing the most drama on Sunday. Positions 4-7 are separated by six dots. Kyle Busch is ranked No. 4, but he’s just one point ahead of Ryan Blaney, the first driver out at the moment. Live rankings will be volatile.

Elliott (34 points) and Hamlin (32 points) enter the race with a considerable advantage over Blaney, as they rank second and third in the standings, respectively.

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Aside from the closeness of qualifying, there’s another reason the bottom four drivers may be hopeful: A playoff driver who wins a race in Round of 8 automatically qualifies for the Championship race 4 on November 7 in Phoenix. Raceway. The problem is that only Larson has won a race so far in the round of 16.

1x-Kyle Larson4181
2Chase elliott4107
3Denny Hamlin4105
4Kyle busch4074
5Ryan blaney4073
6Martin Truex Jr.4071
7Brad Keselowski4068
8Joey logano4048

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NASCAR starting lineup at Martinsville

NASCAR used a mathematical formula to establish the starting lineup for Sunday’s playoff race at Martinsville Speedway, the Xfinity 500. Thirty-eight cars were entered, two fewer than the number for a full field. Playoff drivers are indicated with a “P” next to their names.

Under NASCAR playoff rules, the top eight places on the field went to the remaining eight playoff drivers, but the starting order was based on the mathematical formula that NASCAR has used for most of its races this season.

Pos. StartDriverCar No.Team
1P-Kyle Larson5Hendrick Motorsports
2P-Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports
3P-Denny HamlinelevenJoe Gibbs Racing
4P-Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing
5P-Joey Logano22Penske Team
6P-Brad Keselowski2Penske Team
7P-Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing
8P-Ryan Blaney12Penske Team
9Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing
10Kurt busch1Chip Ganassi Racing
elevenWilliam Byron24Hendrick Motorsports
12Christopher belltwentyJoe Gibbs Racing
13Alex Bowman48Hendrick Motorsports
14Austin dillon3Richard Childress Racing
fifteenChris buescher17Roush Fenway racing
sixteenRoss Chastain42Chip Ganassi Racing
17Bubba wallace2323XI Races
18Tyler reddick8Richard Childress Racing
19Michael McDowell3. 4Front row motorsports
twentyDaniel Suarez placeholder image99TrackHouse Racing
twenty-oneMatt DiBenedettotwenty-oneWood Brothers Racing
22Chase briscoe14Stewart-Haas Racing
23Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing
24Cole custer41Stewart-Haas Racing
25Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing
26Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing
27Ryan newman6Roush Fenway racing
28Erik jones43Richard Petty Motorsports
29Corey lajoie7Spire Motorsports
30BJ McLeod78Live fast motor sports
31Cody Ware51Petty Ware Racing
32Anthony Alfredo38Front row motorsports
33Josh bilicki52Rick Ware Racing
3. 4Joey gas53Rick Ware Racing
35Justin haley77Spire Motorsports
36What houff00StarCom Racing
37Garrett smithleyfifteenRick Ware Racing
38Timmy hill66Business Management of Motorsports

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