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NASCAR lineup at Talladega: starting order, pole for Sunday’s race without qualifying

The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway was established by applying the statistical formula that NASCAR is using for the majority of its 2021 races.

Drivers’ starting positions for the GEICO 500 (2 p.m. ET; Fox, 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 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 outside Austin. , Texas.

Below is the starting lineup, which was established without qualifying, for Sunday’s NASCAR race at the 2.66-mile track at Talladega Superspeedway.

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Who won pole for the NASCAR race at Talladega?

Denny Hamlin is the pole winner of Sunday’s race according to NASCAR’s mathematical formula. Hamlin leads the series points standings after nine races despite winning none. He leads all drivers with eight top-five finishes and five stage wins. Hamlin won the first two stages of last weekend’s race at Richmond but was forced to settle for second place after Alex Bowman passed him on the final restart.

Outside of Hamlin will be Joey Logano, who finished third at Richmond and is third in the points standings. Logano has one race win (Bristol dirt), four top-fives and two stage wins this season.

Rest of Talladega career top 10: Martin Truex Jr., William Byron, Alex Bowman, Christopher Bell, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski.

NASCAR starting lineup at Talladega

The starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway was determined through a mathematical formula that NASCAR adopted at the end of the 2020 season. The formula produced this starting lineup for the unrated GEICO 500:

Pos. Start Driver Car No. Team
1 Denny Hamlin eleven Joe Gibbs Racing
two Joey logano 22 Penske Team
3 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
4 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
5 Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
6 Christopher bell twenty Joe Gibbs Racing
7 Ryan blaney 12 Penske Team
8 Chase elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
9 Kyle busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
10 Brad Keselowski two Penske Team
eleven Austin dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
12 Kyle larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
13 Matt DiBenedetto twenty-one Wood Brothers Racing
14 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
fifteen Kurt busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
sixteen Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
18 Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
19 Daniel Suarez placeholder image 99 Trackhouse racing team
twenty Tyler reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
twenty-one Chris buescher 17 Roush Fenway racing
22 Erik jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
2. 3 Michael McDowell 3. 4 Front row motorsports
24 Bubba wallace 2. 3 23XI Races
25 Chase briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
26 Corey lajoie 7 Spire Motorsports
27 Cole custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
28 Ryan newman 6 Roush Fenway racing
29 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
30 Anthony Alfredo 38 Front row motorsports
31 BJ McLeod 78 Live fast motor sports
32 what houff 00 StarCom Racing
33 Cody Ware 51 Petty Ware Racing
3. 4 Justin haley 77 Spire Motorsports
35 Joey gase 28 Rick Ware Racing
36 Josh bilicki 52 Rick Ware Racing
37 JJ Yeley fifteen Rick Ware Racing
38 Kaz grala sixteen Kaulig Racing
39 Harrison burton 96 Gaunt Brothers careers
40 Timmy hill 66 MBM Motorsports

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