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.
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|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.