The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International was established by applying the statistical formula that NASCAR is using for the majority of series races in 2021.
Drivers’ starting positions for Go Bowling at The Glen (3 p.m. ET; NBCSN, 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. The remaining sessions will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 15 and in Phoenix for the race of Championship 4 season finale on November 7.
Below is the starting lineup, which was established without qualifying, for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at the 3.4-mile Watkins Glen circuit.
Who won pole for the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen?
Brad Keselowski achieved pole position for Sunday’s race. The Team Penske driver has produced two top-five and two top-ten finishes in his past five races.
His teammate Joey Logano will join him in the front row. Logano was ranked No. 2 thanks to his fourth-place finish at New Hampshire in the final race before the Olympic break.
Ryan Blaney made a Team Penske sweep of the top three qualifying spots for Sunday. Blaney has three top-fives and one top-10 in his last five races.
All three drivers have already qualified for the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs by winning a race.
Of the top four drivers in the playoff bubble, two of them will start side by side on Sunday. Kevin Harvick will start fifth and series points leader Denny Hamlin will start sixth. Tyler Reddick will start 13th and Austin Dillon will start 16th.
NASCAR starting lineup at Watkins Glen
NASCAR used a mathematical formula to establish the starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Watkins Glen International, the Go Bowling at The Glen. 37 cars were entered for the race.
|1||Brad Keselowski||2||Penske Team|
|2||Joey logano||22||Penske Team|
|3||Ryan blaney||12||Penske Team|
|4||Kyle larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|5||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|6||Denny Hamlin||eleven||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|7||Christopher bell||twenty||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|8||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|9||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|10||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|eleven||Chase elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|12||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|13||Tyler reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|14||Matt DiBenedetto||twenty-one||Wood Brothers Racing|
|fifteen||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|sixteen||Austin dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|17||Kurt busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|18||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|19||Cole custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|twenty||Kyle busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|twenty-one||Daniel Suarez placeholder image||99||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|22||Erik jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|2. 3||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|24||Chris buescher||17||Roush Fenway racing|
|25||Michael McDowell||3. 4||Front row motorsports|
|26||Bubba wallace||2. 3||23XI Races|
|27||Chase briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|28||Ryan newman||6||Roush Fenway racing|
|29||Corey lajoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|30||Justin haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|31||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front row motorsports|
|32||Garrett smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|33||Kyle tilley||78||Live fast motor sports|
|3. 4||Josh bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|35||what houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|36||James davison||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|37||RC Enerson||fifteen||Rick Ware Racing|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.