The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was set by applying the statistical formula NASCAR has been using for most of its 2021 race.
The initial status of the drivers for the Penzoil 400 (3:30 pm ET; Fox, MRN, SeriousXM NASCAR Radio) presented by Jiffy Lube was based on four factors:
- Driver’s finishing position from last race (25 percent)
- Car owner’s finishing position from last race (25 percent)
- Team owner ranking (35 percent)
- Fastest lap from the previous race (15 percent)
Below is the starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at the 1.5-mile intermediate track in Las Vegas and how it was set to qualify.
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Kevin Harvick earned pole status for Sunday’s race based on the formula used by NASCAR to race without qualification. The driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford finished fifth in last weekend’s race, the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and is second in the Cup Series point standings after three races.
Joining him on Front Row will be Hendrick Motorsports William Byron, who won at Homestead.
In fact, all four Hendrick Motorsport drivers have the top 10 of the lineup in Vegas: Byron, Kyle Larson (third), Chase Elliott (eighth) and Alex Bowman (ninth). Other drivers who will make it to the top 10 on Sunday: Martin Truex Jr. (fourth), Michael McDowell (fifth), Denny Hamlin (sixth), Kurt Busch (seventh) and Brad Keselowski (10th).
The next on-track qualifying session will be the Heat Race for the Bristol Dirt Race on 28 March.
NASCAR Launches Lineup in Las Vegas
The starting lineup for Sunday’s race in Las Vegas was determined through NASCAR, a mathematical formula that was adopted late in the 2020 season. The same process of setting up lineups without qualification is being used for the majority race in 2021.
The source produced this starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, presented by Chiffon 400 by Jiffy Lube:
|Kevin harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Kyle Larsen||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Martin trux jr||19||Joe gibbs racing|
|Michael McDowell||34||Front row motorsports|
|Danny Hamlin||1 1||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Kurt busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Chase Elliot||4||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Alex bowan||४ 48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Brad Keselowski||2||Team penske|
|Tyler radic||.||Richard Bal Racing|
|Austin dillon||3||Richard Bal Racing|
|Ryan newman||4||Russia Fenway Racing|
|Kyle Butch||1.||Joe gibbs racing|
|Joey Logano||22||Team penske|
|Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||४ 47||JTG Daughter Racing|
|Chris buescher||1.||Russia Fenway Racing|
|Rayon preis||3.||JTG Daughter Racing|
|Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Daniel suarez||4||Trackhouse racing|
|Bubba Wallace||23||23XI racing|
|Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|Ryan Blane||12||Team penske|
|Anthony Alfredo||38||Front row motorsports|
|Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Eric jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|Garrett Smithley||53||Rick ware racing|
|Cody vessel||51||Paytm Ware Racing|
|Corey Lajoie||.||Spire Motorsports|
|BJ McLeod||78||Live fast motorsports|
|Josh Biliki||52||Rick ware racing|
|Quinn Hof||00||StarCom Racing|
|Joey Gesse||15||Rick ware racing|
|Timmy hill||66||Motorsports Business Management|