The rain forced NASCAR to cancel the Cup and Truck Series qualifying races scheduled for Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway. NASCAR will now go straight to racing in both series on Sunday.
With the rainy heat races, the starting lineup for the Cup race was determined by the mathematical formula used by NASCAR for non-qualifying races.
The drivers’ starting positions for the Food City Dirt Race (3:30 p.m. ET TV time, 4 p.m. Green Flag; Fox, TSN5, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) were based on four factors:
- Finish position of the driver from the previous race (25%)
- Final position of the car owner compared to the previous race (25%)
- Team owner point ranking (35%)
- Fastest lap of the previous race (15%)
Below is the starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race on the 0.533 mile dirt track in Bristol, which was established without qualifying.
Who won pole for the NASCAR race in Bristol?
Kyle Larson took pole position after Saturday’s qualifying races were canceled. Larson is second in the Cup Series points standings after six races, with one win, three top-five and five top-10. Points leader Denny Hamlin will start outside Larson in second. Hamlin has no wins but five top five and five top 10.
Larson’s championship experience as a dirt runner should make him an even bigger favorite to win Sunday’s race.
The rest of the top 10 after Larson and Hamlin: Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Alex Bowman, William Byron, Austin Dillon and Joey Logano.
NASCAR start line in Bristol
The starting line-up for Sunday’s race in Bristol was determined using a NASCAR mathematical formula adopted at the end of the 2020 season. The formula produced this starting line-up for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway, The Food City Dirt Race:
|Kyle larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Denny hamlin||11||Joe gibbs racing|
|Ryan blaney||12||Penske team|
|Kyle busch||18||Joe gibbs racing|
|Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe gibbs racing|
|Kevin harvick||4||Stewart-Haas races|
|Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|William byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Austin dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|Joey logano||22||Penske team|
|Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood brothers racing|
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|Ryan newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Christopher bell||20||Joe gibbs racing|
|Michael mcdowell||34||Motorsport in the front row|
|Ross chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Daniel Suarez placeholder image||99||Track race|
|Bubba wallace||23||23XI Race|
|Brad Keselowski||2||Penske team|
|Cole custer||41||Stewart-Haas races|
|Ryan preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|Aric almirola||ten||Stewart-Haas races|
|Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas races|
|Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Tyler reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|Kurt busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Anthony Alfredo||38||Motorsport in the front row|
|Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|Cody ware||51||Petty ware racing|
|Stewart friesen||77||Spire Motorsports|
|Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|JJ Yeley||53||Rick ware racing|
|Shane Golobic||78||Fast live motor sports|
|Chris Windom||15||Rick ware racing|
|Josh Bilicki||52||Rick ware racing|
|Mike Marlar||66||Motorsport business management|
|Ty dillon||96||Gaunt Brothers Racing|