The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway was set by applying the statistical formula NASCAR is using for the majority of the series’ races in 2021.
Drivers’ starting positions for the Drydene 400 (2 p.m. ET; FS1, TSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) were based on four factors:
- Driver’s finishing position from the previous race (25 percent)
- Car owner’s finishing position from the previous race (25 percent)
- Team owner points ranking (35 percent)
- Fastest lap from the previous race (15 percent)
NASCAR is conducting qualifying and practice for just eight Cup Series races in the 2021 season. The next qualifying session will take place prior to the May 23 event at Circuit of the Americas, a road course outside Austin, Texas.
Below is the starting lineup, which was set without qualifying, for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race on Dover’s 1-mile oval.
Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Dover?
Martin Truex Jr. was tabbed to lead the field to green for the Drydene 400 based on the mathematical formula. Truex is coming off his third win of the season, a dominating performance at Darlington last Sunday. He is the only driver to win more than once in the Cup Series in 2021.
Truex also gained the No. 1 pit stall, which is a valuable piece of real estate at Dover because track position is highly important on the Monster Mile.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver is second in the series point standings to teammate Denny Hamlin, who will start in the second position Sunday. William Byron, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and Chris Buescher received the other top-10 lineup spots.
NASCAR starting lineup at Dover
NASCAR used a mathematical formula to set the starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Dover International Speedway, the Drydene 400, without qualifying.
|Start pos.||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|2||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|3||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|4||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|5||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|6||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|7||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|8||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|9||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|10||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|11||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|12||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|13||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|14||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|15||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|16||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|17||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|18||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|19||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|20||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|21||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|22||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|23||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|24||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|25||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|26||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|27||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|28||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|29||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|30||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|31||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|32||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|33||James Davison||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|34||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|35||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|36||Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|37||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|