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.

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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.DriverCar No.Team
1Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing
2Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing
3William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports
4Kyle Larson5Hendrick Motorsports
5Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing
6Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing
7Ryan Blaney12Team Penske
8Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports
9Joey Logano22Team Penske
10Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing
11Christopher Bell20Joe Gibbs Racing
12Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing
13Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing
14Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing
15Brad Keselowski2Team Penske
16Alex Bowman48Hendrick Motorsports
17Chase Briscoe14Stewart-Haas Racing
18Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing
19Ross Chastain42Chip Ganassi Racing
20Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing
21Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports
22Bubba Wallace2323XI Racing
23Erik Jones43Richard Petty Motorsports
24Daniel Suarez99Trackhouse Racing Team
25Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing
26Corey LaJoie7Spire Motorsports
27Anthony Alfredo38Front Row Motorsports
28Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing
29Justin Haley77Spire Motorsports
30Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing
31BJ McLeod78Live Fast Motorsports
32Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing
33James Davison15Rick Ware Racing
34Cody Ware51Petty Ware Racing
35Quin Houff00StarCom Racing
36Garrett Smithley53Rick Ware Racing
37Josh Bilicki52Rick Ware Racing

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