The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is set by applying the statistical formula that NASCAR uses for most of the Cup races in 2021.
The drivers’ starting positions for the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500, the first race in Round 8 and the seventh race of qualifying for the 2021 Cup Series (2 p.m. ET; NBC, TSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), were based on four factors:
- Driver’s final position from the previous race (25 percent)
- Owner’s final position from the previous race (25 percent)
- Team Owner Score Rank (35 percent)
- Fastest lap over previous race (15 percent)
NASCAR conducts playoffs for only eight of the 36 points-paying races in the 2021 season. Seven of these races have already been run; The only race left with qualification is the Championship 4 race which ends the season at Phoenix Raceway on November 7. NASCAR has scaled back eligibility to reduce time spent on the track and cut costs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here is the starting lineup, set without qualifying, for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Qualifiers race at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway Oval.
Who won the NASCAR race pole in Texas?
Kyle Larson took first place in Sunday’s elimination race based on the NASCAR formula. The Hendrick Motorsports driver achieves his Round 12 Elimination victory over the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 10. This was his seventh win of the season and second in the playoffs.
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Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin will join Larson in the front row. Hamlin and Larson struggled for the series’ points lead for most of the season. Larson enters the quarter-finals with a 35-point lead over second-place driver Hamlin.
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The eighth round field was set last weekend with the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kyle Larson exited that race with a win and a 42-point lead over Kyle Busch, the number one driver below the cut-off line for the season-ending Championship 4 race.
The field is tightly grouped after Larson. Drivers from second to sixth place are separated by only eight points. This closeness makes winning one of the following three races vital. The driver who wins a race in the eighth round automatically qualifies for Championship Race 4 on November 7 at Phoenix Raceway.
“You have to be really good,” Larson said of the challenge of being the leader. “You have to do well every lap of every race. You have to get your stage points.” “You can’t let your guard down and lose ground to the guys who earn points on you. Yes, it’s nice to get our (65) extra points, but I hope we don’t have to rely on them like we did in Talladega, or go to (Charlotte).”
Larson finished 37th in Talladega after wrecking. This result cost him more than half of his lead over the first driver below the cut-off line, Kevin Harvick to race in Charlotte.
Five former Cup Series champions reached this year’s quarter-finals: Bosch, Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski.
|3||Martin Truex Jr.||4029|
NASCAR starting lineup in Texas
NASCAR used a sports formula to set the starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway, the Autotrader Ecopark Automotive 500. 39 cars were entered for the race, a short distance from an entire field. Qualifying drivers are indicated with a “P” next to their names.
According to NASCAR’s qualifying rules, the top eight on the field went to the remaining eight drivers, but the starting order was based on the sports formula NASCAR has used for the majority of its races this season.
|Start point of sale.||Driver||car number||Team|
|1||B Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||By Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|3||B Kyle Bush||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|4||P Ryan Blaney||12||Penske team|
|5||By Joy Lugano||22||Penske team|
|6||B Chase Elliot||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|7||P Brad Kiselowski||2||Penske team|
|8||P-Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|9||Tyler Riddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|10||Chris Bucher||17||Rosh Fenway Racing|
|11||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|12||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|13||Matt Dependet||21||Wood Brothers Race|
|14||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|15th||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|16||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|17||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|18||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|19||Daniel Suarez’s photo||99||TrackHouse Racing|
|20||Cole Custer||41||Stewart Haas Racing|
|21||Eric Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|22||Eric Almerola||10||Stewart Haas Racing|
|23||Ryan Press||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|24||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart Haas Racing|
|25||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|26||Chase Brisco||14||Stewart Haas Racing|
|27||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|28||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|29||Corey Lagoy||7||Spire Motorsports|
|30||Queen Hoff||00||Star Com Racing|
|31||Ryan Newman||6||Rosh Fenway Racing|
|32||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|33||Josh Bellecki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|34||kodi ware||51||Petwear Racing|
|35||PJ MacLeod||78||Live fast motorsport|
|36||Garrett Smithley||15th||Rick Ware Racing|
|37||air gas||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|38||David Star||66||Motorsports business management|
|39||Timmy Hill||13||Motorsports business management|