The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor 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 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 (3 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, PRN, 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 remaining sessions will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in August and at Phoenix for the season-ending Championship 4 race in November.
Below is the starting lineup, which was set without qualifying, for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race on New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s 1.058-mile oval.
Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at New Hampshire?
Kyle Busch, who has won three times at New Hampshire in the Cup Series, will be on the pole for Sunday’s race. This is his first pole win of the season. He finished second to his brother, Kurt Busch, last weekend at Atlanta and his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota team is third in the point standings after 21 races.
To his outside on the front row will be JGR teammate Martin Truex Jr., whose No. 19 team is seventh in the standings. Truex came home third at Atlanta.
The second row will feature the Chevrolets of defending series champion Chase Elliott (third) and Kurt Busch (fourth).
Series points leader Denny Hamlin will start sixth. The driver of the JGR No. 11 car is still seeking his first win of the year.
NASCAR starting lineup at New Hampshire
NASCAR used a mathematical formula to set the starting lineup for Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the Foxwoods Casino Resort 301. Thirty-seven cars were entered for the race.
|Start pos.||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|2||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|3||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|4||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|5||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|7||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|8||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|9||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|10||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|11||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|12||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|13||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|14||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|15||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|16||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|17||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|18||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|19||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|20||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|21||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|22||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|23||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|24||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|25||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|26||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|27||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|28||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|29||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|30||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|31||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|32||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|33||Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|34||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|35||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|36||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|37||James Davison||15||Rick Ware Racing|