The beginning lineup for Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff elimination race at Bristol Motor Speedway was set by making use of the statistical system NASCAR is utilizing for the vast majority of Cup races in 2021.
Drivers’ beginning positions for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race, the third race of the Cup Series playoffs and the ultimate race within the Round of 16 (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN5, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), had been primarily based on 4 elements:
- Driver’s ending place from the earlier race (25 p.c)
- Car proprietor’s ending place from the earlier race (25 p.c)
- Team proprietor factors rating (35 p.c)
- Fastest lap from the earlier race (15 p.c)
NASCAR is conducting qualifying for simply eight of the 36 Cup Series factors races within the 2021 season. Seven of these races have already been run; the one remaining race with qualifying is the season-ending Championship 4 race at Phoenix Raceway in November.
Below is the beginning lineup, which was set without qualifying, for Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff elimination race on Bristol Motor Speedway’s 0.533-mile oval.
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Who gained the pole for the NASCAR race at Bristol?
Martin Truex Jr. was assigned the pole place primarily based on NASCAR’s mathematical system. Truex is locked into the Round of 12 after his win final weekend at Richmond. He completed fourth within the playoff opener at Darlington. Overall, he’s third within the factors standings.
Next to him will probably be his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin, who gained at Darlington and completed second at Richmond. He’s second in factors.
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Behind Truex and Hamlin will probably be Joey Logano and Chase Elliott in third and fourth, respectively. They will lead the 13 drivers who will probably be racing for playoff spots Saturday evening.
Under NASCAR’s playoff guidelines, the highest 16 spots in Saturday’s discipline went to the 16 playoff drivers, however the beginning order was primarily based on the mathematical system NASCAR has used for the vast majority of its races this season.
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NASCAR Cup playoff standings
Three drivers are already locked into the Round of 12 heading into the Bristol race. Denny Hamlin was the primary when he gained the playoff opener at Darlington. Kyle Larson (clinched on factors) and Martin Truex Jr. (race winner) adopted within the subsequent race at Richmond.
The backside 4 non-winning drivers after the Bristol race will probably be eradicated from the playoffs. The remaining 12 drivers will advance to the Round of 12, which is able to start Sept. 26 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
|3||x-Martin Truex Jr.||2113|
x-Clinched berth in Round of 12.
NASCAR beginning lineup at Bristol
NASCAR used a mathematical system to set the beginning lineup for Saturday’s playoff elimination race at Bristol Motor Speedway, the Bass Pro Shops Night Race. Thirty-eight automobiles had been entered for the race. Playoff drivers are denoted by “P-” subsequent to their names.
|Start pos.||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1||P-Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|2||P-Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|3||P-Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|4||P-Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|5||P-Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6||P-Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|7||P-Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|8||P-Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|9||P-Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|10||P-Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|11||P-Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|12||P-Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|13||P-Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|14||P-William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|15||P-Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|16||P-Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|17||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|18||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|19||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|20||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|21||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing|
|22||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|23||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|24||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|25||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|26||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|27||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|28||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|29||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|30||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|31||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|32||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|33||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|34||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|35||JJ Yeley||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|36||Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|37||James Davison||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|38||David Starr||66||Motorsports Business Management|
#Note-Author Name – Tom Gatto