Joey Logano has won the Busch Pole Award for Saturday night’s Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Martinsville Speedway.
Logano, the series’ most recent winner at Bristol Motor Speedway’s dirt-track event, will start his No. 22 Team Penske Ford from the pole position. The starting lineup was made official Wednesday morning.
Harrison Burton won the pole for Friday’s Cook Out 250 (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. The 20-year-old driver is the most recent Xfinity winner at the .526-mile Martinsville track.
As NASCAR adapted to COVID-19 protocols last season, practice and qualifying were eliminated at a majority of national-series events to limit at-track time, exposure and to cut race weekend costs. To determine starting lineups, competition officials used grouped draws, added inversions for weekend doubleheaders, and eventually adopted a performance-metrics formula. That metrics format remains in place this season, drawing on performance from both individual races and season-long results.
NASCAR’s metrics formula for 2021 weighs:
- 25 percent: Driver’s finishing position from the previous race
- 25 percent: Car owner’s finishing position from the previous race
- 35 percent: Team owner points ranking
- 15 percent: Fastest lap from the previous race
See the full lineup for Sunday’s Cup Series race below.
|1||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|2||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|3||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|4||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|5||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|7||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|8||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|9||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|10||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|11||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|12||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|13||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|14||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|15||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|16||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|17||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|18||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|19||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|20||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|21||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|22||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|23||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|24||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|25||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|26||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|27||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|28||JJ Yeley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|29||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|30||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|31||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|32||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|33||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|34||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|35||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|36||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|37||James Davison||15||Rick Ware Racing|
Practice and qualifying are tentatively scheduled for eight Cup Series races this year. Busch Pole Qualifying was held for the season-opening Daytona 500 but rain canceled the qualifying races for Bristol Motor Speedway’s dirt-track race. The next Cup Series event with qualifying scheduled is the May 23 debut at the Circuit of the Americas road course in Austin, Texas.