Martin Truex Jr. has won the Busch Pole Award for Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 (3 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Richmond Raceway.
Truex, the series’ only two-time winner this year, will start his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota from the pole position. He has finished among the top three in the last four Richmond races, a span that includes a season sweep of both events there in 2019.
Ben Rhodes won the pole for Saturday’s ToyotaCare 250 (1:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) for the Camping World Truck Series. He’s set to start first in the No. 99 ThorSport Racing Toyota.
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||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|2||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|3||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|4||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|5||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|6||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|7||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|8||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|9||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|10||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|11||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|12||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|13||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|14||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|15||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|16||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|17||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|18||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|19||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|20||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|21||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|22||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|23||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|24||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|25||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|26||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|27||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|28||James Davison||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|29||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|30||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|31||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|32||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|33||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|34||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|35||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|36||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|37||Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|38||Austin Cindric||33||Team Penske|
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.