Kyle Larson has claimed the Busch Pole Award for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 (4 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Sonoma Raceway.
Larson, who won last weekend’s event at Charlotte Motor Speedway, will start his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet from the pole position. Larson is one of three drivers with multiple wins in 2021, joining Joe Gibbs Racing’s Martin Truex Jr. and teammate Alex Bowman.
Austin Cindric’s No. 22 Team Penske Ford is on the pole for Saturday’s B&L Transport 170 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (1 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM) in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
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||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|3||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|4||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|6||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|7||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|8||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|9||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|10||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|11||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|12||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|13||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|14||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|15||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|16||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|17||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|18||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|19||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|20||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|21||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|22||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|23||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|24||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|25||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|26||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|27||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|28||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|29||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|30||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|31||Ben Rhodes||77||Spire Motorsports|
|32||James Davison||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|33||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|34||Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|35||Scott Heckert||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|36||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|37||Cody Ware||51||Petty 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, and rain canceled the qualifying races for Bristol Motor Speedway’s dirt-track race. The next Cup Series event with qualifying scheduled is before the June 20 debut at Nashville Superspeedway.