Kyle Larson lands Busch Pole Award for Sonoma race

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.

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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.

Start pos.
Driver Car # Team
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.