Chase Elliott claims Busch Pole for Atlanta; see starting lineup

Chase Elliott has won the Busch Pole Award for Sunday’s Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart (3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Elliott, the series’ most recent winner last Sunday at Road America, will start his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet from the pole position at the 1.54-mile track in his home state of Georgia.

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Cup Series regular Kyle Busch won the pole for Saturday’s Credit Karma Money 250 (3:30 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) in the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. The Camping World Truck Series is also in action this weekend, making its debut at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway. That event will use qualifying heats to determine the starting lineup for Friday’s Corn Belt 150 (9 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM).

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 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
2 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
3 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
4 Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
5 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
6 Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
7 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
8 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
9 Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
10 Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
11 Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
12 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing
13 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
14 Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske
15 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
17 Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
18 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
19 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
20 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
21 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
22 Erik Jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
23 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
24 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing
25 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
26 Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsports
27 Daniel Suarez 99 Trackhouse Racing Team
28 Justin Haley 77 Spire Motorsports
29 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
30 Josh Bilicki 52 Rick Ware Racing
31 Cody Ware 51 Petty Ware Racing
32 Anthony Alfredo 38 Front Row Motorsports
33 Bayley Currey 15 Rick Ware Racing
34 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
35 Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing
36 BJ McLeod 78 Live Fast Motorsports
37 Garrett Smithley 53 Rick Ware Racing

Practice and qualifying are tentatively scheduled for eight Cup Series races this year. Two races remain with Busch Pole Qualifying on the schedule — Aug. 15 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course and the season-ending championship race Nov. 7 at Phoenix Raceway.