Kyle Larson earned the Busch Pole Award for Sunday’s Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway (2 p.m. ET on NBC/NBC Sports App/Peacock, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the final race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 8.
Larson, winner of three straight races in the Cup Series, will start on pole for the 11th time in 2021 in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
Austin Cindric will start on pole in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Dead On Tools 250 (6 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the final race in the Round of 8.
John Hunter Nemechek will start on pole in the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota for Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series United Rentals 200 (1 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the final race in the Round of 8.
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||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|4||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|6||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|7||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|8||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|9||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|10||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|11||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|12||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|13||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|14||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|15||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|16||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|17||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|18||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|19||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|20||Daniel Suarez||99||TrackHouse Racing|
|21||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|22||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|23||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|24||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|25||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|26||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|27||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|28||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|29||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|30||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|31||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|32||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|33||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|34||Joey Gase||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|35||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|36||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|37||Garrett Smithley||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|38||Timmy Hill||66||Motorsports Business Management|
Practice and qualifying are tentatively scheduled for eight Cup Series races this year. Just one race remains with Busch Pole Qualifying on the schedule — the season-ending championship race Nov. 7 at Phoenix Raceway.