NASCAR lineup at Bristol: Starting order, pole for Sunday’s race without qualifying

Rain forced NASCAR to cancel the Cup and Truck Series qualifying heat races that were scheduled for Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway. NASCAR will now move straight to racing in both series on Sunday.

With the heat races rained out, the starting lineup for the Cup race was deterimined by the mathematical formula that NASCAR uses for races without qualifying.

Drivers’ starting positions for the Food City Dirt Race (3:30 p.m. ET TV time, 4 p.m. green flag; Fox, TSN5, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) were based on four factors:

Below is the starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race on the 0.533-mile dirt track at Bristol, which was set without qualifying.

Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Bristol?

Kyle Larson was awarded the pole position after Saturday’s heat races were canceled. Larson is second in the Cup Series point standings after six races, with one win, three top-fives and five top-10s. Points leader Denny Hamlin will start on Larson’s outside in the second position. Hamlin has no wins but five top-five and five top-10 finishes.

Larson’s championship experience as a dirt racer should make him an even bigger favorite to win Sunday’s race.

The rest of the top 10 after Larson and Hamlin: Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Alex Bowman, William Byron, Austin Dillon and Joey Logano.

NASCAR starting lineup at Bristol

The starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Bristol was determined through a mathematical formula NASCAR adopted late in the 2020 season. The formula produced this starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway, the Food City Dirt Race:

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