NASCAR Playoffs at Las Vegas starting lineup: Kyle Larson on pole for South Point 400
Throughout the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, the resounding success of Kyle Larson has remained a constant. In March, it was in Las Vegas that Larson earned his first win of the season and his first for Hendrick Motorsports. And it is in Las Vegas that Larson will try to win again to ensure himself an instant berth in the next round of the playoffs.
On Wednesday, NASCAR released the starting lineup for the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, putting Kyle Larson on the pole for the first race of the Round of 12 by virtue of NASCAR's qualifying metric, which sets the field based on an algorithm accounting for a driver's finish and fastest lap in the previous race, as well as their points position.
Larson earned the top starting spot by virtue of a dramatic victory last week at Bristol, which saw him take the lead from Kevin Harvick in the closing laps.
Harvick starts fifth after his second-place finish last week, and he is separated from Chase Elliott by six spots on the starting grid. Both were the players in a heated post-race confrontation, as both felt they cost each other the win. Harvick made contact with Elliott in the race to the finish that resulted in a cut tire, and Elliott retaliated by holding Harvick up and allowing Larson to close in for the winning move.
South Point 400 starting lineup:
1. #5 - Kyle Larson
2. #12 - Ryan Blaney
3. #24 - William Byron
4. #19 - Martin Truex Jr.
5. #4 - Kevin Harvick
6. #11 - Denny Hamlin
7. #48 - Alex Bowman
8. #2 - Brad Keselowski
9. #22 - Joey Logano
10. #18 - Kyle Busch
11. #9 - Chase Elliott
12. #20 - Christopher Bell
13. #8 - Tyler Reddick
14. #21 - Matt DiBenedetto
15. #3 - Austin Dillon
16. #43 - Erik Jones
17. #10 - Aric Almirola
18. #42 - Ross Chastain
19. #14 - Chase Briscoe (R)
20. #1 - Kurt Busch
21. #23 - Bubba Wallace
22. #47 - Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
23. #34 - Michael McDowell
24. #37 - Ryan Preece
25. #17 - Chris Buescher
26. #99 - Daniel Suarez
27. #7 - Corey LaJoie
28. #41 - Cole Custer
29. #6 - Ryan Newman
30. #53 - Garrett Smithley
31. #52 - Josh Bilicki
32. #38 - Anthony Alfredo (R)
33. #77 - Justin Haley
34. #78 - B.J. McLeod
35. #51 - Cody Ware
36. #00 - Quin Houff
37. #15 - Joey Gase
38. #66 - J.J. Yeley
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NASCAR playoff race at Bristol: Start time, lineup, TV, streaming schedule for Bass Pro Shops Night Race
Two NASCAR Cup Series playoff races are in the books, and three drivers have punched their tickets to the Round of 12.
It has been a successful opening round for Joe Gibbs Racing, which celebrated victories at Darlington Raceway with Denny Hamlin and at Richmond Raceway one week ago with Martin Truex Jr. Hendrick Motorsports also got some good news at Richmond when regular-season champion Kyle Larson clinched a berth in the next round of the playoffs on points.
Now the action turns to Tennessee's Bristol Motor Speedway for the first elimination race of the playoffs. Following Saturday night's race, four drivers will be sent packing and see their 2021 championship aspirations dashed, while nine additional drivers will join Hamlin, Truex and Larson in the second round.
Here is everything you need to know to get ready for Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway:
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET. GREEN FLAG: 7:47 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN. Pre-race broadcast begins at 6:30 p.m. ET.
RADIO:Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
STREAMING:NBC Sports website (for those who sign in with their cable/satellite provider) and NBC Sports app.
RACE DISTANCE: 500 laps around the 0.533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway for a total of 266.5 miles.
STAGE LENGTHS (laps per stage): Stage 1: 125, Stage 2: 125, Stage 3: 250.
LAST TIME: Joey Logano won the inaugural dirt race at Bristol on March 29, leading 61 laps and holding off Ricky Stenhouse Jr. by 0.554 seconds. And one year ago in the 2020 playoff race, Kevin Harvick led 226 laps, including the final 32, before edging Kyle Busch by 0.310 seconds.
PLAYOFFS: Here are the standings prior to Saturday night's race at Bristol Motor Speedway (x-clinched berth in round of 12):
1. x-Kyle Larson, 2,151; 2. x-Denny Hamlin, 2,127; 3. x-Martin Truex Jr., 2,113; 4. Joey Logano, 2,093; 5. Ryan Blaney, 2,081; 6. Kevin Harvick, 2,078; 7. Chase Elliott, 2,072; 8. Christopher Bell, 2,070; 9. Brad Keselowski, 2,066; 10. Kyle Busch, 2,061; 11. Aric Almirola, 2,056; 12. Kurt Busch, 2,053; 13. Alex Bowman, 2,053; 14. Tyler Reddick, 2,048; 15. William Byron, 2,035; 16. Michael McDowell, 2,015.
LINEUP: The starting lineup was determined by using NASCAR’s competition-based formula. Martin Truex Jr., who won last Saturday's playoff race at Richmond Raceway, will start on the pole alongside his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin.
Here is the lineup for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race (car number in parentheses):
1. (19) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota
2. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota
3. (22) Joey Logano, Ford
4. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
5. (5) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
6. (20) Christopher Bell, Toyota
7. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford
8. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford
9. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota
10. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford
11. (48) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet
12. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford
13. (8) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet
14. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet
15. (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet
16. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford
17. (42) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet
18. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet
19. (21) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford
20. (14) Chase Briscoe, Ford
21. (99) Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet
22. (43) Erik Jones, Chevrolet
23. (47) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet
24. (6) Ryan Newman, Ford
25. (17) Chris Buescher, Ford
26. (41) Cole Custer, Ford
27. (37) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet
28. (23) Bubba Wallace, Toyota
29. (77) Justin Haley, Chevrolet
30. (38) Anthony Alfredo, Ford
31. (7) Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet
32. (78) BJ McLeod, Ford
33. (52) Josh Bilicki, Ford
34. (00) Quin Houff, Chevrolet
35. (51) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet
36. (53) Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet
37. (15) James Davison, Chevrolet
38. David Starr (66), Toyota
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NASCAR: 2021 Las Vegas playoff race – Full starting lineup, odds
The starting lineup is set for the first race of the second round of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Who are the favorites to win the round of 12 opener?
The first of four rounds of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs is in the books following this past Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway, and the second three-race round of the four-round, 10-race postseason is scheduled to begin this weekend.
The South Point 400 is set to open up the round of 12, just like it did in September 2020; this year’s round of 12 schedule is identical to last year’s.
Where is the South Point 400?
The South Point 400 is a 267-lap race around the four-turn, 1.5-mile (2.414-kilometer) Las Vegas Motor Speedway oval in Las Vegas, Nevada. This track also hosted a race back in early March, a race which was won by Hendrick Motorsports’ Kyle Larson.
Las Vegas broadcast information
NBC Sports Network is set to broadcast the South Point 400 live from Las Vegas Motor Speedway beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET this Sunday, September 26, so be sure to start your free trial of FuboTV today if you have not already done so!
Who is on pole for Las Vegas?
Larson is set to start this race where he left off in March. He earned the pole position for this race based on the starting lineup formula that NASCAR has used in place of qualifying for most of the races that have been contested this year.
The only modification to this formula for the round of 12 is the fact that the 12 remaining playoff drivers are guaranteed to start inside the top 12. Only after those top 12 positions are filled are the remaining drivers considered using that formula.
Here is the full starting lineup for the 2021 South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
1st – Kyle Larson
2nd – Ryan Blaney
3rd – William Byron
4th – Martin Truex Jr.
5th – Kevin Harvick
6th – Denny Hamlin
7th – Alex Bowman
8th – Brad Keselowski
9th – Joey Logano
10th – Kyle Busch
11th – Chase Elliott
12th – Christopher Bell
13th – Tyler Reddick
14th – Matt DiBenedetto
15th – Austin Dillon
16th – Erik Jones
17th – Aric Almirola
18th – Ross Chastain
19th – Chase Briscoe
20th – Kurt Busch
21st – Bubba Wallace
22nd – Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
23rd – Michael McDowell
24th – Ryan Preece
25th – Chris Buescher
26th – Daniel Suarez
27th – Corey LaJoie
28th – Cole Custer
29th – Ryan Newman
30th – Garrett Smithley
31st – Josh Bilicki
32nd – Anthony Alfredo
33rd – Justin Haley
34th – B.J. McLeod
35th – Cody Ware
36th – Quin Houff
37th – Joey Gase
38th – J.J. Yeley
Las Vegas betting odds
Take a look at the top 10 in betting odds for this Sunday night’s race, courtesy of WynnBET.
- Kyle Larson: +300
- Kyle Busch: +550
- Denny Hamlin: +600
- Martin Truex Jr.: +650
- Chase Elliott: +700
- Kevin Harvick: +800
- Joey Logano: +850
- Ryan Blaney: +1000
- William Byron: +1000
- Brad Keselowski: +1000
Las Vegas betting prediction
Kyle Larson, Kyle Larson, Kyle Larson. Believe it or not, there was a time when he was winless in the 2021 season. The last time that was the case was in early March, and then the Cup Series ran at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Larson dominated the race to secure his first win as the driver of the #5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in just his fourth start, breaking a team record.
The driver who, entering 2021, had struggled to close out races throughout his career despite leading tons of laps has since added five victories. You simply cannot bet against him at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend.
As for drivers to avoid, Kevin Harvick isn’t worth it at +800. His frustration with Chase Elliott was obvious, but for a driver who says he doesn’t have the mental capacity to think about last week, let alone last year, it looked more than anything like his actions after the race at Bristol Motor Speedway were brewing for quite some time.
If Harvick had hung on to beat Larson, Elliott would have been the only one upset; it wouldn’t have mattered to Harvick what happened on-track after their initial contact. Bet on that.
It’s been more than a year since he won a race after winning nine times in a 25-race span last season, and neither he nor any of the Stewart-Haas Racing drivers have shown anything close to winning speed at tracks where the 550-horsepower package is used.
To make matters worse, the March race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was one of his most frustrating races of an extremely frustrating 2021 season.
Make your pick now on WynnBET.
NASCAR lineup at Richmond: Starting order, pole for Saturday's playoff race without qualifying
The starting lineup for Saturday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway was set by the statistical formula NASCAR is using for the majority of Cup races in 2021.
Drivers' starting positions for the Federated Auto Parts 400, the second race of the Cup Series playoffs (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN5, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), were based on four factors:
- Driver's finishing position from the previous race (25 percent)
- Car owner's finishing position from the previous race (25 percent)
- Team owner points ranking (35 percent)
- Fastest lap from the previous race (15 percent)
NASCAR is conducting qualifying for just eight of the 36 Cup Series points races in the 2021 season. Seven of those races have already been run; the one remaining race with qualifying is the season-ending Championship 4 race at Phoenix Raceway in November.
Below is the starting lineup, which was set without qualifying, for Saturday's NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Richmond Raceway's 0.75-mile, D-shaped oval.
MORE: Watch Saturday's NASCAR race live with fuboTV (free 7-day trial)
Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Richmond?
NASCAR assigned Kyle Larson the No. 1 spot in the Richmond lineup based on its formula. Larson leads the playoff point standings and is coming off a runner-up finish last weekend at Darlington.
The winner of that race, Denny Hamiln, will line up next to Larson on the front row. Hamlin locked up a spot in the Round of 12 with his first victory of the season at the Cook Out Southern 500.
MORE: Busch, Elliott crash out of Darlington race
Under NASCAR's playoff rules, the top 16 spots in Saturday's field went to the 16 playoff drivers, but the starting order was based on the mathematical formula NASCAR has used for the majority of its races this season.
The four drivers who are below the Round of 12 cut line entering Saturday's race will all start toward the back of the playoff pack. Alex Bowman will begin 12th, William Byron will start 14th, Kyle Busch will start 15th and Michael McDowell will start 16th.
MORE: NASCAR playoffs, explained
Defending series champion Chase Elliott will start 13th after a crash forced him out of the Darlington race. Elliott comes into Saturday's race 10th in the playoff standings.
NASCAR Cup playoff standings
Denny Hamlin became the first driver this year to clinch a second-round when he won at Darlington. Runner-up driver Kyle Larson increased his playoff points lead and four playoff drivers suffered big hits in the standings after crashing out at the track that's "Too Tough to Tame."
|3||Martin Truex Jr.||2062|
x-Clinched berth in Round of 12.
NASCAR starting lineup at Richmond
NASCAR used a mathematical formula to set the starting lineup for Saturday's playoff race at Richmond Raceway, the Federated Auto Parts 400. Thirty-seven cars were entered for the race. Playoff drivers are denoted by "P-" next to their names.
|1||P-Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||P-Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|3||P-Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|4||P-Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|5||P-Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|6||P-Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|7||P-Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|8||P-Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|9||P-Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|10||P-Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|11||P-Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|12||P-Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|13||P-Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|14||P-William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|15||P-Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|16||P-Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|17||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|18||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|19||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|20||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|21||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|22||Daniel Suarez||99||TrackHouse Racing|
|23||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|24||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|25||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|26||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|27||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|28||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|29||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|30||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|31||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|32||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|33||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|34||Joey Gase||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|35||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|36||Garrett Smithley||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|37||JJ Yeley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
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NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas: Starting lineup, TV schedule for Sunday's race
The NASCAR Cup Series playoffs head into the second round with 12 drivers vying for eight spots in the next round.
They can do it with a win or on points, and Las Vegas will be the lone "normal" race of the three in this round. If your driver is not good on road courses and finds bad luck in pack racing, this is a big race for his chances to advance.
Here's what you need to know about Sunday's race:
NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas schedule
Green Flag Time: 6 p.m. CT Sunday
Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5 mile oval) in Las Vegas, Nevada
Length: 267 laps, 400.5 miles
Stages: 80 laps, 80 laps, 107 laps
TV coverage: NBC Sports Network
Streaming: NBC Sports app (subscription required); GoPRN.com and SiriusXM for audio (subscription required)
South Point 400 starting lineup
1. Kyle Larson, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2. Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Team Penske Ford
3. William Byron, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
4. Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
5. Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6. Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
7. Alex Bowman, No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
8. Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Team Penske Ford
9. Joey Logano, No. 22 Team Penske Ford
10. Kyle Busch, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
11. Chase Elliott, No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
12. Christopher Bell, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13. Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
14. Matt DiBenedetto, No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford
15. Austin Dillon, No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
16. Erik Jones, No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
17. Aric Almirola, No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
18. Ross Chastain, No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
19. Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
20. Kurt Busch, No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
21. Bubba Wallace, No. 23 23XI Racing Toyota
22. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
23. Michael McDowell, No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford
24. Ryan Preece, No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
25. Chris Buescher, No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford
26. Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Trackhouse Racing Toyota
27. Corey Lajoie, No. 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
28. Cole Custer, No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
29. Ryan Newman, No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford
30. Garrett Smithley, No. 53 Rick Ware Racing Ford
31. Josh Bilicki, No. 52 Rick Ware Racing Ford
32. Anthony Alfredo, No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford
33. Justin Haley, No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
34. BJ McLeod, No. 78 Live Fast Motorsports Ford
35. Cody Ware, No. 51 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
36. Quin Houff, No. 00 StarCom Racing Chevrolet
37. Joey Gase, No. 15 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
38. JJ Yeley, No. 66 Motorsports Business Management Toyota
NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Go Bowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International
The NASCAR Cup Series returns to Watkins Glen International this weekend for their first race at the track since 2019. The Go Bowling at The Glen is a 90-lap sprint, one of the shortest on the schedule as drivers tackle this 2.45-mile road course.
The Glen has been a mainstay since 1986, the first road course added in the modern era to pair with now-defunct Riverside International Raceway. The course is known for its long, fast main straightaway that leads into a tight braking zone entering turn 1. It’s where we’ve seen some of the sport’s more spectacular crashes as drivers have struggled through stuck throttles or make contact while trying to downshift.
Chase Elliott has dominated this race his past two starts after winning his first career Cup event back in 2018. Other recent winners include Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin and Team Penske’s Joey Logano.
In trying to stop the spread of COVID-19, NASCAR is continuing to limit at-track time during the pandemic. That means qualifying for this race was canceled, the lineup set using a special qualifying metric outlined below.
50% of the metric is based on finishing position from the previous race (split between driver and owner).
35% of the metric is the team’s current position in the NASCAR Cup Series owner point standings.
15% of the metric is based on the team’s fastest lap during the previous race.
The team with the lowest total starts on the pole, then the next lowest, etc. until all available spots are filled. It’s the best compromise NASCAR could make while attempting to limit each team’s at-track time and respecting COVID-19 restrictions still in place. It also means the first time these drivers will turn a lap on track is when they take the green flag Sunday afternoon.
Only 37 cars entered the race at Watkins Glen, leaving the 40-car grid three short. It’s tied for the smallest field of the season, as only the 36 teams who have guaranteed spots are entered along with the “open” car of JTG Daugherty Racing (Ryan Preece, No. 37).
1. Brad Keselowski
2. Joey Logano
3. Ryan Blaney
4. Kyle Larson
5. Kevin Harvick
6. Denny Hamlin
7. Christopher Bell
8. Aric Almirola
9. Martin Truex Jr.
10. Alex Bowman
11. Chase Elliott
12. Ross Chastain
13. Tyler Reddick
14. Matt DiBenedetto
15. William Byron
16. Austin Dillon
17. Kurt Busch
18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
19. Cole Custer
20. Kyle Busch
21. Daniel Suarez
22. Erik Jones
23. Ryan Preece
24. Chris Buescher
25. Michael McDowell
26. Bubba Wallace
27. Chase Briscoe (R)
28. Ryan Newman
29. Corey Lajoie
30. Justin Haley (i)
31. Anthony Alfredo (R)
32. Garrett Smithley (i)
33. Kyle Tilley
34. Josh Bilicki
35. Quin Houff
36. James Davison
37. RC Enerson (i)
(R) – Rookie
(i) – Ineligible to collect Cup Series points
- Brad Keselowski (pole) starts up front for the fourth time this season. The 2012 NASCAR Cup Series champion is still seeking the first road course victory of his career.
- Joey Logano (2nd) and Ryan Blaney (3rd) mean all three Team Penske cars start inside the top 3.
- Kyle Larson (4th) is the highest-qualifying Chevrolet. He trails Denny Hamlin by 13 points for the regular-season championship.
- Hamlin (6th) is the highest-qualifying Toyota as he still seeks his first victory of 2021.
- Chase Elliott (11th) is the defending winner of this race (last run in 2019).
- Austin Dillon (16th) trails Tyler Reddick by five points for the final NASCAR playoff spot.
- Chase Briscoe (27th) is the highest-qualifying rookie.
- Kyle Tilley (33rd) continues his limited road course racing schedule behind the wheel of the No. 78 Live Fast Racing Ford, replacing BJ McLeod.
- James Davison (36th) moves to the No. 51 of Rick Ware Racing from the No. 15, replacing Cody Ware for this weekend.
- 24-year-old RC Enerson (37th) will make his NASCAR Cup Series debut in the Rick Ware Racing No. 15 this weekend. Enerson has one career major NASCAR start, finishing 20th at Road America. He failed to qualify for the Indy 500 earlier this year.
NASCAR Race Breakdown
Race: Go Bowling at The Glen
Track: Watkins Glen International (Watkins Glen, N.Y.)
Date: Sunday, Aug. 8
TV: NBCSN, 3:00 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SIRIUS XM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 90 laps (220.5 miles)
Stage 1: 20 Laps
Stage 2: 20 Laps
Final Stage: 50 Laps
Teenage sensation Sam Mayerstops by the Frontstretch podcast to talk about his adjustment to the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Then, host Davey Segal and company reset the major NASCAR storylines after the two-week Olympic break while looking ahead to this weekend’s race at Watkins Glen.
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Kyle Larson has secured the Busch Pole Award for Sunday’s South Point 400 (7 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
RELATED: Las Vegas weekend schedule | Cup Series standings
Larson — winner of the most recent NASCAR Cup Series event, at Bristol Motor Speedway — will start his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet from the first spot for the fourth time in the last six races. The 400-miler is the opening race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs’ Round of 12.
Austin Cindric claimed the pole for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco Uniforms 302 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the opening race in that circuit’s postseason. John Hunter Nemechek earned the No. 1 starting spot for Friday’s Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200 presented by Westgate Resorts (9 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM) for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs Round of 8 opener.
Larson, Cindric and Nemechek are all the current points leaders in their respective 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 Saturday night’s Cup Series race below.
|Start pos.||Driver||Car #||Team|
|1||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|3||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|4||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|6||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|7||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|8||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|9||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|10||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|11||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|12||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|13||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|14||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|15||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|16||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|17||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|18||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|19||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|20||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|21||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|22||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|23||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|24||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|25||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|26||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing|
|27||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|28||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|29||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|30||Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|31||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|32||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|33||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|34||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|35||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|36||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|37||Joey Gase||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|38||JJ Yeley||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.