NASCAR lineup in Richmond: starting order without qualifying for Sunday’s race
The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway was set by applying the statistical formula used in most NASCAR 2021 races.
Drivers ’starting positions were based on four factors: Toyota Owners 400 (15:00 ET; Fox, TSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio):
- Last place in the previous race of the driver (25 percent)
- Last position of car owner in the previous race (25 percent)
- Group owner points ranking (35 percent)
- Fastest lap of the previous race (15 percent)
The NASCAR 2021 Season Cup Series is qualifying and training for eight races. There are six races left for this team, on the May 23 American circuit, starting on the Austin (Texas) outdoor road route.
Next, the starting lineup was set without classification at Sunday’s 0.75-mile track for the NASCAR race at Richmond Raceway.
Who won the pole at the NASCAR race in Richmond?
Martin Truex Jr. is the polesitter of Sunday’s race based on NASCAR’s mathematical formula. Truex won a rain-delayed race at Martinsville Speedway last weekend, becoming the only multiple-race winner in the Cup Series after eight races in 2021.
Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing teammate of Truex, will start second. Hamlin is the leader of the series in points despite not winning this year. He has seven top-five finishes in eight races. Hamlin drove more than half of the 500 laps in Martinsville but his car disappeared late and Truex took the checkered flag. Hamlin finished third as Chase Elliott joined for second place.
Among the top 10 for the Richmond race: Elliott, William Byron, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.
NASCAR Richmond starting lineup
The starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Richmond Raceway was determined using a mathematical formula approved late in the NASCAR 2020 season. The formula created this starting lineup without qualifying for the Toyota Owners 400:
|Driver||Car number||The group|
|Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Joey Logano||22||Penske team|
|Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Ryan Blaney||12||Penske team|
|Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Brad Keselowski||2||Penske team|
|Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Image of the Daniel Suarez placeholder||99||TrackHouse Racing|
|James Davison||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|BJ McLeod||78||Fast Direct Motoring|
|Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|Austin Cindric||33||Penske team|