The starting lineup for the NASCAR Cup series to be held at the Michigan International Speedway on Sunday was determined by applying the statistical formula used by NASCAR in most of the 2021 cups.
The starting position of the FireKeepers Casino 400 drivers (3pm EST; NBCSN, TSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) is based on four factors:
- The finish position of the driver in a race (25%)
- Owner’s last race finish ranking (25%)
- Team owner points ranking (35%)
- The fastest lap of the previous race (15%)
NASCAR will qualify for eight cup series in the 2021 season. Seven of these games have already started; the remaining one is the end-of-season tournament 4 game held at Phoenix Speedway in November.
The following is the starting lineup for the NASCAR Cup series on Sunday at the 2-mile oval at Michigan International Speedway without qualifying.
Who won the pole position of the NASCAR race in Michigan?
According to the NASCAR formula, Kyle Larson topped the list. He finished third in the last race, Verizon 200 at the Brickyard circuit of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With the remaining two regular season games, he also took over the series lead from Denny Hamlin.
Larson’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott will join him. Elliott finished fourth at Brickyard, which was his 11th time in the top five this season. Larson leads all drivers with 13 top five places.
Drivers on the playoff bubble will not be too close to the front line. Kevin Harvick is eighth, Tyler Reddick is 14th, and Austin Dillon is 26th. However, starting from eighth place may not matter to Harvick, because he won the last three games in Michigan.
Matt DiBenedetto will finish fourth after finishing fifth in Indy. A victory was his ticket to the playoffs because he was 145 points behind the 16th place Redick in the standings. After the Wood Brothers Racing team replaced him with Harrison Burton for the 2022 season, DiBenedetto is also fighting for a job.
NASCAR, Michigan starting lineup
NASCAR used mathematical formulas to set the starting lineup for Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. 37 cars participated in the race.
|Starting position.||driver||Car number||team|
|1||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsport|
|2||Chase Eliot||9||Hendrick Motorsport|
|3||Ryan Blaney||12||Penske Team|
|4||Matt DiBenedetto||twenty one||Wood Brothers Racing|
|5||Martin Trux Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|6||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|7||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|8||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|9||Danny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|10||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsport|
|11||Chris Buscher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|12||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||47||JTG Doherty Racing|
|13||Eric Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsport|
|14||Taylor Redick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|15||Bubba Wallace||twenty three||23XI Racing|
|16||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|17||Justin Haley||77||Spire motorsport|
|18||William Byron||twenty four||Hendrick Motorsport|
|19||Joey Logano||twenty two||Penske Team|
|20||Brad Keselowski||2||Penske Team|
|twenty one||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|twenty two||Rose Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|twenty three||Arik Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|twenty four||Corey Rajoy||7||Spire motorsport|
|25||Michael McDowell||34||Front row motorsport|
|26||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|27||Cole Caster||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|28||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|29||Josh Bilic||52||Rickwell Racing|
|30||Daniel Suarez placeholder image||99||Track racing|
|32||Ryan Price||37||JTG Doherty Racing|
|33||Garrett Smithley||53||Rickwell Racing|
|34||James Davidson||15||Rickwell Racing|
|35||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front row motorsport|
|36||BJ McLeod||78||Live fast racing|
|37||Cody Sanitary Ware||51||Small car|