NASCAR line-up in Darlington: beginning order, pole for Sunday’s race with out qualification

The grid for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway was determined using the statistical formula NASCAR uses for most of its 2021 races.

The drivers’ starting positions for the Goodyear 400 (3:30 p.m. ET; FS1, TSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) were based on four factors:

  • Target position of the driver from the previous race (25 percent)
  • Target position of the car owner from the previous race (25 percent)
  • Ranking of team owner points (35 percent)
  • Fastest lap of the previous race (15 percent)

NASCAR conducts qualification and training for only eight Cup Series races in the 2021 season. The next session will take place shortly before the event on May 23 at the Circuit of the Americas, a street circuit outside of Austin, Texas.

The following is the starting grid, without qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR race, set to Darlington’s egg-shaped oval 1.366 miles in length.

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Who won pole for the NASCAR race in Darlington?

NASCAR’s formula was that Brad Keselowski was on pole position at Darlington. Keselowski was also the pole sitter for last weekend’s race, the Buschy McBusch Race 400 in Kansas. He is sixth in the points standings in the Cup series, but has a win (Talladega) and a third place (Kansas) in his last two races.

Kevin Harvick was tipped to start next to Keselowski in the front row. Harvick won two of the three races at Darlington last year and finished third in the other race. Like Keselowski, he made the top fives in a row: fourth in Talladega and second in Kansas.

Kyle Busch, last weekend’s winner, finished third in the race on Sunday. Martin Truex Jr., William Byron, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Matt DiBenedetto, Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick round out the top 10.

NASCAR starting grid in Darlington

The starting grid for Sunday’s race at Darlington Raceway, also known as the Too Tough to Tame track, also known as the Lady in Black, was determined by a mathematical formula that gave this starting grid for the Unqualified Goodyear 400:

Start pos. driver Car no. team
1 Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske
2 Kevin Harvick 4th Stewart-Haas Racing
3 Kyle Busch 18th Joe Gibbs Racing
4th Martin Truex Jr. 19th Joe Gibbs Racing
5 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
6th Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
7th Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
8th Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing
9 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
10 Tyler Reddick 8th Richard Childress Racing
11 Chris Buescher 17th Roush Fenway Racing
12th Joey Logano 22nd Team Penske
13th Michael McDowell 34 Motorsport in the front row
14th Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
fifteen Daniel Suarez 99 Trackhouse Racing Team
16 Ryan Blaney 12th Team Penske
17th Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
18th Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
19th Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
20th Ryan Newman 6th Roush Fenway Racing
21 Christopher Bell 20th Joe Gibbs Racing
22nd Chase Briscoe 14th Stewart-Haas Racing
23 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing
24 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
25th Anthony Alfredo 38 Motorsport in the front row
26th Erik Jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
27 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
28 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
29 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
30th Corey LaJoie 7th Spire Motorsports
31 Justin Haley 77 Spire Motorsports
32 BJ McLeod 78 Live motorsport fast
33 Cody ware 51 Petty Ware Racing
34 JJ Yeley 53 Rick Ware Racing
35 Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing
36 James Davison fifteen Rick Ware Racing
37 Josh Bilicki 52 Rick Ware Racing

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