NASCAR roster in Kansas: start order, pole for Sunday’s non-qualifying race
The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway was established by applying the statistical formula NASCAR uses for the majority of its 2021 races.
The drivers’ starting positions for the Buschy McBusch Race 400 (3 p.m. ET; FS1, TSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) were based on four factors:
- Finish position of the driver from the previous race (25%)
- Final position of the car owner compared to the previous race (25%)
- Team owner point ranking (35%)
- Fastest lap of the previous race (15%)
NASCAR is leading qualifying and training for just eight Cup Series races in the 2021 season. There are six races left in this group, starting with the May 23 event at the Circuit of the Americas, a road course. outside of Austin, Texas.
Below is the starting lineup, established without qualifying, for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway’s 1.5-mile track.
Who won the pole for the NASCAR race in Kansas?
Brad Keselowski is the poleman for Sunday’s race based on the NASCAR mathematical formula. Keselowski had a pass on the last lap to win last weekend’s race at Talladega. The Team Penske driver is sixth in the Cup Series points standings in 10 races, but is eligible for the Cup Series qualifiers after his victory. He has already won twice in Kansas in his career, in 2011 and 2019.
The other driver in the front row on Sunday will be William Byron. Driver Hendrick Motorsports is fourth in the standings after his second place at Keselowski in Talladega.
Michael McDowell, Kevin Harvick, Matt DiBenedetto, Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch and Cole Custer round out the top 10.
A historical note: the pole winner has won six times in the previous 30 Cup Series races in Kansas (20%). The last to do so was Harvick in 2018.
NASCAR’s starting lineup in Kansas
The starting line-up for Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway was determined by a mathematical formula, which produced this starting line-up for the Busch McBusch Race 400 without qualifying:
|Start pos.||Driver||Car number||Team|
|1||Brad Keselowski||2||Penske team|
|2||William byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|3||Michael mcdowell||34||Motorsport in the front row|
|4||Kevin harvick||4||Stewart-Haas races|
|5||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood brothers racing|
|6||Austin dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|7||Ryan blaney||12||Penske team|
|8||Christopher bell||20||Joe gibbs racing|
|9||Kyle busch||18||Joe gibbs racing|
|ten||Cole custer||41||Stewart-Haas races|
|11||Tyler reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|12||Ryan preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|13||Bubba wallace||23||23XI Race|
|14||Ryan newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|15||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe gibbs racing|
|16||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|17||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|18||Aric almirola||ten||Stewart-Haas races|
|19||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas races|
|20||Denny hamlin||11||Joe gibbs racing|
|21||Daniel Suarez placeholder image||99||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|22||Anthony Alfredo||38||Motorsport in the front row|
|23||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|24||Ross chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|25||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|26||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|27||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|28||Kurt busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|29||Joey logano||22||Penske team|
|30||BJ McLeod||78||Fast live motor sports|
|31||Justin haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|32||Kyle larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|33||Cody ware||51||Petty ware racing|
|34||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|35||Joey Gase||15||Rick ware racing|
|36||Garrett smithley||53||Rick ware racing|
|37||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick ware racing|
|38||Austin Cindric||33||Penske team|
|39||Matt mills||55||BJ McLeod Motorsports|