NASCAR lineup at Atlanta: Starting order, pole for Sunday’s race without qualifying

The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway was set by applying the statistical formula NASCAR is using for the majority of the series’ races in 2021.

NASCAR returned to the formula after holding qualifying at Road America last weekend.

Drivers’ starting positions for the Quaker State 400 (3:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, PRN, 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 and practice for just eight Cup Series races in the 2021 season. The remaining sessions will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in August and at Phoenix for the season-ending Championship 4 race in November.

Below is the starting lineup, which was set without qualifying, for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race on Atlanta Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval.

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Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Atlanta?

Chase Elliott will start from the pole at his home track. The Hendrick Motorsports driver is coming off a dominant victory at Road America on Independence Day. The win was his second of the season, both on road courses. The 2020 series champion is searching for his first win at Atlanta; he has one top-five and four top-10 finishes in six career races at the track.

Kyle Busch will be to the outside of Elliott on the front row. Busch came home third at Road America despite starting from the rear. He will be seeking his third win of the season.

Series points leader Denny Hamlin will start third. Hamlin does not have a win yet this season, but he does have 14 top-10 finishes in the first 20 races. His lead is just three points over Kyle Larson, however. Larson will start sixth.

NASCAR starting lineup at Atlanta

NASCAR used a mathematical formula to set the starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart, without qualifying. Thirty-seven drivers were entered for the race.

Start pos.DriverCar No.Team
1Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports
2Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing
3Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing
4Christopher Bell20Joe Gibbs Racing
5Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing
6Kyle Larson5Hendrick Motorsports
7Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing
8Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing
9Ross Chastain42Chip Ganassi Racing
10Joey Logano22Team Penske
11Chase Briscoe14Stewart-Haas Racing
12Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing
13Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing
14Brad Keselowski2Team Penske
15Ryan Blaney12Team Penske
16Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing
17Alex Bowman48Hendrick Motorsports
18Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing
19William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports
20Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing
21Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing
22Erik Jones43Richard Petty Motorsports
23Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing
24Bubba Wallace2323XI Racing
25Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports
26Corey LaJoie7Spire Motorsports
27Daniel Suarez99Trackhouse Racing Team
28Justin Haley77Spire Motorsports
29Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing
30Josh Bilicki52Rick Ware Racing
31Cody Ware51Petty Ware Racing
32Anthony Alfredo38Front Row Motorsports
33Bayley Currey15Rick Ware Racing
34Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing
35Quin Houff00StarCom Racing
36BJ McLeod78Live Fast Motorsports
37Garrett Smithley53Rick Ware Racing

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