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NASCAR lineup at Pocono: Starting order, pole for Sunday’s race

NASCAR lineup at Pocono: Starting order, pole for Sunday's race

The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway, the second race of a weekend doubleheader at the Pennsylvania track, was set based on the results of Saturday’s opening race.

Drivers’ starting positions for the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 (3:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN2, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) were determined two ways:

  • The top 20 drivers’ finishing positions were inverted. Saturday’s race winner will start 20th on Sunday and the 20th-pace finisher will begin on the pole.
  • Drivers who finished 21st through 38th Saturday will start in the same positions on Sunday.

NASCAR has used inversion for previous Pocono doubleheaders and went to it last year when tracks hosted multiple races during the week because of schedule changes forced by the COVID-19 shutdown.

Below is the starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race on Pocono Raceway’s 2.5-mile tri-oval:

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Who won the pole for the NASCAR Sunday race at Pocono?

Chris Buescher will take the green flag Sunday after finishing 20th in Saturday’s race. Buescher held off Austin Dillon for the pole “win.” Michael McDowell will join Buescher on the front row after a 19th-place finish.

The rest of the top 10, respectively: Martin Truex Jr., Christopher Bell, Aric Almirola, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.. Bubba Wallace, Daniel Suarez, Chase Elliott and Tyler Reddick.

Race winner Alex Bowman will invert to the 20th starting position.

Kyle Larson finished ninth Saturday after the left front tire on his No. 5 car went flat on the last turn of the last lap, but has to drop to the rear of the field for the start of Sunday’s race because he’ll drive a backup car.

NASCAR starting lineup at Pocono

NASCAR used the official results of Saturday’s Pocono Organics 325 to set the starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway, the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350. NASCAR inverted the order of the top 20 finishers in Saturday’s race, meaning the race winner will start 20th and the 20th-place finisher will start on the pole Sunday. The bottom 18 finishers in the 38-car field (21st through 38th) Saturday were assigned the same positions for Sunday.

Pos.DriverCar No.Team
1Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing
2Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports
3Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing
4Christopher Bell20Joe Gibbs Racing
5Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing
7Bubba Wallace2323XI Racing
8Daniel Suarez99Trackhouse Racing Team
9Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports
10Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing
11Brad Keselowski2Team Penske
12Kyle Larson*5Hendrick Motorsports
13Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing
14Joey Logano22Team Penske
15Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing
16Ryan Blaney12Team Penske
17Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing
18William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports
19Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing
20Alex Bowman48Hendrick Motorsports
21Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing
22Erik Jones43Richard Petty Motorsports
23Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing
24Chase Briscoe14Stewart-Haas Racing
25Cody Ware51Petty Ware Racing
26Anthony Alfredo38Front Row Motorsports
27Justin Haley77Spire Motorsports
28James Davison15Rick Ware Racing
29Garrett Smithley53Rick Ware Racing
30BJ McLeod78Live Fast Motorsports
31Quin Houff00Starcom Racing
32Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing
33Ross Chastain42Chip Ganassi Racing
34Josh Bilicki52Rick Ware Racing
35Timmy Hill66Motorsports Business Management
36Corey Lajoie7Spire Motorsports
37Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing
38Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing

*Larson will start at the rear of the field and race in a backup car Sunday because of a crash in Saturday’s race.

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