The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International was set by applying the statistical formula NASCAR is using for the majority of the series’ races in 2021.
Drivers’ starting positions for the Go Bowling at The Glen (3 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, MRN, 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 on Aug. 15 and Phoenix for the Championship 4 season-ending race on Nov. 7.
Below is the starting lineup, which was set without qualifying, for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race on Watkins Glen’s 3.4-mile road course.
Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen?
Brad Keselowski drew the pole position for Sunday’s race. The Team Penske driver has produced two top-five finishes and two top-10 finishes in his last five races.
His teammate Joey Logano will join him on the front row. Logano drew the No. 2 position on the strength of his fourth-place finish at New Hampshire in the last race before the Olympic break.
Ryan Blaney made it a Team Penske sweep of the top three qualifying places for Sunday. Blaney has three top-fives and a top-10 in his last five races.
All three drivers have already qualified for the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs by winning a race.
Of the top four drivers on the playoff bubble, two of them will start next to each other Sunday. Kevin Harvick will start fifth and series points leader Denny Hamlin will start sixth. Tyler Reddick will start 13th and Austin Dillon will start 16th.
NASCAR starting lineup at Watkins Glen
NASCAR used a mathematical formula to set the starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Watkins Glen International, the Go Bowling at The Glen. Thirty-seven cars were entered for the race.
|1||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|2||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|3||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|4||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|5||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|6||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|7||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|8||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|9||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|10||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|11||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|12||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|13||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|14||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|15||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|16||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|17||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|18||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|19||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|20||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|21||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|22||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|23||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|24||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|25||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|26||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|27||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|28||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|29||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|30||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|31||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|32||Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|33||Kyle Tilley||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|34||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|35||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|36||James Davison||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|37||RC Enerson||15||Rick Ware Racing|