The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway was set by applying the statistical formula NASCAR is using for the majority of its 2021 races.
Drivers’ starting positions for the Toyota Owners 400 (3 p.m. ET; Fox, 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. Six races in that group remain, starting with the May 23 event at Circuit of the Americas, a road course outside Austin, Texas.
Below is the starting lineup, which was set without qualifying, for Sunday’s NASCAR race on the 0.75-mile track at Richmond Raceway.
Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Richmond?
Martin Truex Jr. is the polesitter for Sunday’s race based on NASCAR’s mathematical formula. Truex won last weekend’s rain-delayed race at Martinsville Speedway, making him the only multiple-race winner in the Cup Series after eight races in 2021.
Denny Hamlin, Truex’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, will start second. Hamlin is the series points leader despite not having won yet this year. He has seven top-five finishes in eight races. Hamlin led more than half the 500 laps at Martinsville but his car faded late and Truex took the checkered flag. Hamlin finished third as Chase Elliott rallied for a second-place finish.
The rest of the top 10 for the race at Richmond: Elliott, William Byron, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.
NASCAR starting lineup at Richmond
The starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Richmond Raceway was determined through a mathematical formula NASCAR adopted late in the 2020 season. The formula produced this starting lineup for the Toyota Owners 400 without qualifying:
|Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Daniel Suarez||99||TrackHouse Racing|
|James Davison||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|Austin Cindric||33||Team Penske|