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



The starting lineup and pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, the second of a doubleheader this weekend, were set based on how drivers finished in Saturday’s Cup Series race at the track.

The starting grid for Sunday’s race at Michigan, scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. ET and broadcast live on NBCSN, features two Fords in the front row and two Chevrolets in the second row based on the results of the weekend’s first leg, with the top 20 finishers inverted..

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As for pit stall selection for the NASCAR Cup Series races being run without qualifying, it is ordered based on finishing positions from the series’ previous points race, followed by new entries in order of points. That means Kevin Harvick, the winner of Saturday’s race at Michigan, will have the first stall for Sunday’s race.

Below is the starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Michigan, the Consumers Energy 400, and how it was set.

Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Michigan?

The 20th-place finisher in Saturday’s race, Chris Buescher, will start on the pole for the weekend’s second race Sunday. With him on the front row will be 19th-place finisher Clint Bowyer.

Two Chevrolet drivers will be behind Buescher and Bowyer as Tyler Reddick and Matt Kenseth start third and fourth, respectively.

NASCAR’s inversion of the field also means Saturday’s race-winner, Harvick, will start 20th and runner-up Brad Keselowski will start 19th.

Below is the protocol for how the Cup Series field was set at Michigan:

Positions 1-20: Inverse order of the top 20 finishers in Saturday’s Firekeepers Casino 400
Positions 21-39: Order of finish in Saturday’s Firekeepers Casino 400

NASCAR starting lineup at Michigan

Saturday’s Michigan race was the last to use the old protocol for setting lineups without qualifying sessions this season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. NASCAR is moving to a new formula beginning with the Daytona road course race Aug. 16. The exceptions will be the second legs of doubleheaders like Sunday’s race at Michigan, for which the field will be set by the results of the first leg, with the top 20 finishers inverted.

The new procedure will replace the random-draw element with a performance-based formula with three metrics — finishing position from the previous race (weighted 50 percent), ranking in team owner points standings (35 percent) and fastest lap from the previous race (15 percent).

The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Michigan, based on where drivers finished in Saturday’s NASCAR race at Michigan. Below are the starting positions:

StartDriverCar No.Team
1Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing
2Clint Bowyer14Stewart-Haas Racing
3Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing
4Matt Kenseth42Chip Ganassi Racing
5Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing
6Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing
7William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports
8Christopher Bell95Leavine Family Racing
9Jimmie Johnson48Hendrick Motorsports
10Erik Jones20Joe Gibbs Racing
11Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing
12Bubba Wallace43Richard Petty Motorsports
13Joey Logano22Team Penske
14Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports
15Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing
16Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing
17Ryan Blaney12Team Penske
18Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing
19Brad Keselowski2Team Penske
20Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing
21Alex Bowman88Hendrick Motorsports
22Corey LaJoie32Go Fas Racing
23Ty Dillon13Germain Racing
24Daniel Suarez96Gaunt Brothers Racing
25Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing
26JJ Yeley27Rick Ware Racing
27Quin Houff00StarCom Racing
28Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing
29Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports
30Reed Sorenson74Spire Motorsports
31Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing
32Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing
33Timmy Hill66Motorsports Business Management
34Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing
35Garrett Smithley53Rick Ware Racing
36John Hunter Nemechek38Front Row Motorsports
37Brennan Poole15Premium Motorsports
38James Davison51Petty Ware Racing
39Josh Bilicki7Tommy Baldwin Racing



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