The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was established by applying the statistical formula used by NASCAR for the majority of Cup races in 2021.
The drivers’ starting positions for the South Point 400, the fourth race of the 2021 Cup Playoffs and the first race of the Round of 12 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), were based on four factors:
- Final position of the driver from the previous race (25%)
- Final position of the car owner in the previous race (25%)
- Team owner’s point ranking (35%)
- Best lap of the previous race (15%)
NASCAR qualifies for only eight of the 36 Cup Series winning races in the 2021 season. Seven of those races have already been raced; the only race remaining with qualifying is the season-ending Championship 4 race at Phoenix Raceway in November.
Below is the starting lineup, which was set without qualifying, for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on the 1.5-mile oval at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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Who won pole for the NASCAR race in Las Vegas?
Kyle Larson won pole position for Sunday’s race. He is the leader in the elimination points and has just won a victory in Bristol in the last race of the round of 16. Driver Hendrick Motorsports had two top fives and three top 10s in the first three playoff races.
Next to him in the front row is Martin Truex Jr., who won the median round of 16 race in Richmond. Driver Joe Gibbs Racing also had two top five and three top 10 in the round of 16.
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Under NASCAR playoff rules, the top 12 spots in Sunday’s peloton went to the remaining 12 playoff drivers, but the starting order was based on the mathematical formula NASCAR used for the majority of its races. this season.
NASCAR Cup Playoff Ranking
Kyle Larson leads the playoff points standings as the Round of 12 begins. He is 30 points ahead of runner-up Martin Truex Jr. Tied for third place, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney, five more points behind.
On the other side are the drivers below the round of 16 cup line: Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Christopher Bell and Kevin Harvick. Logano is however only one point behind eighth pilot William Byron.
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A playoff driver who wins a race in the Round of 12 automatically advances to the Round of 8.
|2||Martin Truex Jr.||3029|
NASCAR starting eleven in Las Vegas
NASCAR used a mathematical formula to define the starting lineup for Sunday’s playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, South Point 400. Thirty-eight cars were entered for the race. Playoff drivers are designated with “P-” next to their names.
|Pos. starting||Driver||Car number||Team|
|1||P-Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||P-Ryan Blaney||12||Penske team|
|3||P-William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|4||P-Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe gibbs racing|
|5||P-Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Race|
|6||P-Denny Hamlin||11||Joe gibbs racing|
|7||P-Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|8||P-Brad Keselowski||2||Penske team|
|9||Joey logano||22||Penske team|
|ten||P-Kyle Busch||18||Joe gibbs racing|
|11||P-Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|12||P-Christophe Bell||20||Joe gibbs racing|
|13||Tyler reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|14||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood brothers racing|
|15||Austin dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|16||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|17||Aric almirola||ten||Stewart-Haas Race|
|18||Ross chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|19||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Race|
|20||Kurt busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|21||Bubba wallace||23||23XI Race|
|22||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Girls Race|
|23||Michael mcdowell||34||Motorsports in the first row|
|24||Ryan precece||37||JTG Girls Race|
|25||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|26||Daniel Suarez||99||Track race|
|27||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|28||Cole custer||41||Stewart-Haas Race|
|29||Ryan newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|30||Garrett smithley||53||Rick ware racing|
|31||Josh bilicki||52||Rick ware racing|
|32||Anthony Alfredo||38||Motorsports in the first row|
|33||Justin haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|34||BJ McLeod||78||Experience fast motorsports|
|35||Cody ware||51||Small items shopping|
|36||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Race|
|37||Joey Gase||15||Rick ware racing|
|38||JJ Yeley||66||Business management in motorsport|