NASCAR at Martinsville: Starting lineup for the Xfinity 500, the final playoff elimination race before championship
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After Kyle Larson won the last three NASCAR Cup Series playoff races, it should come as no surprise that he’s on the pole for the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday (2 p.m. ET, NBC for the final playoff elimination race before the winner take-all championship event at Phoenix Raceway in November. 7.

Larson is currently at the top in the playoff standings, with only two races remaining. He’s also the only driver who is guaranteed a spot in the Championship 4 after he won the Round of 8’s first two races. The remaining three drivers will be decided at Martinsville.

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However, because of the challenges related to racing during the COVID-19 pandemic, most race weekends this season do not include practice or qualifying sessions. This is also true for playoff races, where the playoff drivers will be at the front.

So, without qualifying, NASCAR decides the starting lineup using a formula that is based on these elements:

  • 25 percent: Driver’s finishing position from the previous race
  • 25 percent: Car owner’s finishing position from the previous race
  • 35 percent: Team owner points ranking
  • 15 percent: Fastest lap from the previous race

Here’s a look at the starting lineup for the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville on Sunday.

1. Kyle Larson, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

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2. Chase Elliott, No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

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3. Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

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4. Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

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5. Joey Logano, No. 22 Team Penske Ford

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6. Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford

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7. Kyle Busch, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

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8. Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Team Penske Ford

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9. Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

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10. Kurt Busch, No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

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11. William Byron, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

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12. Christopher Bell, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

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13. Alex Bowman, No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

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14. Austin Dillon, No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

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15. Chris Buescher, No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford

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16. Ross Chastain, No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

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17. Bubba Wallace, No. 23 23XI Racing Toyota

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18. Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

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19. Michael McDowell, No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford

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20. Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet

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21. Matt DiBenedetto, No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford

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22. Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

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23. Aric Almirola (No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

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24. Cole Custer, No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

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25. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet

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26. Ryan Preece, No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet

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27. Ryan Newman, No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford

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28. Erik Jones, No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet

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29. Corey LaJoie (No. 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet

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30. BJ McLeod (No. 78 Live Fast Motorsports Ford

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31. Cody Ware, Number. 51 Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet

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32. Anthony Alfredo, No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford

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33. Josh Bilicki, No. 52 Rick Ware Racing Ford

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34. Joey Gase, Number. 53 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet

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35. Justin Haley, No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet

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36. Quin Houff, No. 00 StarCom Racing Chevrolet

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37. Garrett Smithley, No. 15 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet

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38. Timmy Hill, No. 66 Motorsports Business Management Toyota

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