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

The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway was set by applying the statistical formula NASCAR is using for the majority of the series’ races in 2021.

NASCAR returned to the formula after holding qualifying at Road America last weekend. 

Drivers’ starting positions for the Quaker State 400 (3:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) were based on four factors:

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 in August and at Phoenix for the season-ending Championship 4 race in November.

Below is the starting lineup, which was set without qualifying, for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race on Atlanta Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval.

Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Atlanta?

Chase Elliott will start from the pole at his home track. The Hendrick Motorsports driver is coming off a dominant victory at Road America on Independence Day. The win was his second of the season, both on road courses. The 2020 series champion is searching for his first win at Atlanta; he has one top-five and four top-10 finishes in six career races at the track.

Kyle Busch will be to the outside of Elliott on the front row. Busch came home third at Road America despite starting from the rear. He will be seeking his third win of the season.

Series points leader Denny Hamlin will start third. Hamlin does not have a win yet this season, but he does have 14 top-10 finishes in the first 20 races. His lead is just three points over Kyle Larson, however. Larson will start sixth. 

NASCAR starting lineup at Atlanta

NASCAR used a mathematical formula to set the starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart, without qualifying. Thirty-seven drivers were entered for the race.

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