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

Drivers’ starting positions for the Buschy McBusch Race 400 (3 p.m. ET; FS1, 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 1.5-mile track at Kansas Speedway.

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Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Kansas?

Brad Keselowski is the polesitter for Sunday’s race based on NASCAR’s mathematical formula. Keselowski pulled off a last-lap pass to win last weekend’s race at Talladega. The Team Penske driver is sixth in the Cup Series point standings through 10 races but is eligible for the Cup Series playoffs following his win. He has already won twice at Kansas in his career, in 2011 and 2019.

The other driver on the front row Sunday will be William Byron. The Hendrick Motorsports driver is fourth in the point standings following his runner-up finish to Keselowski at Talladega.

Michael McDowell, Kevin Harvick, Matt DiBenedetto, Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch and Cole Custer complete the top 10.

A historical note: The pole winner has won six times in the 30 previous Cup Series races at Kansas (20 percent). The last one to do it was Harvick in 2018.

NASCAR starting lineup at Kansas

The starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway was determined through a mathematical formula, which produced this starting lineup for the Busch McBusch Race 400 without qualifying:

Start pos.DriverCar No.Team
1Brad Keselowski2Team Penske
2William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports
3Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports
4Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing
5Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing
6Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing
7Ryan Blaney12Team Penske
8Christopher Bell20Joe Gibbs Racing
9Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing
10Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing
11Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing
12Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing
13Bubba Wallace2323XI Racing
14Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing
15Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing
16Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing
17Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports
18Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing
19Chase Briscoe14Stewart-Haas Racing
20Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing
21Daniel Suarez99Trackhouse Racing Team
22Anthony Alfredo38Front Row Motorsports
23Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing
24Ross Chastain42Chip Ganassi Racing
25Alex Bowman48Hendrick Motorsports
26Corey LaJoie7Spire Motorsports
27Erik Jones43Richard Petty Motorsports
28Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing
29Joey Logano22Team Penske
30BJ McLeod78Live Fast Motorsports
31Justin Haley77Spire Motorsports
32Kyle Larson5Hendrick Motorsports
33Cody Ware51Petty Ware Racing
34Quin Houff00StarCom Racing
35Joey Gase15Rick Ware Racing
36Garrett Smithley53Rick Ware Racing
37Josh Bilicki52Rick Ware Racing
38Austin Cindric33Team Penske
39Matt Mills55BJ McLeod Motorsports

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