The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was set by applying the statistical formula NASCAR is using for the majority of Cup races in 2021.
Drivers’ starting positions for the South Point 400, the fourth race of the 2021 Cup Series playoffs and the first race in the Round of 12 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, PRN, 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 for just eight of the 36 Cup Series points-paying races in the 2021 season. Seven of those races have already been run; the one remaining race 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 Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval.
Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Las Vegas?
Kyle Larson was awarded the pole position for Sunday’s race. He is the playoff points leader and coming off a win at Bristol in the last race of the Round of 16. The Hendrick Motorsports driver had two top-fives and three top-10s in the first three playoff races.
Next to him on the front row will be Martin Truex Jr., who won the middle race of the Round of 16 at Richmond. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver likewise had two top-fives and three top-10s in the Round of 16.
Per NASCAR’s playoff rules, the top 12 spots in Sunday’s field went to the 12 remaining playoff drivers, but the starting order was based on the mathematical formula NASCAR has used for the majority of its races this season.
NASCAR Cup playoff standings
Kyle Larson leads the playoff points standings as the Round of 12 begins. He’s 30 points clear of second-place driver Martin Truex Jr. Tied for third are Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney, another five points back.
On the other end are the drivers below the Round of 8 cut line: Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Christopher Bell and Kevin Harvick. Logano is just one point behind eighth-place driver William Byron, however.
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 lineup at Las Vegas
NASCAR used a mathematical formula to set the starting lineup for Sunday’s playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the South Point 400. Thirty-eight cars were entered for the race. Playoff drivers are denoted by “P-” next to their names.
|Start pos.||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1||P-Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||P-Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|3||P-William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|4||P-Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||P-Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|6||P-Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|7||P-Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|8||P-Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|9||P-Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|10||P-Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|11||P-Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|12||P-Christopher 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||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|18||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|19||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|20||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|21||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|22||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|23||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|24||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|25||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|26||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing|
|27||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|28||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|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||Front Row Motorsports|
|33||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|34||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|35||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|36||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|37||Joey Gase||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|38||JJ Yeley||66||Motorsports Business Management|