NASCAR line-up at Watkins Glen: Beginning order, pole for Sunday’s race with out qualifying
The grid for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International was determined by applying the statistical formula that NASCAR uses for most of the series’ races in 2021.
Drivers’ starting positions for Go Bowling at The Glen (3 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) were based on four factors:
- Target placement of the driver from the previous race (25 percent)
- Final placement of the car owner from the previous race (25 percent)
- Ranking of team owner points (35 percent)
- Fastest lap from the previous race (15 percent)
NASCAR will conduct qualifying and practice sessions for only eight races in the Cup series in the 2021 season. The remaining sessions will be held on August 15 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course and on November 7 in Phoenix for the Championship 4 season finale.
Below is the starting grid, determined without qualification, for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen 3.4 mile road circuit.
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Who won pole for the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen?
Brad Keselowski took pole position for Sunday’s race. The driver from Team Penske has achieved two top 5 placements and two top 10 placements in his last five races.
His teammate Joey Logano will join him in the front row. Logano took # 2 by finishing fourth in New Hampshire in the final race before the Olympic break.
Ryan Blaney managed to win the first three qualifying places for the Penske team on Sunday. Blaney has achieved three top five and one top 10 in his last five races.
All three drivers have already qualified for the playoffs of the NASCAR Cup Series by winning.
Of the four best drivers in the playoff bubble, two will start next to each other on Sunday. Kevin Harvick will be fifth and series leader Denny Hamlin will be sixth. Tyler Reddick will start 13th and Austin Dillon will start 16th.
NASCAR grid in Watkins Glen
NASCAR used a mathematical formula to determine the starting grid for Sunday’s race at Watkins Glen International, Go Bowling at The Glen. 37 cars were entered for the race.
|1||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|2||Joey Logano||22nd||Team Penske|
|3||Ryan Blaney||12th||Team Penske|
|4th||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|5||Kevin Harvick||4th||Stewart-Haas race|
|6th||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|7th||Christopher Bell||20th||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|8th||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas race|
|9||Martin Truex Jr.||19th||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|10||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|11||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|12th||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|13th||Tyler Reddick||8th||Richard children’s race|
|14th||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|fifteen||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|16||Austin Dillon||3||Richard children’s race|
|17th||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|18th||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|19th||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas race|
|20th||Kyle Busch||18th||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|21||Daniel Suarez placeholder image||99||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|22nd||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|23||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|24||Chris Büscher||17th||Roush Fenway Racing|
|25th||Michael McDowell||34||Motorsport in the front row|
|26th||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI race|
|27||Chase Briscoe||14th||Stewart-Haas race|
|28||Ryan Newman||6th||Roush Fenway Racing|
|29||Corey LaJoie||7th||Spire Motorsport|
|30th||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsport|
|31||Anthony Alfredo||38||Motorsport in the front row|
|32||Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|33||Kyle Tilley||78||Live fast motorsport|
|34||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|35||Quin Houff||00||StarCom races|
|36||James Davison||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|37||RC Enerson||fifteen||Rick Ware Racing|