NASCAR: Here’s Who Is Starting in Pole Position at Kansas Speedway

by Emily Morgan

After Joey Logano’s terrifying wreck during Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega, the show must go on. Last weekend’s winner, Brad Keselowski, claimed the Busch Pole Award for Sunday’s Buschy McBusch Race 400 at Kansas Speedway. Keselowski won his first NASCAR Cup Series win of the season on Sunday. As a result, he will start his No. 2 Team, Penske Ford, from the track’s pole position.

Also, on the front row will be William Byron, who is attempting his ninth consecutive top-10 finish. If he pulls it off, he’ll be the first person to do so since Jimmie Johnson in 2010.

As a result of last season’s practice cancellations and qualifying sessions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR began setting the starting lineups for the races with random drawings. The sport separated the drivers into different groups, and each group had its own draw. However, in August, NASCAR changed things up again when they moved to a formula.

NASCAR Drivers Beholden to New Formula

NASCAR based the formula on three factors, but technically four for cars that don’t end up with the same driver from one race to the next.

The factor split into two categories of its own is the previous race finish — which accounts for 50 percent of the formula. In reality, half of that 50 percent is based on the driver’s finish in the previous race, while the other 25 percent is based on the driver’s finish in the last race.

The rank of each car in the owner standings and the position of each driver’s fastest lap in the previous race are the other factors that come into play. The first gets weighted at 35 percent, and the last gets weighted at 15 percent.

Let driver’s last finish be A, an owner’s previous finish be B, owner’s rank is C, and the fastest lap rank is D. The formula looks as follows, and the driver with the lowest value wins the pole position: (A * .25) + (B * .25) + (C * .35) + (D * .15)

If a driver didn’t compete in the previous race and has no finish nor fastest lap, they wind up sitting at 41st place, given the fact that there can only be 40 cars on the track.

Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway begins at 3 P.M. EST. Fans can watch the action on FS1 or tune in via radio on Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Click here to see the full lineup.