Kyle Larson lands Busch Pole for Kansas playoff race

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Kyle Larson earned the Busch Pole Award for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the second race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 8.

RELATED: Kansas weekend schedule | Cup Series standings

Larson, winner of last Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway, will start on pole for the 10th time in 2021 in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

Daniel Hemric will start on pole in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 300 (3 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the second race in the Round of 8.

As NASCAR adapted to COVID-19 protocols last season, practice and qualifying were eliminated at a majority of national-series events to limit at-track time, exposure and to cut race weekend costs. To determine starting lineups, competition officials used grouped draws, added inversions for weekend doubleheaders, and eventually adopted a performance-metrics formula. That metrics format remains in place this season, drawing on performance from both individual races and season-long results.

NASCAR’s metrics formula for 2021 weighs:

  • 25 percent: Driver’s finishing position from the previous race

  • 25 percent: Car owner’s finishing position from the previous race

  • 35 percent: Team owner points ranking

  • 15 percent: Fastest lap from the previous race

See the full lineup for Sunday’s Cup Series race below.

Start pos.

Driver

Car #

Team

1

Kyle Larson

5

Hendrick Motorsports

2

Ryan Blaney

12

Team Penske

3

Brad Keselowski

2

Team Penske

4

Kyle Busch

18

Joe Gibbs Racing

5

Chase Elliott

9

Hendrick Motorsports

6

Denny Hamlin

11

Joe Gibbs Racing

7

Martin Truex Jr.

19

Joe Gibbs Racing

8

Joey Logano

22

Team Penske

9

William Byron

24

Hendrick Motorsports

10

Christopher Bell

20

Joe Gibbs Racing

11

Kevin Harvick

4

Stewart-Haas Racing

12

Tyler Reddick

8

Richard Childress Racing

13

Kurt Busch

1

Chip Ganassi Racing

14

Austin Dillon

3

Richard Childress Racing

15

Matt DiBenedetto

21

Wood Brothers Racing

16

Daniel Suarez

99

Trackhouse Racing

17

Erik Jones

43

Richard Petty Motorsports

18

Michael McDowell

34

Front Row Motorsports

19

Chase Briscoe

14

Stewart-Haas Racing

20

Aric Almirola

10

Stewart-Haas Racing

21

Chris Buescher

17

Roush Fenway Racing

22

Cole Custer

41

Stewart-Haas Racing

23

Corey LaJoie

7

Spire Motorsports

24

Ross Chastain

42

Chip Ganassi Racing

25

Alex Bowman

48

Hendrick Motorsports

26

BJ McLeod

78

Live Fast Motorsports

27

Bubba Wallace

23

23XI Racing

28

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

47

JTG Daugherty Racing

29

Anthony Alfredo

38

Front Row Motorsports

30

Josh Bilicki

52

Rick Ware Racing

31

Ryan Newman

6

Roush Fenway Racing

32

Ryan Preece

37

JTG Daugherty Racing

33

Justin Haley

77

Spire Motorsports

34

Ryan Ellis

15

Rick Ware Racing

35

Quin Houff

00

StarCom Racing

36

Cody Ware

51

Petty Ware Racing

37

Chad Finchum

66

Motorsports Business Management

38

David Starr

13

Motorsports Business Management

39

Joey Gase

53

Rick Ware Racing

40

Parker Kilgerman

96

Gaunt Brothers Racing

Practice and qualifying are tentatively scheduled for eight Cup Series races this year. Just one race remains with Busch Pole Qualifying on the schedule — the season-ending championship race Nov. 7 at Phoenix Raceway.



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