The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway was set by applying the statistical formula that NASCAR is using for the majority of its 2021 races.
Drivers’ starting positions for the Dixie Vodka 400 (3:30 p.m. ET; Fox, 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)
Below is the starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race on the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami intermediate track and how it was set without qualifying.
Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Homestead?
Denny Hamlin gained the pole position for Sunday’s race by virtue of the mathematical formula that NASCAR uses to set starting lineups without qualifying. Hamlin leads the Cup Series point standings after two races and is the only driver with two top-five finishes this season.
Joining Hamlin on the front row will be Joey Logano, who finished second to Christopher Bell in last weekend’s Cup race on the Daytona Road Course. Bell is third on the starting grid for the Homestead race. Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch round out the top five.
Qualifying will be held for eight Cup Series races total in 2021 as NASCAR limits the amount of time teams need to spend at the track in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The next qualifying session will be in late March for the dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
NASCAR starting lineup at Homestead
The starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Homestead was determined through a mathematical formula NASCAR adopted late in the 2020 season. The same procedure for setting lineups without qualifying is being used for the majority of races in 2021.
The formula produced this starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
|Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|Daniel Suarez||99||TrackHouse Racing|
|Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|James Davison||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Timmy Hill||66||Motorsports Business Management|
|BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|