The starting line-up and pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway were determined by the procedure that determined the starting order for nearly all of the Cup Series races in 2020 that were run without prior qualifying sessions during the coronavirus pandemic.
The starting grid for Sunday’s race in New Hampshire, scheduled at 3:00 PM ET and broadcast live on NBCSN, will feature a Ford, a Toyota and a Chevy in the top three spots as a result of the procedure using a combination of points classification and a random draw to set the line-up.
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As regards pit stall selection for the NASCAR Cup Series races held without qualification, it will be ordered by the finish positions of the previous point race of the series, followed by new entries in order of points. That means Denny Hamlin, the winner of last week’s race in Kansas, will have the first stall in New Hampshire.
Below is the starting grid for Sunday’s NASCAR race in New Hampshire and how it was set up.
Who won the pole for the NASCAR race in New Hampshire?
For the third time this season, Aric Almirola will start a pole race after taking the top spot for Sunday’s event in New Hampshire based on Thursday’s random draw.
Denny Hamlin, one of the favorites to win Sunday’s race in New Hampshire, will join Almirola in the front row. The pair rolls away for Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski in third and fourth respectively.
Below is the protocol for setting up the Cup Series field in New Hampshire:
Positions 1-12: Random drawing of charter teams for those positions in owner points
Positions 13-24: Random drawing of charter teams for those positions in owner points
Positions 25-36: Random drawing of charter teams for those positions in owner points
Positions 37-40: Open teams in order of owner points
NASCAR launches line-up in New Hampshire
The same protocol that governs the race for the New Hampshire race on Sunday will be used for all NASCAR Cup Series races for the remainder of the 2020 regular season.
“The current format has worked well in addressing various challenges in our return to racing,” said Scott Miller, senior vice president of competition. Most importantly, we have seen competitive races from week to week. NASCAR will adjust the starting grid draw procedure for the playoff races and will announce the new process at a later date. “
The starting line-up for Sunday’s NASCAR race in New Hampshire was drawn on Thursday. Below are the results:
|1||10||Aric Almirola||Smithfield Hometown Original||Ford|
|2||11||Denny Hamlin||FedEx Express||Toyota|
|3||9||Chase Elliott||NAPA auto parts||Chevy|
|4||2||Brad Keselowski||Western Star / Alliance parts||Ford|
|5||18||Kyle Busch||Family tree||Toyota|
|6||14||Clint Bowyer||Haas Automation||Ford|
|8||88||Alex Bowman||ChevyGoods.com/Adam’s Polishes||Chevy|
|9||22||Joey Logano||AAA insurance||Ford|
|10||1||Kurt Busch||Monster Energy||Chevy|
|11||19||Martin Truex Jr.||Sports clips||Toyota|
|12||12||Ryan Blaney||Menards / Sylvania||Ford|
|13||8||Tyler Reddick||Nourish America||Chevy|
|15||43||Bubba Wallace||Cash app||Chevy|
|16||24||William Byron||Liberty University||Chevy|
|17||20||Erik Jones||Toyota Camry||Toyota|
|18||34||Michael McDowell||Chicago Pnuematic||Ford|
|19||21||Matt DiBenedetto||Motorcraft / Quick Lane||Ford|
|22||6||Ryan Newman||Guaranteed rate||Ford|
|26||53||James Davison||Sign day of sports||Chevy|
|27||77||Garrett Smithley||Spire Motorsports||Chevy|
|28||51||Joey Gase||Page construction||Ford|
|30||37||Ryan Greece||Louisiana hot sauce||Chevy|
|31||47||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Kroger||Chevy|
|33||32||Corey LaJoie||Trump 2020||Ford|
|34||15||Brennan Poole||Remember that everyone is deployed today||Chevy|
|35||95||Christopher Bell||Rheem / Watts||Toyota|
|36||38||John Hunter Nemechek||Citgard||Ford|
|37||96||Daniel Suarez||Original parts and service||Toyota|