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NASCAR lineup in New Hampshire: Starting order, pole for Sunday’s race without qualifying

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.

MORE: Updated 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule

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:

Pos.No.DriverSponsorTo make
110Aric AlmirolaSmithfield Hometown OriginalFord
211Denny HamlinFedEx ExpressToyota
39Chase ElliottNAPA auto partsChevy
42Brad KeselowskiWestern Star / Alliance partsFord
518Kyle BuschFamily treeToyota
614Clint BowyerHaas AutomationFord
74Kevin HarvickMobilFord
888Alex BowmanChevyGoods.com/Adam’s PolishesChevy
922Joey LoganoAAA insuranceFord
101Kurt BuschMonster EnergyChevy
1119Martin Truex Jr.Sports clipsToyota
1212Ryan BlaneyMenards / SylvaniaFord
138Tyler ReddickNourish AmericaChevy
1441Cole CusterHaasTooling.comFord
1543Bubba WallaceCash appChevy
1624William ByronLiberty UniversityChevy
1720Erik JonesToyota CamryToyota
1834Michael McDowellChicago PnuematicFord
1921Matt DiBenedettoMotorcraft / Quick LaneFord
2048Jimmie JohnsonAllyChevy
2142Matt KensethCloverChevy
226Ryan NewmanGuaranteed rateFord
233Austin DillonFreightlinerChevy
2417Chris BuescherFastenalFord
2513Ty DillonGEICOChevy
2653James DavisonSign day of sportsChevy
2777Garrett SmithleySpire MotorsportsChevy
2851Joey GasePage constructionFord
2927JJ YeleyFord
3037Ryan GreeceLouisiana hot sauceChevy
3147Ricky Stenhouse Jr.KrogerChevy
3200Quin HouffPermatexChevy
3332Corey LaJoieTrump 2020Ford
3415Brennan PooleRemember that everyone is deployed todayChevy
3595Christopher BellRheem / WattsToyota
3638John Hunter NemechekCitgardFord
3796Daniel SuarezOriginal parts and serviceToyota
3866Timmy HillCrashClaimsR.USToyota

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