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

The starting lineup and pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway were set by the procedure that has determined the starting order for almost all Cup Series races in 2020 that have run without prior qualifying sessions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The starting grid for Sunday’s race at New Hampshire, scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET and broadcast live on NBCSN, features a Ford, a Toyota and a Chevy in the first three spots as a result of the procedure that utilizes a combination of points standings and a random draw to set the lineup.

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As for pit stall selection for the NASCAR Cup Series races being run without qualifying, it is ordered based on finishing positions from the series’ previous points race, followed by new entries in order of points. That means Denny Hamlin, the winner of last week’s race at Kansas, will have the first stall at New Hampshire. 

Below is the starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at New Hampshire and how it was set.

Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at New Hampshire?

For the third time this season, Aric Almirola will start a race on the pole after he was given the top spot for Sunday’s event at New Hampshire based on Thursday’s random draw.

Denny Hamlin, one of the favorites to win Sunday’s race at New Hampshire, will join Almirola on the front row. The pair will roll off in front of Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski in third and fourth, respectively.

Below is the protocol for how the Cup Series field was set at New Hampshire:

Positions 1-12: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner points
Positions 13-24: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner points
Positions 25-36: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner points
Positions 37-40: Open teams in order of owners points

NASCAR starting lineup at New Hampshire

The same protocol that set the lineup for Sunday’s New Hampshire race will be used for all NASCAR Cup Series races for the rest of the 2020 regular season.

“The current format has worked well in addressing several challenges during our return to racing,” NASCAR senior vice president of competition Scott Miller said. “Most importantly, we have seen competitive racing week-to-week. NASCAR will adjust the starting lineup draw procedure for the playoff races and will announce the new process at a later date.”

The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at New Hampshire was drawn Thursday. Below are the results:

Pos.
No.
Driver
Sponsor
Make
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
Pedigree
Toyota
6
14
Clint Bowyer
Haas Automation
Ford
7
4
Kevin Harvick
Mobil
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.
Sport Clips
Toyota
12
12
Ryan Blaney
Menards/Sylvania
Ford
13
8
Tyler Reddick
Feeding America
Chevy
14
41
Cole Custer
HaasTooling.com
Ford
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
20
48
Jimmie Johnson
Ally
Chevy
21
42
Matt Kenseth
Clover
Chevy
22
6
Ryan Newman
Guaranteed Rate
Ford
23
3
Austin Dillon
Freightliner
Chevy
24
17
Chris Buescher
Fastenal
Ford
25
13
Ty Dillon
GEICO
Chevy
26
53
James Davison
Signing Day Sports
Chevy
27
77
Garrett Smithley
Spire Motorsports
Chevy
28
51
Joey Gase
Page Construction
Ford
29
27
JJ Yeley

Ford
30
37
Ryan Preece
Louisiana Hot Sauce
Chevy
31
47
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Kroger
Chevy
32
00
Quin Houff
Permatex
Chevy
33
32
Corey LaJoie
Trump 2020
Ford
34
15
Brennan Poole
Remember Everyone Deployed Today
Chevy
35
95
Christopher Bell
Rheem/Watts
Toyota
36
38
John Hunter Nemechek
Citgard
Ford
37
96
Daniel Suarez
Genuine Parts & Service
Toyota
38
66
Timmy Hill
CrashClaimsR.US
Toyota

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