The initial formation and pole for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway were defined by the same procedure that determined the initial formation for the last three Cup Series races and will set the course for the next one, all of which were scheduled to run without prior practice or qualifying sessions.
The starting grid for Sunday's race at Homestead, scheduled to start at 3:30 pm. The ET, broadcast live by Fox, features a pair of Joe Gibbs Racing drivers and a pair of Team Penske drivers in the first four starting points as a result of the procedure that uses a combination of point classification and a random draw to define escalation.
As for pit stall selection for NASCAR Cup Series races being played without qualification, it is ordered based on the final positions of the previous race in the series, followed by new entries in order of points. Thus, Martinsville winner Kevin Harvick made the first selection of pits for Sunday's race and chose first position.
Below is the starting lineup for Sunday's NASCAR race at Homestead and how it was defined.
Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Homestead?
Achieving number one starting position in Sunday’s race at Homestead had to be a relief for Denny Hamlin, who had a rough night Wednesday in Martinsville. There is a good chance that Hamlin will choose the outside track to start the race, so that his JGR teammate Kyle Busch (starting fourth) can go after him.
Of course, that would put a pair of Penske drivers, Joey Logano (second) and Brad Keselowski (third), in the back row to start the race.
Below is the protocol for how the Cup Series field was defined in Homestead:
- Positions 1-12: Random drawing of charter teams in these positions at the owner points
- Positions 13-24: Random drawing of charter teams in these positions at the owner points
- Positions 25-36: Random drawing of charter teams in these positions at the owner points
- Positions 37-40: Open teams in order of the points of the owners
Initial NASCAR training at Homestead
The same protocol that set the schedule for Sunday's race at Homestead will be used to set the schedule for the next race of the Cup Series in Talladega (June 21). The next race, however, will be the first to include a practice session since NASCAR returned to live racing in May.
As for Sunday's race at Homestead, the draw for the start took place on Thursday. Below are the results:
|1 1||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|2||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|3||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|4||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|7||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|8||Alex Bowman||88||Hendrick Motorsports|
|9||Jimmie Johnson||48.||Hendrick Motorsports|
|10||Kurt Busch||1 1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|11||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|12||Clint Bowyer||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|13||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|14||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|15||Erik Jones||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|16||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|17||Bubba Wallace||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|18||John Hunter Nemechek||38.||Front Row Motorsports|
|19||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|20||Matt Kenseth||42.||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|21||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|22||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|23||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|24||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|25||JJ Yeley||27||Rick Ware Racing|
|26||Corey LaJoie||32.||Go Fas Racing|
|27||Josh Bilicki||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|28.||Brennan Poole||15||Premium Motorsports|
|29||Joey Gase||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|30||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|31||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|32.||Ty Dillon||13||Germain Racing|
|33||Ryan Preece||37.||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|34||BJ McLeod||77||Spire Motorsports|
|35||Cole Custer||41.||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|36.||Christopher Bell||95||Leavine Family Racing|
|37.||Daniel Suarez||96||Gaunt Brothers Racing|
|38.||Timmy Hill||66.||Motorsport Business Management|