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Denny Hamlin on Pole for Talladega Cup Race

The NASCAR Cup Series head back east to Talladega Superspeedway Sunday, Oct. 4. Denny Hamlin will lead the field to green in the YellaWood 500.

Hamlin snagged the Busch Pole Award after finishing third last week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Race winner Kurt Busch starts second alongside Hamlin.

Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Martin Truex Jr., slots in third, while Alex Bowman is fourth. Kevin Harvick rounds out the top five.

Kyle Busch starts sixth, Brad Keselowski begins seventh and Joey Logano is eighth. Clint Bowyer and Chase Elliott finish up the top 10 starters.

The lineup was formed using weighted categories: Owner points position (35%), driver’s finish (25%), team owner’s finish (25%) and fastest lap from previous race (15%).

Cup Starting Lineup for Talladega

The YellaWood 500 airs on Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. ET on NBC and MRN.

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Joy Tomlinson

Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised watching motorsports and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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Finish: 1 21 11 19 88 18 12 20 17 4 48 14

Owner POINTS: 4 11 2 19 22 9 88 18 1 14 10 3

Start: 11 1 19 88 4 18 2 22 14 9 10 3

The 21, 12, 20, 17 and 48 finishing positions really messed with NA$CAR’s plans and will get a call to the trailer. And the 9 finish didn’t help. Why don’t the ignored cars finish where they are supposed to?


Why don’t they set the start according to the fastest laps from the previous example of Brian’s product? That should ensure all the chosen ones start in front. Or have practice and take times from that? The drivers make qualifying runs anyway during practice.

Isn’t the driver’s finish the same as the team owner’s finish?

What’s the difference between “Owner” and “team owner”?

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