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The starting lineup for both the NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck series have been announced following the postponement of tonight’s truck race (March 27) and the cancellation of both heat races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The lineups are now calculated using the performance metrics formula for each division.
- 35% of the metric is the team’s rank in owner points
- 25% of the metric is for the driver’s finishing position from the previous race
- 25% of the metric is for the car owner’s finishing position from the previous race
- 15% of the metric is the fastest lap from the previous race
For the Cup Series race tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. ET, Kyle Larson will officially capture the pole position. However, he’ll start at the rear of the field due to an engine change during Friday’s two practice sessions. Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. round out the top-five starters.
Making headlines this weekend are numerous drivers making their Cup debut thanks to their experience on dirt. This group includes USAC Midget champion Chris Windom in the Rick Ware Racing No. 15 Chevrolet; 2018 World Of Outlaws champion Mike Marlar in the MBM Motorsports No. 66 Toyota; and Matt Wood Racing’s Shane Golobic in the Live Fast Motorsports No. 78 Ford.
Stewart Friesen, a regular contender in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and longtime dirt track veteran, is also in the field making his Cup debut. Friesen will begin the race 32nd, Golobic will take the green 35th, Windom starts 36th while Marlar will start 38th.
Ty Dillon will bring up the rear of the field in 39th position, making a Cup start as part of his limited schedule with the No. 96 of Gaunt Brothers Racing.
In Truck Series competition, multiple drivers hoped for a happier ending in the heat races, including Jessica Friesen, Stewart Friesen’s wife; Trevor Collins; Cup regular Ryan Newman; and dirt modified ace JR Heffner, who withdrew from the race earlier today. None of the aforementioned qualified for tomorrow night’s race after the starting lineup was released following the same formula.
Slated to pull double duty in Sunday’s rescheduled truck race are Stewart Friesen, qualifying seventh, Truex Jr. in 15th, Daniel Suarez taking the green in 26th, Larson in 28th, Kevin Harvick returning to the Truck Series starting in 30th, Bubba Wallace slotting in 32nd, Chase Briscoe behind him in 33rd and Mike Marlar in 38th.
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