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Sport Martin Truex Jr. nabs Busch Pole Award for Bristol playoff race

17:30  15 september  2021
17:30  15 september  2021 Source:   nascar.com

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a close up of a sign: Martin Truex Jr. nabs Busch Pole Award for Bristol playoff race Martin Truex Jr. nabs Busch Pole Award for Bristol playoff race Martin Truex Jr. captured the Busch Pole Award for Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs’ Round of 16 elimination race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Truex will start his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota from the first spot in search of his first Bristol victory. Truex, a playoff driver, is coming off a win at Richmond Raceway to lock into the Round of 12.

Noah Gragson, fresh off back-to-back wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, claimed the pole for Friday night’s Food City 300 (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN and SiriusXM) in the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Sheldon Creed, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series reigning champion and a winner of back-to-back playoff races earned the pole for his No. 2 GMS Racing Chevrolet for Thursday night’s UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics (9 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM). The Truck race is the elimination race for the Round of 10 in that series.

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As NASCAR adapted to COVID-19 protocols last season, practice and qualifying were eliminated at a majority of national-series events to limit at-track time, exposure and to cut race weekend costs. To determine starting lineups, competition officials used grouped draws, added inversions for weekend doubleheaders, and eventually adopted a performance-metrics formula. That metrics format remains in place this season, drawing on performance from both individual races and season-long results.

NASCAR’s metrics formula for 2021 weighs:

  • 25 percent: Driver’s finishing position from the previous race
  • 25 percent: Car owner’s finishing position from the previous race
  • 35 percent: Team owner points ranking
  • 15 percent: Fastest lap from the previous race

See the full lineup for Saturday night’s Cup Series race below.

Bristol Xfinity, Truck starting lineups

  Bristol Xfinity, Truck starting lineups Noah Gragson will start on the pole for the Xfinity race. Sheldon Creed will start on the pole for the Truck race.Gragson will be joined on the front row by JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier. Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Ty Gibbs and Daniel Hemric are in the second row. Justin Haley starts fifth.

Start pos.DriverCar #Team
1Martin Truex Jr. (P)19Joe Gibbs Racing
2Denny Hamlin (P)11Joe Gibbs Racing
3Joey Logano22Team Penske
4Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports
5Kyle Larson5Hendrick Motorsports
6Christopher Bell20Joe Gibbs Racing
7Ryan Blaney12Team Penske
8Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing
9Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing
10Brad Keselowski2Team Penske
11Alex Bowman48Hendrick Motorsports
12Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing
13Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing
14William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports
15Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing
16Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports
17Ross Chastain42Chip Ganassi Racing
18Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing
19Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing
20Chase Briscoe14Stewart-Haas Racing
21Daniel Suarez99Trackhouse Racing
22Erik Jones43Richard Petty Motorsports
23Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing
24Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing
25Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing
26Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing
27Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing
28Bubba Wallace2323XI Racing
29Justin Haley77Spire Motorsports
30Anthony Alfredo38Front Row Motorsports
31Corey LaJoie7Spire Motorsports
32BJ McLeod78Live Fast Motorsports
33Josh Bilicki52Rick Ware Racing
34Quin Houff00StarCom Racing
35JJ Yeley51Petty Ware Racing
36Garrett Smithley53Rick Ware Racing
37James Davison15Rick Ware Racing
38David Starr66Motorsports Business Management

Practice and qualifying are tentatively scheduled for eight Cup Series races this year. Just one race remains with Busch Pole Qualifying on the schedule — the season-ending championship race Nov. 7 at Phoenix Raceway.

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