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’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 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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