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How the race order will be set for Sunday’s Cup Series season finale at Phoenix

We go over the starting grid and betting favorites for Sunday’s Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Mobil 1 Ford, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway on November 01, 2020 in Martinsville, Virginia. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

The 2020 NASCAR season is coming to a close, as the Season Finale 500 is set to run on Sunday at Phoenix Raceway. The race will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC. Let’s go over the starting order and the betting favorites ahead of the championship race.

Only Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin will be racing for the championship. The highest finisher among the four will be named champion but they will have to compete against a full field of drivers.

NASCAR will only allow the four championship drivers to start inside the top four on the grid. Elliott secured the pole position by winning last Sunday’s Xfinity 500. He’ll be joined by Logano on the front row while Keselowski and Hamlin will start on the second row.

The starting grid for the championship series is typically determined through the following metrics:

  • Finishing position from the previous race (weighted 50%)
  • Ranking in team owner points standings (35%)
  • Fastest lap from the previous race (15%)

NASCAR will only allow the four championship drivers to start inside the top four on the grid. Elliott secured the pole position by winning last Sunday’s Xfinity 500. He’ll be joined by Logano on the front row while Keselowski and Hamlin will start on the second row.

While only one of the four drivers listed above can be named champion, one driver outside of the playoff picture is favored to win the race. Kevin Harvick has the best odds at +400 on DraftKings Sportsbook and has the best average finishing position (9th) at Phoenix among active drivers. He’s trailed by Elliott and Hamlin, who are both +450. The top five is rounded out by Keselowski (+500) and Logano (+550)

Here’s what the starting grid looks like for Sunday’s race.

Season Finale 500 starting lineup

Starting spot Driver Car # Team
Starting spot Driver Car # Team
1 Chase Elliott (P) 9 Hendrick Motorsports
2 Joey Logano (P) 22 Team Penske
3 Brad Keselowski (P) 2 Team Penske
4 Denny Hamlin (P) 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
5 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
6 Alex Bowman 88 Hendrick Motorsports
7 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
8 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
9 Clint Bowyer 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
10 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
11 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
12 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Woods Brothers Racing
13 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
14 Erik Jones 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
15 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
16 Matt Kenseth 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
17 Christopher Bell 95 Leavine Family Racing
18 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
19 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
20 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
21 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
22 Ty Dillon 13 Germain Racing
23 Bubba Wallace 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
24 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
25 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
26 Jimmie Johnson 48 Hendrick Motorsports
27 John Hunter Nemechek 38 Front Row Motorsports
28 Corey LaJoie 32 Go Fas Racing
29 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
30 Daniel Suarez 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing
31 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
32 JJ Yeley 27 Rick Ware Racing
33 Timmy Hill 66 Motorsports Business Management
34 Quin Houff 0 StarCom Racing
35 Brennan Poole 15 Premium Motorsports
36 James Davison 53 Rick Ware Racing
37 Joey Gase 51 Petty Ware Racing
38 Josh Bilicki 77 Spire Motorsports
39 Garrett Smithley 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing