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NASCAR uses modified random draw to determine Darlington 400 race order

We run down the race order at Darlington for NASCAR’s restart, which is not being set through the normal qualifying method.

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NASCAR returns to action on Sunday, May 17th, marking the first race since suspending the season after the March 9th race at Phoenix Raceway due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Real Heroes 400 will run 293 laps over 400 miles at Darlington Raceway, the first of two Cup Series races in four days at Darlington.

There is no qualifying for the time being, and so a modified random draw is being used to sort out race order. This will eventually change, but for Darlington, four groups of racers were randomly drawn to sort out the starting positions.

Brad Keselowski will start on the pole and Alex Bowman joins him on the front row. Matt DiBenedetto and Kyle Busch line up behind them. B.J. McLeod and Josh Bilicki will be the final row of the race.

The line was determined via live draw, with teams split into four groups. The charter teams ranked 1-12 in team owner points were grouped together and then a random draw took place for the first 12 spots in the lineup. The same was done for charter teams ranked 13-24, and again for charter teams ranked 25-36. The final four spots were filled by open, non-chartered teams in order of owner points.

The race order for Sunday’s Real Heroes 400 is as follows:

Real Heroes 400 race order at Darlington

Starting spot Driver Car # Team
Starting spot Driver Car # Team
1 Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske
2 Alex Bowman 88 Hendrick Motorsports
3 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing
4 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
5 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
6 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
7 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
8 Jimmie Johnson 48 Hendrick Motorsports
9 Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
10 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
11 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
12 Matt Kenseth 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
13 Clint Bowyer 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
14 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
15 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
16 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
17 Bubba Wallace 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
18 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
19 Corey LaJoie 32 Go Fas Racing
20 Erik Jones 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
21 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
22 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
23 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
24 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
25 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
26 Garrett Smithley 53 Rick Ware Racing
27 Quin Houff 0 Starcom Racing
28 Christopher Bell 95 Leavine Family Racing
29 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
30 JJ Yeley 27 Rick Ware Racing
31 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
32 Joey Gase 51 Petty Ware Racing
33 Ty Dillon 13 Germain Racing
34 John Hunter Nemechek 38 Front Row Motorsports
35 Brennan Poole 15 Premium Motorsports
36 Reed Sorenson 77 Spire Motorsports
37 Daniel Suarez 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing
38 Timmy Hill 66 MBM Motorsports
39 BJ McLeod 78 BJ McLeod Motorsports
40 Josh Bilicki 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing