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How the race order will be set for Wednesday’s Alsco Uniforms 500

NASCAR is back for its second Charlotte Motor Speedway race in four days with the Alsco Uniforms 500 on Wednesday. We break down how the race order will be determined and what the starting grid looks like.

UPDATE: The race has been rained out and re-scheduled for Thursday.

The NASCAR Cup Series returns to action on Wednesday for the second race of the week at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski won the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, and the drivers return for the Alsco Uniforms 500. The race gets underway at 8 p.m. ET, and will air on FS1.

The Coca-Cola 600 brought back qualifying runs to determine the starting order, but the Alsco Uniforms 500 will go back to using previous race results. NASCAR is cutting back on traditional qualifying for health and safety reasons during the Covid-19 pandemic.

For the Alsco Uniforms 500, the starting grid is based on performance in the Coca-Cola 600. The top 20 spots will be set based on the reverse order of Sunday’s race. That means race winner Brad Keselowski will start in the 20th position, while 20th place William Byron will start in the pole position. Alex Bowman finishing 19th and so will start in the first row with Byron. It’s notable that Bowman was set to get the pole but Jimmie Johnson’s disqualification shook up the starting grid.

The remaining 20 spots are set based on order of finish on Sunday. Ross Chastain finished 21st and thus will start in the 21st position, Ryan Preece finished 22nd and thus will start in the 22nd position, and so forth to Bubba Wallace and Clint Bowyer in the final row. The entry list is still being completely finalized, but if all 40 drivers are back for this race, here is how the race order will look.

Alsco Uniforms 500 race order

Starting spot Driver Car Team
Starting spot Driver Car Team
1 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2 Alex Bowman 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
3 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford
4 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford
5 John Hunter Nemechek 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford
6 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
7 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
8 Joey Logano 22 Team Penske Ford
9 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
10 Erik Jones 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
11 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford
12 Christopher Bell 95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota
13 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
14 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
15 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
16 Kevin Harvick 5 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
17 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
18 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske Ford
19 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
20 Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske Ford
21 J.J. Yeley 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
22 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
23 Corey LaJoie 32 GO FAS Racing Ford
24 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
25 Ty Dillon 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet
26 Matt Kenseth 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
27 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford
28 Daniel Suarez 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
29 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
30 Brennan Poole 15 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Grey Gaulding 27 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
32 B.J. McLeod 78 B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet
33 Garrett Smithley 53 Rick Ware Racing Ford
34 Timmy Hill 66 Motorsports Business Management Toyota
35 Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing Chevrolet
36 Joey Gase 51 Petty Ware Racing Ford
37 Josh Bilicki 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing
38 Bubba Wallace 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
39 Clint Bowyer 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
40 Jimmie Johnson 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet