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How the race order will be set for Sunday’s GEICO 500

We explain how the starting grid will be set for Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

The NASCAR Cup Series’ GEICO 500 is set to take place on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. The race will be aired at 3:00 p.m ET on FOX.

The starting grid will be determined by random draws that account for where each driver stands in the points race. Here’s how it works.

  • 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

Martin Truex Jr. has claimed the pole in the draw, and is joined be Dixie Vodeka 400 winner Denny Hamlin on the front row. As of Friday, DraftKings Sportsbook lists Truex at +1800 and Hamlin at +1000.

Joey Logano is the favorite (+800) to come out on top at the longest track on the Cup Series schedule. He has three top five finishes in his last four races at the venue and has three wins under his belt at Talladega. He’s trailed by Chase Elliott (+900) who has one win at Talladega.

Brad Keselowski (+1000) and Ryan Blaney (+1200) round out the top five. Keselowski is fourth in the standings and has two wins this season while Blaney sits in fifth and has yet to get a win this year.

Here is the full starting grid for Sunday’s GEICO 500.

GEICO 500 starting lineup

Pos Driver Car
Pos Driver Car
1 Martin Truex, Jr. 19
2 Denny Hamlin 11
3 Kyle Busch 18
4 Jimmie Johnson 48
5 Kevin Harvick 4
6 Brad Keselowski 2
7 Kurt Busch 1
8 Alex Bowman 88
9 Joey Logano 22
10 Clint Bowyer 14
11 Chase Elliott 9
12 Ryan Blaney 12
13 Matt Kenseth 42
14 Ryan Newman 6
15 Aric Almirola 10
16 Tyler Reddick 8
17 Austin Dillon 3
18 Erik Jones 20
19 William Byron 24
20 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 47
21 Chris Buescher 17
22 John Hunter Nemechek 38
23 Matt DiBenedetto 21
24 Bubba Wallace 43
25 Corey LaJoie 32
26 Michael McDowell 34
27 Brennan Poole 15
28 Cole Custer 41
29 Gray Gaulding 27
30 B.J. McLeod 77
31 Ryan Preece 37
32 Quin Houff 0
33 Ty Dillon 13
34 J.J. Yeley 53
35 Christopher Bell 95
36 Joey Gase 51
37 Daniel Suarez 96
38 Timmy Hill 66
39 Brendan Gaughan 62
40 Garrett Smithley 78