clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

How the race order will be set on Sunday at Pocono Raceway

We break down how the starting order will be determined for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race set to take place at Pocono Raceway.

A general view of the front straightaway at Pocono Raceway during a rain delay prior to the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Kevin Harvick won Saturday’s Pocono Organics 325 and will start 20th on Sunday at the Pocono 350. Ryan Preece finished 20th, and will have the pole position.

The NASCAR Cup Series is hosting a doubleheader at Pocono Raceway this weekend. On Saturday, the Pocono Organics 325 gets going at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX. On Sunday, the Pocono 350 will run at 4 p.m. on FS1.

The starting grid for the Pocono Organics 325 was determined by random draw that accounted for where each driver stands in the points race. For Sunday’s Pocono 350, the starting grid will be situated based on Saturday’s results. The first 20 positions on Sunday will be an inversion of the top 20 finishers from Saturday. The second 20 positions on Sunday will be the bottom 20 from Saturday in the order they finished.

Denny Hamlin is the defending champ of the 350, while Kyle Busch is the defending champ of the 325. Busch won the 350 the two races prior to Hamlin. Busch is a sizable favorite in the 325 at +450, and if he doesn’t have a bad day, will likely be the favorite in the 350. Kevin Harvick follows him at +650, then Hamlin (+700), Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr. (both +750).

Here is the full starting lineup for the Pocono 350.

Pocono 350 starting lineup

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