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How the race order will be set for Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Daytona

We go over the starting grid ahead of Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Daytona.

Austin Cindric, driver of the Menards/Richmond Ford, races during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Henry 180 at Road America on August 08, 2020 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The NASCAR Xfinity Series has a road race set for this weekend. The UNOH 188 will begin Saturday at 3:00 p.m. ET, and air on NBCSN. We’ll go over the betting favorites and how the starting grid will be determined below.

The starting grid has been determined by random draws that take team owner points into account since the restart, but last week NASCAR announced that qualifying will work differently in the three national series (Cup, Xfinity, Gander Outdoors Truck) moving forward. Here’s a breakdown of the new system.

Three performance metrics will be utilized, with each one weighted a little different. It breaks down as follows.

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

Austin Cindric is the hottest driver in the series right now and has won four of his last five races. He claimed the pole is favored at +130 on DraftKings Sportsbook and is trailed by A.J. Allmendinger (+275) and Chase Briscoe (+550). Cindric will be the pole sitter in this one and has a good chance to secure another victory in this road race.

Here’s what the rest of the field looks like for Saturday’s Xfinity Series race.

2020 UNOH 188 starting lineup

Starting spot Driver Car #
Starting spot Driver Car #
1 Austin Cindric 22
2 Chase Briscoe 98
3 Noah Gragson 9
4 Ross Chastain 10
5 Justin Haley 11
6 Andy Lally 2
7 Michael Annett 1
8 Ryan Sieg 39
9 Harrison Burton 20
10 A.J. Allmendinger 16
11 Brandon Jones 19
12 Brandon Brown 68
13 Josh Williams 92
14 Riley Herbst 18
15 Preston Pardus 36
16 Alex Labbe 90
17 Justin Allgaier 7
18 Josh Bilicki 99
19 Jeremy Clements 51
20 Stephen Leicht 61
21 Mike Wallace 0
22 Tommy Joe Martins 44
23 Daniel Hemric 8
24 Jesse Little 4
25 Joe Graf, Jr. 8
26 Kyle Weatherman 47
27 Myatt Snider 93
28 Jeffrey Earnhardt 15
29 Scott Heckert 78
30 Earl Bamber 21
31 Kody Vanderwal 52
32 Jade Buford 7
33 B.J. McLeod 6
34 Bayley Currey 74
35 Chad Finchum 13
36 Matt Mills 5
37 Brandon Gdovic 26
38 Harold Crooms 66