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Full starting grid for 2021 Food City Dirt Race at Bristol with Kyle Larson dropped to rear

The Food City Dirt Race takes place on Sunday, March 28 this year. We’ve got the full racing order for the rare dirt race at Bristol.

General view of NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series trucks after one lap of qualifying for the Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway. Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Kyle Larson will have to drop to the rear of the race because of an engine change, per FOX Sports.

The NASCAR Cup Series is hitting the dirt for the first time in over 50 years. The 2021 Food City Dirt Race is taking place at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 28, and it makes the first Cup Series race on dirt since 1970. The move from concrete to dirt will reduce the banking from 28 to 19 degrees.

Kyle Larson has claimed the pole position for this race and will be joined by Denny Hamlin on the front row. Larson is a sizable favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook because of his experience in dirt track racing. He’s made extensive appearances in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series — where he owns a team — and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. He’s installed at +300, with Christopher Bell — another experience dirt racer — next at +800. Chase Briscoe follows at +1200.

Here is the full lineup for Sunday’s 2021 Food City Dirt Race. This is subject to change if cars or engines need to be changed before the green flag drops.

2020 Food City Dirt Race starting order

Rank Driver #
Rank Driver #
1 Kyle Larson 5
2 Denny Hamlin 11
3 Ryan Blaney 12
4 Kyle Busch 18
5 Martin Truex, Jr. 19
6 Kevin Harvick 4
7 Alex Bowman 48
8 William Byron 24
9 Austin Dillon 3
10 Joey Logano 22
11 Chris Buescher 17
12 Matt DiBenedetto 21
13 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 47
14 Ryan Newman 6
15 Christopher Bell 20
16 Michael McDowell 34
17 Ross Chastain 42
18 Daniel Suarez 99
19 Bubba Wallace 23
20 Brad Keselowski 2
21 Cole Custer 41
22 Ryan Preece 37
23 Aric Almirola 10
24 Erik Jones 43
25 Chase Briscoe 14
26 Chase Elliott 9
27 Tyler Reddick 8
28 Kurt Busch 1
29 Anthony Alfredo 38
30 Corey LaJoie 7
31 Cody Ware 51
32 Stewart Friesen 77
33 Quin Houff 0
34 J.J. Yeley 53
35 Shane Golobic 78
36 Chris Windom 15
37 Josh Bilicki 52
38 Mike Marlar 66
39 Ty Dillon 96