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

We break down how the starting grid will be determined for Sunday’s Supermarket Heroes 500, presented by Food City.

General view of the track prior to the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 15, 2018 in Bristol, Tennessee. Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

The NASCAR Cup Series’ Supermarket Heroes 500 presented by Food City is set to take place on Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. The race follows Thursday’s Alsco Uniforms 500 and is set to start at 3:30 p.m ET on FS1.

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

Brad Keselowski claimed the pole in the drawing, and he’ll be joined by Aric Almirola on the front row. Joe Logano and Ryan Blaney are behind them, followed by Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott.

Elliott is fresh off his first win of the season at Charlotte Motor Speedway and sits at third in the standings. He’s been in the running to win several races since the NASCAR season resumed and finally got over the hump on Thursday. Kevin Harvick is first in the standings while Joey Logano ranks third. Both drivers led at the Alsco Uniforms 500 down the stretch and could be in the hunt for first this weekend. Kyle Busch, who was dropped to the back Thursday after being hit by Almirola, is also a driver to keep an eye on.

Food City 500 starting order

Pos Car Driver Sponsor Make
Pos Car Driver Sponsor Make
1 2 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Ford
2 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford
3 22 Joey Logano Autotrader Ford
4 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Richmond Ford
5 19 Martin Truex Jr. Auto Owners Insurance Toyota
6 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet
7 18 Kyle Busch Skittles Toyota
8 4 Kevin Harvick Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford
9 21 Matt DiBenedetto Reese/Draw-Tite Ford
10 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota
11 88 Alex Bowman’s Polishes Chevrolet
12 1 Kurt Busch Monster Energy Chevrolet
13 24 William Byron Axalta Chevrolet
14 42 Matt Kenseth McDonald’s Chevrolet
15 20 Erik Jones Stanley Toyota
16 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger Chevrolet
17 6 Ryan Newman Castrol Ford
18 38 John Hunter Nemechek SCAG Ford
19 17 Chris Buescher SunnyD Ford
20 3 Austin Dillon Symbicort Chevrolet
21 8 Tyler Reddick Alsco Uniforms Chevrolet
22 41 Cole Custer Haas Automation Ford
23 14 Clint Bowyer Built Ford Proud Ford
24 48 Jimmie Johnson Ally Chevrolet
25 34 Michael McDowell Love’s Travel Stops Ford
26 53 Bayley Currey Belmont Classic Cars Chevrolet
27 51 Joey Gase Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
28 0 Quin Houff Mane ‘n Tail Chevrolet
29 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Chevrolet
30 27 Gray Gaulding Panini America Ford
31 77 Garrett Smithley TBA Chevrolet
32 32 Corey LaJoie Enlisted Nine/JDog Brands Ford
33 37 Ryan Preece Bush’s Beans Chevrolet
34 15 Brennan Poole TBA Chevrolet
35 95 Christopher Bell JBL Toyota
36 43 Bubba Wallace Victory Junction Chevrolet
37 96 Daniel Suarez It’s Good to be Genuine Toyota
38 66 Timmy Hill Pit Boss Grills Toyota
39 78 BJ McLeod Circle Track Warehouse Chevrolet
40 7 JJ Yeley TBA Chevrolet