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How the race order will be set for Sunday’s Quaker State 400

We break down how the starting order will be determined for the NASCAR Cup Series’ Quaker State 400 on Sunday.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the Busch Light Patriotic Ford, cross the finish line to win the NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Powered by Big Machine Records at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 05, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The NASCAR Cup Series wrap up this weekend with the Quaker State 400 on Sunday at Kentucky Speedway . The race will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on FS1.

The starting grid for the Quaker State 400 will be determined by random draws that account for where each driver stands in the points race.

Here’s the complete breakdown of how NASCAR will run things for Sunday’s race.

  • 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, non-chartered teams in order of owners points

Kyle Busch claimed the pole for this race, and is joined on the front row by Joey Logano. Stewart-Haas teammates Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola are in the second row, followed by Alex Bowman and Brad Keselowski in the third row.

Harvick is the favorite on DraftKings SportsBook at +450 after securing his fourth win of the season at the Big Machine 400 on Sunday, The Cup Series points leader hasn’t won at Kentucky in nine starts, but does have six top 10s and one top five at the venue.

Martin Truex Jr. (+600) has the second best odds and is looking to rebound after not finishing his last race. He’s won twice at Kentucky since 2017, and only Keselowski (+700) has more career Cup Series wins at Kentucky. Truex is followed by winless Kyle Busch (+650), who has also won two races at the venue. Whether he can get back on track with a victory remains to be seen, but he has a good chance to be in the hunt.

Here’s how the complete starting grid for the Quakers State 400 looks.

2020 Quaker State 400 starting lineup

Pos Driver Car Team
Pos Driver Car Team
1 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
2 Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
3 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
4 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
5 Alex Bowman 88 Hendrick Motorsports
6 Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske
7 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
8 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
9 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
10 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing
11 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
12 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
13 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
14 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
15 Clint Bowyer 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
16 Erik Jones 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
17 Matt Kenseth 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
18 Bubba Wallace 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
19 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
20 Jimmie Johnson 48 Hendrick Motorsports
21 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
22 John Hunter Nemechek 38 Front Row Motorsports
23 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
24 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
25 Garrett Smithley 53 Rick Ware Racing
26 Josh Bilicki 77 Spire Motorsports
27 Corey LaJoie 32 Go Fas Racing
28 Quin Houff 0 StarCom Racing
29 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
30 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
31 Brennan Poole 15 Premium Motorsports
32 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
33 Ty Dillon 13 Germain Racing
34 Christopher Bell 95 Leavine Family Racing
35 Joey Gase 51 Petty Ware Racing
36 JJ Yeley 27 Rick Ware Racing
37 Daniel Suarez 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing
38 Timmy Hill 66 Motorsports Business Management