Michigan Starting Lineup: August 2021 (NASCAR Cup Series)

NASCAR starting positions for Michigan International Speedway

This weekend, NASCAR returns to Michigan International Speedway. The 2-mile oval hosts the FireKeepers Casino 400 for the NASCAR Cup Series.

View the Michigan starting lineup for the NASCAR Cup Series below.

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The starting grid is already set. Kyle Larson rolls from the pole position while teammate Chase Elliott completes the front row.

How they set the Cup lineup for Michigan International Speedway

There’s no qualifying or practice sessions this weekend. Instead, the field has been set via a weighted system with multiple factors at play.

NASCAR’s metrics formula for 2021:

25 percent: Driver’s finishing position from the previous race.

25 percent: Car owner’s finishing position from the previous race.

35 percent: Team owner points ranking.

15 percent: Fastest lap from the previous race.

Michigan International Speedway
Starting Lineup
August 22, 2021

Pos | Car No. | Driver | Team | Sponsor

1. #5 Kyle Larson
Hendrick Motorsports

2. #9 Chase Elliott
Hendrick Motorsports
NAPA Auto Parts

3. #12 Ryan Blaney
Team Penske
Menards / Cardell Cabinetry

4. #21 Matt DiBenedetto
Wood Brothers Racing
Master Tech / Quick Lane

5. #19 Martin Truex Jr
Joe Gibbs Racing
Auto-Owners Insurance

6. #1 Kurt Busch
Chip Ganassi Racing
Monster Energy

7. #18 Kyle Busch
Joe Gibbs Racing
Interstate Batteries

8. #4 Kevin Harvick
Stewart-Haas Racing
Busch Light Apple

9. #11 Denny Hamlin
Joe Gibbs Racing
FEDEX Express

10. #48 Alex Bowman
Hendrick Motorsports

11. #17 Chris Buescher
Roush Fenway Racing

12. #47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr
JTG Daugherty Racing
Kroger/Maxwell House

13. #43 Erik Jones
Richard Petty Motorsports
Medallion Bank

14. #8 Tyler Reddick
Richard Childress Racing

15. #23 Bubba Wallace
23XI Racing

16. #6 Ryan Newman
Roush Fenway Racing

17. #77 Justin Haley
Spire Motorsports
General Formulations / Mutoh

18. #24 William Byron
Hendrick Motorsports

19. #22 Joey Logano
Team Penske
Shell Pennzoil

20. #2 Brad Keselowski
Team Penske
Discount Tire

21. #14 Chase Briscoe
Stewart-Haas Racing
Rush Truck Centers / Cummins

22. #42 Ross Chastain
Chip Ganassi Racing
Moose Fraternity

23. #10 Aric Almirola
Stewart-Haas Racing

24. #7 Corey LaJoie
Spire Motorsports
Nations Guard

25. #34 Michael McDowell
Front Row Motorsports
Martin Transportation Systems

26. #3 Austin Dillon
Richard Childress Racing

27. #41 Cole Custer
Stewart-Haas Racing
Feeding America / Wow Wow

28. #20 Christopher Bell
Joe Gibbs Racing

29. #52 Josh Bilicki
Rick Ware Racing
Zeigler Auto Group

30. #99 Daniel Suarez
Trackhouse Racing

31. #00 Quin Houff
Starcom Racing

32. #37 Ryan Preece
JTG Daugherty Racing

33. #53 Garrett Smithley
Rick Ware Racing
Kendall Motor Oil

34. #15 James Davison
Rick Ware Racing

35. #38 Anthony Alfredo
Front Row Motorsports
The Golden Nugget Casino

36. #78 BJ McLeod
Live Fast Motorsports
Keen Parts

37. #51 Cody Ware
Petty Ware Racing
Nurtec ODT


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