Austin Cindric, who won last weekend’s race at Road America, will start on the pole for Saturday’s Xfinity Series on the Daytona International Speedway road course.
The Xfinity starting lineup was set for the first time using a new formula based on three statistical categories: owner points position, the finish and fastest lap from the most recently completed race.
The three are weighted and averaged to determine the starting order with points position counting 35 percent, finishing position at 50 percent and fastest race lap at 15 percent.
When the playoffs begin, playoff cars will fill the top starting positions, according to how many remain eligible for the championship. In the Round of 12, the top 12 starting positions will be playoff cars; in the Round of 8, the top eight starting positions will be playoff cars, etc..
NASCAR previously had used a random draw to set most of its lineups since returning in May during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has eliminated practice and qualifying on most race weekends.
NASCAR Xfinity Series at Daytona road course
Race Time: 3 p.m. ET Saturday
Track: Daytona International Speedway road course; Daytona Beach, Florida (14-turn, 3.61-mile layout)
Length: 52 laps (187.72 miles)
Stages: Stage 1 ends Lap 15. Stage 2 ends Lap 30
TV coverage: NBCSN
Radio: Motor Racing Network (also SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Streaming: NBC Sports app (subscription required); mrn.com and SiriusXM for audio (subscription required)
Next Cup race: Sunday at Daytona road course (65 laps, 234.65 miles) 3 p.m. ET on NBC
Next Truck race: Sunday at Daytona road course (44 laps, 158.85 miles) 12 p.m. ET on FS1