Rookie Zane Smith will start on the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at the Daytona road course.
The Truck 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 10, the top 10 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.
Spencer Davis will start 31st. He missed last week’s race at Michigan because he tested positive for COVID-19.
NASCAR Truck Series at Daytona road course
Race Time: 12 p.m. ET Sunday
Track: Daytona International Speedway road course; Daytona Beach, Florida (14-turn, 3.61-mile layout)
Length: 44 laps (158.85 miles)
Stages: Stage 1 ends Lap 12. Stage 2 ends Lap 25
TV coverage: FS1
Radio: Motor Racing Network (also SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Streaming: FS1 (subscription required); mrn.com and SiriusXM for audio (subscription required)
Next Xfinity race: Saturday at Daytona road course (52 laps, 187.72 miles) 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Next Cup race: Sunday at Daytona road course (65 laps, 234.65 miles) 3 p.m. ET on NBC