Coming off his victory on the Daytona International Speedway road course, Chase Elliott will be first in Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series starting lineup at Dover International Speedway, the first of two Cup races on consecutive days at the 1-mile oval.
STARTING LINEUP: Where everyone will start in the Cup race at Dover
Other notables: Alex Bowman (11th), Erik Jones (13th), Matt DiBenedetto (14th), Tyler Reddick (16th), Aric Almirola (17th), Ryan Blaney (20th), Cole Custer (21st), Kyle Busch (22nd), Ryan Newman (23rd), Bubba Wallace (24th) and Matt Kenseth (26th).
Elliott was awarded the Busch Pole Award using a formula based on three statistical categories: owner points position, the finish and fastest lap from the most recently completed race.
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 16, the top 16 starting positions will be playoff cars; in the Round of 12, the top 12 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.
This will mark the third time Elliott has started first this season. The No. 9 Chevrolet also led the field to the green flag at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Phoenix Raceway (where Elliott qualified on the pole).
Click here for the Dover Cup starting lineup for Saturday.
NASCAR Cup Series at Dover
Race Time: 4 p.m. ET Saturday
Track: Dover International Speedway; Dover, Delaware (1-mile speedway)
Length: 311 laps (311 miles)
Stages: Stage 1 ends Lap 70. Stage 2 ends Lap 185
Radio: Motor Racing Network (also SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Streaming: NBC Sports app (subscription required); mrn.com and SiriusXM for audio (subscription required)
Dover Cup starting lineup: Click here for the starting lineup
Next Xfinity race: Saturday at Dover (200 laps, 200 miles) 12:30 ET on NBCSN
Next Truck race: Friday at Dover (200 laps, 200 miles) 5 p.m. ET on FS1