After a runner-up finish at Kansas Speedway, points leader Kevin Harvick will start from the pole position in the starting lineup at Texas Motor Speedway, his third top starting spot in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.
Joey Logano, who outdueled Harvick at Kansas to take the first of four slots in the Nov. 8 championship finale at Phoenix Raceway, will start second, followed by Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott in the second row.
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Harvick, who will be starting first for the sixth time this season, was awarded the Busch Pole Award using a formula based on four statistical categories: owner points position, the driver’s finish, team owner’s finish and fastest lap from the most recently completed race. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver finished second and led 85 of 267 laps Sunday at Kansas Speedway.
The @NASCAR #Championship4 format started in 2014, and here's who's made it since then. 🏆@joeylogano's in for the fourth time in his career. Who do you think will join him? #NASCARPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/4EfL4ltwf0
— #NASCARPlayoffs on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) October 20, 2020
Since the end of the regular season, playoff cars now 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 nearly all race weekends.
Click here for the Texas Cup starting lineup for Sunday.
NASCAR Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway
Race time: 3:30 p.m. ET, Sunday
Track: Texas Motor Speedway; Fort Worth, Texas (1.5-mile oval)
Length: 334 laps (501 miles)
Stages: Stage 1 ends Lap 105. Stage 2 ends Lap 210.
TV coverage: NBCSN
Radio: Performance Racing Network (also SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Streaming: NBC Sports app (subscription required); goprn.com and SiriusXM for audio (subscription required)
Lineup: Click here for the Texas Cup starting lineup
Next Xfinity race: Saturday at Texas (200 laps, 300 miles), 4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Next Truck race: Sunday at Texas (147 laps, 220.5 miles), 12 p.m. ET on FS1