Martin Truex Jr. will lead the Cup starting lineup to the green flag in Saturday’s playoff race at Bristol Motor Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).
Four playoff drivers will be eliminated from title contention after the race.
The Bristol Cup starting lineup is set by using a formula based on four statistical categories: owner points position, owner final race position, and the finish and fastest lap from the most recently completed race.
Performance Metrics Qualifying is a formula based on the previous race. The formula is 15% of a fastest lap time position, 25% of the driver’s final race finish position, 25% of the owner’s final race position and 35% of the owner points position. Any ties will be broken by the rule book.
NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol
Race time: 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday
Track: Bristol Motor Speedway (0.533-mile speedway)
Forecast: The wunderground.com forecast calls for mostly clear skies, a high of 72 degrees and an 11% chance of rain at the start of the race.
Length: 500 laps (266.5 miles)
Stages: Stage 1 ends Lap 125. Stage 2 ends Lap 250.
TV coverage: NBCSN
Radio: Performance Racing Network (also SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Starting lineup: Bristol Cup starting lineup
Next Xfinity race: Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway (300 laps, 159.9 miles), 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Next Truck race: Thursday at Bristol Motor Speedway (200 laps, 106 miles), 9 p.m. ET on FS1