NASCAR lineup at Martinsville: Starting order, pole for Wednesday night's race without qualifying

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The starting lineup and pole for Wednesday night's NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway was set by the same procedure that determined the starting lineup for the last two Cup Series races and will set the field for the next two, all of which were scheduled to run without prior practice or qualifying sessions.

The starting grid for Wednesday's race at Martinsville, scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET and broadcast live on FS1, features five Fords in the first six starting spots as a result of the procedure that utilizes a combination of points standings and a random draw to set the lineup.

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As for pit stall selection for the NASCAR Cup Series races being run without qualifying, it is ordered based on finishing positions from the series’ previous race, followed by new entries in order of points. So Atlanta winner Kevin Harvick had the first pit stall selection for Wednesday night's race, an important advantage at Martinsville.

Below is the starting lineup for Wednesday night's race at Martinsville and how it was set.

Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Martinsville?

Another random draw for the lineup of a Cup race, another pole for a Team Penske driver. This time it was Ryan Blaney who earned the No. 1 starting spot based on a draw that took place Monday.

Blaney likely will choose the bottom lane to start Wednesday night's race, because his Penske teammate Joey Logano will start third, on the inside of Row 2.

Below is the protocol for how the Cup Series field was set at Martinsville:

  • Positions 1-12: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner points

  • Positions 13-24: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner points

  • Positions 25-36: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner points

  • Positions 37-40: Open teams in order of owners points

NASCAR starting lineup at Martinsville

The same protocol that set the lineup for Wednesday night's Martinsville race will be used to set the lineup for the upcoming Cup Series races at Homestead-Miami (June 14) and Talladega (June 21). Those races also will run without prior practice sessions with the exception of Talladega, which will have an hour-long practice session the day before the race.

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As for Wednesday night's race at Martinsville, the draw for the starting lineup took place Monday. Below are the results:

Pos.

Driver

Car No.

Team

1

Ryan Blaney

12

Team Penske

2

Aric Almirola

10

Stewart-Haas Racing

3

Joey Logano

22

Team Penske

4

Clint Bowyer

14

Stewart-Haas Racing

5

Martin Truex Jr.

19

Joe Gibbs Racing

6

Brad Keselowski

2

Team Penske

7

Kyle Busch

18

Joe Gibbs Racing

8

Alex Bowman

88

Hendrick Motorsports

9

Kurt Busch

1

Chip Ganassi Racing

10

Kevin Harvick

4

Stewart-Haas Racing

11

Chase Elliott

9

Hendrick Motorsports

12

Denny Hamlin

11

Joe Gibbs Racing

13

Erik Jones

20

Joe Gibbs Racing

14

Tyler Reddick

8

Richard Childress Racing

15

William Byron

24

Hendrick Motorsports

16

Ryan Newman

6

Roush Fenway Racing

17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

47

JTG Daugherty Racing

18

John Hunter Nemechek

38

Front Row Motorsports

19

Matt DiBenedetto

21

Wood Brothers Racing

20

Matt Kenseth

42

Chip Ganassi Racing

21

Jimmie Johnson

48

Hendrick Motorsports

22

Austin Dillon

3

Richard Childress Racing

23

Bubba Wallace

43

Richard Petty Motorsports

24

Chris Buescher

17

Roush Fenway Racing

25

Corey LaJoie

32

Go Fas Racing

26

JJ Yeley

27

Rick Ware Racing

27

Cole Custer

41

Stewart-Haas Racing

28

Ryan Preece

37

JTG Daugherty Racing

29

Michael McDowell

34

Front Row Motorsports

30

Ty Dillon

13

Germain Racing

31

Brennan Poole

15

Premium Motorsports

32

Christopher Bell

95

Leavine Family Racing

33

David Starr

53

Rick Ware Racing

34

Quin Houff

00

StarCom Racing

35

Garrett Smithley

77

Spire Motorsports

36

Joey Gase

51

Petty Ware Racing

37

Daniel Suarez

96

Gaunt Brothers Racing

38

Timmy Hill

66

Motorsports Business Management

39

Reed Sorenson

7

Tommy Baldwin Racing

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