NASCAR lineup at Pocono: Starting order, pole for Sunday's race without qualifying

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The starting lineup and pole for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway, the second in a two-day doubleheader at the Tricky Triangle in Long Pond, Pa., were set by a different procedure than the random draw used to determined the starting lineup for Saturday's race.

The starting grid for Sunday's race at Pocono, scheduled to start at 4 p.m. ET and broadcast live on FS1, features a pair of Chevys at the front of the field thanks to an inversion of the top 20 finishers from Saturday's race. The bottom 20 finishers will start Sunday's race in the same positions.

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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 Saturday Pocono winner Kevick Harvick had the first pit stall selection for Sunday's race.

Below is the starting lineup for Sunday's NASCAR race at Pocono and how it was set.

Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Pocono?

Because he finished Saturday's race 20th, Ryan Preece will start on the pole for the first time in his NASCAR Cup Series career. That means Saturday race winner Kevin Harvick will start Sunday's race 20th.

Joining Preece on the front row Sunday will be Austin Dillon, who finished Saturday's race 19th.

NASCAR starting lineup at Pocono

The same protocol that set the lineup for Saturday's Pocono race will be used for all NASCAR Cup Series races currently confirmed on the 2020 schedule except Sunday's Pocono race, the second leg of the doubleheader, for which the field was set by a top 20 inversion of Saturday's race results.

NASCAR is proceeding without qualifying and practice sessions prior to races in an effort to limit time spent at the track amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Below is the starting lineup for Sunday's race at Pocono based on Saturday's results.

Pos.

Driver

1.

Ryan Preece

2.

Austin Dillon

3.

Kurt Busch

4.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

5.

Cole Custer

6.

Ryan Newman

7.

William Byron

8.

Matt DiBenedetto

9.

Ryan Blaney

10.

Matt Kenseth

11.

Chris Buescher

12.

Brad Keselowski

13.

Michael McDowell

14.

Clint Bowyer

15.

Martin Truex Jr.

16.

Kyle Busch

17.

Christopher Bell

18.

Aric Almirola

19.

Denny Hamlin

20.

Kevin Harvick

21.

Jimmie Johnson

22.

Bubba Wallace

23.

Corey LaJoie

24.

John Hunter Nemechek

25.

Chase Elliott

26.

Ty Dillon

27.

Alex Bowman

28.

Daniel Suarez

29.

Brennan Poole

30.

Tyler Reddick

31.

JJ Yeley

32.

Josh Bilicki

33.

Garrett Smithley

34.

James Davison

35.

Timmy Hill

36.

Joey Logano

37.

Joey Gase

38.

Erik Jones

39.

BJ McLeod

40.

Quin Houff

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