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

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The starting lineup and pole for Saturday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway, the first in a two-day doubleheader at the Tricky Triangly in Long Pond, Pa., were set by the same procedure that determined the starting lineup for the last five Cup Series races, all of which were scheduled to run without prior practice or qualifying sessions.

The starting grid for Saturday's race at Pocono, scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. ET and broadcast live on Fox, features a pair of Fords at the front of the field as a result of the procedure that utilizes a combination of points standings and a random draw to set the lineup.

MORE: Updated 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule

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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 Talladega winner Ryan Blaney had the first pit stall selection for Saturday's race at Pocono and chose the No. 2 stall (because No. 1 was not available).

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

Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Pocono?

For the first time this season, Aric Almirola is on the pole to start a race thanks to Thursday's random draw. Almirola reached the top 12 in points standings thanks to his third-place finish at Talladega last week.

Another Ford, that of Ryan Blaney, will line up next to Almirola's No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Mustang on the front row to start Saturday's race. They'll be followed by a pair of Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch, starting in third and fourth.

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

  • 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 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 will be 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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As for Saturday's race at Pocono, the draw for the starting lineup took place Thursday. Below are the results:

Pos.

Driver

Car No.

Team

1

Aric Almirola

10

Stewart-Haas Racing

2

Ryan Blaney

12

Team Penske

3

Denny Hamlin

11

Joe Gibbs Racing

4

Kyle Busch

18

Joe Gibbs Racing

5

Chase Elliott

9

Hendrick Motorsports

6

Joey Logano

22

Team Penske

7

Kurt Busch

1

Chip Ganassi Racing

8

Brad Keselowski

2

Team Penske

9

Kevin Harvick

4

Stewart-Haas Racing

10

Alex Bowman

88

Hendrick Motorsports

11

Martin Truex Jr.

19

Joe Gibbs Racing

12

Jimmie Johnson

48

Hendrick Motorsports

13

Ryan Newman

6

Roush Fenway Racing

14

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

47

JTG Daugherty Racing

15

Tyler Reddick

8

Richard Childress Racing

16

William Byron

24

Hendrick Motorsports

17

Austin Dillon

3

Richard Childress Racing

18

Clint Bowyer

14

Stewart-Haas Racing

19

Erik Jones

20

Joe Gibbs Racing

20

John Hunter Nemechek

38

Front Row Motorsports

21

Matt DiBenedetto

21

Wood Brothers Racing

22

Matt Kenseth

42

Chip Ganassi Racing

23

Bubba Wallace

43

Richard Petty Motorsports

24

Chris Buescher

17

Roush Fenway Racing

25

Cole Custer

41

Stewart-Haas Racing

26

Michael McDowell

34

Front Row Motorsports

27

Brennan Poole

15

Premium Motorsports

28

Joey Gase

51

Petty Ware Racing

29

Corey LaJoie

32

Go Fas Racing

30

Ryan Preece

37

JTG Daugherty Racing

31

Garrett Smithley

53

Rick Ware Racing

32

Quin Houff

00

StarCom Racing

33

JJ Yeley

27

Rick Ware Racing

34

Ty Dillon

13

Germain Racing

35

James Davison

77

Spire Motorsports

36

Christopher Bell

95

Leavin Family Racing

37

Daniel Suarez

96

Gaunt Brothers Racing

38

Timmy Hill

66

Motorsports Business Management

39

BJ McLeod

78

BJ McLeod Motorsports

40

Josh Bilicki

7

Tommy Baldwin Racing

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