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.
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.
Below is the starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Pocono based on Saturday’s results.
|4.||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|
|15.||Martin Truex Jr.|
|24.||John Hunter Nemechek|