Kevin Harvick nabs Busch Pole Award for Daytona Road Course debut

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The starting lineup is set for Sunday’s GoBowling 235 at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course (3 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), and series points leader Kevin Harvick is on the Busch Pole.

The lineup was determined for the first time by using NASCAR’s new competition-based formula, which takes into account finishing position from the previous race (weighted 50%), ranking in team owner points (35%) and the fastest lap from the previous race (15%).

RELATED: Learn more about the new lineup formula

After crunching the numbers, Harvick in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford is this week’s Busch Pole Award winner and will lead the field to the green flag for this week’s race. Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota will join him on the front row.

In the majority of national series events since NASCAR‘s May return, starting lineups have been set by random draws. The new structure draws on performance from both individual races and season-long results, rather than leaving a range of starting spots up to chance.

An example of how the math works: Harvick finished first in the last race (1 x 0.5), is first in owner points (1 x 0.35) and his fastest lap in Sunday’s race at Michigan ranked second (2 x .15). His metric total is 1.15. That was enough to beat Hamlin, whose metric total was 2.20; he finished second last Sunday (2 x 0.5), is third in owner points (3 x .035) and scored the second-fastest lap of the race (2 x 0.15).

Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch make up the second row, powered by their finishes of third and fourth, respectively, at Michigan.

Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney, who wrecked out of the race early when Keselowski inadvertently spun and collected Blaney in a wreck while battling for the lead, saw their starting spots heavily impacted. Keselowski will line up 17th and Blaney is slotted 24th.

See the full starting lineup for Sunday’s race below.

*Note: Kaz Grala will fill in for Austin Dillon after Dillon self-reported a positive COVID-19 test.

Starting spot

Driver

Car #

Team

1

Kevin Harvick

4

Stewart-Haas Racing

2

Denny Hamlin

11

Joe Gibbs Racing

3

Martin Truex Jr.

19

Joe Gibbs Racing

4

Kyle Busch

18

Joe Gibbs Racing

5

Joey Logano

22

Team Penske

6

Aric Almirola

10

Stewart-Haas Racing

7

Chase Elliott

9

Hendrick Motorsports

8

Kurt Busch

1

Chip Ganassi Racing

9

Matt DiBenedetto

21

Wood Brothers Racing

10

Kaz Grala*

3

Richard Childress Racing

11

Jimmie Johnson

48

Hendrick Motorsports

12

Clint Bowyer

14

Stewart-Haas Racing

13

William Byron

24

Hendrick Motorsports

14

Ryan Newman

6

Roush Fenway Racing

15

Christopher Bell

95

Leavine Family Racing

16

Matt Kenseth

42

Chip Ganassi Racing

17

Brad Keselowski

2

Team Penske

18

Tyler Reddick

8

Richard Childress Racing

19

Bubba Wallace

43

Richard Petty Motorsports

20

Erik Jones

20

Joe Gibbs Racing

21

Chris Buescher

17

Roush Fenway Racing

22

Ryan Preece

37

JTG Daugherty Racing

23

Ty Dillon

13

Germain Racing

24

Ryan Blaney

12

Team Penske

25

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

47

JTG Daugherty Racing

26

Cole Custer

41

Stewart-Haas Racing

27

Alex Bowman

88

Hendrick Motorsports

28

John Hunter Nemechek

38

Front Row Motorsports

29

Corey LaJoie

32

Go FAS Racing

30

Michael McDowell

34

Front Row Motorsports

31

Daniel Suarez

96

Gaunt Brothers Racing

32

JJ Yeley

27

Rick Ware Racing

33

Brennan Poole

15

Premium Motorsports

34

Stanton Barrett

77

Spire Motorsports

35

Quin Houff

00

StarCom Racing

36

Garrett Smithley

53

Rick Ware Racing

37

Timmy Hill

66

Motorsports Business Management

38

James Davison

51

Petty Ware Racing

39

Brendan Gaughan

62

Beard Motorsports