Kevin Harvick wins Busch Pole Award for playoff race at Texas

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Kevin Harvick won the Busch Pole Award for Sunday’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), host of the second Round of 8 race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

The lineup was determined using NASCAR’s competition-based formula, which is a total number based on the series’ previous event: 15% of a fastest lap time position, 25% of the driver’s final race finish position, 25% of the owner’s final race position and 35% of the owner points position.

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Harvick’s No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford will share the front row with the No. 22 Team Penske Ford of Joey Logano, who rated second in the performance metric calculations. Logano earned the victory in last Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway to lock in a spot for the Championship 4, while Harvick finished second.

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

See the full starting lineup for Sunday’s race below (P = playoff eligible):

Start

Driver

Car #

Team

1

Kevin Harvick (P)

4

Stewart-Haas Racing

2

Joey Logano (P)

22

Team Penske

3

Brad Keselowski (P)

2

Team Penske

4

Chase Elliott (P)

9

Hendrick Motorsports

5

Alex Bowman (P)

88

Hendrick Motorsports

6

Martin Truex Jr. (P)

19

Joe Gibbs Racing

7

Denny Hamlin (P)

11

Joe Gibbs Racing

8

Kurt Busch (P)

1

Chip Ganassi Racing

9

Kyle Busch

18

Joe Gibbs Racing

10

Ryan Blaney

12

Team Penske

11

William Byron

24

Hendrick Motorsports

12

Austin Dillon

3

Richard Childress Racing

13

Aric Almirola

10

Stewart-Haas Racing

14

Matt DiBenedetto

21

Wood Brothers Racing

15

Christopher Bell

95

Leavine Family Racing

16

Cole Custer

41

Stewart-Haas Racing

17

Erik Jones

20

Joe Gibbs Racing

18

Bubba Wallace

43

Richard Petty Motorsports

19

Tyler Reddick

8

Richard Childress Racing

20

Chris Buescher

17

Roush Fenway Racing

21

Clint Bowyer

14

Stewart-Haas Racing

22

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

47

JTG Daugherty Racing

23

Michael McDowell

34

Front Row Motorsports

24

John Hunter Nemechek

38

Front Row Motorsports

25

Ryan Newman

6

Roush Fenway Racing

26

Jimmie Johnson

48

Hendrick Motorsports

27

Ty Dillon

13

Germain Racing

28

Corey LaJoie

32

Go Fas Racing

29

Ryan Preece

37

JTG Daugherty Racing

30

Daniel Suarez

96

Gaunt Brothers Racing

31

Brennan Poole

15

Premium Motorsports

32

Matt Kenseth

42

Chip Ganassi Racing

33

JJ Yeley

27

Rick Ware Racing

34

Quin Houff

00

StarCom Racing

35

Reed Sorenson

77

Spire Motorsports

36

Timmy Hill

66

MBM Motorsports

37

Josh Bilicki

7

Tommy Baldwin Racing

38

Garrett Smithley

53

Rick Ware Racing

39

Joey Gase

51

Petty Ware Racing

40

Chad Finchum

49

MBM Motorsports