NASCAR: Kansas starting lineup if qualifying is canceled

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Take a look at the provisional starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway if rain washes out qualifying again.

The NASCAR Cup Series is set for the first of its two annual trips to Kansas Speedway this weekend for the AdventHealth 400.

Qualifying for Sunday afternoon’s 267-lap race around the four-turn, 1.5-mile (2.414-kilometer) Kansas City, Kansas oval is scheduled to take place at 5:50 p.m. ET on Saturday evening.

As of now, there is only a 9% chance of rain, according to The Weather Channel. However, rain is expected the day before and on each of three days after, including race day, unfortunately, so the forecast could always change.

If qualifying is canceled, the metric would set the starting lineup, as we have seen multiple times so far this NASCAR Cup Series season.

The metric factors in four variables: the driver’s finish in the most recent race, the car owner’s finish in the most recent race, the team’s rank in the owner standings, and the rank of the driver’s fastest lap in the most recent race.

The first two categories are weighted at 25% each, meaning that they form one category weighted at 50% for drivers who drive the same cars each race. The third category is weighted at 35%, and the fourth is weighted at 15%.

In the event that it does rain and qualifying can’t take place, here is what the starting lineup will look like.

Provisional Kansas Starting Lineup
1st – Ross Chastain
2nd – Martin Truex Jr.
3rd – Denny Hamlin
4th – Ryan Blaney
5th – Christopher Bell
6th – William Byron
7th – Tyler Reddick
8th – Brad Keselowski
9th – Chris Buescher
10th – Josh Berry
11th – Kevin Harvick
12th – Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
13th – Ty Gibbs
14th – Chase Elliott
15th – Kyle Busch
16th – Bubba Wallace
17th – Corey LaJoie
18th – Erik Jones
19th – Austin Cindric
20th – Michael McDowell
21st – Kyle Larson
22nd – A.J. Allmendinger
23rd – Ryan Preece
24th – Joey Logano
25th – Justin Haley
26th – Todd Gilliland
27th – Harrison Burton
28th – Chase Briscoe
29th – Aric Almirola
30th – Daniel Suarez
31st – Austin Dillon
32nd – J.J. Yeley
33rd – Brennan Poole
34th – Noah Gragson
35th – Ty Dillon
36th – Josh Bilicki

If qualifying isn’t canceled, the drivers in the even positions are set to qualify in reverse order in the first group, and the drivers in the odd positions are set to qualify in reverse order in the second.

So Live Fast Motorsports’ Josh Bilicki would make the first qualifying attempt in group one, while Spire Motorsports’ Ty Dillon would make the 19th qualifying attempt overall and first in group two.

The fastest five drivers in each of the two groups advance to the shootout for the pole position. This shootout determines how the top 10 line up. The remainder of the starting lineup is set based on round one speeds, irrespective of group.

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