The NASCAR Cup Series’ final race in the Round of 16 is at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 19. Brad Keselowski will lead the field to green at the half-mile track.
The No. 2 Team Penske driver snagged the pole after winning last week’s event at Richmond Raceway and posting the fastest lap of the night.
Chase Elliott starts sixth, and Truex’s Joe Gibbs Racing cohort Denny Hamlin begins seventh. Elliott’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman is eighth, Kyle Busch is ninth and Aric Almirola completes the top 10 starters.
The lineup is based on four weighted metrics: driver’s finish from previous race (25%), team owner’s finish (25%), fastest lap (15%) and owner’s points position (15%). The front 16 starters are those in the playoffs.
12 drivers will move on to the next round by the end of the evening.
The Bass Pro Shops Night Race begins on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET and will air on NBC Sports Network and Performance Racing Network).