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Denny Hamlin Snags Cup Pole for Charlotte

For the second week in a row, Denny Hamlin is on the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race, this time at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL.

Hamlin secured his spot in the Round of 8 after winning at Talladega Superspeedway last week.

Last year’s ROVAL victor Chase Elliott is also on the front row. Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski begins third, Kevin Harvick is fourth and Alex Bowman rounds out the top five.

Austin Dillon will wheel his No. 3 Chevrolet of Richard Childress Racing from the sixth position. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Martin Truex Jr. starts seventh, while Keselowski’s teammate Joey Logano is eighth. Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch complete the top 10 starters.

The lineup was formed using a combination of four weighted categories: 35% rank in owner points, 25% driver’s finishing position, 25% owner’s end position and 15% fastest lap from the previous event.

Cup Starting Lineup for Charlotte ROVAL 

The Bank of America ROVAL 400 starts Sunday, Oct. 11 at 2:30 p.m. ET and airs on NBC and PRN radio.

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11 thoughts on “Denny Hamlin Snags Cup Pole for Charlotte”

  1. Okay Bill B. For you:

    Finish: 11 20 13 24 9 6 8 38 15 37 77 3

    Owner: 11 4 9 2 19 88 22 18 3 1 14 10

    Start: 11 9 2 4 88 3 19 22 18 1 14 10

    You’d think some of the interlopers from the Talladega finish would be in the first 12, but I guess NA$CAR really doesn’t want that.

    • Thanks Don.

      My weekly cycle just wouldn’t be complete without a rundown of NASCAR’s BS starting line up.

  2. The rules are pretty clear on this: Playoff drivers start ahead of non-Playoff drivers. You may not like it, but it shouldn’t be a surprise every week when they announce it. Starting next week, the Top Eight will start ahead of the rest of the field, so don’t bother showing your shock and awe!

    • I don’t think anyone is claiming shock and awe but you are right we don’t like it and we have the right to bitch about it every week. If we want to waste our time what is it to you? Not all of us just accept what we are fed and accept it without question. If that’s the way you are, good on you, enjoy your gruel.

      • So do you think your bitching every single week is going to change a thing? What you are doing is spitting out your gruel and going hungry!

        • Nah, I’m just fine.
          For years we’ve been bitching about too many 1.5 mile tracks and that we want more short tracks and road courses. Who’s to say we and people like us didn’t make the difference we see on schedule. While my gut feeling tells me NASCAR does what NASCAR wants, I am sure they monitor NASCAR related websites if for no other reason than to keep tabs on the natives.
          The biggest problem is that when people complain and NASCAR yields, they never give us exactly what we are asking for. We ask for wins to matter more in the championship format. What we want – wins to carry more points. What we get – the chase.

  3. “The lineup was formed using a combination of four weighted categories: 35% rank in owner points, 25% driver’s finishing position, 25% owner’s end position and 15% fastest lap from the previous event.”

    OK, Joy. What is the difference between “owner points” and “owner end position”?

  4. Owner points is where the team is ranked in the owner standings; owner’s end position is where the team owner finishes the last race that was run.

    For example, Gray Gaulding did not compete in the No. 27 car last week; Cody Ware finished 19th in that car. The team owner is ranked 34th in points. The 19 is multiplied by 25%, and 34 is multiplied by 35%.

    Additionally, since he didn’t race last week Gaulding was given 41 for fastest lap and finishing position. Multiply 41 by 15%, then multiply 41 by 25% (for driver’s finishing position).

    The results come out to 4.75 (owner’s finish), 11.90 (owner’s points), 6.15 (fastest lap) and 10.25 (driver’s finish). Then, just add those up.

    This is done for each driver in the lineup, and the playoff driver with the lowest number starts first. I realize this was more than what you asked for; hopefully it didn’t cause confusion.

      • Rank in driver’s points standings do matter in the playoffs, but it is not included to set the starting lineup. Some drivers don’t compete in every race (like Gaulding), so NASCAR used owner points instead. It might be more noticeable in the Xfinity and Truck Series, as multiple drivers compete in races. (For example, Daniel Hemric and Jeb Burton have both driven the No. 8 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports this season).

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