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Denny Hamlin Competing From Cup Pole at Charlotte ROVAL

The NASCAR Cup Series’ last playoff race in the Round of 12 is this Sunday (Oct. 10) and Denny Hamlin is on the pole at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL.

The current points leader finished seventh in Monday’s rain-shortened race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano will start second and third while Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Christopher Bell and Martin Truex Jr. round out the top five.

Ryan Blaney will wheel the No. 12 Penske Ford from sixth and Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick is seventh. Chase Elliott is eighth, Kyle Busch begins ninth and Kyle Larson finishes up the top 10 starters.

William Byron and Alex Bowman will line up 11th and 12th as the final two playoff drivers. All drivers contending for the championship will start up front, while the remaining drivers line up behind them. Harvick, Bell, Byron and Bowman are all below the cut line heading into the Charlotte.

Bubba Wallace, who won his first career Cup race on Monday, will start 15th.

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The starting order was set by an equation that combined four performance-based categories. 50% of the driver’s and car owner’s finishing position from Talladega (25% each), 15% of where the driver’s fastest lap ranked and 35% of the team owner’s points ranking were added together, and whoever had the lowest score would start first.

Cup Starting Lineup for Charlotte ROVAL

The Bank of America ROVAL 400 airs on Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. ET on NBC.

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ben

WHY THE HELL IS BUBBA NOT ON TE POLE I’M MAD AS HELL HE IS NOT ON THE POLE NASCAR YOU BUNCH OF SCREW UPS

DoninAjax

IT’S BECAUSE THE FORMULA THE BRIAN GROUP IN DAYTONA CAME UP WITH TO GIFT THE POLE TO A DRIVER MEANS BUBBA CAN’T GET THE POLE. ALTHOUGH I AM SURPRISED THEY DIDN’T CHANGE THE “RULES'” TO ACCOMMODATE HIM. I THOUGHT THEY’D CHANGE IT TO THE LAST DRIVER TO WIN AN EXAMPLE OF BRIAN’S PRODUCT WOULD INHERIT THE POLE.

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