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Bank of America ROVAL 400 Starting Lineup and Stats for NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Race

The second round of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs concludes this Sunday with the Bank of America ROVAL 400. While this race dates all the way back to 1960, this year marks only the fourth time that it will be held on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course, otherwise known as the Charlotte ROVAL. For a number of playoff drivers, Sunday’s race will be a last-ditch hope to try and keep their championship hopes alive. For the second consecutive week, Denny Hamlin will lead the field to the green flag after being awarded the pole position in the Bank of America ROVAL 400 starting lineup.

The following article contains all kinds of vital information to get you set for Sunday afternoon’s NASCAR Cup Series action. Read on for the complete Bank of America ROVAL 400 starting lineup, start time, race facts and NASCAR stats.

Bank of America ROVAL 400 NASCAR Cup Series stats starting lineup
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61st Bank of America ROVAL 400
Date: Sunday, October 10, 2021
Start Time: 2 p.m. EST
Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course — Concord, NC
Coverage: NBC
Pole Sitter: Denny Hamlin
Defending Champion: Chase Elliott

Bank of America ROVAL 400 Race Details

Distance: 248.52 miles (400 kilometers)
Laps: 109
Lap Length: 2.28 miles
Stages: Three (Laps 1-25; 26-50; 51-109)
Surface: Asphalt
Turns: 17

Bank of America ROVAL 400 Starting Lineup

See below for a breakdown of the qualifying metrics formula.

Starting PositionDriverCar NumberTeamManufacturer
1Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas RacingFord
2Christopher Bell20Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
3Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress RacingChevrolet
4Chase Briscoe14Stewart-Haas RacingFord
5Kyle Larson5Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
6Justin Haley31Kaulig RacingChevrolet
7Ty Dillon42Petty GMS MotorsportsChevrolet
8Alex Bowman48Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
9Chase Elliott9Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
10Joey Logano22Team PenskeFord
11Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
12Austin Dillon3Richard Childress RacingChevrolet
13Kurt Busch4523XI RacingToyota
14Erik Jones43Petty GMS MotorsportsChevrolet
15Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Keselowski RacingFord
16Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet
17Michael McDowell34Front Row MotorsportsFord
18Brad Keselowski6Roush Fenway Keselowski RacingFord
19William Byron24Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
20Austin Cindric2Team PenskeFord
21Daniel Suarez99Trackhouse RacingChevrolet
22Bubba Wallace2323XI RacingToyota
23Todd Gilliland38Front Row MotorsportsFord
24Harrison Burton21Wood Brothers RacingFord
25Ryan Blaney12Team PenskeFord
26Corey LaJoie7Spire MotorsportsChevrolet
27Justin Allgaier77Spire MotorsportsChevrolet
28Noah Gragson16Kaulig RacingChevrolet
29J.J. Yeley15Rick Ware RacingFord
30Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
31Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas RacingFord
32Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas RacingFord
33Ross Chastain1Trackhouse RacingChevrolet
34Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
35Cody Ware51Rick Ware RacingFord
36Josh Williams78Live Fast MotorsportsFord

NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying Overview

Following the interruption to racing last season, NASCAR did away with practice and qualifying runs at the majority of races. A combination of grouped draws and a performance-metrics formula was used to determine starting grids. That same formula remains in place for the majority of races on the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, including this Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL 400 starting lineup.

So, what exactly is involved in the performance-metrics formula? Well, it draws on a number of factors including individual race performances and season-long results. The following breakdown illustrates the weighted grades associated with each component of NASCAR’s metrics formula:

NASCAR Cup Series Metrics Formula Breakdown

  • 35 percent: Team owner points ranking
  • 25 percent: Driver’s finishing position from the previous race
  • 25 percent: Car owner’s finishing position from the previous race
  • 15 percent: Fastest lap from the previous race

Note that all drivers currently in the NASCAR Playoffs receive priority starting spots over the rest of the field. Therefore, even if a non-playoff driver scores better in the metrics formula, he will still start behind all of those drivers in the running for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Championship. With this being the Round of 12, the top 12 spots in the Bank of America ROVAL 400 starting lineup are all occupied by playoff drivers.

Chase Elliott Bank of America ROVAL 400 starting lineup NASCAR Cup Series stats Charlotte Motor Speedway
Chase Elliott (Credit: Getty Images)

Bank of America ROVAL 400 Race History and NASCAR Stats

The following sections offer various NASCAR stats of note and interesting history of the Bank of America ROVAL 400.

Race History

  • The very first edition of this race came back in 1960. Of course, it took place on the oval track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Speedy Thompson got the win for Wood Brothers Racing in the inaugural running of the “National 400”.
  • After being run at a distance of 400 miles from 1960-65, the race was extended to encompass 500 miles beginning in 1966. It was run at that same distance on the oval up through 2017.
  • 2018 marked the first voyage for the NASCAR Cup Series on the Charlotte ROVAL. The race known as the “Bank of America 500” became the present day “Bank of America ROVAL 400”. This will be the fourth consecutive year that the race will be run on the road course.

NASCAR Stats and Race Records

  • Jimmie Johnson holds more victories in this race all-time than any other driver. He won the event four times in a span of 12 years from 2004-16.
  • Three other drivers sit just behind Johnson for second on the all-time wins list. Cale Yarborough, Mark Martin and Bobby Allison each won the event three times.
  • Ryan Blaney captured the first ever Bank of America ROVAL 400 to be run on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course in 2018.
  • Among active NASCAR Cup Series drivers, Chase Elliott is the only one with multiple wins in this race. In fact, Elliott enters this weekend as the two-time defending champion. Known for his prowess on road courses, Elliott took the checkered in both the 2019 and 2020 ROVAL races.
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads all race teams with 10 all-time wins in this race. Of course, HMS has been the winning team in each of the past two years courtesy of Chase Elliott. No other race team has more than four wins.
  • Chevrolet’s 23 victories top the all-time wins list among car manufacturers. Ford is runner-up with 19 victories.

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