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FireKeepers Casino 400 Starting Lineup and Stats for NASCAR Cup Series Race

After an unforgettable (for better or worse) road course weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Cup Series makes its long-overdue return to an oval circuit on Sunday. Michigan International Speedway will be the site of the FireKeepers Casino 400, one of just two races remaining before the start of the NASCAR Playoffs. Points and victories are certainly on the minds of many drivers and teams heading into this weekend’s action at the track they call ‘Wide and Fast’.

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

FireKeepers Casino 400 Starting Lineup NASCAR Cup Series Michigan International Speedway
Credit: Paul Sancya, Associated Press

NASCAR Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway

52nd FireKeepers Casino 400
Date: Sunday, August 22, 2021
Start Time: 3 p.m. EST
Track: Michigan International Speedway — Brooklyn, MI
Coverage: NBCSN
Pole Sitter: Kyle Larson
Defending Champion: Kevin Harvick

FireKeepers Casino 400 Race Details

Distance: 400 miles
Laps: 200
Lap Length: 2.0 miles
Stages: Three (Laps 1-60; 61-120; 121-200)
Surface: Asphalt
Turns: 4

FireKeepers Casino 400 Starting Lineup

See below for a breakdown of the qualifying metrics formula.

Starting PositionDriverCar NumberTeamManufacturer
1Kyle Larson5Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
2Chase Elliott9Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
3William Byron24Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
4Ryan Blaney12Team PenskeFord
5Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi RacingChevrolet
6Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
7Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas RacingFord
8Christopher Bell20Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
9Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas RacingFord
10Joey Logano22Team PenskeFord
11Brad Keselowski2Team PenskeFord
12Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
13Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
14Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers RacingFord
15Alex Bowman48Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
16Ross Chastain42Chip Ganassi RacingChevrolet
17Daniel Suarez99Trackhouse RacingChevrolet
18Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas RacingFord
19Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway RacingFord
20Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress RacingChevrolet
21Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet
22Chase Briscoe14Stewart-Haas RacingFord
23Austin Dillon3Richard Childress RacingChevrolet
24Corey LaJoie7Spire MotorsportsChevrolet
25Bubba Wallace2323XI RacingToyota
26Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway RacingFord
27Erik Jones43Richard Petty MotorsportsChevrolet
28Michael McDowell34Front Row MotorsportsFord
29Justin Haley77Spire MotorsportsChevrolet
30Anthony Alfredo38Front Row MotorsportsFord
31Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet
32B.J. McLeod78Live Fast MotorsportsFord
33Cody Ware51Petty Ware RacingChevrolet
34Joey Gase53Rick Ware RacingChevrolet
35Quin Houff00StarCom RacingChevrolet
36David Starr13MBM MotorsportsToyota
37Josh Bilicki52Rick Ware RacingChevrolet
38Garrett Smithley15Rick Ware RacingChevrolet
39Timmy Hill66MBM MotorsportsToyota

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 FireKeepers Casino 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
Joey Logano NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 starting lineup stats
Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

FireKeepers Casino 400 Race History and NASCAR Stats

  • The FireKeepers Casino 400 has been held at Michigan International Speedway every year since 1969. It has been run under the current title sponsor name since 2016.
  • Cale Yarborough won this event a whopping six times as part of his Hall of Fame NASCAR Cup Series career. The first victory came in the first ever running in 1969. His sixth win came 14 years later in 1983.
  • Yarborough’s six wins still stand two clear of any other driver on the all-time list. Both Bill Elliott and David Pearson claimed four victories to share second.
  • Among active NASCAR Cup Series drivers, only three have won the FireKeepers Casino 400 multiple times. Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch and Joey Logano have each lifted the race trophy twice.
  • While Denny Hamlin won the race in back-to-back seasons in 2010-11, Joey Logano has won two of the last five editions in 2016 and ’19.
  • Sunday’s pole-sitter, Kyle Larson, won the FireKeepers Casino 400 back in 2017. He was driving the No. 42 car for Chip Ganassi Racing at that time.
  • Three race teams sit tied for the most all-time wins in this race. Hendrick Motorsports, Wood Brothers Racing and Roush Fenway Racing each own six victories apiece.
  • Kevin Harvick’s victory last season was the second FireKeepers Casino 400 win for Stewart-Haas Racing in the last three years and third in the last six.
  • Ford tops all manufacturers with 20 all-time wins in this race. Mustangs have also found victory lane in four of the last five years.

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