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Go Bowling at The Glen Starting Lineup and Stats for NASCAR Cup Series Race

After two weeks off for some much-needed R&R, the NASCAR Cup Series returns to the track this weekend. For the first time since 2019, the premier stock car racing series heads to Watkins Glen International in Upstate New York. Sunday afternoon’s Go Bowling at The Glen marks the 23rd race of the 2021 season and the fifth on a road course. Chase Elliott will be looking to make it three straight victories in the Finger Lakes and further establish his dominance on the road courses. However, there are plenty of drivers throughout the Go Bowling at The Glen starting lineup who figure to have a say in the matter before it’s all said and done.

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 Go Bowling at The Glen starting lineup, start time, race facts and NASCAR stats.

Go Bowling at The Glen starting lineup NASCAR Cup Series stats Watkins Glen International
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NASCAR Cup Series at Watkins Glen International

38th Go Bowling at The Glen
Date: Sunday, August 8, 2021
Start Time: 3 p.m. EST
Track: Watkins Glen International — Watkins Glen, NY
Coverage: NBCSN
Pole Sitter: Brad Keselowski
Defending Champion: Chase Elliott (2019)

Go Bowling at The Glen Race Details

Distance: 220.86 miles (355 kilometers)
Laps: 260
Lap Length: 2.454 miles
Stages: Three (Laps 1-20; 21-40; 41-90)
Surface: Asphalt
Turns: 8

Go Bowling at The Glen 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 Go Bowling at The Glen 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
Chase Elliott Go Bowling at The Glen starting lineup NASCAR Cup Series stats
Chase Elliott (Credit: Getty Images)

Go Bowling at The Glen Race History and NASCAR Stats

  • Although the first NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International came in 1957 and was succeeded by races in both 1964 and ’65, it wasn’t until 1986 that the track became a fixture on the annual schedule.
  • Although it has never held two NASCAR weekends in the same season, Watkins Glen has hosted the Cup Series every year since 1986 with the exception of the relocated 2020 race.
  • NASCAR runs the “short course” at Watkins Glen which leaves out the “Boot” portion of the circuit.
  • Oddly enough, two drivers have won the Go Bowling at The Glen in three consecutive seasons. Mark Martin parked it in victory lane from 1993-95. Jeff Gordon replicated the three-peat feat from 1997-99.
  • Tony Stewart tops the all-time wins list among drivers at Watkins Glen International. His five race wins are followed by Jeff Gordon’s four.
  • Only two current NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won the Go Bowling at The Glen multiple times. Kyle Busch took home the trophy in 2008 and 2013. Meanwhile, Chase Elliott is a two-time defending champion, having won in both 2018 and ’19.
  • Among race teams, Hendrick Motorsports tops the list with eight victories in this race. Joe Gibbs Racing sits just behind with seven.
  • Chevrolet holds a sizable lead among car manufcaturers with 19 total victories in this race, including each of the last two. Ford is a distant second with eight. Meanwhile, three of the four Toyota wins have come in the last seven races.

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