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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
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 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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