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NASCAR Cup Series Championship Start Time, Starting Lineup and Race Details

After nine months, the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season is set to culminate on Sunday afternoon at Phoenix Raceway. For the second straight year, the one-mile oval will host the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race. Four drivers successfully navigated their way through three elimination rounds and will now battle it out to be crowned the top champion in stock car racing. A familiar name turned in both the fastest practice session and qualifying time ahead of Sunday’s season finale. Kyle Larson has officially earned pole position honors in the NASCAR Cup Series Championship starting lineup as he looks to cap off a dominant season with a title.

The following article contains all kinds of vital information to get you set for Sunday afternoon’s NASCAR action. Read on for the complete NASCAR Championship Race starting lineup, start time and race details.


🏆 Be sure to also check out our in-depth breakdown and preview of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 drivers!


NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race starting lineup Phoenix Raceway
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NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix Raceway

Date: Sunday, November 7, 2021
Start Time: 3 p.m. EST
Track: Phoenix Raceway — Avondale, AZ
Coverage: NBC
Pole Sitter: Kyle Larson
Defending Champion: Chase Elliott

NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race Details

Distance: 318.864 miles
Laps: 312
Lap Length: 1.022 miles
Stages: Three (Laps 1-75; 76-190; 191-312)
Surface: Asphalt
Turns: 4

NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race Starting Lineup

Unlike the majority of races this season, the NASCAR Cup Championship Race starting lineup was decided by actual on-track qualifying. Drivers turned one-lap time trials around Phoenix Raceway on Saturday night to determine the starting grid for Sunday’s race.

NASCAR betting favorite Kyle Larson earned the pole position as he aims to cap off a dominant 2021 season with a championship. Concerning the other members of this year’s Championship 4, Chase Elliott qualified second, Denny Hamlin sixth, and Martin Truex Jr. eleventh. See the table below for the complete starting grid.

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

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