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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
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

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