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O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 Start Time, Starting Grid and Stats for NASCAR Cup Series Race

After an unforgettable Daytona 500 last Sunday to begin the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, the teams and drivers will return to Daytona International Speedway once again this weekend. This time, however, they will race on the Daytona Road Course. This marks the second edition of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 race. Road course races requires a special type of skillset on the part of the drivers behind the wheel. No one has proven better at this style of racing than defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott.

This article contains all of the vital information necessary to get you ready for the second race of the NASCAR Cup Series season. Read on for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 start time, starting grid, fast facts and statistics.

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NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona Road Course

O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 Race Info

2nd O’Reilly Auto Parts 253
Date: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021
Start Time: 3 p.m. EST
Track: Daytona International Speedway Road Course — Daytona Beach, FL
Coverage: FOX
Pole Sitter: Chase Elliott
Defending Champion: Chase Elliott

O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 Race Details

Distance: 253 miles
Laps: 70
Lap Length: 3.61 miles (5.81 kilometers)
Stages: Three (Laps 1-16; Laps 17-34; Laps 35-70)
Surface: Asphalt
Turns: 14

O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 Starting Grid

See below for a breakdown of qualifying.

Starting PositionDriverCar NumberTeamManufacturer
1Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
2Joey Logano22Team PenskeFord
3Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas RacingFord
4Christopher Bell20Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
5Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi RacingChevrolet
6Michael McDowell34Front Row MotorsportsFord
7Brad Keselowski2Team PenskeFord
8Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet
9Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
10Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas RacingFord
11Chase Elliott9Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
12Chris Buescher22Roush Fenway RacingFord
13Alex Bowman48Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
14Ryan Blaney12Team PenskeFord
15Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet
16Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas RacingFord
17Kyle Larson5Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
18Erik Jones43Richard Petty MotorsportsChevrolet
19Bubba Wallace2323XI RacingToyota
20Justin Haley77Spire MotorsportsChevrolet
21Daniel Suarez99Trackhouse Racing TeamChevrolet
22Austin Dillon3Richard Childress RacingChevrolet
23Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway RacingFord
24Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs RacingFord
25Corey LaJoie7Spire MotorsportsChevrolet
26Cody Ware51Rick Ware RacingChevrolet
27Anthony Alfredo38Front Row MotorsportsFord
28Garrett Smithley53Rick Ware RacingFord
29James Davison15Rick Ware RacingChevrolet
30Chase Briscoe14Stewart-Haas RacingFord
31William Byron24Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
32Ross Chastain42Chip Ganassi RacingChevrolet
33Timmy Hill66MBM MotorsportsFord
34BJ McLeod78Live Fast MotorsportsChevrolet
35Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress RacingChevrolet
36Josh Billicki52Rick Ware RacingFord
37Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers RacingFord
38Quin Houff00StarCom RacingChevrolet

O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 Qualifying Overview

Following the virus-caused 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 were used to determine starting lineups. That same formula remains in place for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season beginning with this week’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 road course race. The Daytona 500 underwent it’s standard qualifying procedures last week time trials and the Bluegreen Vacations Duel.

So, what exactly is involved in the performance-metrics formula? Well, it draws on a number of factors including individual race performances and seaosn-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 NASCAR Cup Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 253
Chase Elliott (Credit: Getty Images)

O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 Stats and NASCAR Betting Facts

  • Chase Elliott won the inaugural O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 with an average speed of 89.39 mph.
  • Among the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series tracks, the Daytona Road Course is second only to Road America (4.048 miles) in lap length.
  • Last year’s race was only 235 miles in length. Due to New York virus restrictions, NASCAR moved the Go Bowling 235, which was originally scheduled to be run at Watkins Glen International.
  • The 2020 race saw 13 different lead changes among six different drivers.
  • Last year’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 race had four cautions for a total of seven laps run under yellow.
  • Chase Elliotts has won the last four NASCAR Cup Series points races on road course tracks.
  • The race was not even originally scheduled to be run this year. Due to California virus regulations, NASCAR opted to cancel the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway and run on the Daytona Road Course instead.

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