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Pocono Organics 325 Starting Lineup and Stats for NASCAR Cup Series Race

The NASCAR Cup Series is set to kick off its annual summer swing through the northeastern United States this weekend. Nearly 700 total miles of racing await the drivers and teams with a doubleheader this Saturday and Sunday at Pocono Raceway. The ‘Tricky Triangle’ never fails to provide fans with thrilling action. Kyle Larson has been on a dominant run recently. His outstanding season to date has earned him pole position honors in the Pocono Organics 325 starting lineup.

This article contains all kinds of vital information to get you set for the first of this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader at Pocono Raceway. Read on for the Pocono Organics 325 starting lineup, start time, race facts and NASCAR stats.

Pocono Organics 325 starting lineup NASCAR Cup Series stats
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NASCAR Cup Series at Pocono Raceway

Pocono Organics 325
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021
Start Time: 3 p.m. EST
Track: Pocono Raceway — Long Pond, PA
Coverage: NBCSN
Pole Sitter: Kyle Larson
Defending Champion: Kevin Harvick

Pocono Organics 325 Race Details

Distance: 325 miles
Laps: 130
Lap Length: 2.5 miles
Stages: Three (Laps 1-25; 26-77; 78-130)
Surface: Asphalt
Turns: 3

Pocono Organics 325 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 were 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 Saturday’s Pocono Organics 325 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 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
Pocono Organics 325 starting lineup stats NASCAR Cup Series Pocono Raceway
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Pocono Organics 325 Race History and NASCAR Stats

  • This was originally a 500-mile race and was run at that distance from its inception in 1982 through 2011. In 2012, the race was shortened to 400 miles.
  • Last year marked the first NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader weekend at Pocono Raceway. The same format will continue this season. Saturday’s race is 325 miles in length while Sunday’s event is 350.
  • Bobby Allison won each of the first two Cup Series races at Pocono Raceway in 1982 and ’83.
  • Jeff Gordon tops the all-time wins list among drivers with four total victories in this race. No other driver has more than two career wins.
  • Among active drivers, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. are the only multi-time winners of this race. Each has two victories, with Hamlin winning in 2006 and ’10 and Truex in 2015 and ’18.
  • Last year’s Pocono Organics 325 winner, Kevin Harvick, is the only driver to win the race at the new 325-mile distance.
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads all race teams with 11 total victories in this event. However, the most recent HMS win came back in 2014.
  • Chevrolet’s 18 total wins top all manufacturers in the history of the race. No Chevy has reached victory lane since 2016 though, with Ford and Toyota combining to win each of the last four editions.

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