Kevin Harvick won the Busch Pole Award for Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race at Richmond Raceway (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
The lineup was determined using NASCAR’s new competition-based formula, which is a total number based on the previous event: 15% of a fastest lap time position, 25% of the driver’s final race finish position, 25% of the owner’s final race position and 35% of the Owner Points position. Any ties will be broken by the Rule Book.
Joey Logano will join the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford on the front row in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford.
In the majority of national series events since NASCAR‘s May return, starting lineups have been set by random draws. The new structure draws on performance from both individual races and season-long results, rather than leaving a range of starting spots up to chance.
An example of how the math works: Harvick finished first in the last race (1 x 0.5), is first in owner points (1 x 0.35) and his most recent fastest lap ranked sixth in the field (6 x 0.15). His metric total is 1.75. Logano, meanwhile, had a metric total of 4.5 to claim second; he finished third Sunday (3 x 0.5), is third in owner points (3 x 0.35) and scored the 13th-fastest lap of the race (13 x 0.15).