Elliott on Kansas pole

Chase Elliott won the Busch Pole Award for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), host of the opener of the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

The lineup was determined using NASCAR’s competition-based formula, which is a total number based on the series’ 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.

Elliott’s No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet will share the front row with the No. 22 Team Penske Ford of Joey Logano, who rated second in the performance metric calculations. That pair placed 1-2 in last Sunday’s Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Road Course.

In the majority of national series events since NASCAR’s May return, starting lineups have been set by random draws. This structure, first introduced in early August, draws on performance from both individual races and season-long results, rather than leaving a range of starting spots up to chance.


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