Goodyear 400 Starting Lineup and Stats for NASCAR Cup Series Race

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This coming weekend will see NASCAR pay tribute to drivers and cars of yore. Throwback Weekend is set to descend on Darlington Raceway . All three national series will be in action, including the NASCAR Cup Series which will run the Goodyear 400 on Sunday afternoon. This article contains all kinds of vital information necessary to get you ready for race No. 12 of the NASCAR Cup Series season. Read on for the Goodyear 400 starting lineup, start time, fast facts and NASCAR stats.

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NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington Raceway

51st Goodyear 400
Date: Sunday, May 9, 2021
Start Time: 3:30 p.m. EST
Track: Darlington Raceway — Darlington, SC
Coverage: FS1
Pole Sitter: Brad Keselowski
Defending Champions: Kevin Harvick (Race I) and Denny Hamlin (Race II)

Goodyear 400 Race Details

Distance: 400.238 miles
Laps: 293
Lap Length: 1.366 miles
Stages: Three (Laps 1-90; Laps 91-185; Laps 186-293)
Surface: Asphalt
Turns: 4

Goodyear 400 Starting Grid

See below for a breakdown of qualifying.

Starting Position Driver Car Number Team Manufacturer
1 Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske Ford
2 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
3 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Ford
4 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
5 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
7 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
8 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford
9 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
10 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
11 Chris Buescher 22 Roush Fenway Racing Ford
12 Joey Logano 22 Team Penske Ford
13 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford
14 Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
15 Daniel Suarez 99 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet
16 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske Ford
17 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
18 Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
19 Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
20 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford
21 Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
22 Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
23 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing Toyota
24 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
25 Anthony Alfredo 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford
26 Erik Jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
27 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
28 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
29 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
30 Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Justin Haley 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
32 B.J. McLeod 78 Live Fast Motorsports Ford
33 Cody Ware 51 Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet
34 J.J. Yeley 53 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
35 Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing Chevrolet
36 James Davison 15 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
37 Josh Billicki 52 Rick Ware Racing Ford

NASCAR Cup Series 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 grids. That same formula remains in place for the majority of races on the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, including this weekend’s Goodyear 400 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
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Goodyear 400 Stats and NASCAR Betting Facts

  • The very first edition of the race was held back in 1952, although the name of this running is unknown. Dick Rathmann emerged victorious in a race that was only 80 total laps. The spring race at Darlington Raceway would not be run again until 1957 in what was a 219-lap event.
  • From 1957-62, the Goodyear 400 was a race specifically for convertibles. Now THAT is a fun fact!
  • A common nickname for the spring Darlington race is the Rebel 400, which traces its roots back quite a way. The race was officially named “Rebel” from 1957-78.
  • This race also had a more recent pause spanning from 2005-2019. NASCAR returned to Darlington with a pair of spring races last year as part of their on-the-fly scheduling adjustments.
  • David Pearson tops the all-time driver list with seven career Goodyear 400 victories. He sits just one ahead of Dale Earnhardt.
  • Thanks to the recent hiatus, the only active NASCAR Cup Series drivers to win the spring race at Darlington were last year’s respective doubleheader winners: Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin.
  • The now-defunct Holman-Moody Racing’s seven wins are the most all-time in this race.
  • Among active race teams, Richard Childress Racing leads the way with five Goodyear 400 victories. However, the most recent came all the way back in 1994.
  • Ford has the most wins all-time in this race among manufacturers with 18. Chevrolet is a close second at 15.

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