Since Brad Keselowski claimed victory at the Richmond Raceway in Virginia, it gave him an advantage for this weekend. Suffice to say, that prediction has come true, as he won the Busch Pole Award for the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race at Bristol.
As expected, NASCAR decided the Cup lineup through its new competition-based formula. This equation takes into account, the fastest lap, final race finish position, owner’s final race position, and Owner Points position.
Owing to this, the No. 2 Team Penske Ford driver will lead the pack. Lining up alongside him on the front row is his teammate Joey Logano, in the No. 22 Ford.
How will everyone else line up in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs race at Bristol?
Keselowski will have a giant target painted on his back, with Logano gunning for him. Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Austin Dillon will also be chasing the #2 driver.
Truex Jr will be looking to grab a win after missing out on multiple occasions. With Denny Hamlin in 7th, Kevin Harvick has found the perfect opportunity to extend his lead
Meanwhile, Austin Dillon will be hoping to go better than another Top 5 finish. However, the likes of Chase Elliott, Hamlin, Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch, and Aric Almirola will be breathing down everyone’s necks.
It is also worth noting that this race is important for Clint Bowyer, Cole Custer, and Kurt Busch. Even Ryan Blaney, William Byron, and Matt DiBenedetto find this race to be a do-or-die situation.
This is because all six drivers are fighting to stay alive in the playoff battle. The Bristol race signifies the final race in the first round. After that, a few of the drivers will be eliminated from the playoff running. So this explains why these six are extra motivated to do well and stay off the drop zone for as long as possible.