Kyle Larson to Line up on Pole Position for Las Vegas Playoff Race

Published 09/24/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) during the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


This weekend, Kyle Larson heads into the Las Vegas Playoff race with a bit of an advantage. To be precise, he is expected to start on pole position for Hendrick Motorsports. Alongside him in the front row is Ryan Blaney in the Team Penske Ford. William Byron is the closest teammate in third place, but he has Martin Truex Jr alongside him. 2020 title rivals Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin start in fifth and sixth, respectively.

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Completing Row 4 are Alex Bowman and Brad Keselowski, for Hendrick Motorsports and Team Penske, respectively. Meanwhile, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch round the Top 10. Finally, Chase Elliott and Christopher Bell will round out the remaining Playoff drivers, as the second Playoff round kicks off.

How does everyone else stack up behind Kyle Larson?

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Just outside the Top 12 are the first of the non-Playoff drivers, with Tyler Reddick leading them. Alongside him on the seventh row is Matt DiBenedetto, with Austin Dillon and Erik Jones in 15th and 16th. Finally, Aric Almirola, Ross Chastain, Chase Briscoe, and Kurt Busch round out the Top 20.

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Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) celebrates his victory in the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Just missing out on a Top 20 slot is Bubba Wallace, who has Ricky Stenhouse Jr alongside him. Right behind him is the last of the newly eliminated Playoff drivers, Michael McDowell. He starts in 23rd place, ahead of Ryan Preece, Chris Buescher, Daniel Suarez, Corey LaJoie, Cole Custer, Ryan Newman, and Garrett Smithley.

While all that is going on, Josh Bilicki and Anthony Alfredo will line up in 31st and 32nd, respectively. They start ahead of Justin Haley, BJ McLeod, Cody Ware, Quin Houff, Joey Gase, and JJ Yeley.

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Ware makes a return to the NASCAR Cup Series after he was sidelined after Darlington. Apparently, he suffered from a mighty hit and had a nasty case of carbon monoxide poisoning. Luckily, the outfit gave him two days off to recover his full strength.

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