NASCAR announced Tuesday that they will set the field for the race Sunday at Darlington by “random draw.” They still wanted to reward the teams who ran well in the first four races of the season so they split the draw up into groups of 12.
Drivers who are in positions 1-12 in the Owner’s Points will draw for positions 1-12.
Drivers who are in positions 13-24 in the Owner’s Points will draw for positions 13-24.
Drivers who are in positions 25-36 in the Owner’s Points will draw for positions 25-36.
Drivers who are in positions 37-40 in the Owner’s Points will draw for positions 37-40.
So this will be the groups…
Drivers selecting for positions 1-12 will include: Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney, Matt Kenseth, Aric Almirola, Matt DiBenedetto, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch
Drivers selecting for positions 13-24 will include: Clint Bowyer, Chris Buescher, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Darrell Wallace Jr., William Byron, Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon, Erik Jones, Cole Custer and Corey LaJoie
Drivers selecting for positions 25-36 will include: Ty Dillon, Tyler Reddick, John H. Nemechek, Michael McDowell, Joey Gase, Brennan Poole, Daniel Suarez, Reed Sorenson, J.J. Yeley, Christopher Bell, Ryan Preece and Garrett Smithley
Drawing for positions 37-40 will include: Timmy Hill, Quin Houff, Josh Bilicki and B.J. McLeod
* NASCAR said they hope to have the draw for the starting position by Friday night.
** There will be a competition caution at lap 30. All teams will be allowed to come to pit road to work on their cars. The field will be frozen with no waiver around for cars 1 lap down. The field will lineup for the restart in the same order which they entered the pits.
Darlington Race Wednesday, May 20th
The starting lineup for the next Cup Series event, scheduled May 20 at Darlington, will use the finishing order from May 17 as the basis for two inversions:
Starting positions 1-20: The top 20 finishers from the May 17 event will be inverted for the start of the May 20 race
Starting positions 21-40: The bottom 20 finishers from the May 17 event will be inverted for the start of the May 20 race; any new entries will be placed at the tail of the field
Good Luck with your teams!
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