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O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 starting lineup 2021: The race order grid and how it’s determined with no qualifying


The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series is underway, and the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 is set to run at the Daytona Road Course on Sunday. The race starts at 3 p.m. ET and will air on FOX.

Chase Elliott (+225) is favored to win at DraftKings Sportsbook and is off to an impressive start after winning the Cup Series title last year. He’s finished second in two races this year and hasn’t placed lower than fifth so far. He’ll be the pole sitter for Sunday’s road race and was dominant away from the oval last year. Elliott will be trailed by Michael McDowell (+6600), who unexpectedly won last weekend’s wild Daytona 500. Austin Dillon (+10000) will start in third following a second-place finish at the Daytona 500.

The starting lineup for this race and most of the races this season will involve a performance-metric formula created last year during the COVID-19 pandemic. NASCAR will have some qualifying this season, but the ongoing pandemic will keep it limited. The formula will take recent performance into account to determine the starting grid. Here are the factors that go into determining the order.

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

Here’s a look at the starting grid for Sunday’s race.

Starting lineup for O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 race

O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 Starting Lineup

Start pos. Driver Car # Team
Start pos. Driver Car # Team
1 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
2 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
3 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
4 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
5 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
6 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
7 Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsports
8 Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
9 Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
10 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing
11 Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
12 Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
13 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
14 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
15 Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske
16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
17 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
18 Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
19 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
20 Justin Haley 77 Spire Motorsports
21 Cody Ware 51 Petty Ware Racing
22 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
23 Josh Bilicki 52 Rick Ware Racing
24 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
25 Garrett Smithley 53 Rick Ware Racing
26 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
27 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
28 Scott Heckert 78 Live Fast Motorsports
29 Quin Houff StarCom Racing
30 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
31 Anthony Alfredo 38 Front Row Motorsports
32 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing
33 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
34 AJ Allmendinger 16 Kaulig Racing
35 Daniel Suarez 99 Trackhouse Racing Team
36 Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
37 Erik Jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
38 Ty Dillon 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing
39 James Davison 15 Rick Ware Racing
40 Timmy Hill 66 Motorsports Business Management
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