Fabian Gomez

Denny Hamlin will start first at Charlotte Roval

Denny Hamlin will get to start first for the second consecutive week.

Hamlin was the polesitter at Talladega and he’s got the pole again for Sunday’s race at the Charlotte Roval (2 p.m. ET, NBC). Hamlin won at Las Vegas to open the second round of the playoffs and is the only one of the 12 remaining playoff drivers guaranteed to be in the third round of the playoffs. Sunday’s race is the final race of the second round. Four drivers will be eliminated after the race.

The starting lineup was determined by NASCAR’s qualifying formula because there is no practice or qualifying before the race. The 12 playoff drivers start in the top 12 positions.

Brad Keselowski starts second and Joey Logano is third. They finished second and third respectively to Bubba Wallace in Monday’s rain-shortened race at Talladega.

Here’s how the points standings look ahead of the race. Christopher Bell, William Byron and Alex Bowman are still alive to advance to the third round on points, but they most likely have to win on Sunday to avoid elimination.

Points standings

1. Denny Hamlin (win at Vegas)

2. Kyle Larson, 3,097 points

3. Joey Logano, 3,096

4. Martin Truex Jr., 3.095

5. Brad Keselowski, 3,095

6. Ryan Blaney, 3,090

7. Chase Elliott, 3.0084

8. Kyle Busch, 3,084

9. Kevin Harvick, 3,075

10. Christopher Bell, 3,056

11. William Byron, 3,040

12. Alex Bowman, 3,032

Starting lineup

1. Denny Hamlin

  1. Brad Keselowski

  2. Joey Logano

  3. Christopher Bell

  4. Martin Truex Jr.

  5. Ryan Blaney

  6. Kevin Harvick

  7. Chase Elliott

  8. Kyle Busch

  9. Kyle Larson

  10. William Byron

  11. Alex Bowman

  12. Kurt Busch

  13. Austin Dillon

  14. Bubba Wallace

  15. Chris Buescher

  16. Erik Jones

  17. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

  18. Michael McDowell

  19. Anthony Alfredo

  20. Aric Almirola

  21. Chase Briscoe

  22. Cole Custer

  23. Ryan Newman

  24. Daniel Suarez

  25. Corey LaJoie

  26. Ross Chastain

  27. Quin Houff

  28. Tyler Reddick

  29. Matt DiBenedetto

  30. Ryan Preece

  31. Cody Ware

  32. AJ Allmendinger

  33. Garrett Smithley

  34. Scott Heckert

  1. Joey Hand

  2. Josh Bilicki

  3. Justin Haley

  4. Timmy Hill


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