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NASCAR at Charlotte: Starting lineup for Bank of America ROVAL 400 and second playoff elimination race

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NASCAR at Charlotte: Starting lineup for Bank of America ROVAL 400 and second playoff elimination race

The NASCAR Cup Series’ second playoff elimination race is almost here, and after the checkered flag flies Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, four more drivers will be dropped from the playoff field.

Charlotte’s half-oval, half-road course Roval will host the third and final race in the playoffs Round of 12 at 2 p.m. ET on NBC, and things could get wild.

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Entering the race, Denny Hamlin is the only driver locked into the Round of 8, thanks to his victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway a couple weeks ago. And because Bubba Wallace won at Talladega Superspeedway on Monday instead of a title contender, no playoff driver was able to clinch his spot in the next round.

Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell, William Byron and Alex Bowman are the four drivers below the top-8 cutoff line going into the Charlotte Roval race, and they can advance still either with a win or with some serious on-track help.

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But Hamlin — who’s at the top of the driver standings — will start at the Roval on the pole.

However, because of the challenges related to racing during the COVID-19 pandemic, most race weekends this season do not include practice or qualifying sessions. That goes for playoff races too, and the playoff drivers will start at the front of the field.

So without qualifying, NASCAR determines the starting lineup with a formula based on these factors:

  • 25 percent: Driver’s finishing position from the previous race
  • 25 percent: Car owner’s finishing position from the previous race
  • 35 percent: Team owner points ranking
  • 15 percent: Fastest lap from the previous race

Here’s a look at the starting lineup for the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte.

1. Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

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2. Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Team Penske Ford

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3. Joey Logano, No. 22 Team Penske Ford

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4. Christopher Bell, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

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5. Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

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6. Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Team Penske Ford

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7. Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

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8. Chase Elliott, No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

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9. Kyle Busch, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

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10. Kyle Larson, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

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11. William Byron, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

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12. Alex Bowman, No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

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13. Kurt Busch, No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

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14. Austin Dillon, No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

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15. Bubba Wallace, No. 23 23XI Racing Toyota

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16. Chris Buescher, No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford

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17. Erik Jones, No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet

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18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet

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19. Michael McDowell, No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford

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20. Anthony Alfredo, No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford

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21. Aric Almirola, No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

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22. Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

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23. Cole Custer, No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

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24. Ryan Newman, No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford

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25. Daniel Suárez, No. 99 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet

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26. Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet

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27. Ross Chastain, No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

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28. Quin Houff, No. 00 StarCom Racing Chevrolet

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29. Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

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30. Matt DiBenedetto, No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford

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31. Ryan Preece, No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet

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32. Cody Ware, No. 51 Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet

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33. AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet

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34. Garrett Smithley, No. 53 Rick Ware Racing Ford

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35. Scott Heckert, No. 78 Live Fast Motorsports Ford

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36. Joey Hand, No. 52 Rick Ware Racing Ford

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37. Josh Bilicki, No. 15 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet

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38. Justin Haley, No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet

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39. Timmy Hill, No. 66 Motorsports Business Management Ford

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NASCAR at Charlotte: Starting lineup for Bank of America ROVAL 400 and second playoff elimination race