NASCAR is getting dirty again. For the second year in a row, there is racing on red clay atop of Bristol Motor Speedway’s iconic track.
Cup Series drivers raced on the surface Saturday night to determine the starting order for Sunday night’s Food City Dirt Race. Four 15-lap qualifying heats were run, with nine drivers per heat. The lineups for the heat races were set by random draw, with selections made in order of team owner points.
Drivers received points for where they finished in the heat races (10 for first place, two for last place) and how many spots they improved their starting position by passing (one point for each spot gained between start and finish).
The driver with the most points after the heat races was awarded the pole position. Owner points were used to break ties.
The Sporting News provided live results from the qualifying heats and is posting the starting order for the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway below.
Food City Dirt Race qualifying heat results
The heat races began at 6 p.m. ET.
Heat 1 results
|8.||Martin Truex Jr.||3|
Heat 2 results
Heat 3 results
Heat 4 results
|4.||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||7|
Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Bristol?
Cole Custer earned the pole by scoring 16 points in Heat 1. Custer finished second in the heat (nine points) and came from last place (seven passing points) to do it. Christopher Bell, the winner of Heat 2, will start second after scoring 14 points.
Starting lineup for Bristol race
The starting order for the Food City Dirt Race was set by the results of the four qualifying heat races. Only the 36 Cup Series charter teams entered the race.
|Starting pos.||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1.||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|2.||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|3.||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|4.||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|5.||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6.||Justin Haley||31||Kaulig Racing|
|7.||Ty Dillon||42||Petty GMS Motorsports|
|8.||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|9.||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|10.||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|11.||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|12.||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|13.||Kurt Busch||45||23XI Racing|
|14.||Erik Jones||43||Petty GMS Motorsports|
|15.||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing|
|16.||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|17.||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|18.||Brad Keselowski||6||Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing|
|19.||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|20.||Austin Cindric||2||Team Penske|
|21.||Daniel Suarez||99||TrackHouse Racing|
|22.||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|23.||Todd Gilliland||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|24.||Harrison Burton||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|25.||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|26.||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|27.||Justin Allgaier||77||Spire Motorsports|
|28.||Noah Gragson||16||Kaulig Racing|
|29.||J.J. Yeley||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|30.||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|31.||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|32.||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|33.||Ross Chastain||1||TrackHouse Racing|
|34.||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|35.||Cody Ware||51||Rick Ware Racing|
|36.||Josh Williams||78||Live Fast Motorsports|