Logano secures pole for Martinsville

Joey Logano has won the Busch Pole Award for Saturday night’s Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Martinsville Speedway.

Logano, the series’ most recent winner at Bristol Motor Speedway’s dirt-track event, will start his No. 22 Team Penske Ford from the pole position. The starting lineup was made official Wednesday morning.

Harrison Burton won the pole for Friday’s Cook Out 250 (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. The 20-year-old driver is the most recent Xfinity winner at the .526-mile Martinsville track.

RELATED: Martinsville weekend schedule | 2021 Cup Series standings

As NASCAR adapted to COVID-19 protocols last season, practice and qualifying were eliminated at a majority of national-series events to limit at-track time, exposure and to cut race weekend costs. To determine starting lineups, competition officials used grouped draws, added inversions for weekend doubleheaders, and eventually adopted a performance-metrics formula. That metrics format remains in place this season, drawing on performance from both individual races and season-long results.

NASCAR’s metrics formula for 2021 weighs:

  • 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

See the full lineup for Sunday’s Cup Series race below.

Start pos.
Driver Car # Team
1 Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
2 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
3 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
4 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
5 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
7 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
8 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
9 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
10 Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske
11 Daniel Suarez 99 Trackhouse Racing Team
12 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
13 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
14 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
15 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
16 Erik Jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
17 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
18 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
19 Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
20 Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
21 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
22 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing
23 Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
24 Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
25 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing
26 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
27 Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
28 JJ Yeley 53 Rick Ware Racing
29 Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing
30 Justin Haley 77 Spire Motorsports
31 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
32 Cody Ware 51 Petty Ware Racing
33 Josh Bilicki 52 Rick Ware Racing
34 Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsports
35 Anthony Alfredo 38 Front Row Motorsports
36 BJ McLeod 78 Live Fast Motorsports
37 James Davison 15 Rick Ware Racing

Practice and qualifying are tentatively scheduled for eight Cup Series races this year. Busch Pole Qualifying was held for the season-opening Daytona 500 but rain canceled the qualifying races for Bristol Motor Speedway’s dirt-track race. The next Cup Series event with qualifying scheduled is the May 23 debut at the Circuit of the Americas road course in Austin, Texas.