Kyle Larson‘s recent string of success extends to random draws as he will start on the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway. Similarly, Tyler Reddick will do the same for the All-Star Open with the hope of transferring into the main race by either winning one of the three stages or the Fan Vote.
Larson enters the exhibition race on a two-race win streak. He won the All-Star in 2019 and Sunday will mark his fifth appearance. All of his participations since 2017 have come after locking himself in via points race win, with the exception in 2016 coming after he won the Open.
Kyle Busch, the 2017 winner, joins Larson on the front row. Busch is guaranteed a spot in the race with all three possible eligibility criteria: a points race winner, a former All-Star winner, and a former Cup champion running the full 2021 schedule.
Seventeen drivers are already locked into the main event. Michael McDowell and Christopher Bell make their All-Star débuts after winning their maiden Cup races at Daytona to start the year. Reigning All-Star champion Chase Elliott drew a sixth-place starting spot.
For the Open, Reddick and Chris Buescher lead the field of twenty-two. Reddick finished tenth in the Open at Bristol last year, while Buescher finished seventeenth in his lone All-Star start in 2017.
The bottom seven are all drivers not running for Cup points. One of such drivers is Austin Cindric, who starts sixteenth as he continues his part-time Cup schedule. Justin Haley, who finished fourteenth in his maiden All-Star Race last year, starts nineteenth. For the first time since the Daytona 500 in February, MBM Motorsports will field two cars as Timmy Hill drives the #66 and David Starr is in the #13; both will start at the back. Hill won the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race at Texas in 2020, while Starr is a Texas native. All four drivers are entered in the Xfinity Series race on Saturday (though Hill will likely be excluded from the grid based on the qualifying formula).
Ryan Preece and the #37 of JTG Daugherty Racing are not entered. Although Preece has run the full Cup schedule, the #37 does not possess a charter and is thus not required to take part. The car has also faced concerns about its future due to sponsorship issues that threatened to downsize its schedule prior to the season. Instead, Preece will run the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Oswego on Saturday.
All-Star Race starting lineup
|1||5||Kyle Larson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|2||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|3||20||Christopher Bell||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|4||41||Cole Custer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|5||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|6||9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|7||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford|
|8||24||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|9||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford|
|10||19||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|11||34||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports||Ford|
|12||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|13||1||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet|
|14||6||Ryan Newman||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford|
|15||48||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|16||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|17||12||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||Ford|
All-Star Open starting lineup
|1||8||Tyler Reddick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|2||17||Chris Buescher||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford|
|3||21||Matt DiBenedetto||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford|
|4||47||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet|
|5||42||Ross Chastain||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet|
|6||23||Bubba Wallace||23XI Racing||Toyota|
|7||99||Daniel Suárez||Trackhouse Racing Team||Chevrolet|
|8||43||Erik Jones||Richard Petty Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|9||14||Chase Briscoe||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|10||10||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|11||7||Corey LaJoie||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|12||38||Anthony Alfredo||Front Row Motorsports||Ford|
|13||00||Quin Houff||StarCom Racing||Chevrolet|
|14||15||James Davison||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet|
|15||52||Josh Bilicki||Rick Ware Racing||Ford|
|16||33||Austin Cindric*||Team Penske||Ford|
|17||51||Cody Ware*||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet|
|18||78||B.J. McLeod||Live Fast Motorsports||Ford|
|19||77||Justin Haley*||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|20||53||Garrett Smithley*||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet|
|21||66||Timmy Hill*||MBM Motorsports||Toyota|
|22||13||David Starr*||MBM Motorsports||Toyota|
* – Ineligible for Cup points