Qualifying for the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series title decider at Homestead has been cancelled and the four championship contenders handed the first two rows of the grid.
After persistent rain showers washed out both Friday’s planned practice sessions, NASCAR made the decision to forgo Saturday’s scheduled qualifying session and replace it with 50 minutes of practice.
The starting line-up will be set by owners’ points with the four title contenders placed 1-2-3-4 on the grid.
As per the rule book. Denny Hamlin will have pole position ahead of Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch.
With all four drivers tied in the standings due to the points reset, the order is based on their best finishes from the semi-final round of the playoffs.
Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, William Byron and Clint Bowyer will round out the top 10.
The first of NASCAR’s 2019 national titles was decided on Friday night in the Truck Series race.
Matt Crafton claimed his third championship in the series by finishing second to Austin Hill, who had been knocked out of the title hunt at Phoenix last week.
ThorSport Ford driver Crafton did not win a race this season, but still made it through to the finale in title contention.
Cup finale starting grid
|1||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|2||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|3||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|4||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|5||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford|
|6||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet|
|7||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||Ford|
|8||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford|
|9||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|10||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|11||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|12||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|13||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet|
|14||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|15||Ryan Newman||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford|
|16||Erik Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|17||Daniel Suarez||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|18||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|19||Paul Menard||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford|
|20||Chris Buescher||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet|
|21||Matt DiBenedetto||Leavine Family Racing||Toyota|
|22||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|23||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford|
|24||Ty Dillon||Germain Racing||Chevrolet|
|25||Daniel Hemric||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|26||Ryan Preece||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet|
|27||Darrell Wallace Jr.||Richard Petty Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|28||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports||Ford|
|29||Corey LaJoie||Go FAS Racing||Ford|
|30||John Hunter Nemechek||Front Row Motorsports||Ford|
|31||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford|
|32||Joe Nemechek||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|33||Landon Cassill||StarCom Racing||Chevrolet|
|34||J.J. Yeley||Petty Ware Racing||Ford|
|35||Reed Sorenson||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|36||Ross Chastain||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|37||Drew Herring||Gaunt Brothers Racing||Toyota|
|38||Josh Bilicki||Rick Ware Racing||Ford|
|39||B.J. McLeod||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet|
|40||Timmy Hill||MBM Motorsports||Toyota|