Brad Keselowski will head the NASCAR field on its return to action this weekend at Darlington Raceway following the random draw used in the new event format.
With NASCAR suspended since the fourth round at Phoenix in early March, a partial easing of lockdown restrictions in the United States has allowed officials to plot out a return to action with a four-race schedule split between Darlington and Charlotte.
During the build-up to this weekend's comeback event, NASCAR announced a revamped starting grid process without the standard qualifying format for the upcoming races, while all races at Darlington and Charlotte will be held behind closed doors with precautions taken to ensure the safety of all involved.
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Three of the opening four revised NASCAR Cup Series rounds will be run without practice or qualifying, with only the Coca-Cola 600 on 24 May to host a time trial session.
The changes are in place to restrict potential exposure as part of the coronavirus health measures.
With no qualifying or practice, NASCAR adopted a random draw based off the owner's standings to decide the starting grid for this Sunday's race opener at Darlington Raceway.
Team Penske's Keselowski has landed pole position in the draw with Alex Bowman of Hendrick Motorsports alongside him on the front row of the grid.
Ryan Newman, who tested at Darlington in order to gain medical clearance from NASCAR, will start 21st on his return from his horrific crash (above) at the Daytona 500.
The draw, which took place on NASCAR Race Hub, decided the grid in reverse order using lottery-style balls.
How the grid was decided
Positions 1-12: Determined by a random draw from charter teams in those positions in team owner points
Positions 13-24: Random draw among charter teams in those positions in owner points
Positions 25-36: Random draw among charter teams in those positions in owner points
Positions 37-40: Filled out by open, non-chartered teams in order of owner points
400-mile Darlington starting grid
|1||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford|
|2||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|3||Matt DiBenedetto||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford|
|4||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|5||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|6||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|7||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||Ford|
|8||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|9||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford|
|10||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|11||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|12||Matt Kenseth||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet|
|13||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|14||Cole Custer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|15||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|16||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|17||Darrell Wallace Jr.||Richard Petty Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|18||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|19||Corey LaJoie||Go FAS Racing||Ford|
|20||Erik Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|21||Ryan Newman||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford|
|22||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet|
|23||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet|
|24||Chris Buescher||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford|
|25||Ryan Preece||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet|
|26||Garrett Smithley||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet|
|27||Quin Houff||StarCom Racing||Chevrolet|
|28||Christopher Bell||Leavine Family Racing||Toyota|
|29||Tyler Reddick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|30||J.J. Yeley||Rick Ware Racing||Ford|
|31||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports||Ford|
|32||Joey Gase||Petty Ware Racing||Ford|
|33||Ty Dillon||Germain Racing||Chevrolet|
|34||John Hunter Nemechek||Front Row Motorsports||Ford|
|35||Brennan Poole||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|36||Reed Sorenson||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|37||Daniel Suarez||Gaunt Brothers Racing||Toyota|
|38||Timmy Hill||MBM Motorsports||Toyota|
|39||B.J. McLeod||BJ McLeod Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|40||Josh Bilicki||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet|