The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs begin Sunday with the Southern 500, a “crown-jewel” race, at Darlington Raceway. It’s the first of 10 playoff races and the opening Round of 16, which also features races at Richmond Raceway and Bristol Motor Speedway before the first round of eliminations.

But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR isn’t having practices or qualifying sessions. So it’s using a formula with weighted and averaged metrics to determine the starting lineups. Using a formula over a random draw — what NASCAR initially used after it returned to the track in May after a 10-week hiatus — isn’t new, but this specific formula is.

Starting with the Darlington playoff race, the lineup is determined with the following factors from the previous race:

15 percent based on a fastest lap time
25 percent based on the driver’s finishing position
25 percent based on the owner’s race position
35 percent based on points in the owner standings

The playoff drivers — NASCAR starts with 16 — also will automatically start at the front of the field. Here’s the starting lineup for Sunday’s Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET, NBCSN) with Chase Elliott on the pole.

No. 1: Chase Elliott

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No. 2: Denny Hamlin

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No. 3: William Byron

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No. 4: Alex Bowman

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No. 5: Brad Keselowski

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No. 6: Martin Truex Jr.

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No. 7: Ryan Blaney

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No. 8: Kevin Harvick

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No. 9: Clint Bowyer

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No. 10: Aric Almirola

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No. 11: Matt DiBenedetto

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No. 12: Austin Dillon

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No. 13: Joey Logano

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No. 14: Cole Custer

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No. 15: Kyle Busch

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No. 16: Kurt Busch

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No. 17: Bubba Wallace

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No. 18: John Hunter Nemechek

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No. 19: Michael McDowell

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No. 20: Chris Buescher

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No. 21: Christopher Bell

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No. 22: Jimmie Johnson

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No. 23: Brennan Poole

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No. 24: Tyler Reddick

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No. 25: Ty Dillon

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No. 26: Matt Kenseth

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No. 27: Corey LaJoie

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No. 28: Daniel Suárez

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No. 29: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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No. 30: Erik Jones

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No. 31: Ryan Newman

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No. 32: Quin Houff

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No. 33: Timmy Hill

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No. 34: Reed Sorenson

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No. 35: Ryan Preece

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No. 36: James Davison

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No. 37: JJ Yeley

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No. 38: Josh Bilicki

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No. 39: Joey Gase

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