After winning the first playoff race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, Kevin Harvick will start the second race on the pole, thanks to NASCAR’s relatively new formula for determining the starting lineups.

Harvick won Sunday night’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway and will automatically advance out of the Round of 16 and into the Round of 12. And he, along with Joey Logano on the front row, lead the field to green for the second of three races in the opening round Saturday night at Richmond Raceway for the Federated Auto Parts 400.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR isn’t having practices or qualifying sessions. So it’s employing a formula with weighted and averaged metrics to determine the starting lineups, and the 16 playoff drivers will also start at the front ahead of the rest of the field.

The lineup is created 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

Here’s how NASCAR explains the math behind Harvick starting on the pole:

Harvick finished first in the last race (1 x 0.5), is first in owner points (1 x 0.35) and his most recent fastest lap ranked sixth in the field (6 x 0.15). His metric total is 1.75. Logano, meanwhile, had a metric total of 4.5 to claim second; he finished third Sunday (3 x 0.5), is third in owner points (3 x 0.35) and scored the 13th-fastest lap of the race (13 x 0.15).

Here’s the starting lineup for Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) with Harvick on the pole.

No. 1: Kevin Harvick, who won the first race of the playoffs and will automatically advance to the second round.

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No. 2: Joey Logano

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No. 3: Austin Dillon

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No. 4: Alex Bowman

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No. 5: William Byron

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No. 6: Kyle Busch

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No. 7: Denny Hamlin

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No. 8: Kurt Busch

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No. 9: Brad Keselowski

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No. 10: Aric Almirola

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No. 11: Clint Bowyer

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No. 12: Chase Elliott

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No. 13: Cole Custer

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No. 14: Martin Truex Jr.

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No. 15: Ryan Blaney

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No. 16: Matt DiBenedetto

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No. 17: Erik Jones

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No. 18: Jimmie Johnson

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No. 19: Matt Kenseth

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No. 20: Michael McDowell

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No. 21: Ryan Newman

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No. 22: Tyler Reddick

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No. 23: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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No. 24: Ryan Preece

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No. 25: Chris Buescher

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No. 26: Christopher Bell

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No. 27: Ty Dillon

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No. 28: Daniel Suárez

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No. 29: Brennan Poole

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No. 30: Bubba Wallace

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No. 31: John Hunter Nemechek

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No. 32: JJ Yeley

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No. 33: Quin Houff

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No. 34: Corey LaJoie

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No. 35: Reed Sorenson

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No. 36: Joey Gase

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No. 37: Timmy Hill

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No. 38: James Davison

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