The opening round of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs was largely all about Kevin Harvick — much like the regular season — and the No. 4 Ford driver’s strong recent performances continue to propel him to the front of the starting lineups.

Harvick won two of the three races in the playoffs’ Round of 16, most recently taking the checkered flag at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday for his ninth win of the season. And he’ll have a chance to win three of the first four playoff races starting from the pole Sunday.

At Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the South Point 400 (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN) kicks off the Round of 12 in the playoffs.

William Byron, Ryan Blaney, Matt DiBenedetto and Cole Custer were all eliminated in the first cutoff race at Bristol, and that means, unlike the remaining 12 playoff drivers, they will not have the benefit of starting at the front of the field.

Without practice or qualifying sessions because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the starting lineups are created with the following factors from the previous race, with playoff drivers automatically starting up front:

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

Based on this, Harvick will start on the pole, and Kyle Busch, still looking for his first win of 2020, will join him on the front row. Here’s the starting lineup for the South Point 400 at Las Vegas on Sunday.

No. 1: Kevin Harvick

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No. 2: Kyle Busch

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No. 3: Chase Elliott

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No. 4: Aric Almirola

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No. 5: Joey Logano

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No. 6: Clint Bowyer

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No. 7: Austin Dillon

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No. 8: Alex Bowman

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No. 9: Kurt Busch

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No. 10: Denny Hamlin

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No. 11: Martin Truex Jr.

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No. 12: Brad Keselowski

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No. 13: Erik Jones

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No. 14: Tyler Reddick

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No. 15: Ryan Blaney

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No. 16: Chris Buescher

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No. 17: Michael McDowell

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No. 18: Jimmie Johnson

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No. 19: Matt DiBenedetto

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No. 20: Matt Kenseth

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No. 21: Ryan Preece

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No. 22: Cole Custer

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No. 23: Bubba Wallace

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No. 24: Ty Dillon

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No. 25: John Hunter Nemechek

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No. 26: Christopher Bell

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No. 27: Ryan Newman

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No. 28: William Byron

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No. 29: Daniel Suárez

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No. 30: Gray Gaulding

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No. 31: Corey LaJoie

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No. 32: Quin Houff

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No. 33: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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No. 34: Joey Gase

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No. 35: Brennan Poole

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No. 36: Timmy Hill

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No. 37: JJ Yeley

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No. 38: Josh Bilicki

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No. 39: Chad Finchum

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