Almirola Draws Pole For New Hampshire Cup Race

Aric Almirola has drawn the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images Photo)
Aric Almirola has signed a contract extension to remain with Stewart-Haas Racing. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images Photo)

CONCORD, N.C. – Aric Almirola is once again the beneficiary of a random draw as he has been selected to start from the pole during Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

It is the third time Almirola has been selected to start from the pole for a NASCAR Cup Series event since NASCAR began using random draws to set the starting fields amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

He’ll be joined on the front row by Denny Hamlin, who has won five races this year in the NASCAR Cup Series competition. Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski make up row two, followed by Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer.

Kevin Harvick, Alex Bowman, Joey Logano and Kurt Busch will start sixth through 10th, respectively.

Like previous events featuring no qualifying, positions 1-12 were determined via random draw for charter teams in those positions in owner points. Positions 13-24 and 25-36 were determined the same way, with positions 37-40 filled by open, no-charter teams based on their positions in owner points.