Heading into Thursday’s Bluegreen Vacations Duel races at Daytona International Speedway, we knew the front row for Sunday’s Daytona 500 main event after single-car qualifying Wednesday.
Hendrick Motorsports driver Alex Bowman is on the Busch Pole, his fourth consecutive front-row start in The Great American Race and first driving the No. 48 Chevrolet. His teammate, William Byron, will officially be credited with second-place starting position when the green flag drops Sunday (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), although he may need to drop to the back if his team uses a backup car after a Thursday night wreck.
We also knew Thursday’s twin 60-lap races would set the remainder of the running order, as well as the final two spots in the field.
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As a refresher, Duel 1 results set the inside row of the Daytona 500 starting lineup. Duel 2 set the outside row. The 36 Charter teams are guaranteed a spot in the Daytona 500 field, and eight Open, non-Charter teams competed for the final four spots via a mix of Duel results and single-car qualifying speeds from earlier in the week.
After the Bluegreen Vacations Duel races, here is the Daytona 500 starting lineup.
* indicates one of the four open teams that made the field.
|1.||Alex Bowman||No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports|
|2.||William Byron||No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports|
|3.||Aric Almirola||No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing|
|4.||Austin Dillon||No. 3 Richard Childress Racing|
|5.||Christopher Bell||No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing|
|6.||Bubba Wallace||No. 23 23XI Racing|
|7.||Ryan Newman||No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing|
|8.||Kevin Harvick||No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing|
|9.||Joey Logano||No. 22 Team Penske|
|10.||Kyle Busch||No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing|
|11.||Ryan Preece*||No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing*|
|12.||Chase Elliott||No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports|
|13||Kyle Larson||No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports|
|14.||Ryan Blaney||No. 12 Team Penske|
|15.||Daniel Suarez||No. 99 Trackhouse Racing Team|
|16.||Corey LaJoie||No. 7 Spire Motorsports|
|17.||Michael McDowell||No. 34 Front Row Motorsports|
|18.||David Ragan*||No. 36 Front Row Motorsports*|
|19.||Jamie McMurray||No. 77 Spire Motorsports|
|20.||Kurt Busch||No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing|
|21.||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing|
|22.||Chris Buescher||No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing|
|23.||Matt DiBenedetto||No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing|
|24.||Brad Keselowski||No. 2 Team Penske|
|25.||Denny Hamlin||No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing|
|26.||Martin Truex Jr.||No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing|
|27.||Cole Custer||No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing|
|28.||Joey Gase||No. 53 Rick Ware Racing|
|29.||Tyler Reddick||No. 8 Richard Childress Racing|
|30.||Chase Briscoe||No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing|
|31.||Erik Jones||No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports|
|32.||Derrike Cope||No. 15 Rick Ware Racing|
|33.||Quin Houff||No. 00 StarCom Racing|
|34.||Ross Chastain||No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing|
|35.||Cody Ware||No. 51 Rick Ware Racing|
|36.||Anthony Alfredo||No. 38 Front Row Motorsports|
|37.||Josh Bilicki||No. 52 Rick Ware Racing|
|38.||BJ McLeod||No. 78 Live Fast Motorsports|
|39.||Austin Cindric*||No. 33 Team Penske|
|40.||Kaz Grala*||No. 16 Kaulig Racing|