Setting the 2022 Daytona 500 lineup: Field is set after Duel races

Each year, the NASCAR Cup Series kicks off the season with its pinnacle event — the Daytona 500.

The 64th annual running is set for Sunday, Feb. 20 (2:30 p.m. ET, FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio/FOX Sports App) at Daytona International Speedway. And like any big event, some unique quirks are part of the build up.

The Great American Race’s most notable difference compared to any other on the Cup schedule is how the starting lineup is set. Forty cars will make the Daytona 500 starting grid. Thirty-six teams are guaranteed starting spots thanks to their Charters, leaving only four spots available for Open teams.

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The process began with single-car qualifying on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 8:05 p.m. (FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio/FOX Sports App), where the two fastest drivers — Kyle Larson and Alex Bowman — secured the front-row starting positions for Sunday’s race, with Larson claiming the Busch Light Pole.

The remaining results from qualifying set the field of the two Bluegreen Vacation Duel races on Thursday, Feb. 17 (7 p.m. ET, FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio/FOX Sports App). Drivers who qualified in odd-numbered positions make up the starting grid of Duel No. 1, while those who qualified in even-numbered positions make up Duel No. 2.

The highest-finishing Open car in each Duel will advance into the Daytona 500, while the final two spots in the Daytona 500 field will be awarded to the two fastest Open cars based on their single-car qualifying speeds.

The results of Duel No. 1 will set the inside row for the 2022 Daytona 500, while the results of Duel No. 2 will set the outside row for Sunday’s race.

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Bluegreen Vacation Duel No. 1 Results

* denotes Open, non-Charter team

Finishing Position Car No. Driver
1 6 Brad Keselowski
2 2 Austin Cindric
3 12 Ryan Blaney
4 14 Chase Briscoe
5 9 Chase Elliott
6 43 Erik Jones
7 5 Kyle Larson
8 8 Tyler Reddick
9 45 Kurt Busch
10 1 Ross Chastain
11 99 Daniel Suarez
12 24 William Byron
13 31 Justin Haley
14 77 Landon Cassill
15 38 Todd Gilliland
16 41 Cole Custer
17 16 Daniel Hemric
18 50 Kaz Grala*
19 55 JJ Yeley*
20 78 BJ McLeod
21 62 Noah Gragson*

Bluegreen Vacation Duel No. 2 Results

* denotes Open, non-Charter team

Finishing position Car No. Driver
1 17 Chris Buescher
2 34 Michael McDowell
3 21 Harrison Burton
4 18 Kyle Busch
5 20 Christopher Bell
6 19 Martin Truex Jr.
7 23 Bubba Wallace
8 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
9 22 Joey Logano
10 4 Kevin Harvick
11 7 Corey LaJoie
12 42 Ty Dillon
13 44 Greg Biffle*
14 48 Alex Bowman
15 11 Denny Hamlin
16 51 Cody Ware
17 15 David Ragan
18 3 Austin Dillon
19 10 Aric Almirola
20 66 Timmy Hill*
21 27 Jacques Villeneuve*

Daytona 500 starting lineup

Position Car No. Driver How Spot is Determined
1 5 Kyle Larson Fastest in qualifying
2 48 Alex Bowman Second fastest in qualifying
3 6 Brad Keselowski Duel No. 1 winner
4 17 Chris Buescher Duel No. 2 winner
5 2 Austin Cindric Duel No. 1 second place
6 34 Michael McDowell Duel No. 2 second place
7 12 Ryan Blaney Duel No. 1 third place
8 21 Harrison Burton Duel No. 2 third place
9 14 Chase Briscoe Duel No. 1 fourth place
10 18 Kyle Busch Duel No. 2 fourth place
11 9 Chase Elliott Duel No. 1 fifth place
12 20 Christopher Bell Duel No. 2 fifth place
13 43 Erik Jones Duel No. 1 sixth place
14 19 Martin Truex Jr. Duel No. 2 sixth place
15 8 Tyler Reddick Duel No. 1 eighth place
16 23 Bubba Wallace Duel No. 2 seventh place
17 45 Kurt Busch Duel No. 1 ninth place
18 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Duel No. 2 eighth place
19 1 Ross Chastain Duel No. 1 10th place
20 22 Joey Logano Duel No. 2 ninth place
21 99 Daniel Suarez Duel No. 1 11th place
22 4 Kevin Harvick Duel. No. 2 10th place
23 24 William Byron Duel No. 1 12th place
24 7 Corey LaJoie Duel No. 2 11th place
25 31 Justin Haley Duel No. 1 13th place
26 42 Ty Dillon Duel No. 2 12th place
27 77 Landon Cassill Duel No. 1 14th place
28 44 Greg Biffle* Duel No. 2 13th place
29 38 Todd Gilliland Duel No. 1 15th place
30 11 Denny Hamlin Duel No. 2 15th place
31 41 Cole Custer Duel No. 1 16th place
32 51 Cody Ware Duel No. 2 16th place
33 16 Daniel Hemric Duel No. 1 17th place
34 15 David Ragan Duel No. 2 17th place
35 50 Kaz Grala* Duel No. 1 18th place
36 3 Austin Dillon Duel No. 2 18th place
37 78 BJ McLeod Duel No. 1 20th place
38 10 Aric Almirola Duel No. 2 19th place
39 62 Noah Gragson* Fastest Open car in qualifying (not in via Duels)
40 27 Jacques Villeneuve* Second-fastest Open car in qualifying (not in via Duels)

Note: In addition to two Open cars that make the race on their qualifying speed, two additional Open cars will make the race based on their Duel results and will line up according to their finish in that race.