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Daytona 500 - Starting line-up

How the 43 cars and drivers will line-up to take the start of Sunday's Daytona 500.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is listed in pole position, but he will have to drop to the back of the field before the start of the race because of the practice crash that wrecked the car in which he set his qualifying time.

That means all the cars in the inside lane - those with odd-numbers - will 'bump-up' by effectively two positions for the double-file start, with Kurt Busch thereby inheriting pole in all but name as a result, Regan Smith moving up alongside Jeff Gordon on the second row, and Kevin Harvick then starting alongside Clint Bowyer on row three, and similarly right down the running order.

The front row of the starting line-up was decided by the top two times in the official Daytona qualifying last weekend, with Earnhardt Jr. and Gordon taking the top spots. After that, drivers had to wait for Thursday's Gatorade Duel races which set the remainder of the positions, with Kurt Busch's win in Duel 1 putting him on the inside lane of the second row and Jeff Burton's win in Duel 2 putting him alongside in the outside lane.

Despite a big last lap crash in his Duel event, Jeff Gordon looks set to retain his front row start after the team were able to rebuild the car in time to see him take to the track for the later of the two practice sessions on Friday afternoon.

Five drivers failed to qualify for the Daytona 500, while Terry Labonte relied on the champion's provisional entry that is available to the most recent past NASCAR champion not otherwise qualified for the race. Labonte was twice champion when the series was known as the Winston Cup, in 1984 and 1996.

The Daytona 500 will start at 1pm EST (6pm GMT) on Sunday, February 20. Fans will be asked to rise in a silent tribute to Dale Earnhardt Sr. during lap 3 - Earnhardt's old car number - who died in a crash at the event ten years ago.

Starting line-up

1. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet *
2. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
3. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge
4. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet
5. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet
6. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet
7. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
8. #115 Michael Waltrip Toyota
9. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford
10. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota
11. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota
12. #192 Brian Keselowski Dodge
13. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet
14. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet
15. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford
16. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge
17. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet
18. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota
19. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet
20. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota
21. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet
22. #99 Carl Edwards Ford
23. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
24. #0 David Reutimann Toyota
25. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet
26. #16 Greg Biffle Ford
27. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota
28. #37 Robert Richardson Jr. Ford
29. #9 Bill Elliott Chevrolet
30. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge
31. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota
32. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford
33. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet
34. #6 David Ragan Ford
35. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford
36. #77 Steve Wallace Toyota
37. #71 Andy Lally Chevrolet
38. #20 Joey Logano Toyota
39. #34 David Gilliland Ford
40. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford
41. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota
42. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet
43. #32 Terry Labonte Ford

Did Not Qualify

44. #64 Derrike Cope Toyota
45. #97 Kevin Conway Toyota
46. #60 Todd Bodine Toyota
47. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota
48. #13 Casey Mears Toyota

* - will move to the back of field before the start because of change of car.



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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 1, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 1, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 Dow Chevrolet, spins out after an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 1, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, lead the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 1, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Fisher Nuts/Menards Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 on February 28, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Fisher Nuts/Menards Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 on February 28, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Fisher Nuts/Menards Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 on February 28, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Fisher Nuts/Menards Toyota, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 on February 28, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Ben Kennedy, driver of the #11 Local Motors Toyota, leads the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 on February 28, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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Jack - Unregistered

February 20, 2011 10:26 AM

Dude, your an idiot, comments or no comments, does it really matter? i read a lot of things on here but i dont post a lot and i wasn't one of the people who disagreed with your 'yawn'

Frank G

February 20, 2011 5:41 PM
Last Edited 1473 days ago

Is NASCAR like the IRL (Indy) where the driver qualifies the car and not necessarily the driver himself? If so, it makes sense even though I also don't agree with it. Regarding the rest of your post I totally agree with you.



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