Full starting lineup for Gander RV Duel races at Daytona

Staff Report
NASCAR.com

Sunday’s Daytona 500 single-car qualifying set only the front row for the “Great American Race” — Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron (Busch Pole Award) and Alex Bowman will lead the field when the green flag drops Feb. 17 (2:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

The qualifying speeds, though, set the lineups for Thursday’s Gander RV Duel races at Daytona (7 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the twin 60-lap races that determine the full starting lineup for the 61st running of the Daytona 500.

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Duel 1 is typically comprised from the odd-numbered drivers on the Daytona 500 qualifying speed chart — first, third, fifth, etc. Duel 2 is then the even-finishing drivers. NASCAR officials, though, ensure an even number of Open, non-Charter teams in each duel race.

The results of those two races will determine the cars that qualify for the Daytona 500, and where they line up on the grid. The winner of Duel 1 will start the Daytona 500 in third place, second place starts fifth, and so on through the inside row. The winner of Duel 2 will start the Daytona 500 in fourth place, second place starts sixth and so on through the outside row.

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Additionally, Tyler Reddick and Casey Mears locked themselves into the Daytona 500 field by virtue of being the fastest two Open cars during qualifying.

Below is the starting lineup for each Duel race.

* denotes Open, non-Charter team

DUEL 1 LINEUP

STARTING POSITION

DRIVER

TEAM

1.

William Byron

Hendrick Motorsports

2.

Jimmie Johnson

Hendrick Motorsports

3.

Daniel Hemric

Richard Childress Racing

4.

Martin Truex Jr.

Joe Gibbs Racing

5.

Brad Keselowski

Team Penske

6.

Paul Menard

Wood Brothers Racing

7.

Kyle Busch

Joe Gibbs Racing

8.

Kevin Harvick

Stewart-Haas Racing

9.

Tyler Reddick*

Richard Childress Racing

10.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Roush Fenway Racing

11.

Daniel Suarez

Stewart-Haas Racing

12.

Chris Buescher

JTG Daugherty Racing

13.

Ryan Newman

Roush Fenway Racing

14.

Ryan Truex*

Tommy Baldwin Racing

15.

Ryan Preece

JTG Daugherty Racing

16.

Matt DiBenedetto

Leavine Family Racing

17.

Bubba Wallace

Richard Petty Motorsports

18.

Matt Tifft

Front Row Motorsports

19.

Parker Kligerman*

Gaunt Brothers Racing

20.

Landon Cassill

StarCom Racing

21.

Cody Ware

Rick Ware Racing

PROJECTED DUEL 2 LINEUP

STARTING POSITION

DRIVER

TEAM

1.

Alex Bowman

Hendrick Motorsports

2.

Chase Elliott

Hendrick Motorsports

3.

Joey Logano

Team Penske

4.

Clint Bowyer

Stewart-Haas Racing

5.

Austin Dillon

Richard Childress Racing

6.

Denny Hamlin

Joe Gibbs Racing

7.

Erik Jones

Joe Gibbs Racing

8.

Ryan Blaney

Team Penske

9.

Aric Almirola

Stewart-Haas Racing

10.

Kurt Busch

Chip Ganassi Racing

11.

David Ragan

Front Row Motorsports

12.

Michael McDowell

Front Row Motorsports

13.

Casey Mears*

Germain Racing

14.

Jamie McMurray

Spire Motorsports

15.

Brendan Gaughan*

Beard Motorsports

16.

Kyle Larson

Chip Ganassi Racing

17.

Ty Dillon

Germain Racing

18.

Ross Chastain

Premium Motorsports

19.

Corey LaJoie

GO FAS Racing

20.

BJ McLeod

Petty Ware Racing

21.

Joey Gase*

Motorsports Business Management

 

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