DAYTONA BEACH, Fla — Heading into Thursday night’s Bluegreen Vacations Duels at Daytona, we knew who 38 of the 40 starters would definitely be. We also knew that we’d have five drivers going for the final two spots and that Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Alex Bowman would share the front row for Sunday’s 62nd Running of the Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN).
But, how would the rest of the field fill out?
Daniel Suarez and JJ Yeley both eliminated themselves from making the race when they crashed in the lone respectively incidents in each Duel. Chad Finchum was too far down to contend in Duel 1, meaning Reed Sorenson and Timmy Hill advance as the final two open cars to the Great American Race.
Then, Joey Logano winning Duel 1 and William Byron being victorious in Duel 2, will share Row 2 as a result.
Overall, it was a Ford and Chevy night on Thursday, with Ford going 1-2-3-4 in Duel 1 and Chevy 1-2-3 in Duel 2.
Daytona 500 Starting Lineup
Row 1: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Alex Bowman
Row 2: Joey Logano, William Byron
Row 3: Aric Almirola, Jimmie Johnson
Row 4: Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson
Row 5: Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick
Row 6: Darrell Wallace Jr., Cole Custer R
Row 7: Austin Dillon, Erik Jones
Row 8: Martin Truex Jr., Matt DiBenedetto
Row 9: Christopher Bell R, Kurt Busch
Row 10: Chris Buescher, Ross Chastain
Row 11: Denny Hamlin, Tyler Reddick R
Row 12: John Hunter Nemechek R, Ty Dillon
Row 13: Chase Elliott, Michael McDowell
Row 14: Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch
Row 15: Clint Bowyer, David Ragan
Row 16: Ryan Preece, Timmy Hill
Row 17: Justin Haley, Brennan Poole R
Row 18: Quin Houff R, Corey LaJoie
Row 19: Joey Gase, BJ McLeod
Row 20: Brendan Gaughan, Reed Sorenson