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Daytona 500 Starting Lineup, Start Time and Qualifying Notes for NASCAR Cup Series Race

Drivers, start your engines!!! The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season has arrived and not a moment too soon. As always, the sport is set to kick off its season with the Daytona 500. The 64th annual running of The Great American Race marks the culmination of Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway. This year’s Daytona 500 sold out well over one month in advance. Over 101,000 will be on hand to witness history this Sunday afternoon. Fittingly, defending NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Larson will lead the field to green after scoring the pole position in the Daytona 500 starting lineup.

The following shares all sorts of vital information to help get you set for the 64th running of The Great American Race. Read on for the complete Daytona 500 starting lineup, start time and NASCAR TV as well as notes and key takeaways from qualifying.

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2022 Daytona 500 Info

64th Annual Daytona 500
Date: Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022
Start Time: 2:30 p.m. EST
Track: Daytona International Speedway — Daytona Beach, FL
Coverage: FOX
Pole Sitter: Kyle Larson
Defending Champion: Michael McDowell

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Daytona 500 Race Breakdown

Distance: 500 miles
Laps: 200
Lap Length: 2.5 miles
Stages: Three (Laps 1-65; 66-130; 131-200
Surface: Asphalt
Turns: 4
Banking: Turns — 31°; Tri-Oval — 18°; Back Straightaway — 2°

Official Daytona 500 Starting Lineup

Out of all the NASCAR Cup Series races, the Daytona 500 has the most elaborate process for determining the starting lineup. Of course, any true NASCAR fan will say that the two-night qualifying process is most certainly necessary for the “Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing”. After all, the Daytona 500 isn’t just any other race.

When it comes to setting the Daytona 500 starting lineup, only the front row is decided based on single-car time trial runs. This year, defending NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Larson turned the fast qualifying lap. Thus, he will start on the pole in Sunday’s race. Larson’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman will join him on the front row in the Daytona 500 starting lineup. This marks the continuation of stellar qualifying runs for Bowman as it is the fifth straight year that he will start on the front row.

The rest of the 2022 Daytona 500 starting lineup was filled out based on the results of Thursday evening’s Bluegreen Vacations Duel races. The following table displays the complete starting grid for this year’s Great American Race.

Starting PositionDriverCar NumberTeamManufacturer
1Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas RacingFord
2Christopher Bell20Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
3Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress RacingChevrolet
4Chase Briscoe14Stewart-Haas RacingFord
5Kyle Larson5Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
6Justin Haley31Kaulig RacingChevrolet
7Ty Dillon42Petty GMS MotorsportsChevrolet
8Alex Bowman48Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
9Chase Elliott9Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
10Joey Logano22Team PenskeFord
11Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
12Austin Dillon3Richard Childress RacingChevrolet
13Kurt Busch4523XI RacingToyota
14Erik Jones43Petty GMS MotorsportsChevrolet
15Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Keselowski RacingFord
16Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet
17Michael McDowell34Front Row MotorsportsFord
18Brad Keselowski6Roush Fenway Keselowski RacingFord
19William Byron24Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
20Austin Cindric2Team PenskeFord
21Daniel Suarez99Trackhouse RacingChevrolet
22Bubba Wallace2323XI RacingToyota
23Todd Gilliland38Front Row MotorsportsFord
24Harrison Burton21Wood Brothers RacingFord
25Ryan Blaney12Team PenskeFord
26Corey LaJoie7Spire MotorsportsChevrolet
27Justin Allgaier77Spire MotorsportsChevrolet
28Noah Gragson16Kaulig RacingChevrolet
29J.J. Yeley15Rick Ware RacingFord
30Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
31Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas RacingFord
32Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas RacingFord
33Ross Chastain1Trackhouse RacingChevrolet
34Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
35Cody Ware51Rick Ware RacingFord
36Josh Williams78Live Fast MotorsportsFord

Note: Joey Logano to start at the rear (backup car)

NASCAR Daytona 500 Qualifying Notes and Key Takeaways

  • Kyle Larson clinched his first career Daytona 500 pole with a qualifying speed of 181.159 MPH and lap time of 49.68 seconds.
  • For the fifth year in a row, Alex Bowman will make up one-half of the front row in the Daytona 500 starting lineup after posting a lap time of 49.711 seconds.
  • Hendrick Motorsports had the top three qualifying times and four of the top five from the individual time trials.
  • Six cars posted sub-50 second qualifying lap times. Joining Larson and Bowman in doing so were William Byron (49.765), Aric Almirola (49.854), Chase Elliott (49.913) and Martin Truex Jr. (49.989).
  • As the two fastest open cars (non-chartered) in qualifying, Noah Gragson and Jacques Villeneuve guaranteed themselves spots in the Daytona 500 starting lineup.

Bluegreen Vacations Duel Notes and Key Takeaways

  • Brad Keselowski won the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 to claim the third starting spot in the Daytona 500.
  • Chris Buescher won the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 to join his new RFK Racing teammate on the second row in the NASCAR Daytona 500 starting lineup.
  • As a result of being the top open finisher in the first duel race, Kaz Grala locked himself into Sunday’s Daytona 500.
  • Greg Biffle claimed the final available spot in the Great American Race as a result of being the top open finisher in the second duel race.
  • Both of the MBM Motorsports cars failed to make the Daytona 500 NASCAR lineup. J.J. Yeley and Timmy Hill will not take part in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race.
  • After a failed block on the last lap of the second duel caused his car to suffer heavy damage, Joey Logano will drive a backup in Sunday’s race. As a result, Logano will be forced to abandon his spot in the Daytona 500 starting lineup and start at the rear of the field.

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