The official 40-car lineup for the 2021 Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET; Fox, TSN, MRN, SiriusXM Nascar Radio) is established after pole qualification and Double Duel in the 150-mile races of Daytona at Daytona International Speedway. However, not all cars will come out of the positions their drivers earned during Speedweeks.
The wrecks and mechanical problems during the Duels caused a reorganization in the lineup that included one of the fastest cars in the pole standings and was forced to move to the back of the field for the start of the race.
DAYTONA 500: Highlights of Dueling Races
A look at who won the pole for the Daytona 500 in 2021 and the race’s official starting lineup.
Who won the Daytona 500 pole for 2021?
Alex Bowman won pole with a qualifying lap time of 47.056 seconds (190.261 mph). The pole was Bowman’s second at the Daytona 500; the first was in 2018. He has now qualified for the front row of the Daytona 500 four times in a row (2018-2021).
Bowman’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron qualified second at 47.314 seconds (190.219 mph). The drivers’ 1-2 order is a reversal of how they qualified for the 2019 race, when Byron won pole and Bowman qualified second.
Bowman’s No. 48 team will occupy pit stall No. 1 for the road.
2021 Daytona 500 starting lineup
As noted above, the starting positions in the table below will not correspond to the order in which the 40 cars will take the green flag on the track. For example, Byron’s car was damaged in an accident in his Dueling career. Byron’s No. 24 team was forced to go into a backup car on Friday, which means Byron will be positioned at the back of the field for the start of the race. He will still be awarded second place in the rankings.
At least six other drivers will move back with Byron: Brad Keselowski, Chase Briscoe, Kaz Grala, Anthony Alfredo, Cole Custer and Ross Chastain. More drivers could back up before the race. For example, Bowman would have to go to the rear if his team changed the engines in the 48 car before the 500. Bowman reported a problem with his engine during his Dueling career.
|Initial Pos.||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1.||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|two.||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|3.||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Four.||Austin dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|5.||Christopher bell||twenty||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|6.||Bubba wallace||2. 3||23XI Racing|
|7.||Ryan newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|8.||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|9.||Joey logano||22||Penske Team|
|10.||Kyle busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|eleven.||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|12.||Chase elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|13||Kyle larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|14.||Ryan blaney||12||Penske Team|
|fifteen.||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|sixteen.||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|17.||Michael McDowell||3. 4||Front row motorsports|
|18.||David ragan||36||Front row motorsports|
|19.||Jamie McMurray||77||Spire Motorsports|
|twenty.||Kurt busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|twenty-one.||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|22.||Chris buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|2. 3.||Matt DiBenedetto||twenty-one||Wood Brothers Racing|
|24.||Brad Keselowski||two||Penske Team|
|25.||Denny Hamlin||eleven||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|26.||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|27.||Cole custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|28.||Joey gase||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|29.||Tyler reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|30.||Chase briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|31.||Erik jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|32.||Derrike Cope||fifteen||Rick Ware Racing|
|33.||what houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|3. 4.||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|35.||Cody Ware||51||Rick Ware Racing|
|36.||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front row motorsports|
|37.||Josh bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|38.||BJ McLeod||78||Live fast motor sports|
|39.||Austin cindric||33||Penske Team|
|40.||Kaz grala||sixteen||Kaulig racing|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.