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Who’s Locked in And Who Needs to Race Their Way Into Daytona 500 Through Thursday’s Duels?

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 60th Annual Daytona 500

It is Gander RV Duels at Daytona day and the action kicks off at 7PM ET on FS1. But what is really at stake?

Quite a bit for four teams, for 36 others they are vying strictly for starting positions. Then there are two drivers who know where they will start, so long as they don’t blow a motor or crash their primary car.

LOCKED IN AND STARTING POSITION SET

  1. No. 24 William Byron — will start on the pole for the Daytona 500.
  2. No. 88 Alex Bowman — will start on the outside pole for the Daytona 500.

LOCKED INTO FIELD BY WAY OF CHARTER SYSTEM, BUT STILL BATTLING FOR STARTING POSITIONS

No. 00 Landon Cassill
No. 1 Kurt Busch
No. 2 Brad Keselowski
No. 3 Austin Dillon
No. 4 Kevin Harvick
No. 6 Ryan Newman
No. 8 Daniel Hemric
No. 9 Chase Elliott
No. 10 Aric Almirola
No. 11 Denny Hamlin
No. 12 Ryan Blaney
No. 13 Ty Dillon
No. 14 Clint Bowyer
No. 15 Ross Chastain
No. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
No. 18 Kyle Busch
No. 19 Martin Truex Jr.
No. 20 Erik Jones
No. 21 Paul Menard
No. 22 Joey Logano
No. 32 Corey LaJoie
No. 34 Michael McDowell
No. 36 Matt Tifft
No. 37 Chris Buescher
No. 38 David Ragan
No. 40 Jamie McMurray
No. 41 Daniel Suarez
No. 42 Kyle Larson
No. 43 Bubba Wallace
No. 47 Ryan Preece
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson
No. 51 BJ McLeod
No. 52 Cody Ware
No. 95 Matt DiBenedetto

LOCKED INTO FIELD BY WAY OF QUALIFYING SPEED (STILL BATTLING FOR STARTING SPOT)

No. 27 Casey Mears
No. 31 Tyler Reddick

NOT LOCKED INTO FIELD (MUST RACE THEIR WAY IN THROUGH DUELS)

No. 62 Brendan Gaughan
No. 66 Joey Gase
No. 71 Ryan Truex
No. 96 Parker Kligerman

So in essence, the Duels will come down to four drivers battling for two positions in the 40-car Daytona 500 field.

Duel 1 will feature a battle between Truex and Kligerman to see who transfers, while Gaughan and Gase will square off in Duel 2.

 

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Toby is the Founder, Editor and go-to man for TobyChristie.com. He is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed NASCAR as a fan since 1993.

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