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How the Coke Zero Sugar 400 race order will be set Saturday at Daytona

We go over the starting order and betting favorites for Saturday’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona.

Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway on August 23, 2020 in Dover, Delaware. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

The NASCAR Cup Series is returning to Daytona International Speedway on Saturday for the Coke Zero Sugar 400. The race is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC. We’ll go over the favorites to win and the starting order below.

NASCAR has changed its system for determining the starting grid in the three national series (Cup, Xfinity, Gander Outdoors Truck) moving forward. Three performance metrics will be utilized, with each one weighted a little different. It breaks down as follows.

  • Finishing position from the previous race (weighted 50%)
  • Ranking in team owner points standings (35%)
  • Fastest lap from the previous race (15%)

This system will be used for the remaining regular season races and the playoffs.

Denny Hamlin is favored to finish first at +650 on DraftKings Sportsbook. He’s won two of his last three races on the oval at Dayton and placed second behind Chase Elliott (+1400) on August 16. Kevin Harvick (+1000) has been favored by Vegas a lot lately, but has the second best odds in the field. He hasn’t had great performances at Daytona recently, but has been on a tear everywhere else. Brad Keselowski rounds out the top three at +1200 despite having crashed in four of his last five races at Daytona.

Here’s a look at the full starting lineup for Saturday’s Coke Zero Sugar 400.

2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400 race order

Pos Driver Car
Pos Driver Car
1 Kevin Harvick 4
2 Martin Truex Jr. 19
3 Joey Logano 22
4 Brad Keselowski 2
5 Aric Almirola 10
6 William Byron 24
7 Jimmie Johnson 48
8 Alex Bowman 88
9 Ryan Blaney 12
10 Denny Hamlin 11
11 Kyle Busch 18
12 Austin Dillon 3
13 Kurt Busch 1
14 Clint Bowyer 14
15 Matt DiBenedetto 21
16 Cole Custer 41
17 Chris Buescher 17
18 Tyler Reddick 8
19 Matt Kenseth 42
20 Erik Jones 20
21 Bubba Wallace 43
22 Ryan Newman 06
23 Christopher Bell 95
24 John Hunter Nemechek 38
25 Corey LaJoie 32
26 Matt McDowell 34
27 Chase Elliott 9
28 Ryan Preece 37
29 Ty Dillon 13
30 Daniel Suarez 96
31 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47
32 Brennan Poole 15
33 J.J. Yeley 27
34 Quinn Houff 00
35 Timmy Hill 66
36 Ross Chastain 77
37 Joey Gase 53
38 James Davison 51
39 Josh Bilicki 7
40 62