Raceday update: Bubba Wallace has been moved to the back of the field after twice failing pre-race inspection. He was previously set to start sixth. He joins the nine below at the back of the pack.
Saturday update: The starting lineup will see some changes heading into race day. The following drivers are being moved to the back of the starting lineup due to a variety of reasons. Martin Truex Jr. is moving back because of a radiator/oil cooler change, Erik Jones is moving back because of an engine change, and the rest are moving back because they are moving to backup cars. We’ll update the starting lineup once it’s made official.
Martin Truex Jr
The 2021 Daytona 500 will have a limited crowd, but if the racing from the Duel races on Thursday night is any indication, there won’t be much room on the track at all.
Alex Bowman of Hendrick Motorsports is scheduled to start on the pole, but his engine looked to have problems during Duel 1, and if it’s replaced he’ll be forced to start from the back of the field. His teammate William Byron was supposed to be on the outside of Row 1, but he got in wreck with four to go in Duel 2, and his car looked torn up enough where he might be in the back as well.
Aric Almirola won Duel 1, keeping the streak of Tampa Bay winning everything in a pandemic world still intact. A great piece from driving from Austin Dillon moved him under Bubba Wallace just yards from the checkered flag, and he gets the win in Duel 2. And with the issues above, that might be enough to put him on the front row for the Great American Race.
Here is the full lineup for Sunday’s 2021 Daytona 500 as of now, but this is subject to change if cars or engines are needed to be changed.
Daytona 500 Starting Grid
|1||Alex Bowman||No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|2||William Byron||No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|3||Aric Almirola||No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|4||Austin Dillon||No. 3 Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|5||Christopher Bell||No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|6||Bubba Wallace||No. 23 23XI Racing||Toyota|
|7||Ryan Newman||No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing||Ford|
|8||Kevin Harvick||No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|9||Joey Logano||No. 22 Team Penske||Ford|
|10||Kyle Busch||No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing||Ford|
|11||Ryan Preece*||No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing*||Chevrolet|
|12||Chase Elliott||No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|13||Kyle Larson||No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|14||Ryan Blaney||No. 12 Team Penske||Ford|
|15||Daniel Suarez||No. 99 Trackhouse Racing Team||Chevrolet|
|16||Corey LaJoie||No. 7 Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|17||Michael McDowell||No. 34 Front Row Motorsports||Ford|
|18||David Ragan*||No. 36 Front Row Motorsports*||Ford|
|19||Jamie McMurray||No. 77 Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|20||Kurt Busch||No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet|
|21||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet|
|22||Chris Buescher||No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing||Ford|
|23||Matt DiBenedetto||No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing||Ford|
|24||Brad Keselowski||No. 2 Team Penske||Ford|
|25||Denny Hamlin||No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|26||Martin Truex Jr.||No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|27||Cole Custer||No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|28||Joey Gase||No. 53 Rick Ware Racing||Ford|
|29||Tyler Reddick||No. 8 Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|30||Chase Briscoe||No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|31||Erik Jones||No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|32||Derrike Cope||No. 15 Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet|
|33||Quin Houff||No. 00 StarCom Racing||Chevrolet|
|34||Ross Chastain||No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet|
|35||Cody Ware||No. 51 Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet|
|36||Anthony Alfredo||No. 38 Front Row Motorsports||Ford|
|37||Josh Bilicki||No. 52 Rick Ware Racing||Ford|
|38||BJ McLeod||No. 78 Live Fast Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|39||Austin Cindric*||No. 33 Team Penske||Ford|
|40||Kaz Grala*||No. 16 Kaulig Racing||Chevrolet|