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NASCAR qualifying: Kyle Larson claims pole position, Alex Bowman joins him on 2022 Daytona 500 front row

NASCAR opens the 2022 season with the Daytona 500, and ahead of it we get multiple stages of qualifying. We’ll update qualifying on Wednesday evening that determines the front row for Sunday and the race order for Thursday’s two Bluegreen Vacations Duel races.

A general view of the grandstands as the sun sets during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Round 2 update: Kyle Larson was the fastest in qualifying and claims the pole position for Sunday’s Daytona 500. Alex Bowman was second fastest and will join him on the front row. Here is the full list of times for the ten drivers who advanced to the second round.

  1. Kyle Larson: 49.68
  2. Alex Bowman: 49.711
  3. William Byron, Jr.
  4. Aric Almirola: 49.854
  5. Chase Elliott: 49.913
  6. Martin Truex, Jr.: 49.989
  7. Ross Chastain: 50.043
  8. Denny Hamlin: 50.077
  9. Daniel Suarez: 50.106
  10. Harrison Burton: 50.137

Round 1 update: The first round of qualifying is a wrap. The top ten fastest drivers advance to the second round. Those ten drivers are as follows:

  1. William Byron: 49.765
  2. Kyle Larson: 49.789
  3. Alex Bowman: 49.87
  4. Chase Elliott: 49.927
  5. Aric Almirola: 49.946
  6. Ross Chastain: 50.051
  7. Martin Truex Jr.: 50.078
  8. Harrison Burton: 50.139
  9. Denny Hamlin: 50.152
  10. Daniel Suarez: 50.157

The 2022 NASCAR season is officially underway. Drivers are in Daytona for the Great American Race, and after two rounds of practice on Tuesday, the drivers begin qualifying on Wednesday. The single-driver, two-round qualifying process gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET and runs until the second round wraps.

The Wednesday qualifying serves two purposes. First, it determines the front row of Sunday’s Daytona 500, with the two fastest cars on Wednesday get the first and second positions. The results from Wednesday are then used to set the starting lineups for the two Bluegreen Vacations Duel races. Those two races will award season points, but also will determine the rest of the starting lineup for Sunday’s Daytona 500.

On Wednesday, every car will run one lap and then the ten fastest will run a second lap to determine the top two positions. The table below provides the first round results. Second round results are at the top of the article.

2022 Daytona 500 qualifying results

Order Driver Car # Time
Order Driver Car # Time
1 William Byron 24 49.765
2 Kyle Larson 5 49.789
3 Alex Bowman 48 49.87
4 Chase Elliott 9 49.927
5 Aric Almirola 10 49.946
6 Ross Chastain 1 50.051
7 Martin Truex Jr. 19 50.078
8 Harrison Burton 21 50.139
9 Denny Hamlin 11 50.152
10 Daniel Suarez 99 50.157
11 Daniel Hemric (i) 16 50.159
12 Joey Logano 22 50.16
13 Ryan Blaney 12 50.162
14 Christopher Bell 20 50.187
15 Tyler Reddick 8 50.191
16 Brad Keselowski 6 50.196
17 Bubba Wallace 23 50.196
18 Kyle Busch 18 50.202
19 Chase Briscoe 14 50.203
20 Austin Dillon 3 50.204
21 Austin Cindric 2 50.205
22 Michael McDowell 34 50.209
23 Erik Jones 43 50.218
24 Ty Dillon 42 50.225
25 Kurt Busch 45 50.285
26 Kevin Harvick 4 50.312
27 Justin Haley 31 50.315
28 Chris Buescher 17 50.378
29 Cole Custer 41 50.539
30 Corey Lajoie 7 50.55
31 Todd Gilliland 38 50.559
32 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 50.639
33 Noah Gragson (i) 62 50.689
34 Landon Cassill (i) 77 50.884
35 Cody Ware 51 50.928
36 Jacques Villeneuve 27 51.01
37 Kaz Grala 50 51.094
38 Greg Biffle 44 51.1
39 BJ Mcleod 78 51.153
40 David Ragan 15 51.216
41 JJ Yeley (i) 55 52.005
42 Timmy Hill (i) 66 52.263