Daytona 500 Qualifying: The starting order for the 2020 Daytona 500 will be set on Thursday ahead of Sunday’s showpiece opener to the NASCAR season.The field already took part in the first qualifying event last Sunday, with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. securing pole for the Great American Race.For the second year running, Alex Bowman will start the race in second at Daytona International Speedway.
The front row is set, and the remainder of the field will earn their place in Thursday’s Bluegreen Vacations Duels.The starting order for Duel 1, which begins at 7 p.m. ET, can be found here. The starting order for Duel 2, which starts at 8:45 p.m. ET, is here.
Each duel is a 60-lap, 150-mile race in which the finishing order will determine where drivers start on Sunday. Stenhouse Jr. and those who finished last Sunday’s qualifying in odd-numbered positions will take part in Duel 1, while Bowman and the even-numbered qualifying finishers in Duel 2.
Those in Duel 1 will also take the odd-numbered positions on the final grid, and likewise, the competitors in Duel 2 will begin the Daytona 500 from the even-numbered positions.Ahead of the duels, here are some of the latest odds for the race, courtesy of Caesars Palace:Bowman started on pole in 2018 but only managed to finish 17th. Last year, he finished 11th having started in second, so his performances have been improving.
He’s coming into the 2020 season on the back of the best year of his career, too.In 2019, he won his first Cup Series race in the Camping World 400 in Illinois, as well as making five further podium finishes.Overall, he finished in the top 10 on 12 occasions. The previous season he earned 11 top-10 finishes but only one podium place.
As reflected in the odds, Bowman is still perhaps an outsider to win the Daytona 500 this year despite his excellent qualifying record, but he’s on an upward trajectory and looks set to produce his best performance yet in the Great American Race.Joey Logano and William Byron won the qualifying races to set the field for the 2020 Daytona 500.
Logano claimed the checkered flag at Bluegreen Vacations Duel No. 1 Thursday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Byron won Bluegreen Vacations Duel No. 2. Logano and Byron will start in the second row of the 2020 Daytona 500, behind pole sitter Rickey Stenhouse Jr. and Alex Bowman.”Even though it’s just the Duels and not the 500, it’s still a momentum builder,” Logano told reporters.
Aric Almirola, Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski and Bubba Wallace also finished in the top 5 for Bluegreen Vacations Duel No. 1. Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick and Cole Custer finished behind Byron in Bluegreen Vacations Duel No. 2.
Logano earned the lead during the final lap of Bluegreen Vacations Duel No. 1, a 150-mile race. Byron won his race by .117, just edging teammate Jimmie Johnson. Daniel Suarez wrecked his car in Bluegreen Vacations Duel No. 1 and will miss the Daytona 500. His car was destroyed after he made contact with Ryan Blaney. Suarez’s car slammed into a wall before sliding through the infield grass.
Almirola will start in the No. 5 spot of Sunday’s main event, behind Stenhouse, Bowman, Logano and Byron. Johnson, Newman, Larson, Keselowski and Harvick will also start in the top 10.The 2020 Daytona 500 starts at 2:30 p.m. EST Sunday and will be broadcast by Fox.