DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Daytona 500 field is set after Thursday night’s Duels at Daytona International Speedway.
Chase Elliott earned the pole last weekend in single-car qualifying. Dale Earnhardt Jr. starts second.
Jamie McMurray earned the third starting spot based on his runner-up finish in the first Duel on Thursday. Denny Hamlin earned the fourth starting spot based on his win in the second Duel Thursday.
The cars of Martin Truex Jr., AJ Allmendinger and Chris Buescher will start at the rear of the field because each failed inspection after the qualifying races. All failed minimum heights.
Also, Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard and Ryan Blaney will start at the rear of the field because they went to backup cars after incidents in their qualifying races.
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