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Full starting grid for 2021 Daytona 500 after 8 cars moved to the back

The Great American Race takes place Valentine’s Day this year. We’ve got the full racing order for Sunday’s Daytona 500.

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.

Brad Keselowski
Chase Briscoe
Kaz Grala
Anthony Alfredo
William Byron
Cole Custer
Ross Chastain
Erik Jones
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

Starting pos Driver Team Manufacturer
Starting pos Driver Team Manufacturer
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