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Daytona 500 qualifying: Alex Bowman claims pole position, Kyle Larson secures front row spot

NASCAR opens the 2023 season with the Daytona 500, and ahead of it we get multiple qualifying stages. We’ll update qualifying on Wednesday evening determining the front row for Sunday, and the race order for Thursday’s two Bluegreen Vacations Duel races.

Alex Bowman (#48 Hendrick Motorsports Ally Chevrolet) leads Noah Gragson (#62 Beard Motorsports Beard Oil/South Point Chevrolet), Chase Elliott (#9 Hendrick Motorsports NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet), and Christopher Bell (#20 Joe Gibbs Racing DeWalt Toyota) during the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race on February 20, 2022 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fl. Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Thursday update: We’re updating the full starting lineup as the Bluegreen Vacation Duels wrap up. You can view the updated Daytona 500 starting lineup here.

Qualifying round 2: Alex Bowman had the fastest time in the second round and secured pole position for Sunday’s Daytona 500. Kyle Larson joins him on the front row. The ten drivers finished as follows. William Byron and Aric Almirole will hold the poles for the twin Duels on Thursday.

  1. Alex Bowman
  2. Kyle Larson
  3. William Byron
  4. Aric Almirola
  5. Joey Logano
  6. Chase Briscoe
  7. Ryan Blaney
  8. Kyle Busch
  9. Austin Cindric
  10. Harrison Burton

Qualifying round 1: The top ten from the first round of qualifying are as follows. They advance to the second round to compete for a front row spot at Sunday’s Daytona 500.

Alex Bowman
Chase Briscoe
Kyle Larson
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Kyle Busch
William Byron
Austin Cindric
Ryan Blaney
Harrison Burton

The 2023 Daytona 500 will run on Sunday, February 19. With this being a superspeedway race, qualifying will take on a unique format. There will be two separate rounds of qualifying, with the first taking place on Wednesday. It will get underway at 8:15 p.m.ET on FS1.

Wednesday’s portion of qualifying will be more what you are used to seeing. There was a random draw held Tuesday to determine the order, with the final 20 spots being reserved for those that finished top 20 in owners points last year. Each driver will run a single-car, one-lap qualifier around the 2.5-mile superspeedway. The fastest driver will earn the pole position for the 2023 Daytona 500 on Sunday. The second-fastest driver will also be locked into the front row for Sunday’s starting lineup. The remaining drivers will head to the qualifying duels on Thursday with an order determined by Wednesday’s finish.

Ahead of the qualifying events, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott are all tied with +1200 odds at DraftKings Sportsbook to win the 2023 Daytona 500. Kyle Busch and Joey Logano follow at +1400, while William Byron and Ross Chastain are installed at +1600. Last year’s winner Austin Cindric has +2000 odds to win his second consecutive Daytona 500.

2023 Daytona 500 pole qualifying results

Pos Name Number
Pos Name Number
1 Alex Bowman (clinch pole) 48
2 Kyle Larson (clinch front row) 5
3 William Byron 24
4 Aric Almirola 10
5 Joey Logano 22
6 Chase Briscoe 14
7 Ryan Blaney 12
8 Austin Cindric 2
9 Harrison Burton 21
10 Kyle Busch 8
11 Bubba Wallace 23
12 Daniel Suarez 99
13 Chris Buescher 17
14 Chase Elliott 9
15 Ross Chastain 1
16 Rvan Preece 41
17 Kevin Harvick 4
18 Brad Keselowski 6
19 Ty Gibbs 54
20 Tyler Reddick 45
21 Christopher Bell 20
22 Martin Truex Jr. 19
23 Jimmie Johnson 84
24 Michael McDowell 34
25 Travis Pastrana 67
26 Denny Hamlin 11
27 Erik Jones 43
28 Noah Gregson 42
29 Zane Smith 36
30 AJ Allmendinger 16
31 Justin Haley 31
32 Austin Hill 62
33 Austin Dillon 3
34 Todd Gilliland 38
35 Rickv Stenhouse Jr. 47
36 BJ McLeod 78
37 Cody Ware 51
38 Riley Herbst 15
39 Ty Dillon 77
40 Corey LaJoie 7
41 Chandler Smith 13
42 Conor Daly 50