Thursday, February 23, 2012

Field Set For 2012 Daytona 500

The field is finally set for the 54th running of the Daytona 500, following Thursday Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying races.

Roush Fenway Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle were able to avoid trouble Thursday afternoon and maintain their front row starting spots. Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth will make up the second row after scoring wins in their respective Duel races.

Among those able to race their way into Sunday's Daytona 500 are Michael McDowell, Robby Gordon, Dave Blaney and Joe Nemechek.
Take a look at the unofficial starting lineup for Sunday's race:

  1. Carl Edwards
  2. Greg Biffle
  3. Tony Stewart
  4. Matt Kenseth
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  6. Regan Smith
  7. Marcos Ambrose
  8. Jimmie Johnson
  9. Jeff Burton
  10. Elliott Sadler
  11. Michael McDowell
  12. Joey Logano
  13. Kevin Harvick
  14. Kyle Busch
  15. AJ Allmendinger
  16. Jeff Gordon
  17. Robby Gordon
  18. Ryan Newman
  19. Jamie McMurray
  20. Kasey Kahne 
  21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  22. Mark Martin
  23. Trevor Bayne
  24. Dave Blaney
  25. Brad Keselowski
  26. Martin Truex Jr.
  27. David Ragan
  28. Kurt Busch
  29. Aric Almirola
  30. Clint Bowyer
  31. Danica Patrick 
  32. Bobby Labonte
  33. Denny Hamlin
  34. Joe Nemechek
  35. David Stremme
  36. Casey Mears
  37. David Gilliland
  38. Tony Raines
  39. Juan Pablo Montoya
  40. David Reutimann
  41. Paul Menard
  42. Landon Cassill
  43. Terry Labonte
Did Not Qualify: Bill Elliott, Robert Richardson  Jr., Kenny Wallace, Mike Wallace, Michael Waltrip,  J.J. Yeley

Danica Patrick will start her first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from the rear of the field Sunday after going to a back up car following her hard crash in Thursday's first Gatorade Duel. 

Teams will be allowed to change engines following Thursday's qualifying races, but will start in the rear of the field if an engine change is made Friday or Saturday. 

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