Rain is unfortunately the bane of Daytona International Speedway’s existence, and qualifying for the Saturday night race at the superspeedway was canceled on August 26th due to wet conditions. Instead, the lineup was set using the sanctioning body’s qualifying formula, putting Kyle Larson’s No. 5 Nascar Chevy Camaro ZL1 on the pole.
As a reminder, Nascar developed a formula to determine starting order if a qualifying event is canceled. The sanctioning body sets the field by taking into account a specific driver’s rank in points standings, their finish in the previous race, and rank of the driver’s fastest lap in the previous race.
Larson’s No. 5 Camaro is fresh off a win at Watkins Glen, enabling him to place at the front of the field. His Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Chase Elliott in the No. 9 Chevy Camaro, will start second, thanks to his excellent showing last weekend. Third will be Joey Logano’s No. 22 Ford Mustang, followed by the No. 99 Camaro of Daniel Suarez in fourth. Fifth place will be rounded out by the No. 20 Toyota TRD Camry of Christopher Bell.
The 2022 Daytona 500 was not kind to the Nascar Chevy teams, so it will certainly be interesting to see how they stack up on Saturday night’s race. The Daytona night race marks the final event of the regular season, and the Nascar Cup Series Playoffs field of 16 drivers will be set following the race.
Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 45 Toyota TRD Camry, recently announced that he has elected to withdraw from the Playoffs due to concussion-related symptoms that have lingered since a qualifying wreck at Pocono over a month ago. This leaves two Playoff positions up for grabs, with Ryan Blaney’s No. 12 Mustang and Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 19 Camry each vying for a spot in the championship. Neither driver has a point-paying win this season.
Weather permitting, the green flag will drop at Daytona on August 27th at 7 p.m. ET.
|1||5||Kyle Larson||HendrickCars.com Chevrolet||0||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|2||9||Chase Elliott||A SHOC Chevrolet||0||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|3||22||Joey Logano||Shell Pennzoil Ford||0||0||Ford Mustang|
|4||99||Daniel Suarez||Freeway Insurance Chevrolet||0||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|5||20||Christopher Bell||Rheem Toyota||0||0||Toyota TRD Camry|
|6||8||Tyler Reddick||Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen Chevrolet||0||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|7||4||Kevin Harvick||Mobil 1 Ford||0||0||Ford Mustang|
|8||17||Chris Buescher||Fifth Third Bank Ford||0||0||Ford Mustang|
|9||34||Michael McDowell||Horizon Hobby Ford||0||0||Ford Mustang|
|10||48||Alex Bowman||Ally Chevrolet||0||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|11||43||Erik Jones||FOCUSfactor Chevrolet||0||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|12||1||Ross Chastain||Jockey Chevrolet||0||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|13||19||Martin Truex Jr.||Bass Pro Shops Toyota||0||0||Toyota TRD Camry|
|14||2||Austin Cindric #||Menards/Maytag Ford||0||0||Ford Mustang|
|15||41||Cole Custer||Autodesk/HaasTooling.com Ford||0||0||Ford Mustang|
|16||12||Ryan Blaney||Advance Auto Parts Ford||0||0||Ford Mustang|
|17||24||William Byron||Axalta Chevrolet||0||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|18||31||Justin Haley||LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet||0||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|19||11||Denny Hamlin||FedEx Cares Toyota||0||0||Toyota TRD Camry|
|20||47||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Kroger/NOS Chevrolet||0||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|21||3||Austin Dillon||BREZTRI Chevrolet||0||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|22||18||Kyle Busch||Interstate Batteries Toyota||0||0||Toyota TRD Camry|
|23||45||Ty Gibbs(i)||Monster Energy Toyota||0||0||Toyota TRD Camry|
|24||6||Brad Keselowski||Castrol Ford||0||0||Ford Mustang|
|25||42||Ty Dillon||Thorntons Chevrolet||0||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|26||14||Chase Briscoe||Mahindra Tractors Ford||0||0||Ford Mustang|
|27||10||Aric Almirola||Smithfield Ford||0||0||Ford Mustang|
|28||16||Daniel Hemric(i)||Cirkul Chevrolet||0||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|29||21||Harrison Burton #||Dex Imaging Ford||0||0||Ford Mustang|
|30||23||Bubba Wallace||DoorDash Toyota||0||0||Toyota TRD Camry|
|31||7||Corey LaJoie||Built.com Chevrolet||0||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|32||38||Todd Gilliland #||First Phase Ford||0||0||Ford Mustang|
|33||51||Cody Ware||Nurtec ODT Ford||0||0||Ford Mustang|
|34||15||David Ragan||Select Blinds/Jacob Companies Ford||0||0||Ford Mustang|
|35||77||Landon Cassill(i)||Voyager: Crypto for All Chevrolet||0||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|36||78||BJ McLeod(i)||NASCAR Rivals Ford||0||0||Ford Mustang|
|37||62||Noah Gragson(i)||Beard Motorsports/Southpoint Chevrolet||0||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – Part-time driver