Thursday’s Budweiser Duel 150 qualifying races (SPEED, 1 p.m. ET) will set positions 3-43 for the Daytona 500.
In the Daytona 500, Danica Patrick won the pole on Sunday, and Jeff Gordon will start on the outside of Row 1.
Here’s how the remainder of the field will be set:
The highest 15 finishers in each Duel race – excluding Patrick and Gordon, who are already locked in to the front row, will earn a spot in the Daytona 500, and fill positions 3-32.
Based on their finishing position in the first Duel race, the top 15 will line up on the inside row (odd-number starting positions).
Based on their finishing position in the second Duel race, the top 15 will line up on the outside row (even-number starting positions).
Positions 33-36 will go to the four fastest cars from qualifying that have not already earned a spot.
Positions 37-42 will be provisional positions, and go to the highest six cars in 2012 owner points that have not already qualified via the Duel or Coors Light Pole qualifying.
The 43rd starting position will be assigned to any car owner who has the most recent eligible past NASCAR Sprint Cup champion who did not make the field by any other method, providing the driver had competed in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. If the 43rd position remains unused, it will be assigned to the next highest car in 2012 owner points not already locked into the field.
BUDWEISER DUEL NO. 1 STARTING LINEUP
ROW 1 — Danica Patrick, Trevor Bayne
ROW 2 — Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin
ROW 3 — Joey Logano, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
ROW 4 — Juan Pablo Montoya, Casey Mears
ROW 5 — Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr.
ROW 6 — Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski
ROW 7 — Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle
ROW 8 — David Gilliland, Michael Waltrip
ROW 9 — Kurt Busch, Scott Speed
ROW 10 — Regan Smith, Bobby Labonte
ROW 11 — David Reutimann, Joe Nemechek
ROW 12 — Brian Keselowski
BUDWEISER DUEL NO. 2 STARTING LINEUP
ROW 1 — Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman
ROW 2 — Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch
ROW 3 — Matt Kenseth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
ROW 4 — Paul Menard, Austin Dillon
ROW 5 — Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton
ROW 6 — Jamie McMurray, Marcos Ambrose
ROW 7 — Aric Almirola, Mark Martin
ROW 8 — David Ragan, Josh Wise
ROW 9 — Michael McDowell, Terry Labonte
ROW 10 — Dave Blaney, JJ Yeley
ROW 11 — Travis Kvapil, Mike Bliss
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