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NASCAR Can-Am Duel starting line-ups

By AMANDA VINCENT

With Chase Elliott and Matt Kenseth already set to sit on the front row for Sunday’s Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, the remainder of the starting grid will be set Thursday night, based on results of two Can-Am Duel races.

Under the new charter system, 36 of the 44 cars on the entry list are guaranteed spots. “Open” teams will be vying for the other spots on the 40-car starting grid. Two drivers for those teams, Ryan Blaney and Matt DiBenedetto, though, already have guaranteed that they’ll start somewhere in the Daytona 500 field as being the two fastest drivers among those with teams without charters in Daytona 500 front-row qualifying on Feb. 14.

Here are the starting grids for the two Can Am Duel races:

Can-Am Duel race 1

Row 1 — Chase Elliott (No. 24 Chevrolet), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Chevrolet)
Row 2 — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Ford), *Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Ford)
Row 3 — Austin Dillon (No. 3 Chevrolet), Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Toyota)
Row 4 — Joey Logano (No. 22 Ford), Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Chevrolet)
Row 5 — Paul Menard (No. 27 Chevrolet), Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Ford)
Row 6 — Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ford), Brian Scott (No. 44 Ford)
Row 7 — *Michael McDowell (No. 59 Chevrolet), Regan Smith (No. 7 Chevrolet)
Row 8 — Chris Buescher (No. 34 Ford), Bobby Labonte (No. 32 Ford)
Row 9 — Trevor Bayne (No. 6 Ford), Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Chevrolet)
Row 10 — *Cole Whitt (No. 98 Toyota), David Ragan (No. 23 Toyota)
Row 11 — *Josh Wise (No. 30 Chevrolet), Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Chevrolet)

Can-Am Duel race 2

Row 1 — Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Toyota), Kyle Busch (No. 18 Toyota)
Row 2 — Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Chevrolet), Carl Edwards (No. 19 Toyota)
Row 3 — Kurt Busch (No. 41 Chevrolet), Casey Mears (No. 13 Chevrolet)
Row 4 — Ryan Newman (No. 31 Chevrolet), Ty Dillon (No. 95 Chevrolet)
Row 5 — Aric Almirola (No. 43 Ford), Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chevrolet)
Row 6 — Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chevrolet), *Matt DiBenedetto (No. 93 Toyota)
Row 7 — Michael Waltrip (No. 83 Toyota), Danica Patrick (No. 10 Chevrolet)
Row 8 — A.J. Allmendinger (No. 47 Chevrolet), Michael Annett (No. 46 Chevrolet)
Row 9 — Landon Cassill (No. 38 Ford), *Robert Richardson Jr. (No. 26 Toyota)
Row 10 — *David Gilliland (No. 35 Ford), *Reed Sorenson (No. 40 Chevrolet)
Row 11 — Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Toyota), Brian Vickers (No. 14 Chevrolet)

* — drivers with teams that don’t have charters

The first of the two Can-Am Duel races is scheduled to take the green flag at approximately 7 p.m. ET Thursday, with the second to follow at approximately 9 p.m. Both races will be shown live on FOX Sports 1.

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