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NASCAR Cup: Can-Am Duel lineups

No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of 2018 Daytona 500 pole sitter Alex Bowman (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of 2018 Daytona 500 pole sitter Alex Bowman (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)


Alex Bowman and Denny Hamlin know where they’ll be starting the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18, as they claimed the front-row starting positions, with Bowman taking the pole, during the two-round, single-car qualifying session at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Sunday for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series official season opener. For everyone else, Daytona 500 starting positions will be determined upon completion of Thursday’s two Can-Am Duel races.

The Duel lineups were set by lap times turned in during front-row qualifying Sunday, with drivers/teams in odd positions on the speed chart in the first Duel and those in even positions in the second Duel, ordered by their qualifying speeds. The finishing order of the first Duel will determine the order of cars in the inside line of the Daytona 500 starting grid and the second Duel the outside line.

With only 40 drivers/cars entered, all will make the Daytona 500.

The first Can-Am Duel 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 will be shown live on FS1:

Below, are the starting grids for both Can-Am Duel races:

Can-Am Duel 1
Row 1 — Alex Bowman, Jimmie Johnson
Row 2 — William Byron, Daniel Suarez
Row 3 — Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Joey Logano
Row 4 — Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney
Row 5 — Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski
Row 6 — Ryan Newman, Jamie McMurray
Row 7 — Darrell Wallace Jr., Ty Dillon
Row 8 — Chris Buescher, Brendan Gaughan
Row 9 — Matt DiBenedetto, Jeffrey Earnhardt
Row 10 — Mark Thompson, Gray Gaulding

Can-Am Duel 2
Row 1 — Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch
Row 2 — Erik Jones, Kevin Harvick
Row 3 — Chase Elliott, Paul Menard
Row 4 — Austin Dillon, Clint Bowyer
Row 5 — Kasey Kahne, Trevor Bayne
Row 6 — Kyle Larson, Michael McDowell
Row 7 — Martin Truex Jr., Danica Patrick
Row 8 — A.J. Allmendinger, Justin Marks
Row 9 — D.J. Kennington, David Gilliland
Row 10 — Corey LaJoie, David Ragan

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