Penske’s Joey Logano will start the NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona from pole position after persistent lightning led to the cancellation of qualifying.
The weather conditions at the track on Friday afternoon prevented NASCAR from completing the pre-qualifying inspection and forced the cancellation of qualifying.
The field for Saturday night’s race has been set by the ruling that the field is set by order of owner points, meaning Logano’s #22 Penske car will start from pole.
Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing) will start second and Logano’s team-mate, Brad Keselowski. will line up third. Stewart Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick starts fourth and Busch’s team-mate Martin Truex Jr is fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 positions is Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, Alex Bowman and Ryan Blaney.
Logano starts from pole for the second time this season after taking his first at Michigan on the way to victory there.
The Penske driver has performed well in the two superspeedway races this year, finishing fourth in the Daytona 500 and fourth at Talladega.
“We’re going to see a different race at Daytona than we saw in February,” said Logano’s crew chief, Todd Gordon.
“Obviously, the rules package is different and similar to Talladega, you are going to see guys with really big runs coming and you’ll see moves have to be made.
“I think blocking runs is going to be extremely difficult this weekend, and I think you will see cars coming and going through the pack just based on which line is moving at the time.
“I felt good about what we had at Talladega and I think we will be in a good spot for Saturday night.”
|1||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford|
|2||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|3||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford|
|4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|5||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|6||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|7||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|8||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet|
|9||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|10||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||Ford|
|11||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|12||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|13||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet|
|14||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|15||Daniel Suarez||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|16||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|17||Erik Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|18||Ryan Newman||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford|
|19||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford|
|20||Paul Menard||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford|
|21||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|22||Chris Buescher||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet|
|23||Ty Dillon||Germain Racing||Chevrolet|
|24||Daniel Hemric||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|25||Matt DiBenedetto||Leavine Family Racing||Toyota|
|26||Ryan Preece||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet|
|27||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford|
|28||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports||Ford|
|29||Darrell Wallace Jr.||Richard Petty Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|30||Corey LaJoie||Go FAS Racing||Ford|
|31||Matt Tifft||Front Row Motorsports||Ford|
|32||Quin Houff||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|33||Landon Cassill||StarCom Racing||Chevrolet|
|34||J.J. Haley||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|35||B.J. McLeod||Petty Ware Racing||Ford|
|36||Parker Kligerman||Gaunt Brothers Racing||Toyota|
|37||J.J. Yeley||Rick Ware Racing||Ford|
|38||Ross Chastain||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|39||Brendan Gaughan||Beard Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|40||Joey Gase||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet|