Daytona Front Row Qualifying Belongs to Ford Performance

Ford Dark Horse Mustang drivers Joey Logano and Michael McDowell will share the front row for "The Great American Race" in Sunday's 66th Annual Daytona 500

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Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL — February 14, 2024

Activities concluded on Day One at Daytona International Speedway for the 66th running of the Daytona 500, scheduled for February 18, 2024. Qualifying “Under the Lights” determined the front row lineup for Sunday’s race. It also locked two drivers from independent teams into the race based on their speeds.

Ford Dark Horse Mustang drivers Joey Logano and Michael McDowell will share the front row for “The Great American Race.” The lineup for the remainder of the field will be determined in Thursday’s Bluegreen Vacations Duel qualifying races.

Michael McDowell at Daytona / Lasco Press Photo

Ford Performance posted three of the four fastest times in the final round of qualifying.

A total of 42 cars were announced on the entry list for Daytona. NASCAR franchise teams will occupy 36 of the 40 starting positions. The remaining four places will go to the drivers with the best qualifying times or Duel Race results. Two teams will pack up and head home early.

After single-car timed laps, we know who two of those drivers are. Locked into the Daytona 500 based on their speed are Anthony Alfredo and David Ragan. The four remaining drivers on the bubble that will have to race their way into the 500 via the Duels are 7-Time NASCAR Cup Series Champion and Hall of Famer Jimmie Johnson. Along with Kaz Grala, J.J. Yeley, and B.J. McLeod.

Erik Jones fans can take some consolation that he was the fastest Toyota qualifier, 22 on the grid, with a speed of 179.637.

 

Results of Round Two, Front Row Qualifying for the Daytona 500

POS CAR DRIVER BEHIND TIME SPEED
1 22 Joey Logano* 49.465 181.947
2 34 Michael McDowell* 0.071 49.536 181.686
3 5 Kyle Larson 0.085 49.55 181.635
4 2 Austin Cindric* 0.202 49.667 181.207
5 9 Chase Elliott 0.210 49.675 181.178
6 24 William Byron 0.211 49.676 181.174
7 3 Austin Dillon 0.240 49.705 181.068
8 8 Kyle Busch 0.260 49.725 180.995
9 1 Ross Chastain 0.291 49.756 180.883
10 21 Harrison Burton* 0.444 49.909 180.328

*Ford Mustang Drivers

Results of Round One Qualifying for The 2024 Daytona 500 Front Row

POS CAR Driver TIME SPEED
11 38 Todd Gilliland 49.906 180.339
12 15 Riley Herbst 49.946 180.195
13 41 Ryan Preece 49.952 180.173
14 14 Chase Briscoe 49.966 180.122
15 17 Chris Buescher 49.978 180.079
16 10 Noah Gragson 49.979 180.076
17 48 Alex Bowman 49.996 180.014
18 12 Ryan Blaney 50.003 179.989
19 99 Daniel Suarez 50.058 179.791
20 62 Anthony Alfredo 50.098 179.648
21 16 AJ Allmendinger 50.101 179.637
22 43 Erik Jones 50.101 179.637
23 4 Josh Berry 50.102 179.634
24 31 Daniel Hemric 50.133 179.522
25 6 Brad Keselowski 50.170 179.39
26 19 Martin Truex, Jr. 50.177 179.365
27 60 David Ragan 50.200 179.283
28 23 Bubba Wallace 50.208 179.254
29 54 Ty Gibbs 50.220 179.211
30 51 Justin Haley 50.226 179.19
31 47 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 50.231 179.172
32 20 Christopher Bell 50.251 179.101
33 7 Corey LaJoie 50.261 179.065
34 11 Denny Hamlin 50.293 178.951
35 84 Jimmie Johnson 50.323 178.845
36 45 Tyler Reddick 50.334 178.806
37 71 Zane Smith 50.485 178.271
38 77 Carson Hocevar 50.589 177.904
39 42 John Hunter Nemechek 50.608 177.837
40 78 BJ McLeod 50.749 177.343
41 44 JJ Yeley 51.261 175.572
42 36 Kaz Grala 0 0