NASCAR: 2020 Bluegreen Vacations Duels starting lineups

The starting lineups for the Bluegreen Vacations Duels, which will ultimately set the starting lineup for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500, have been set.

After Sunday’s single-car qualifying session for next Sunday’s 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, two drivers need not worry about the results of this coming Thursday night’s Bluegreen Vacations Duels.

Those two drivers, JTG Daugherty Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Hendrick Motorsports’ Alex Bowman, have secured their starting positions on the front row for the season opener. Stenhouse took his first pole position for the race while Bowman secured his third consecutive front row start.

As for the rest of the field, they will have to secure their positions in the starting lineup for this 200-lap race around the four-turn, 2.5-mile (4.023-kilometer) superspeedway oval in Daytona Beach, Florida this Thursday evening.

Two 60-lap races around the track will set the starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s main event. The finishing order of the first race will determine the odd starting positions while the finishing order of the second race will determined the even starting positions.

The starting lineups for these races were determined by Sunday’s qualifying session. Stenhouse will be on the pole position for the first race while Bowman will be on the pole position for the second.

Among drivers not starting the Daytona 500 on the front row, Hendrick Motorsports teammates Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson were the fastest in Sunday’s qualifying session, finishing in third and fourth place, respectively. As a result, they are set to start on the front row in their respective Duel races.

It is worth noting that there is another battle going on due to the fact that there are 43 entries and only 40 starting positions available for the Daytona 500. That battle is simply to get into the field.

With 36 chartered entries and thus 36 drivers already locked into the field, seven drivers entered Sunday’s qualifying session battling for four open spots. Two of them, Kaulig Racing’s Justin Haley and Beard Motorsports’ Brendan Gaughan, solidified their positions in the race, meaning that only two of the remaining five will do so; the other three will be headed home early.

Here is the starting lineup for Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1.

NOTE: * = not locked into the Daytona 500 field.

Rank – Driver – Car, Team, Manufacturer
1st – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – #47, JTG Daugherty Racing, Chevrolet
2nd – Chase Elliott – #9, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet
3rd – Denny Hamlin – #11, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota
4th – Aric Almirola – #10, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford
5th – Christopher Bell – #95, Leavine Family Racing, Toyota
6th – Joey Logano – #22, Team Penske, Ford
7th – Clint Bowyer – #14, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford
8th – Ryan Newman – #6, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford
9th – Ryan Preece – #37, JTG Daugherty Racing, Chevrolet
10th – Chris Buescher – #17, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford
11th – Martin Truex Jr. – #19, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota
12th – Brad Keselowski – #2, Team Penske, Ford
13th – John Hunter Nemechek – #38, Front Row Motorsports, Ford
14th – Ryan Blaney – #12, Team Penske, Ford
15th – Austin Dillon – #3, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet
16th – Justin Haley – #16, Kaulig Racing, Chevrolet
17th – Darrell Wallace Jr. – #43, Richard Petty Motorsports, Chevrolet
18th – Reed Sorenson – #27, Premium Motorsports, Chevrolet*
19th – Daniel Suarez – #96, Gaunt Brothers Racing, Toyota*
20th – Quin Houff – #00, StarCom Racing, Chevrolet
21st – Chad Finchum – #49, MBM Motorsports, Toyota*
22nd – Joey Gase – #51, Petty Ware Racing, Chevrolet

Here is the starting lineup for Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2.

NOTE: * = not locked into the Daytona 500 field.

Rank – Driver – Car, Team, Manufacturer
1st – Alex Bowman – #88, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet
2nd – Jimmie Johnson – #48, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet
3rd – Kyle Busch – #18, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota
4th – William Byron – #24, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet
5th – Erik Jones – #20, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota
6th – Kevin Harvick – #4, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford
7th – Cole Custer – #41, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford
8th – Matt DiBenedetto – #21, Wood Brothers Racing, Ford
9th – Tyler Reddick – #8, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet
10th – Kyle Larson – #42, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet
11th – Kurt Busch – #1, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet
12th – Michael McDowell – #34, Front Row Motorsports, Ford
13th – David Ragan – #36, Rick Ware Racing, Ford
14th – Ross Chastain – #77, Spire Motorsports, Chevrolet
15th – Ty Dillon – #13, Germain Racing, Chevrolet
16th – Brendan Gaughan – #62, Beard Motorsports, Chevrolet
17th – Timmy Hill – #66, MBM Motorsports, Ford*
18th – Corey LaJoie – #32, Go Fas Racing, Ford
19th – J.J. Yeley – #54, Rick Ware Racing, Ford*
20th – Brennan Poole – #15, Premium Motorsports, Chevrolet
21st – B.J. McLeod – #52, Rick Ware Racing, Ford

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Fox Sports 1 is set to broadcast the Bluegreen Vacations Duels live from Daytona International Speedway beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET this Thursday, February 13. Fox is then set to broadcast the 62nd annual Daytona 500 live from the track beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET this Sunday, February 16 to officially get the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season underway.

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