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2010 Daytona 500 lineup

Position (Car number), driver, car, speed, comment
Row 1 1. (5) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 191.188

At 51, and in his 26th attempt, the pole-sitter has perhaps never had a better chance to finally win the 500.

2. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 190.913

Team owner Rick Hendrick has vowed to get this lagging team turned around. Junior won the 500 in 2004.

Row 2 3. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 190.359

The four-time defending series champ and 2006 winner of the 500 is facing more attention than ever.

4. (9) Kasey Kahne, Ford, 189.056

His team is still sorting through fallout from mergers and a switch to Fords, but he has the ability to contend.

Row 3 5. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 188.996

He hasn't won a points race since taking the 500 in 2007, but has won the past two exhibition Bud Shootouts.

6. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 189.374

The two-time series champion, in his second year as driver/owner, seeks his first 500 victory in his 12th try.

Row 4 7. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 190.054

He comes in with a new crew chief (Dave Rogers), a new fiancee (Samantha Sarcinella) and a new trucks team.

8. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 190.408

Coming off of a breakout season in NASCAR, he's still looking for his first victory on an oval track.

Row 5 9. (33) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 190.118

He failed to win a race in 2009 for the second time in four seasons and starts in a backup car after a practice crash.

10. (2) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 190.359

His new crew chief is Steve Addington, who was fired last year from the team of Kyle Busch, Kurt's brother.

Row 6 11. (78) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 188.699

He was a season-best 12th at Daytona last year and nearly won at Talladega in 2008 but his last pass was ruled illegal.

12. (19) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 188.533

He led the 500 briefly last year before rain ended the race early, but that was just one of five top-10s all season.

Row 7 13. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 189.593

He has looked strong at Speedweeks with his new team, Earnhardt Ganassi, which is really his old team.

14. (56) Martin Truex, Toyota, 188.727

He moved from Earnhardt Ganassi to Michael Waltrip, hoping to improve after just one win in four full seasons.

Row 8 15. (43) AJ Allmendinger, Ford, 189.255

The former CART star was third in last year's 500, but he didn't have another top-five finish and was 24th in points.

16. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 189.693

Now a grizzled veteran at 19. He was 43rd in last year's 500 after a crash but rebounded to win at New Hampshire.

Row 9 17. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 190.577

His lone win since 2005 came at the 2008 Daytona 500. Last year, his first at Stewart-Haas, was a big comeback.

18. (47) Marcos Ambrose, Toyota, 189.757

The Australian was sixth in last year's July race at Daytona, one of seven top-10 finishes in a strong season.

Row 10 19. (6) David Ragan, Ford, 189.282

After finishing a disappointing 27th in points in 2009, Ragan now teams with crew chief Donnie Wingo.

20. (00) David Reutimann, Toyota, 189.314

The Zephyrhills native steps into the spotlight even more as Michael Waltrip focuses on being a team owner.

Row 11 21. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 190.05

The three-time 500 champion (1997, '99, 2005) will be racing in a backup car after a practice crash last week.

22. (83) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 188.628

His rally to get into the 2009 Chase was impressive; his record in the 500 (one top-10 run in five tries) isn't.

Row 12 23. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 188.411

He won the 2003 July race at Daytona but has never finished higher than 10th in seven attempts in the 500.

24. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 190.05

He opened 2009 with his first 500 victory, albeit rain-shortened, and won again the next week but not since.

Row 13 25. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 189.072

He's racing hurt after tearing his left ACL playing basketball in January, but it isn't expected to affect his driving.

26. (12) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 189.737

Aggressive up-and-comer makes his debut in the 500 but already owns a restrictor-plate win in April at Talladega.

Row 14 27. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 189.195

Looks to rebound from a winless 2009. He has off-track motivation, too — awaiting the birth of his first child.

28. (36) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, 189.052

He joins fledgling Tommy Baldwin Racing, whose owner was the crew chief for Ward Burton's 500 win in 2002.

Row 15 29. (55) Michael McDowell, Toyota, 185.924

He's still searching for enough money for a full season after racing his way in Thursday.

30. (82) Scott Speed, Toyota, 189.958

The former Formula One driver was outside the top 30 in both Daytona races last year.

Row 16 31. (13) Max Papis, Toyota, 188.198

Papis, with Germain Racing, wants to be known as more than a road racer.

32. (98) Paul Menard, Ford, 189.294

He joins Richard Petty and teams with 2003 winning crew chief Slugger Labbe.

Row 17 33. (34) John Andretti, Ford, 187.512

He owns the distinction of double digits in starts at the Daytona 500 (this is his 15th attempt) and Indy 500s (10).

34. (7) Robby Gordon, Toyota, 188.735

See Andretti. Today is Gordon's 12th start in the Daytona 500, with a best of sixth in 2003, to go with 10 starts in the Indy 500.

Row 18 35. (37) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 187.285

He's reunited with owner Robert Yates, this time for Front Row Motorsports.

36. (77) Sam Hornish, Dodge, 190.05

The three-time IndyCar champ has had nothing like that success in NASCAR.

Row 19 37. (38) Robert Richardson, Ford, 187.289

He finished a surprising 18th last season at Talladega in his only Sprint Cup race to date.

38. (26) Boris Said, Ford, 186.908

His new team, Latitude 43, is getting cars and engines from Roush Fenway Racing.

Row 20 39. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 188.865

A blown tire Thursday during his qualifying race sent the veteran to a backup car.

40. (21) Bill Elliott, Ford, 190.573

The two-time Daytona 500 winner is this year's oldest starter at 55.

Row 21 41. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 189.709

The Lakeland native, in his second season driving for his own team, made the race in time trials.

42. (71) Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet, 189.665

The veteran's TRG Motorsports team has committed to a full season, though it does not have full sponsorship.

Row 22 43. (51) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 189.454

This might be the last Daytona run for the two-time 500 champion, who eked into the field despite a crash Thursday.

2010 Daytona 500 lineup 02/13/10 [Last modified: Saturday, February 13, 2010 8:22pm]
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