How the field
is set for the 500
• Sunday's two-lap qualifying determined the first two spots, belonging to pole-sitter Dale Earnhardt Jr. (though he will start in the back due to Wednesday's crash) and Jeff Gordon.
• The top 35 in last season's Sprint Cup owner points are guaranteed a spot.
• Grid spots 3-39 are determined in today's two 150-mile qualifiers. The top two in each qualifying race who were not in last season's top 35 in points make the field.
• The fastest remaining drivers from time trials will fill spots 40-42. The 43rd and final spot could go to a former champion who doesn't get in any other way. Terry Labonte is eligible, but if he races his way in or gets in on speed, the final spot goes to the driver with the best remaining time.