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How the Daytona 500 field is set

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How Daytona 500 field is set

Sunday's two-lap qualifying determined the first two spots, which went to pole-sitter Austin Dillon and Martin Truex. They will start first in their respective 150-mile Duel races on Thursday.

Grid spots 3-32 are determined by the Duels. The top 15 in each qualifying race make the field, as does the 16th-place driver if a driver who is already qualified finishes in the top 15 of their duel.

Spots 33-36 are set by the four fastest remaining qualifying speeds.

Spots 37-42 are for the highest-ranking cars in 2013 owners' points not yet qualified.

The 43rd and final spot could go to a former Sprint Cup series champion who doesn't get in any other way. If all previous champions race their way in or qualify on speed, the final spot goes to the highest ranking car in 2013 owners' points not yet qualified.

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