|Row 1||1. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 194.738|
Earned his first pole at Daytona and led the first front-row sweep at the 500 for Roush Fenway Racing.
|2. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 194.087|
Led much of the second 150-mile duel race Thursday before falling back on the final lap.
|Row 2||3. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 193.607|
Defending Sprint Cup champion has won everything there is to win at Daytona except the 500.
|4. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 193.245|
Comes off a strong season in which he won three races and finished fourth in Sprint Cup points.
|Row 3||5. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 194.028|
NASCAR's most popular driver is coming off a third consecutive winless season.
|6. (78) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 191.063|
Coming off a career-best 26th in Sprint Cup points and a Darlington win for his team.
|Row 4||7. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 193.999|
Has looked stronger on ovals and had 12 top-10 finishes last season, his first for Richard Petty Motorsports.
|8. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 193.449|
Five-time Sprint Cup champ won the 500 in 2006 but has had nothing but trouble in the race since.
|Row 5||9. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 192.777|
New crew chief Drew Blickensderfer arrives on the heels of three consecutive winless seasons.
|10. (33) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 191.27|
Looked strong in his 150-miler Thursday but does not have a full-time Sprint Cup ride.
|Row 6||11. (98) Michael McDowell, Ford, 190.99|
Raced his way in in a 150-mile duel for what was mostly a start-and-park team last year.
|12. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 192.868|
The 21-year-old, in the final year of his contract, has a new crew chief, Jason Ratcliff.
|Row 7||13. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 192.914|
Hopes to start a title push after finishing third in Sprint Cup in consecutive years.
|14. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 191.873|
Won the Budweiser Shootout after two spectacular saves prevented wrecks.
|Row 8||15. (22) AJ Allmendinger, Dodge, 193.121|
Makes his debut for Penske. Won the 24-hour race at Daytona this year.
|16. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 193.803|
Has won this race three times but hasn't had a top-10 finish in the 500 since 2007 (10th).
|Row 9||17. (7) Robby Gordon, Dodge, 188.229|
Raced in in a duel for his own team, which lacks the cash to run the full season.
|18. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 193.224|
Rejuvenated with Stewart-Haas, had 17 top-10 finishes last year, most since 2003.
|Row 10||19. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 191.84|
Won this race in 2010 after leading two laps. Had a rough 2011, finishing 27th in Sprint Cup points.
|20. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 192.583|
Has two top-fives in 16 Daytona starts, not the ideal place for his Hendrick Motorsports debut.
|Row 11||21. (6) Ricky Stenhouse, Ford, 193.665|
Has one chance to try to win sponsors for a team Jack Roush otherwise plans to shut down.
|22. (55) Mark Martin, Toyota, 193.503|
Cutting back his schedule, won't run all Sprint Cup races this season. Makes his 28th start in the 500.
|Row 12||23. (2) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 192.992|
Coming off a breakthrough season, with three wins and a spot in the Chase.
|24. (36) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 191.506|
Has never finished in the top 10 in 22 starts at Daytona; raced his way in in a duel.
|Row 13||25. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 193.249|
Despite getting first career win in July at Daytona, was bounced from Roush Fenway and moved to Front Row.
|26. (56) Martin Truex, Toyota, 193.665|
Enters his third season at Michael Waltrip Racing still looking for his first victory with the team.
|Row 14||27. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 193.382|
Tampa native makes his first start in the 500 since 2009, when he finished 30th.
|28. (51) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 191.363.|
Has been second three times in the 500 but has yet to win a Cup race at Daytona.
|Row 15||29. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 191.738|
Arrives from IndyCar to make her Sprint Cup debut today. Perhaps you have heard.
|30. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota|
Qualifying speed was wiped out after his car failed inspection in his debut for Michael Waltrip Racing.
|Row 16||31. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 191.127|
After a poor season by his standards, Joe Gibbs pulled a coup by landing title-winning crew chief Darian Grubb.
|32. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 190.022|
Finished fourth in last year's 500, nearly pulling off an upset for his small JTG-Daugherty team.
|Row 17||33. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 190.046|
Was 30th in Sprint Cup points last year but was outstanding in restrictor-plate races, including third in the 500.
|34. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 191.16|
Ex-Lakeland driver mostly starts and parks. Started all 36 Cup races in 2011, finished only at Daytona in July.
|Row 18||35. (42) Juan Montoya, Chevrolet, 192.6|
Has a new crew chief, Chris Heroy. Has no top-fives in 10 Daytona starts.
|36. (13) Casey Mears, Ford, 193.844|
Failed to qualify for last year's 500 but ran the rest of the races for Germain Racing.
|Row 19||37. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 193.374|
Isn't a fan of pack racing and expressed as much after a wreck in a Thursday 150-mile duel race.
|38. (93) David Reutimann, Toyota, 189.235|
Zephyrhills native is with BK Racing here but mostly will spell Patrick with Tommy Baldwin's No. 10 team.
|Row 20||39. (83) Landon Cassill, Toyota, 190.605|
Makes his 500 debut for BK Racing, which bought the assets from defunct Red Bull.
|40. (21) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 193.615|
Defending 500 champion started pretty far back last year, too, 32nd.
|Row 21||41. (26) Tony Raines, Ford, 192.534|
Made the race on qualifying speed for the third Front Row Motorsports entry.
|42. (30) David Stremme, Toyota, 191.963|
Made the field on speed for Inception Motorsports, which ran a part-time slate last year.
|Row 22||43. (32) Terry Labonte, Ford, provisional|
Oldest driver in the field, 55; made the race on a past champion's provisional.
Starting grid and comments for Sunday's Daytona 500
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