How to make the field for the Daytona 500

 

Only Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson know where they will start Sunday. (Getty Images)

Only Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson know where they will start Sunday. (Getty Images)

It only happens once a year.  The NASCAR Sprint Cup series gets underway this week with the biggest race of the year the Daytona 500 this Sunday.  To get there however the field for the Great American Race has to be determined. The way NASCAR determines the starting order for the 500 is unlike any other race during the season.  For some the way the field is determined can be a bit confusing.  A combination of pole qualifying and two qualifying races will be used as a total of 49 cars have been entered and are vying for the 41 spots left in field.  The Duel Qualifying races will determine those remaining starting spots this Thursday.   Below is a primer on how the field for Sunday’s Daytona 500 will be determined.

Only the front row starting positions for Sunday’s Daytona 500 are set, with Jeff Gordon winning the Pole and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson joining him on the front row. Thursday’s night’s Duel at Daytona (7 p.m. on FOX Sports 1) will set the remainder of the field.

•       The front row – Gordon and Johnson – was set after Pole qualifying last Sunday. MORE>>>

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