Daytona 500: Eight NASCAR Cup drivers will go to back of grid

One fifth of the NASCAR Cup series grid for the 2018 Daytona 500 will start the race from the rear in their back-up cars

Daytona 500: Eight NASCAR Cup drivers will go to back of grid

Eight drivers lost their primary cars in Thursday night's Duel races, which took place to determine full grid positions after the first row was set in the first two qualifying sessions.

Penske's Brad Keselowski, who won Daytona's non-points Clash race last weekend, is one of several who will be sent to the back of the grid when the green lap is shown for the 500 due to a car swap prompted by Duel damage (pictured below).

New Stewart-Haas Racing driver Aric Almirola will join him, along with Hendrick Motorsports' William Byron and Jimmie Johnson (crash pictured above).

Chip Ganassi Racing's Kyle Larson, Matt DiBenedetto and David Gilliland will also drop to the back.

Under NASCAR rules, Keselowski, Almirola, DiBenedetto and Johnson would usually be sent to the rear of the grid at the next race at Atlanta too for taking new engines, but under what is known in the series as 'directors' discretion' they will not take that penalty.

The final practice sessions for the 500 will take place on Friday and Saturday with seven drivers serving 15-minute penalties on Friday.

Danica Patrick, ahead of her final NASCAR race, will be one of those sitting out a portion of the session for failing to make inspection on time.

Provisional Daytona 500 starting grid

Pos Driver Team Car
1 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
3 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
4 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
5 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
6 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
7 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
8 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
9 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
10 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
12 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
14 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
15 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
16 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
17 Daniel Suarez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
18 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
19 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
20 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
21 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
22 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
23 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
24 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
25 Brendan Gaughan Beard Motorsports Chevrolet
26 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
27 Jeffrey Earnhardt StarCom Racing Chevrolet
28 Danica Patrick Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
29 Justin Marks Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
30 D.J. Kennington Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
31 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
32 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
33 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
34 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota
35 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
36 Matt DiBenedetto Go FAS Racing Ford
37 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
38 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
39 David Gilliland RBR Enterprises Ford
40 Mark Thompson MBM Motorsports Ford

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