NASCAR will begin a new season — and a new era — on Sunday at the 2022 Daytona 500. The race will be the first full event for the new Next Gen cars.
The cars are designed to go slower — the top qualifying speed last week was the lowest at the track since 1967 and down by about 10 mph from the 2021 figure — and make driving talent more important.
The change in speed won’t change the style of racing, however. It will still be nose to tail for 200 laps, as the 60-lap Duel races Thursday showed.
A look at who won the Daytona 500 pole in 2022 and the official starting lineup for the race:
Who won the Daytona 500 pole for 2022?
Reigning Cup Series champion Kyle Larson earned the pole position in single-car qualifying Wednesday night. The Hendrick Motorsports driver turned a 49.680-second lap (181.159 mph average speed) on Daytona’s 2.5-mile superspeedway oval.
His teammate Alex Bowman joined him on the front row thanks to a 49.711-second qualifying lap (181.046 mph). Bowman has made the front row for the Daytona 500 five consecutive years. He has two poles and three seconds.
Larson’s team chose the No. 1 pit stall location for the race.
Daytona 500 2022 starting lineup
Forty cars will roll onto the starting grid for the 64th edition of the Great American Race. The official starting positions were determined by pole qualifying and the Duel races. Joey Logano qualified in 20th position but will drop to the rear of the field for the green flag. His Team Penske team had to switch to a backup car after Logano wrecked the primary car in his Duel race.
|Starting pos.||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1.||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2.||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|3.||Brad Keselowski||6||Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing|
|4.||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing|
|5.||Austin Cindric||2||Team Penske|
|6.||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|7.||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|8.||Harrison Burton||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|9.||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|10.||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|11.||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|12.||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|13||Erik Jones||43||Petty GMS Motorsports|
|14.||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|15.||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|16.||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|17.||Kurt Busch||45||23XI Racing|
|18.||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|19.||Ross Chastain||1||Trackhouse Racing|
|20.||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|21.||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing|
|22.||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|23.||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|24.||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|25.||Justin Haley||31||Kaulig Racing|
|26.||Ty Dillon||42||Petty GMS Motorsports|
|27.||Landon Cassill||77||Spire Motorsports|
|28.||Greg Biffle||44||NY Racing Team|
|29.||Todd Gilliland||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|30.||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|31.||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|32.||Cody Ware||51||Rick Ware Racing|
|33.||Daniel Hemric||16||Kaulig Racing|
|34.||David Ragan||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|35.||Kaz Grala||50||TMT Racing|
|36.||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|37.||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|38.||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|39.||Noah Gragson||62||Beard Motorsports|
|40.||Jacques Villenueve||27||Team Hezeberg|