DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chase Elliott will start from the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series event at the 3.61-mile Daytona Int’l Speedway road course layout.
Elliott, who was the runner-up in Sunday’s 63rd Daytona 500, earned the Busch Pole Award with the highest metric score among the 40 cars entered to compete.
Lap speed is weighted at 15 percent, previous race finish at 25 percent for the driver and owner results and owner points position at 35 percent to calculate the final metric score.
Elliott earned the pole with a metric score of 3.0, factoring in his second-place finish at Daytona, the fourth-fastest lap from the event and his fourth-place seeding in the point standings after the first of 36 races this season.
Joining Elliott on the front row for the Daytona road course race will be Daytona 500 champion Michael McDowell, whose win helped propel him to the second-best metric score in the field at 3.9.
Cup Series point leader Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick fill out the top five on the grid for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253.
Open driver Ryan Preece starts sixth Sunday after a strong Speedweeks, followed by Corey LaJoie, Kyle Larson, Ross Chastain and Bubba Wallace.
The complete starting lineup can be found below.
The O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 goes green at 3 p.m. ET Sunday, with live coverage on FOX, the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
|1||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|3||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|4||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|6||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|7||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|8||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|9||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|10||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|11||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|12||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|13||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|14||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|15||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|16||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|17||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|18||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|19||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|20||Joey Gase||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|21||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|22||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|23||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|24||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|25||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|26||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|27||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|28||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|29||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|30||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|31||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|32||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|33||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|34||AJ Allmendinger||16||Kaulig Racing|
|35||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|36||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|37||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|38||Ty Dillon||96||Gaunt Brothers Racing|
|39||James Davison||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|40||Timmy Hill||66||Motorsports Business Management|