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Chase Elliott will compete in the Bristol Dirt Nationals. (HHP/Harold Hinson photo)

Elliott Aces The Matrix For Daytona Road Course

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.

Start
Driver Car No. Team
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
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