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2021 NASCAR Cup Series DAYTONA 500 Race Page

Sunday, February 20, 2022
Daytona International Speedway
Time: 2:30pm/et
TV: FOX -  Radio: MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR

Race Specific News:

Race Information

Rookie Austin Cindric gets first NASCAR Cup victory in thrilling Daytona: On the 85th birthday of his car owner, Roger Penske, 23-year-old NASCAR Cup Series rookie Austin Cindric beat Bubba Wallace to the finish line by .036 seconds in overtime to win Sunday’s 64th running of the Daytona 500. In a thrilling run to the finish in NASCAR’s new Next Gen race car at Daytona International Speedway, Cindric held off Wallace and Chase Briscoe (.091 seconds behind) to notch his first Cup victory in his eighth start in the series.[Read More](2-20-2022)

#2-Austin Cindric won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway. The win is his 1st career win in just his 8th start.
#23-Wallace finished 2nd followed by #14-Briscoe, #12-Blaney, #10-Almirola, #18-Busch, #34-McDowell, #15-Ragan, #6-Keselowski, and #9-Elliott.
Pole sitter #5-Larson finished 32nd and out of the race following a late accident.
The race ended after the first Overtime session, forced by a caution with 6 laps remaining.
The race was red flagged with 9 laps remaining after an accident that involved #4-Harvick, #5-Larson, #9-Elliott, #38-Gilliland, #43-Jones, and #62-Gragson. Larson got into the rear of Harvick and there was no place to go for several drivers.
Stage 1 ended under caution after #2-Keselowski pushed #21-Burton, turning him. Burton hit #24-Byron and #18-Busch. Burton’s car got upside down but rolled back over.  #11-Hamlin, #20-Bell, #1-Chastain, and #48-Bowman were also involved.
#19-Truex, Jr. won both stages.
There were 35 lead changes among 13 drivers and 7 cautions for 37 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 142.295mph.
See race details at: Race Results, Driver Points Standings, Owner Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Infraction Report.

Race Fast Facts – Daytona:
Austin Cindric # won the 64th Annual Daytona 500, his first victory in eight NASCAR Cup Series races.
He is the 41st different driver to win the Daytona 500
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2022.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in two races at Daytona International Speedway.
Bubba Wallace (second) posted his second runner-up finish and fourth top-10 finish in 10 races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2022.
Chase Briscoe (third) posted his first top-10 finish in three races at Daytona International Speedway.
Austin Cindric (first) was the highest finishing rookie. Becomes the first rookie to win the Daytona 500.
Nine drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Cup Series victory with a win in the Daytona 500 – Tiny Lund (1963), Mario Andretti (1967), Pete Hamilton (1970), Derrike Cope (1990), Sterling Marlin (1994), Michael Waltrip (2001), Trevor Bayne (2011), Michael McDowell (2021), Ausitn Cindric (2022).
This is Team Penske’s third Daytona 500 victory – 2008 Ryan Newman, 2015 Joey Logano, 2022 Austin Cindric
This is Ford Motor Co.’s 17th victory in the Daytona 500.
(NASCAR)

Cup Series Playoff Standings after Daytona:
1) #2-Austin Cindric [1 win] 54
2) #6-Brad Keselowski, 54
3) #19-Martin Truex Jr., 49
4) #23-Bubba Wallace, 47
5) #14-Chase Briscoe, 41
6) #12-Ryan Blaney, 41
7) #34-Michael McDowell, 39
8) #18-Kyle Busch, 38
9) #17-Chris Buescher, 35
10) #9-Chase Elliott, 34
11) #22-Joey Logano, 33
12) #10-Aric Almirola, 32
13) #15- David Ragan, 29
14) #42-Ty Dillon, 36
15) #47-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 25
16) #45-Kurt Busch, 24
See the Driver Points Standings and Owner Points Standings.

Cars to the rear: #22-Logano (backup car), #27-Villeneuve (engine change), #16-Hemric (multiple inspection failures), #14-Briscoe (multiple inspection failures)

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway have been made.
Pole winner #4-Larson chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #48-Bowman took the 19th stall, with an opening in front of it.
See all pit choices on the Daytona 500 Pit Stall chart.

Final practice for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 50 minutes. The top-five:
#21-Burton 188.355
#22-Logano 188.324
#2-Cindric 188.265
#4-Harvick 188.257
#14-Briscoe 188.229
Slowest: #43-Jones 179.233mph
Most laps run: #22-Logano, 25 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 11 drivers): #12-Blaney, 186.940mph
Notes: The start of the practice was delayed slightly by an earlier rain shower.  Only 19 drivers were on track during the session.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Final Practice speeds page.(2-19-2022)

Third practice for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes. The top-five:
#34-McDowell 192.678
#38-Gilliland 192.361
#15-Ragan 192.274
#17-Buescher 191.664
#6-Keselowski 191.660
Slowest: #45-Busch 180.751
Most laps run:  #10-Almirola, 33 laps
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 28 drivers): #34-McDowell, 190.787
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Third Practice speeds page.(2-18-2022)

Field set for Daytona 500: With the conclusion of the Bluegreen Vacations Duels, the lineup is set for Sunday’s Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
#5-Larson and #48-Bowman earned the front row based on their qualifying speeds Wednesday night.
The rest of the top 10: #6-Keselowski, #17-Buescher, #2-Cindric, #34-McDowell, #12-Blaney, #21-Burton, #14-Briscoe, and #18-Busch
After the front row, the odd numbered starting positions were based on the finishes in Duel 1, the even number positions were based on Duel 2 finishing spots.
Open teams that made the race: #50-Grala, #62-Grason, #44-Biffle, and #27-Villeneuve.
Drivers that did not make the race: #55-Yeley, #66-Hill
See the full field on the Daytona 500 Starting Lineup page.

#17-Chris Buescher won the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
#34-McDowell finished second, followed by #21-Burton, #18-Busch, #20-Bell, #19-Truex, Jr., #23-Wallace, #47-Stenhouse, Jr., #22-Logano, and #4-Harvick.
#22-Logano was leading the race on the final lap when #17-Buescher moved down the track to take the lead. Logano attempted to block him, but made contact with Buescher and spun out.
#44-Biffle was the top finishing open driver and will race Sunday.
#27-Villeneuve will make the Daytona 500 based on his qualifying speed.
#66-Hill was the lowest finishing open driver and will mist the race.
There was only the 1 caution at the end of the race and 11 lead changes among 5 leaders.
See complete results on the Duel #2 race results page.(2-17-2022)

#6-Brad Keselowski won the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
#2-Cindric finished second, followed by #12-Blaney, #14-Briscoe, #9-Elliott, #43-Jones, #5-Larson, #8-Reddick, #45-Busch, and #1-Chastain.
The race was caution free.
#50-Grala was the top finishing open driver and will race Sunday.
#62-Gragson finished 21st but will make the Daytona 500 based on his qualifying speed.
#55-Yeley was the lowest finishing open driver and will miss the race.
There were 2 lead changes among 3 drivers.
See complete results on the Duel #1 race results page.(2-17-2022)

Duel Races Pit stall selections

#5-Kyle Larson won the Busch pole for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway with speed of 181.159mph, for his 1st pole at Daytona and 11th of his career.
#48-Bowman will start the race in second. This is the fifth year in a row that he will start the Daytona 500 on the front row.
The rest of the field will be set after the Duel races on Thursday night. Qualifying set the field for those races.
#5-Larson will start on the pole for the first duel, followed by#24-Byron, #9-Elliott, #1-Chastain, and #99-Suarez.
#48-Bowman is the pole sitter for the second duel, followed by #10-Almirola, #19-Truex, Jr., #11-Hamlin, and #21-Burton.
The fastest two open teams: #62-Gragson and #27-Villeneueve are guaranteed a starting position in the race based on their qualifying speeds. Their starting spots will be determined by their finish in the Duels.
The remaining open drivers: #50-Grala, #44-Biffle, #55-Yeley, and #66-Hill will have to race their way in.  The top open driver in each Duel makes the race.  The other two will not qualify.
See the Qualifying results, Duel #1 Starting Lineup and Duel #2 Starting Lineup page.(2-16-2022)

Daytona International Speedway – Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kyle Larson won the Busch Pole Award for the 64th Annual DAYTONA 500 with a lap of 49.68 seconds, 181.159 mph.
This is his 11th pole in 260 NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2022.
This is his first pole in 16 races at Daytona International Speedway.
Alex Bowman (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2022 and his eighth in 12 races at Daytona International Speedway. This is also his fifth straight DAYTONA 500 front row appearance (2018-2022)
William Byron Jr. (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway. It is his first in one race this season.
Harrison Burton (10th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR)

Daytona 500 Paint Schemes – Joe Bray
Daytona 500 Paint Schemes – Getty
Driver and Car Shots

Second practice for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes. The top-five:
#12-Blaney 192.522
#22-Logano 192.135
#41-Custer 191.103
#51-Ware 191.099
#17-Buescher 191.487
Slowest: #55-Yeley 175.733
Most laps run: #22-Logano, 25
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 13 drivers): #3-Dillon, 189.359
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Second Practice speeds page.(2-15-2022)

First practice for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes. The top-five:
#34-McDowell 192.736
#15-Ragan 192.666
#38-Gilliland 192.649
#6-Keselowski 192.600
#17-Buescher 192.571
Slowest: #78-McLeod, 177.616mph
Most laps run: #23-Wallace, #18-Busch, #20-Bell – 27 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 15 drivers): #38-Gilliland, 190.311mph
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the First Practice speeds page.(2-15-2022)

Qualifying Order

The entry list for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted, 42 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
The teams that do not have a charter and must qualify: #27-Villeneuve, #44-Biffle, #50-Grala, #55-Yeley, #62-Gragson, #66-Hill.
Since 42 cars are entered, 2 drivers will miss race.
See the full entry list on the Daytona 500 Entry List page.

Daytona 500 qualifying process. 2021 information posted. Subject to change for 2022. (see the bottom of the page)

Crew Rosters

Goodyear Tire Notes

2022 Daytona 500 TandemDraft Stats


Weekend on-track schedule

Monday, February 14
4:30 PM NCS ROOKIE MEETING (VIRTUAL)
5:00 PM NCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (VIRTUAL)
6:00 PM-9:00 PM NCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOADING)

Tuesday, February 15
12:00 PM-10:00 PM NCS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 PM-5:00 PM NCS INSPECTION IN PROGRESS
4:00 PM NCS RANDOM DRAWING (QUALIFYING LINEUP) (VIRTUAL)
5:05 PM-5:55 PM NCS 1ST PRACTICE TV: FS1
6:35 PM-7:25 PM NCS 2ND PRACTICE TV: FS1

Wednesday, February 16
8:00 AM-4:00 PM NCS MEDIA DAY (DAYTONA 500 CLUB)
2:00 PM-10:00 PM NCS GARAGE OPEN
3:30 PM-8:00 PM NCS INSPECTION IN PROGRESS
8:05 PM-9:30 PM NCS QUALIFYING (IMPOUND) (SINGLE VEHICLE / 1 LAP / 2 ROUNDS) TV: FS1

Thursday, February 17
4:00 PM-11:00 PM NCS GARAGE OPEN
5:00 PM-11:00 PM NCS VIP GARAGE ACCESS PERMITTED
6:25 PM NCS GRID ACCESS OPEN TO PROPERLY CREDENTIALED GUESTS (PIT ROAD)
6:30 PM NCS DRIVERS REPORT TO VEHICLES (RACE #1)
6:35 PM NCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS (DRIVERS STANDING BY CARS)
7:00 PM NCS 1ST QUALIFYING RACE (60 LAPS, 150 MILES) TV: FS1
8:25 PM NCS GRID ACCESS OPEN TO PROPERLY CREDENTIALED GUESTS (PIT ROAD)
8:30 PM NCS DRIVERS REPORT TO VEHICLES (RACE #2)
8:45 PM Approx NCS 2ND QUALIFYING RACE (60 LAPS, 150 MILES) TV: FS1

Friday, February 18
12:00 PM-9:30 PM NCS GARAGE OPEN
1:00 PM-9:30 PM NCS VIP GARAGE ACCESS PERMITTED
5:35 PM-6:25 PM NCS 3RD PRACTICE TV: FS1

Saturday, February 19
8:00 AM-2:30 PM NCS GARAGE OPEN
9:00 AM-2:30 PM NCS VIP GARAGE ACCESS PERMITTED
10:30-11:20 AM NCS FINAL PRACTICE TV: FS2/ TV: FS1
8:30 PM DAYTONA 500 PARTY

Sunday, February 20
8:00 AM NCS GARAGE OPEN
9:30 AM-1:00 PM NCS INSPECTION IN PROGRESS
1:55 PM NCS DRIVERS REPORT FOR PRE-RACE (STAGE)
2:00 PM NCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:30 PM NCS RACE (STAGES 65/130/200 LAPS = 500 MILES) TV: FOX
7:00 PM NCS HAULERS EXIT