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What to watch for in the Daytona 500

Associated Press • Feb 18, 2018 at 11:29 AM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — With the green flag for the Daytona 500 just hours away, a few story lines to watch for in the 60th running of NASCAR’s premier event on Sunday:

Academy Award winner Charlize Theron is the honorary starter and will say the famous phrase, “Drivers, start your engines.”

* Retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is the honorary pace-car driver and will lead the 40-car field to the green flag.

* Alex Bowman will start from the pole in the No. 88 Chevrolet that used to be driven by star Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is missing “The Great American Race” for the first time since 1999. Earnhardt will serve as grand marshal.

* Danica Patrick makes her final NASCAR start. Patrick reunited with GoDaddy for a one-off event and will conclude her racing career at the Indianapolis 500 in May.

* It would be the youngest field (average age) in Daytona 500 history if not for 66-year-old Mark Thompson, a Vietnam veteran making his second career Cup Series start.

* Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. will become the first black driver since 1969 to start the Daytona 500. Wallace is driving the iconic No. 43 car for Richard Petty Motorsports.

* Defending race winner Kurt Busch is trying to become the first to win consecutive Daytona 500s since Sterling Marlin in 1995.


DAYTONA 500 LINEUP

At Daytona International Speedway

Daytona Beach, Fla.

Lap length: 2.5 miles

(Car number in parentheses)

1. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet

2. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota

3. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford

4. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet

5. (22) Joey Logano, Ford

6. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford

7. (43) Darrell Wallace Jr., Chevrolet

8. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota

9. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford

10. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford

11. (41) Kurt Busch, Ford

12. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota

13. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet

14. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet

15. (38) David Ragan, Ford

16. (21) Paul Menard, Ford

17. (19) Daniel Suarez, Toyota

18. (6) Trevor Bayne, Ford

19. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet

20. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet

21. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet

22. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford

23. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet

24. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota

25. (62) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet

26. (95) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet

27. (00) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet

28. (7) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet

29. (51) Justin Marks, Chevrolet

30. (96) DJ Kennington, Toyota

31. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford

32. (72) Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet

33. (24) William Byron Chevrolet

34. (23) Gray Gaulding, Toyota

35. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet

36. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford

37. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford

38. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet

39. (92) David Gilliland, Ford

40. (66) Mark Thompson, Ford

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