DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Qualifying didn’t determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s 40th annual Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona (3 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), a random draw did. As custom for the season opening all-star event at the Daytona International Speedway, the lineup for the race wasn’t based off of speed, rather than luck.
This year though, kids were able to draw the starting positions for all 17 drivers, as Austin Dillon will start his No. 3 Chevrolet on the pole as the result of the drawing.
While it’s always good to earn the top starting spot, Dillon is hoping to have better luck than the ones that have started first in this race in the past. In the history of the race, just four times have the winner come from the pole. In fact, it’s only happened once in the last 28 years when Denny Hamlin did so in 2014.
Darrell Waltrip (1981), Bill Elliott (1987), Ken Schrader (1989) and Hamlin (2014) are the only ones to accomplish that feat.
Speaking of Hamlin, he will join Dillon on the front row for Sunday’s race. The defending race winner in Joey Logano will start third, while Erik Jones and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top five in the starting lineup.
Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona Starting Lineup
Row 1: Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin
Row 2: Joey Logano, Erik Jones
Row 3: Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr.
Row 4: Kasey Kahne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Row 5: Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson
Row 6: Ryan Newman, Chase Elliott
Row 7: Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch
Row 8: Ryan Blaney, Jamie McMurray
Row 9: Brad Keselowski