The reigning champion will take the green flag on Sunday.

As we are several days from the second race of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, which will take place at the Daytona road course, the grid of the upcoming race has been revealed. As long as there are no practices or qualifying for that race, the grid was determined by the driver’s previous result, the owner’s result in the previous race, 2021 owner points, and fastest lap ranking in the previous race. It has been announced on Wednesday that the 2020 Cup Series champion and the winner of the inaugural Daytona road course race Chase Elliott will take the green flag in Sunday’s race. The 2021 Daytona 500 champion Michael McDowell will follow him on the front row.

The full grid for the Daytona road course race:

Pos.Car no.DriverTeam
1#9Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports
2#34Michael McDowellFront Row Motorsports
3#3Austin DillonRichard Childress Racing
4#11Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing
5#4Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas Racing
6#6Ryan PreeceJTG Daugherty Racing
7#7Corey LaJoieSpire Motorsports
8#5Kyle LarsonHendrick Motorsports
9#42Ross ChastainChip Ganassi Racing
10#23Bubba Wallace23XI Racing
11#22Joey LoganoTeam Penske
12#20Christopher BellJoe Gibbs Racing
13#41Cole CusterStewart-Haas Racing
14#18Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing
15#2Brad KeselowskiTeam Penske
16#47Ricky Stenhouse Jr.JTG Daugherty Racing
17#1Kurt BuschChip Ganassi Racing
18#14Chase BriscoeStewart-Haas Racing
19#78BJ McLeodLive Fast Motorsports
20#53Joey GaseRick Ware Racing
21#19Martin Truex Jr.Joe Gibbs Racing
22#77 Justin HaleySpire Motorsports
23#51Cody WareRick Ware Racing
24#24William ByronHendrick Motorsports
25#52Josh BilickiRick Ware Racing
26#8Tyler ReddickRichard Childress Racing
27#10Aric AlmirolaStewart-Haas Racing
28#12Ryan BlaneyTeam Penske
29#00Quin HouffStarCom Racing
30#17Chris BuescherRoush Fenway Racing
31#38Anthony AlfredoFront Row Motorsports
32#21Matt DiBenedettoWood Brothers Racing
33#6Ryan NewmanRoush Fenway Racing
34#16AJ AllmendingerKaulig Racing
35#99Daniel SuarezTrackhouse Racing Team
36#48Alex BowmanHendrick Motorsports
37#43Erik JonesRichard Petty Motorsports
38#96Ty DillonGaunt Brothers Racing
39#15James DavisonRick Ware Racing
40#66Timmy HillMotorsports Business Management

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