The Big One beckons.
NASCAR’s favorite monstrosity plays host to the final race of the regular season calendar, the Coke Zero Sugar 400.
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Chaos finds comfort at Daytona International, swallowing up Cup Series pros with her clammy hands. Even the most skilled of drivers are thrown off by the smell of burnt rubber and smoldering debris, remnants of a race that grinds Transformer-like chariots into sawdust.
Bubba Wallace is clinging to his first playoff appearance, taking advantage of less-than-stellar years from the likes of Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman. He’s a noted superspeedway enthusiast and has finished second at the harrowing colosseum that is Daytona on three separate occasions.
But the stakes are as high as they’ve ever been. And with a field of saboteurs willing to do anything it takes to send him down the phantom realm, he better be wary.
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With that, here’s what you need to know about the starting lineup and pole-sitter for the Saturday’s race at Daytona.
Who won the pole for Daytona in 2023?
Chase Briscoe took the pole for Saturday’s race, blazing past the rest of the field with the fastest lap time in qualifying. He outpaced Aric Almirola, who will join him in the front row. It’s the second career pole and first of the season for Briscoe.
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NASCAR at Daytona starting lineup 2023
Leading the field for Saturday night’s race are Chase Briscoe and Aric Almirola. Below is the rest of the starting lineup for the race
|Starting pos.||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|2||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|3||Harrison Burton||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|4||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|5||Ty Gibbs||54||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|6||Riley Herbst||36||Rick Ware Racing|
|7||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|8||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|9||Ryan Preece||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|10||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|11||Chris Buescher||17||RFK Racing|
|12||Brad Keselowski||6||RFK Racing|
|13||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|14||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|15||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|16||Austin Cindric||2||Team Penske|
|17||A.J. Allmendinger||16||Kaulig Racing|
|18||Kyle Busch||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|19||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|20||Tyler Reddick||45||23XI Racing|
|21||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|22||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing|
|23||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|24||Erik Jones||43||LEGACY Motor Club|
|25||Ross Chastain||1||Trackhouse Racing|
|26||Austin Hill||62||Beard Motorsports|
|27||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|28||Justin Haley||31||Kaulig Racing|
|29||Josh Berry||42||Hendrick Motorsports|
|30||Ty Dillon||77||Spite Motorsports|
|31||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|32||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|33||J.J. Yeley||51||Rick Ware Racing|
|34||Brennan Poole||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|35||Todd Gilliland||38||Rick Ware Racing|
|36||Chandler Smith||13||Kaulig Racing|