Several cars to the rear for Daytona 500

AP Photo/Bill Friel

With their primary cars damaged in Thursday night's Can-Am Duel 150-mile qualifying races, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #27-Paul Menard and #21-Ryan Blaney will start the Daytona 500 from the rear of the field in backup race cars.

They'll be joined at the rear by three cars that failed to meet the minimum ride height requirement during inspection after the Duels. The two cars of JTG/Daugherty racing-the #37 of Chris Buescher and the #47 of AJ Allmendinger-were demoted to the back of the field in their respective Duels, as was the #78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota of Martin Truex Jr.

Allmendinger lost the seven points he would have scored for his fourth-place finish in the second Duel, and Truex lost the four points he would have earned for finishing seventh in the first Duel.

All three drivers, however, will start ahead of Brendan Gaughan (39th) and Elliott Sadler (40th), who timed their way into the field as the fastest two "open" drivers in last Sunday's qualifying session.

The drivers in backup cars, on the other hand, retain their respective qualifying positions for statistical purposes but will drop to the rear of the field before the green flag waves.

Note: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars are measured for ride height during post-race inspection only at the restrictor-plate superspeedways (Daytona and Talladega).

(NASCAR Wire Service)