The 2011 Daytona 500 starting lineup is ready for the big race Sunday. There were changes to the 2011 Daytona 500 starting lineup though, especially after Dale Earnhardt Jr. wrecked during practice with teammate Jimmy Johnson earlier in the week. While on a practice lap, Earnhardt had to slam on the breaks to avoid Johnson, who was trying to get around cars that had slowed down in front of him. Earnhardt ended up getting hit from behind by another racer, sending him into the infield wall and ripping a chunk off of his car.
Up to that point Earnhardt had taken the pole position to the race, posting the best qualifying time of a deep field. Because he wrecked his primary car and has to go with a backup car, it meant that Earnhardt will have to start at the back of the back on Sunday. That was something that might seem unfair to fans of Earnhardt, but it's how the rules are written up for the complicated qualifying procedures at the Daytona 500.