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Entry List: Daytona 500

NASCAR has released the official entry list for the 59th running of the Daytona 500.

Forty-two cars will vie for the 40 spots in the starting lineup of the Great American Race.

Six teams without a charter are entered into the event and will have to qualify their way into the event, by way of qualifying speed or finishing position in the Can-Am Duels at Daytona.

XFINITY Series regular Elliott Sadler will attempt to make the event in Tommy Baldwin’s No. 7 Chevy. Baldwin sold his charter at the end of last season, and this is a one-off deal for the team.

Premium Motorsports does not have a charter this season for its No. 55 and will try to get Reed Sorenson into the field. Two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip is entered in Premium’s No. 15, which does have a charter that is acquired from HScott Motorsports.

The race is expected to be Waltrip’s last.

BK Racing recently leased its No. 83 charter to TriStar Motorsports’ No. 72 entry of Cole Whitt, so BK’s new driver Corey LaJoie will have to qualify his way into Daytona.

Whitt, Timmy Hill, Brendan Gaughan and DJ Kennington will all drive for teams that are new or returning to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Hill, Gaughan and Kennington do not have the luxury of a charter and will have to qualify their way in.

The race will mark the Cup debut of Mexico-born driver Daniel Suarez, as he takes the reins of Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 19 Toyota from the recently retired Carl Edwards.

It will also mark the first race for Furniture Row Racing’s No. 77 entry, with rookie Erik Jones driving, and JTG Daugherty’s No. 37 entry, with Chris Buescher at the helm. Both cars acquired charters over the offseason and are guaranteed a starting spot in the Great American Race.

Car #DriverManufacturerSponsorOwner
1Jamie McMurrayChevyCessna / McDonald'sChip Ganassi Racing
2Brad KeselowskiFordMiller LiteTeam Penske
3Austin DillonChevyDowRichard Childress Racing
4Kevin HarvickFordJimmy John'sStewart-Haas Racing
5Kasey KahneChevyFarmer's InusranceHendrick Motorsports
6Trevor BayneFordAdvoCareRoush Fenway Racing
7*[59]Elliott Sadler(i)ChevyGolden CorralTommy Baldwin Racing
10Danica PatrickFordAspen DentalStewart-Haas Racing
11Denny HamlinToyotaFedEx ExpressJoe Gibbs Racing
13Ty Dillon #ChevyGEICOGermain Racing
14Clint BowyerFordMobil 1Stewart-Haas Racing
15[15]Michael WaltripToyotaAaron'sPremium Motorsports
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr.FordFastenalRoush Fenway Racing
18Kyle BuschToyotaM&M'sJoe Gibbs Racing
19Daniel Suarez #ToyotaARRISJoe Gibbs Racing
20Matt KensethToyotaDeWaltJoe Gibbs Racing
21[32L]Ryan BlaneyFordMotorcraft /QuicklaneWood Brothers Racing
22Joey LoganoFordShell PennzoilTeam Penske
23Joey Gase(i)ToyotaBest Home FurnishingsBK Racing
24Chase ElliottChevyNAPA Auto PartsHendrick Motorsports
27Paul MenardChevyMenards / PeakRichard Childress Racing
31Ryan NewmanChevyCaterpillarRichard Childress Racing
32[44L]Matt DiBendettoFordCan-AmGO FAS Racing
33[95]Jeffrey EarnhardtChevyStarterCircle Sport / TMG
34Landon CassillFordLove's Travel StopsFront Row Motorsports
37[16L]Chris BuescherChevyCottonelleJTG Daugherty Racing
38David RaganFordJuice BatteryFront Row Motorsports
41Kurt BuschFordHaas Automation / Monster EnergyStewart-Haas Racing
42Kyle LarsonChevyTargetChip Ganassi Racing
43Aric AlmirolaFordSmithfield FoodsRichard Petty Motorsports
47A.J. AllmendingerChevyKroger Click ListJTG Daugherty Racing
48Jimmie JohnsonChevyLowe'sHendrick Motorsports
51*Timmy Hill(i)ChevyTBARick Ware Racing
55*Reed SorensonToyotaTBAPremium Motorsports
72[83L]Cole WhittFordFlorida LotteryTriStar Motorsports
75*Brendan Gaughan(i)ChevyBeard Oil / TSS LogisticsBeard Motorsports
77[46]Erik Jones #ToyotaFive-Hour Energy Extra StrengthFurniture Row Racing
78Martin Truex Jr.ToyotaBass Pro Shops / Trakker BoatsFurniture Row Racing
83*Corey LaJoieToyotaDustless BlastingBK Racing
88Dale Earnhardt Jr.ChevyNationwideHendrick Motorsports
95[7]Michael McDowellChevyKlove Radio / WRL ContractorsLeavine Family Racing
96*D.J. Kennington(i)ToyotaLordco Auto Parts / CastrolGaunt Brothers Racing

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Tim S.

Remember the days of 50+ entries for the 500? And never knowing who might be driving in a one-off deal for whom, or what kind of car they’d throw together for the race? The most boring off-track part of the sport now might be the entry lists.

rg72

Even though the race winnings are not publicly released, it seems clear that they have taken a nosedive and this is further proof. At one time you could luck your way into a decent finish at the 500 and be able to scrape a few more races together if you were a low buck team.

DoninAjax

I see Mikey’s back. What are the odds he’ll bring out the first caution when he gets a little behind in his steering?

Bill H

When the few remaining stars retire, this series will be even more pathetic than it is now. No wonder the stands are half empty and ratings are down. What was a good series has become a boring shell of its former self

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