The NASCAR Cup Series’ first trip to a road course for the 2021 season will feature 40 cars at the Daytona International Speedway road course.
With 40 cars entered, all will race, barring any entry list changes.
James Davison, AJ Allmendinger and Justin Haley will make their first Cup starts of 2021. Davison is entered in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 15, while Allmendinger returns to the Cup Series for the first time since 2018 in Kaulig Racing’s No. 16. Haley is in Spire Motorsports’ No. 77.
Four teams from the Daytona 500 — the No. 13 (MBM Motorsports), No. 33 (Team Penske), No. 36 (Front Row Motorsports) and No. 62 (Beard Motorsports) — are not entered at the road course. None were expected to attempt the event.
The O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21, with coverage by Fox.
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