Non-chartered drivers seeking to make Daytona 500
This year’s Daytona 500 entry list consists of 8 chauffeurs looking for to declare among the 4 areas in the 40-car field scheduled for non-chartered entries.
This group has 2 methods to make “The Great American Race”: Be among the 2 fastest non-chartered chauffeurs in single-lap certifying Wednesday night (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1) or be the highest-finishing non-chartered chauffeur in their particular Battle race Thursday night (7 p.m. ET, FS1).
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Amongst them are the ruling NASCAR Xfinity Series champ, previous Daytona winners in all 3 NASCAR nationwide series, and existing and current full-time Cup chauffeurs.
No. 13 – Garrett Smithley, MBM Motorsports
Garrett Smithley wants to make his very first Daytona 500 with MBM Motorsports. The Pennsylvania local has 43 Cup begins to his credit.
Smithley has actually never ever raced on the oval at Daytona in Cup, however has actually made 7 profession Xfinity begins there. He likewise made his career-best Xfinity surface there, a fifth-place effort in the 2018 season opener for JD Motorsports.
No. 16 – Kaz Grala, Kaulig Racing
On Jan. 13, Kaz Grala was verified for a Daytona 500 effort with Kaulig Racing, which prepares to run a restricted Cup schedule along with its full-time Xfinity programs this season.
The 22-year-old from Boston completed seventh in his Cup launching last season on the Daytona roadway course. He drove in location of Austin Dillon, who missed out on the race following a favorable COVID-19 test.
Grala is a previous winner at Daytona in the Outdoor Camping World Truck Series. His triumph in the 2017 Truck season opener made him the youngest NASCAR winner at Daytona (18 years, one month, 26 days).
No. 33 – Austin Cindric, Group Penske
Austin Cindric wants to make his Cup launching in this year’s Daytona 500. He’s currently slated to run choose Cup races this year in addition to his Xfinity title defense, prior to going up full-time to Cup in 2022 with the Penske-aligned Wood Brothers.
Cindric has actually made 6 Xfinity begins at Daytona. 3 of them ended in DNFs, however the other 3 ended with top-10 surfaces. His finest surface was 4th in the July 2019 race.
No. 36 – David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports
As part of Front Row Motorsports’ chauffeur lineup rollout on Jan. 6, David Ragan was called to the group’s 3rd Daytona 500 entry, signing up with full-season chauffeurs Michael McDowell and novice Anthony Alfredo.
Ragan stepped far from full-time racing at the end of the 2019 season however returned for in 2015’s Daytona 500. He completed 4th.
In addition to his 2 profession Cup wins, 8 of Ragan’s 16 profession top-five surfaces at NASCAR’s leading level have actually begun superspeedways. He won the July 2011 race at Daytona while driving for Roush Fenway Racing.
No. 37 – Ryan Preece, JTG Daugherty Racing
A crucial 3rd Cup season for Ryan Preece starts without a charter for his No. 37 entry to guarantee his location in the Daytona 500. With full-season financing not yet protected, Preece can ill manage to miss out on the most significant race of the year.
A previous champ on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Trip, Preece has actually had modest success in his very first 2 Cup projects. However he has actually revealed flashes on the superspeedways with 3 of his 5 profession top-10 surfaces coming at Daytona or Talladega.
No. 62 – Noah Gragson, Beard Motorsports
Xfinity regular Noah Gragson replaces the retired Brendan Gaughan in the No. 62 entry, which has actually been seen primarily on superspeedways over the past four seasons in Cup.
Gragson, who looks to contend for the Xfinity title this season, earned his first profession series win in last year’s season opener at Daytona.
No. 66 – Timmy Hill, MBM Motorsports
Timmy Hill ran the full Cup schedule for MBM in 2020, posting a top finish of 15th at Talladega in October. He made his first two Daytona Cup starts, finishing 27th and 24th.
Hill has four career Xfinity top-10 surfaces at Daytona, including a third-place finish in last year’s season opener.
No. 96 – Ty Dillon, Gaunt Brothers Racing
Ty Dillon competed full-time in Cup for the previous 4 years with now-defunct Germain Racing. He’ll look to put Gaunt Brothers Racing in the Daytona 500 after the team missed out in 2015 with Daniel Suarez.
On Monday, Dillon was also confirmed to drive for GBR in the second race of the season on the Daytona road course.
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