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Entry List: Daytona 500

The NASCAR Cup Series entry list for the 2020 Daytona 500 has been released, and 43 drivers will vie for 40 spots in Sunday’s (Feb. 9) pole qualifying and the duels on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Some notable driver changes this season are Tyler Reddick in the No. 8 car of Richard Childress Racing, Chris Buescher in the No. 17 Ford of Roush Fenway Racing, Matt DiBenedetto in Wood Brothers Racing’s No. 21 car, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the No. 47 car of JTG Daugherty Racing and Christopher Bell in Leavine Family Racing’s No. 95. John Hunter Nemechek moves to the No. 38 car of Front Row Motorsports, while Ryan Preece shifts to JTG’s No. 37.

David Ragan will run the No. 36 Ford for Rick Ware Racing in a partnership with FRM, while Joey Gase and BJ McLeod are listed to drive Nos. 51 and 52.

Ross Chastain will pilot the No. 77 Chevrolet for Spire Motorsports in partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing. Quin Houff is in the No. 00 this year for StarCom Racing. Also, Brennan Poole joins Premium Motorsports full time in the No. 15 Chevrolet.

Seven drivers will compete without a charter and will need to race their way in. Justin Haley will pilot the No. 16 car in Kaulig Racing’s first Cup attempt. Reed Sorenson is in Premium Motorsports’ No. 27 car. Chad Finchum and Timmy Hill will drive Nos. 49 and 66, respectively, for Motorsports Business Management.

Also, JJ Yeley is in RWR’s No. 54, Brendan Gaughan is making the first of his final four starts for Beard Motorsports and Daniel Suarez joined Gaunt Brothers Racing for the full 2020 season.


Daytona 500 pole qualifying is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 9 at 12 p.m. ET. The Bluegreen Vacations Duels start at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 13, and the Daytona 500 will air at 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

About the author

Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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