Daytona 500

Yay! NASCAR has finally released the entry list for the 55th Annual Daytona 500. This year, the epic race will feature 45 driver competing for spots in the 43-car field. So basically, only two of the racers are gonna’ feel like real chumps. Among the group of 45, there’s some tough competition: defending champ Matt Kenseth; Jeff Gordon; Trevor Bayne; Jamie McMurray; Ryan Newman; Kevin Harvick; Jimmie Johnson; Dale Earnhardt Jr.; and Michael Waltrip — all of which are former winners. In fact, the only two drivers who are not former champs, and are in fact performing in the race for the first time, are Austin Dillon and Josh Wise. So, perhaps those will be the two aforementioned “chumps.”

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The front row of the Daytona 500 will be determined on Sunday, based on results from qualifying raced the previous day. According to, “The rest of the starting lineup will consist of the next four-fastest drivers getting in on their qualifying speeds, with the remainder of the lineup to be filled out by the seven teams highest in owner points from the 2012 season.” So what else do you, the devout NASCAR fans, need to know? Just to flick your television on at 1pm on February 24! Check below to see the complete entry list with car number in parentheses:

Daytona 500 Starting Lineup


1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford
14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Mike Bliss Humphrey-Smith Racing Chevrolet
20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford
24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
26 Michael Waltrip Swan Racing Toyota
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Terry Labonte FAS Lane Racing Ford
33 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford
36 J.J. Yely Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford
39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Regan Smith Phoenix Racing Chevrolet
52 Brian Keselowski Brian Keselowski Racing Toyota
55 Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
56 Martin Truex Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota
87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota
95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford
98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford
99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford

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