The 2023 NASCAR Cup Series is gearing up for an exciting start with the 65th Daytona 500 race taking place on February 19th at Daytona International Speedway. With 40 entries on the list, it’s guaranteed that one driver won’t make the cut.
“The Great American Race” brings together the best of the best in NASCAR, with 36 chartered entries and 5 non-chartered entries. The non-chartered entries include the No. TBD Front Row Motorsports Ford driven by Zane Smith, No. 13 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet driven by Chandler Smith, No. 62 Beard Motorsports Chevrolet driven by Austin Hill, No. 67 23XI Racing Toyota driven by Travis Pastrana, and No. 84 Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet driven by Jimmie Johnson.
However, not all these drivers will make it to the starting line. Only 40 entries will qualify for the 200-lap race at the 2.5-mile high-banked Daytona Beach oval. Two drivers will secure their spots by being the top two fastest non-chartered entries in the single-car qualifying session. The remaining two will make it in by being the highest-finishing non-chartered drivers in the Bluegreen Vacations Duels qualifying races.
It’s important to note that if a driver secures a spot twice, their second spot goes to the next fastest non-chartered driver in the single-car qualifying session, not necessarily the next highest finisher in their Duel race.
The 2023 Daytona 500 is shaping up to be a highly competitive race, and while the excitement is palpable, there will be heartbreak for one driver who won’t make the cut. The entry list could still see more additions, making the competition even tougher. Get ready for an unforgettable start to the NASCAR Cup Series season.
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