Projected entry list for the 2023 Daytona 500

What will the Daytona 500 entry list look like by the time the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season opener rolls around next month?

The 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season is scheduled to get underway in three and a half weeks with the 65th annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, and not everybody who attempts to qualify for the race will get into the 40-car field.

The 36 chartered entries are all locked into the 200-lap race around the four-turn, 2.5-mile (4.023-kilometer) high-banked Daytona Beach, Florida oval, but the non-chartered entries will be vying for the final four open spots in the single-car qualifying session and the Bluegreen Vacations Duels.

Only 33 of the 36 chartered entries have confirmed drivers, but whoever the other three drivers end up being will still be locked into the race because of the fact that they will be driving chartered entries.

Five non-chartered entries have been confirmed thus far, and all have confirmed drivers, but more could still be added.

Let’s take a look at the projected Daytona 500 entry list.

NOTES:

  • (R) means Daytona 500 rookies.
  • * means the entry is a non-chartered entry.
  • Italics mean the entry is a confirmed entry, but the driver is unconfirmed.
  • Bold means the entry is an unconfirmed entry with an unconfirmed driver.

NASCAR Cup Series: Projected Daytona 500 entry list

  • No. 1 Chevrolet – Ross Chastain, Trackhouse Racing Team
  • No. 2 Ford – Austin Cindric, Team Penske
  • No. 3 Chevrolet – Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing
  • No. 4 Ford – Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing
  • No. 5 Chevrolet – Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports
  • No. 6 Ford – Brad Keselowski, RFK Racing
  • No. 7 Chevrolet – Corey LaJoie, Spire Motorsports
  • No. 8 Chevrolet – Kyle Busch, Richard Childress Racing
  • No. 9 Chevrolet – Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports
  • No. 10 Ford – Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing
  • No. 11 Toyota – Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing
  • No. 12 Ford – Ryan Blaney, Team Penske
  • No. 13 Chevrolet* – Chandler Smith (R), Kaulig Racing
  • No. 14 Ford – Chase Briscoe, Stewart-Haas Racing
  • No. 15 Ford – Riley Herbst (R), Rick Ware Racing
  • No. 16 Chevrolet – AJ Allmendinger, Kaulig Racing
  • No. 17 Ford – Chris Buescher, RFK Racing
  • No. 19 Toyota – Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing
  • No. 20 Toyota – Christopher Bell, Joe Gibbs Racing
  • No. 21 Ford – Harrison Burton, Wood Brothers Racing
  • No. 22 Ford – Joey Logano, Team Penske
  • No. 23 Toyota – Bubba Wallace, 23XI Racing
  • No. 24 Chevrolet – William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports
  • No. 27 Ford* – Jacques Villeneuve, Team Hezeberg
  • No. 31 Chevrolet – Justin Haley, Kaulig Racing
  • No. 34 Ford – Michael McDowell, Front Row Motorsports
  • No. 38 Ford – Todd Gilliland, Front Row Motorsports
  • No. 41 Ford-Ryan Preece, Stewart-Haas Racing
  • No. 42 Chevrolet – Noah Gragson, Legacy Motor Club
  • No. 43 Chevrolet – Erik Jones, Legacy Motor Club
  • No. 44 Chevrolet* – Greg Biffle, NY Racing
  • No. 45 Toyota – Tyler Reddick, 23XI Racing
  • No. 47 Chevrolet – Ricky Stenhouse Jr., JTG Daugherty Racing
  • No. 48 Chevrolet – Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports
  • No. 50 Chevrolet* – Helio Castroneves (R), The Money Team Racing
  • No. 51 Ford – Cody Ware, Rick Ware Racing
  • No. 54 Toyota – Ty Gibbs (R), Joe Gibbs Racing
  • No. 62 Chevrolet* – Austin Hill (R), Beard Motorsports
  • No. 67 Toyota* – Travis Pastrana (R), 23XI Racing
  • No. 77 Chevrolet – Ty Dillon, Spire Motorsports
  • No. 78 Chevrolet – BJ McLeod, Live Fast Motorsports
  • No. 84 Chevrolet* – Jimmie Johnson, Legacy Motor Club
  • No. 99 Chevrolet – Daniel Suarez, Trackhouse Racing Team
  • No. TBD Ford*- Zane Smith (R), Front Row Motorsports

This means that there are 41 confirmed Daytona 500 entries, including five confirmed non-chartered entries that will by vying for the final four spots in the field.

If the three other projected non-chartered entries are added, that would bring the total to 44, meaning that eight non-chartered entries would be vying for the final four spots. In that case, four of them would fail to make it.

Other possible Daytona 500 entries

  • No. 26 Toyota – Team Hezeberg
  • No. 30 Chevrolet – 3F Racing
  • No. 55 Ford – MBM Motorsports
  • No. 66 Ford – MBM Motorsports

Rumored, but ruled out

  • No. 91 Chevrolet – Trackhouse Racing Team

Fox is set to broadcast the 65th annual running of the Great American Race live from Daytona International Speedway beginning at 2:30 pm ET on Sunday, February 19.

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