NASCAR | The Great American Race – Who’s In?

With the Daytona 500 less than three weeks away, there are a minimum of 8 drivers vying for a spot, with the possibility of even more drivers attempting to make The Great American Race. With that being said, who’s in? Well, there are 36 chartered entries who are guaranteed a spot. The list includes:

Kurt Busch and Ross Chastain driving for Chip Ganassi Racing
Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., and Christopher Bell driving for Joe Gibbs Racing
Kenny Hamiln
Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Alex Bowman driving for Hendrick Motorsports
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. driving for JTG Daugherty Racing
BJ McLeod driving for Live Fast Motorsports
Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Joey Logano driving for Team Penske
Brad Keselowski
Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick driving for Richard Childress Racing
Erik Jones driving for Richard Petty Motorsports
Derrike Cope, Cody Ware, Josh Bilicki, and Joey Gase driving for Rick Ware Racing
Ryan Newman and Chris Buescher driving for Roush Fenway Racing
Chris Buescher
Corey LaJoie and Jamie McMurray driving for Spire Motorsports
Quinn Hoff driving for StarCom Racing
Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Chase Briscoe, and Cole Custer driving for Stewart-Haas Racing
Daniel Suarez driving for Trackhouse Racing
Bubba Wallace driving for 23XI Racing

With these drivers guaranteed a spot due to their charters, that leaves only four more spots available for a chance to make the Daytona 500. So how does an unchartered driver make it in? There are two ways: The first is to have one of the top two fastest speeds in the single-car qualifying that will be held on February 10th. The other way is to win one of the two duels that will be on February 11th. The top driver in each duel wins a spot in The Great American Race. That puts a lot of pressure on drivers that want a chance to compete. So who is going to have the pressure on them?

Well, NY Racing has announced their intention to race, but has not announced a driver. Also Tommy Baldwin has indicated he is exploring the idea of fielding a car but has not made a clear decision yet. But that’s okay because drivers have until February 9th when the garages open to make their final decision. There may well be other late entries that have not discussed their plans yet. We do know that the following drivers will definitely be vying for one of the final four spots:

Noah Gragson
Noah Gragson driving for Beard Motorsports
David Ragan driving for Front Row Motorsports
Ty Dillon driving for Gaunt Brothers Racing
Ryan Preece driving for JTG Daugherty Racing
Kaz Grala
Kaz Grala driving for Kaulig Racing
Austin Cindric driving for Team Penske
Chad Finchum and Timmy Hill driving for Motorsports Business Management

Regardless of who makes it in, you can be sure that The Great American Race will not disappoint!

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