The concern about the Daytona 500, which may not have a full field to start the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season, is no more.
But two recent confirmations have changed that.
A Daytona 500 without at least 40 cars would not only have been the first Daytona 500 without at least 40 cars, but it would have been the first race at the Daytona International Speedway Oval without at least 40 cars since the Firecracker 400 only 37 back. in July 1968.
A total of 106 races, including 53 of 63 Daytona 500s, have since been competed.
As of last week, there were 39 confirmed entries for this 200-lap four-turn, 2.5-mile (4,023-kilometer) high-bank oval in Daytona Beach, Florida, including the 36 chartered entries and three non-chartered entries. .
Despite initially being expected to drive only the # 66 Ford for Timmy Hill, MBM Motorsports is now ready to drive the # 13 Ford for JJ Yeley as well, bringing the entry total to 40.
And after a few years of rumors, The Money Team Racing finally planning to make their debut in the Cup Series. They’re going to drive the # 50 Chevrolet for Kaz Grala.
That brings the total of entries to 41, and there may be another NY Racing Team for Greg Biffle to bring it to 42.
So suddenly NASCAR went from a risk of having a Daytona 500 without at least 40 cars to a position where one, and possibly two, cars would not even enter the field after the single-car qualifying session and the Bluegreen Vacations Duels.
It’s definitely an exciting prospect, especially given all the doubt in the off-season, but it will definitely not be for two teams after the Bluegreen Vacations Duels.
Do not miss the Bluegreen Vacations Duels on Thursday 17 February (19:00 ET, Fox Sports 1) and the 64th annual Daytona 500 itself on Sunday 20 February (14:30 ET, Fox). Do not miss this opportunity to start your free trial of FuboTV!