Drivers competing in the 2019 Daytona 500


    In these photos taken in February 2019, qualifying drivers and their cars in the starting field for Sunday's NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race are shown at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. They are, from top, Row 7, Bubba Wallace, Ryan Blaney, Row 8, Chris Buescher and Jamie McMurray. (AP Photo)


    The 40 drivers competing in the 2019 Daytona 500, in order of starting position:

    ___

    No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports

    DRIVER: William Byron

    BORN: Nov. 29, 1996

    HOMETOWN: Charlotte, North Carolina

    CREW CHIEF: Chad Knaus

    SPONSOR: AXALTA

    TWITTER: @williambyron

    NOTEWORTHY: Daytona 500 pole-sitter and 2018 rookie of the year. Winless with four top-10 finishes in rookie season with Hendrick Motorsports.

    ___

    No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports

    DRIVER: Alex Bowman

    BORN: April 25, 1993

    HOMETOWN: Tucson, Arizona

    CREW CHIEF: Greg Ives

    SPONSOR: Nationwide

    TWITTER: @AlexBowman88

    NOTEWORTHY: Bowman starts on the front row for the second straight year. Won the pole in 2018 and starts behind Hendrick teammate William Byron on Sunday.

    ___

    No. 4 Ford, Stewart-Haas Racing

    DRIVER: Kevin Harvick

    BORN: Dec. 8, 1975

    HOMETOWN: Bakersfield, California

    CREW CHIEF: Rodney Childers

    SPONSOR: Busch Beer Car2Can

    TWITTER: @KevinHarvick

    NOTEWORTHY: Won 2007 Daytona 500 with Richard Childress Racing. Third in points for the second straight season in 2018. Won a series-leading eight times, giving him 45 in his career.

    ___

    No. 22 Ford, Team Penske

    DRIVER: Joey Logano

    BORN: May 24, 1990

    HOMETOWN: Middletown, Connecticut

    CREW CHIEF: Todd Gordon

    SPONSOR: Shell Pennzoil

    TWITTER: @joeylogano

    NOTEWORTHY: Defending series champion and Team Penske star is looking to become the first since Jimmie Johnson in 2010 to win consecutive Cup titles.

    ___

    No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing

    DRIVER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

    BORN: Oct. 2, 1987

    HOMETOWN: Olive Branch, Mississippi

    CREW CHIEF: Brian Pattie

    SPONSOR: Fastenal

    TWITTER: @StenhouseJr

    NOTEWORTHY: Suffered slump after breakthrough 2017. Failed to win a race and finished 18th a year after making playoffs.

    ___

    No. 14 Ford, Stewart-Haas Racing

    DRIVER: Clint Bowyer

    BORN: May 30, 1979

    HOMETOWN: Emporia, Kansas

    CREW CHIEF: Mike Bugarewicz

    SPONSOR: Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1

    TWITTER: @ClintBowyer

    NOTEWORTHY: Made strides in second year at Stewart-Haas Racing. Won two races last season, his first since 2012. Winless in 13 Daytona 500 starts.

    ___

    No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers

    DRIVER: Paul Menard

    BORN: Aug. 21, 1980

    HOMETOWN: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

    CREW CHIEF: Greg Erwin

    SPONSOR: Motorcraft/Quick Lane

    TWITTER: @RCR27PMenard

    NOTEWORTHY: One win in 435 Cup starts. Winless since taking checkered flag at Brickyard 400 in 2011. Wrecked by Jimmie Johnson with the lead at the exhibition Clash last weekend.

    ___

    No. 10 Ford, Stewart-Haas Racing

    DRIVER: Aric Almirola

    BORN: March 14, 1984

    HOMETOWN: Tampa, Florida

    CREW CHIEF: John Klausmeier

    SPONSOR: Smithfield Foods

    TWITTER: @aric_almirola

    NOTEWORTHY: Won his first race since 2014, ending 149-race winless streak. Starts second season with Stewart-Haas Racing. Led 2018 Daytona 500 until last-lap accident.

    ___

    No. 95 Chevrolet, Leavine Family Racing

    DRIVER: Matt DiBenedetto

    BORN: July 27, 1991

    HOMETOWN: Grass Valley, California

    CREW CHIEF: Michael Wheeler

    SPONSOR: Procore

    TWITTER: @mattdracing

    NOTEWORTHY: No top five finishes in 140 career starts.

    ___

    No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing

    DRIVER: Denny Hamlin

    BORN: Nov. 18, 1980

    HOMETOWN: Chesterfield, Virginia

    CREW CHIEF: Chris Gabehart

    SPONSOR: FedEx Express

    TWITTER: @dennyhamlin

    NOTEWORTHY: 2016 Daytona 500 champion. Won closest finish in race history, barely edging Martin Truex Jr.

    ___

    No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing

    DRIVER: Martin Truex Jr.

    BORN: June 29, 1980

    HOMETOWN: Mayetta, New Jersey

    CREW CHIEF: Cole Pearn

    SPONSOR: Bass Pro Shops

    TWITTER: @MartinTruexJr56

    NOTEWORTHY: 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion. Won four races and was runner-up to Joey Logano for championship in 2018. Starts first season with Joe Gibbs Racing after Furniture Row Racing folded.

    ___

    No. 1 Ford, Chip Ganassi Racing

    DRIVER: Kurt Busch

    BORN: Aug. 4, 1978

    HOMETOWN: Las Vegas

    CREW CHIEF: Matt McCall

    SPONSOR: Monster Energy

    TWITTER: @KurtBusch

    NOTEWORTHY: 2017 Daytona 500 champion with Stewart-Haas Racing. Well-traveled driver making move to Chip Ganassi for 2019. Missed 2015 race because of suspension.

    ___

    No. 43 Chevrolet, Richard Petty Motorsports

    DRIVER: Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr.

    BORN: Oct. 8, 1993

    HOMETOWN: Mobile, Alabama

    CREW CHIEF: Derek Stamets

    SPONSOR: AfterShokz

    TWITTER: @BubbaWallace

    NOTEWORTHY: Was first black driver last year to start Daytona 500 since Wendell Scott in 1969. Finished second behind winner Austin Dillon.

    ___

    No. 12 Ford, Team Penske

    DRIVER: Ryan Blaney

    BORN: Dec. 31, 1993

    HOMETOWN: High Point, North Carolina

    CREW CHIEF: Jeremy Bullins

    SPONSOR: Menards/Peak

    TWITTER: @Blaney

    NOTEWORTHY: Won second career Cup race last season at Charlotte "roval." Starts second season driving for team owner Roger Penske.

    ___

    No. 37 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing

    DRIVER: Chris Buescher

    BORN: Oct. 29, 1992

    HOMETOWN: Prosper, Texas

    CREW CHIEF: Trent Owens

    SPONSOR: Kleenex Wet Wipes

    TWITTER: @Chris_Buescher

    NOTEWORTHY: Entering fourth full-time season. Only win came in rain-shortened race in 2016. Had only two top-10 finishes in 2018.

    ___

    No. 40 Chevrolet, Spire Sports

    DRIVER: Jamie McMurray

    BORN: June 3, 1976

    HOMETOWN: Joplin, Missouri

    CREW CHIEF: Scott Eggleston

    SPONSOR: McDonald's/Cessna/Bass Pro

    TWITTER: @jamiemcmurray

    NOTEWORTHY: Won 2010 Daytona 500, same year he also won Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. Expected to make final NASCAR start. Will transition to TV analyst for Fox Sports.

    ___

    No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports

    DRIVER: Jimmie Johnson

    BORN: Sept. 17, 1975

    HOMETOWN: El Cajon, California

    CREW CHIEF: Kevin Meendering

    SPONSOR: Ally

    TWITTER: @JimmieJohnson

    NOTEWORTHY: Seven-time NASCAR champion. An eighth title would push him past the late Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty for most ever, leaving him alone as NASCAR's greatest.

    ___

    No. 9 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports

    DRIVER: Chase Elliott

    BORN: Nov. 28, 1995

    HOMETOWN: Dawsonville, Georgia

    CREW CHIEF: Alan Gustafson

    SPONSOR: NAPA Auto Parts

    TWITTER: @ChaseElliott

    NOTEWORTHY: Son of two-time Daytona 500 champ and Hall of Fame driver Bill Elliott won three times last season. Voted NASCAR's most popular driver in 2018.

    ___

    No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing

    DRIVER: Ryan Newman

    BORN: Dec. 8, 1977

    HOMETOWN: South Bend, Indiana

    CREW CHIEF: Scott Graves

    SPONSOR: Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh

    TWITTER: @RyanJNewman

    NOTEWORTHY: Starts first season driving for Jack Roush. Failed to post a top-five finish for first time in his career.

    ___

    No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing

    DRIVER: Austin Dillon

    BORN: April 27, 1990

    HOMETOWN: Welcome, North Carolina

    CREW CHIEF: Danny Stockman Jr.

    SPONSOR: Dow

    TWITTER: @austindillon3

    NOTEWORTHY: 2018 Daytona 500 champion. Won driving the iconic No. 3 Chevrolet that Dale Earnhardt piloted for most of his career. Spun Aric Almirola on the last lap to pull off the win. No driver has won two straight Daytona 500s since Sterling Marlin in 1994 and 1995.

    ___

    No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing

    DRIVER: Ryan Preece

    BORN: Oct. 25, 1990

    HOMETOWN: Hartford, Connecticut

    CREW CHIEF: Tristan Smith

    SPONSOR: Kroger.com

    TWITTER:@RyanPreece—

    NOTEWORTHY: Made five Cup starts last season. Takes over for AJ Allmendinger in the 47. Candidate for NASCAR rookie of the year.

    ___

    No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing

    DRIVER: Ty Dillon

    BORN: Feb. 27, 1992

    HOMETOWN: Lewisville, North Carolina

    CREW CHIEF: Matt Borland

    SPONSOR: GEICO

    TWITTER: @tydillon

    NOTEWORTHY: Younger brother of Austin Dillon. Grandson of team owner Richard Childress.

    ___

    No. 41 Ford, Stewart-Haas Racing

    DRIVER: Daniel Suarez

    BORN: Jan. 7, 1992

    HOMETOWN: Monterrey, Mexico

    CREW CHIEF: Billy Scott

    SPONSOR: Haas Automation

    TWITTER: @Daniel_SuarezG

    NOTEWORTHY: Makes move to Stewart-Hass Racing. Pushed out at Joe Gibbs Racing to make room for Martin Truex Jr. Won first Cup pole at Pocono. Won Xfinity Series title in 2016, becoming NASCAR's first foreign champion.

    ___

    No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports

    DRIVER: David Ragan

    BORN: Dec. 24, 1985

    HOMETOWN: Unadilla, Georgia

    CREW CHIEF: Seth Barbour

    SPONSOR: SelectBlinds.com

    TWITTER: @DavidRagan

    NOTEWORTHY: Won only Cup races in 2011 and 2013. Had just one top-10 finish last four years. Finished 30th at Daytona last season.

    ___

    No. 96, Toyota, Gaunt Brothers Racing

    DRIVER: Parker Kligerman

    BORN: Aug 8, 1990

    HOMETOWN: Stamford, Connecticut

    CREW CHIEF: Mark Hillman

    SPONSOR: Gaunt Brothers Racing

    TWIITER: @pkligerman

    NOTEWORTHY: Doubles as NBC Sports broadcaster. Winless in 14 career starts.

    ___

    No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing

    DRIVER: Kyle Larson

    BORN: July 31, 1992

    HOMETOWN: Elk Grove, California

    CREW CHIEF: Chad Johnston

    SPONSOR: Credit One Bank

    TWITTER: @KyleLarsonRacin

    NOTEWORTHY: Followed breakthrough 2017 season with winless 2018. Fell from four wins to none but made playoffs for third straight season.

    ___

    No. 00 Chevrolet, StarCom Racing

    DRIVER: Landon Cassill

    BORN: July 7, 1989

    HOMETOWN: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    CREW CHIEF: Wayne Carroll

    SPONSOR: Permatex

    TWITTER: @landoncassill

    NOTEWORTY: Made 29 starts for StarCom in 2018. Winless in 288 career starts.

    ___

    No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing

    DRIVER: Erik Jones

    BORN: May 30, 1996

    HOMETOWN: Byron, Michigan

    CREW CHIEF: Chris Gayle

    SPONSOR: Sport Clips

    TWITTER: @erik_jones

    NOTEWORTHY: Won at Daytona in July for first career Cup win. Had nine top-fives and finished 15th in standings in first season at Joe Gibbs Racing.

    ___

    No. 8 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing

    DRIVER: Daniel Hemric

    BORN: Jan. 27, 1991

    HOMETOWN: Kannapolis, North Carolina

    CREW CHIEF: Luke Lambert

    SPONSOR: Bass Pro Shops/Caterpillar

    TWITTER: @DanielHemric

    NOTEWORTHY: Made two starts for RCR last season. First driver to race the No. 8 since Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hails from same hometown as the Earnhardts.

    ___

    No. 62 Chevrolet, Beard Motorsports

    DRIVER: Brendan Gaughan

    BORN: July 10, 1975

    HOMETOWN: Las Vegas

    CREW CHIEF: Darren Shaw

    SPONSOR: Beard Oil/South Point Casino

    TWITTER: @Brendan62

    NOTEWORTHY: Winless in 58 Cup starts. Played college football and basketball at Georgetown, guarding Allen Iverson on practice court and becoming all-Big East kicker on gridiron. Earned one of the final transfer spots for the Daytona 500.

    ___

    No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing

    DRIVER: Kyle Busch

    BORN: May 2, 1985

    HOMETOWN: Las Vegas

    CREW CHIEF: Adam Stevens

    SPONSOR: M&M's Chocolate Bar

    TWITTER: @KyleBusch

    NOTEWORTHY: 2015 Cup Series champion has yet to win Daytona 500, a streak that stands at 13. Won eight races last season and finished fourth in season standings.

    ___

    No. 32 Ford, GO FAS Racing

    DRIVER: Corey LaJoie

    BORN: Sept. 25, 1991

    HOMETOWN: Charlotte, North Carolina

    CREW CHIEF: Randy Cox

    SPONSOR: Old Spice

    TWITTER: @CoreyLaJoie

    NOTEWORTHY: No top-10 finishes in 57 career starts. Son of two-time NASCAR second-tier series champion Randy LaJoie. Has his face painted on the hood of his car for Daytona 500.

    ___

    No. 36 Ford, Front Row Motorsports

    DRIVER: Matt Tifft

    BORN: June 26, 1996

    HOMETOWN: Hinckley, Ohio

    CREW CHIEF: Michael Kelley

    SPONSOR: Speedco

    TWITTER: @matt_tifft

    NOTEWORTHY: Cup rookie missed part of the 2016 season after being diagnosed with a brain tumor, which was discovered during treatment for a back injury. Returned to racing 11 weeks after the tumor was removed. Has since become a spokesman for the National Brain Tumor Society. Raced full time in the Xfinity Series the last two years.

    ___

    No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports

    DRIVER: Michael McDowell

    BORN: Dec. 21, 1984

    HOMETOWN: Glendale, Arizona

    CREW CHIEF: Drew Blickensderfer

    SPONSOR: Love's Travel Stops

    TWITTER: @Mc_Driver

    NOTEWORTHY: Winless in 285 Cup starts. Shines at Daytona. Finished fourth in 2017 Daytona 500, and ninth in 2018. Were his only top-10s each season.

    ___

    No. 2 Ford, Team Penske

    DRIVER: Brad Keselowski

    BORN: Feb. 12, 1984

    HOMETOWN: Rochester Hills, Michigan

    CREW CHIEF: Paul Wolfe

    SPONSOR: Discount Tire

    TWITTER: @keselowski

    NOTEWORTHY: 2012 series champion still looking for first Daytona 500 victory. Has at least three victories in each of the last three years at Team Penske, including three in a row late last year.

    ___

    No. 15 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports

    DRIVER: Ross Chastain

    BORN: Dec. 4, 1992

    HOMETOWN: Alva, Florida

    CREW CHIEF: Peter Sospenzo

    SPONSOR: Nutrien Ag Solutions

    TWITTER: @RossChastain

    NOTEWORTHY: Eight-generation watermelon farmer making Daytona 500 debut. Landed sponsorship to race in Xfinity Series this season, but FBI raid on that company derailed his plans. He's now cobbled together races across all three national series.

    ___

    No. 52 Chevrolet, Rick Ware Racing

    DRIVER: Cody Ware

    BORN: Nov. 7, 1995

    HOMETOWN: Greensboro, North Carolina

    CREW CHIEF: George Church

    SPONSOR: Winn-Dixie

    TWITTER: @CodyShaneWare

    NOTEWORTHY: Making Daytona 500 debut for RWR, which bought NASCAR charter from Front Row Motorsports. Cars came from FRM and Leavine Family Racing.

    ___

    No. 51 Chevrolet, Rick Ware Racing

    DRIVER: B.J. McLeod

    BORN: Nov. 17, 1983

    HOMETOWN: Wauchula, Florida

    CREW CHIEF: Michael Hillman

    SPONSOR: Jacob Companies

    TWITTER: @bjmcleod78

    NOTEWORTHY: Making Daytona 500 debut for RWR, which bought NASCAR charter from Richard Petty Motorsports. Cars came from FRM and Leavine Family Racing.

    ____

    No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing

    DRIVER: Tyler Reddick

    BORN: Jan. 11, 1996

    HOMETOWN: Corning, California

    CREW CHIEF: Justin Alexander

    SPONSOR: Symbicort

    TWITTER: @TylerReddick

    NOTEWORTHY: Driving a third car for RCR, a one-off ride for the Daytona 500. Reigning Xfinity champion left JR Motorsports to drive for RCR in the second-tier series.

    ___

    No. 27 Chevrolet, Germain Racing

    DRIVER: Casey Mears

    BORN: March 12, 1978

    HOMETOWN: Bakersfield, California

    CREW CHIEF: Pat Tryson

    SPONSOR: Rim Ryderz

    TWITTER: @CJMearsGang

    NOTEWORTHY: Making his first Cup start since 2016. Has one victory in 488 Cup starts. Finished second in the 2006 Daytona 500.

    ___

    More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

    News In Photos

      Loading ...