The Daytona 500 field consists of 40 automobiles, with 36 areas booked for chauffeurs of groups that own charters, which is NASCAR’s variation of a franchise. So there are just 4 areas offered for chauffeurs whose vehicles do not have a charter, typically referred to as “open” carsandtrucks.
2024 Daytona 500 Entry List
The 36 motorists who are anticipated on the entry list and instantly in with a charter are as follows:
There are presently 5 motorists who will vie for the 4 open areas:
Any open group wanting to gointo the Feb. 18 race (2: 30 p.m. ET on FOX) should do so by Wednesday, the veryfirst day the garage opens.
The veryfirst action — after getting through technical evaluation — is single-car certifying Wednesday night, where each motorist does one lap, with the leading 10 from those single-car runs advancing to a 2nd round to identify their last order ahead of the rest. The single-car runs set the front row of the Daytona 500, as well as the lineups for the Daytona 500 certifying races — “the battles” — on Thursday night.
The charter groups are uniformly split amongst the 2 battles, as are the non-charter carsandtrucks. The veryfirst battle has the veryfirst, 3rd, 5th, andsoon, chartered carsandtrucks and the veryfirst, 3rd, andsoon, open carsandtrucks from single-car certifying. The 2nd battle has 2nd, 4th, 6th, etc. chartered automobiles and the verysame for open vehicles.
The highest-finishing open vehicle in each battle makes the Daytona500 The last 2 areas are the 2 staying open chauffeurs who were fastest in single-car certifying.
So this is what we’ll understand Wednesday night: The top-two open chauffeurs in single-car certifying understand they are ensured a area in the race duetothefactthat even if they’re not the leading open automobile in their battle, they can fall back on their time. The 3rd and 4th open vehicles in single-car certifying understand there is a possibility their times get them in (depending on who is the leading open vehicle in their battle), and any open motorist who is ranked outside the top-four open carsandtrucks has no other course into the 500 other than being the finest open vehicle in the battle.
The beginning order for the 500 is set this method:
- The front row is the top-two automobiles from single-car certifying.
- Rows 2-19 are set by the battles, with the veryfirst battle filling the inside row by order of surface and the 2nd battle filling the outside row by order of surface (taking into account that the top-two carsandtrucks from single-car certifying currently are in the front row and any open chauffeur who didn’t make the 500 field is leftout).
- Row 20 consists of the last 2 open carsandtrucks to make it on speed.
Bob Pockrass covers NASCAR for FOX Sports. He has invested years covering motorsports, consistingof the past 30 Daytona 500s, with stints at ESPN, Sporting News, NASCAR Scene publication and The (Daytona Beach) News-Journal. Follow him on Twitter @bobpockrass, and indication up for the FOX Sports NASCAR Newsletter with Bob Pockrass.
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