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 1, William Byron, Alex Bowman, Row 2, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano. (AP Photo)
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 1, William Byron, Alex Bowman, Row 2, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano. (AP Photo)
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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


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


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


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



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


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


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.


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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