Drivers competing in the 2017 Daytona 500

February 24, 2017

The 40 drivers competing in the 2017 Daytona 500, in order of starting position:


No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports

DRIVER: Chase Elliott

BORN: Nov. 28, 1995

HOMETOWN: Dawsonville, Georgia

CREW CHIEF: Alan Gustafson


TWITTER: (at)ChaseElliott

NOTEWORTHY: Son of Hall of Famer Bill Elliott starts from pole for second straight year. Wrecked 19 laps into last year's race and finished 37th.


No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports

DRIVER: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

BORN: Oct. 10, 1974

HOMETOWN: Kannapolis, North Carolina


SPONSOR: Nationwide

TWITTER: (at)DaleJr

NOTEWORTHY: Two-time Daytona 500 winner (2004, 2014) returns after missing second half of last season with fifth documented concussion. Has been story of Speedweeks, most recently by saying he would consider retiring if he won a championship in 2017.


No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing

DRIVER: Jamie McMurray

BORN: June 3, 1976

HOMETOWN: Joplin, Missouri


SPONSOR: Cessna/McDonald's

TWITTER: (at)jamiemcmurray

NOTEWORTHY: Won 2010 Daytona 500, same year he also won Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. Has just one victory in 221 races since that season.


No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing

DRIVER: Denny Hamlin

BORN: Nov. 18, 1980

HOMETOWN: Chesterfield, Virginia

CREW CHIEF: Mike Wheeler

SPONSOR: FedEx Express

TWITTER: (at)dennyhamlin

NOTEWORTHY: Defending race winner looking to become fourth driver to win back-to-back Daytona 500s. No one has accomplished feat since Sterling Marlin in 1994 and 1995.


No. 4 Ford, Stewart-Haas Racing

DRIVER: Kevin Harvick

BORN: Dec. 8, 1975

HOMETOWN: Bakersfield, California

CREW CHIEF: Rodney Childers

SPONSOR: Jimmy John's

TWITTER: (at)KevinHarvick

NOTEWORTHY: Won 2007 Daytona 500 with Richard Childress Racing. Entering fourth year with Stewart-Haas Racing, where he has 12 victories. Driving a Ford for first time in NASCAR career.


No. 14 Ford, Stewart-Haas Racing

DRIVER: Clint Bowyer

BORN: May 30, 1979

HOMETOWN: Emporia, Kansas

CREW CHIEF: Mike Bugarewicz

SPONSOR: Mobil 1

TWITTER: (at)ClintBowyer

NOTEWORTHY: After miserable 2016 season driving for HScott Motorsports, making debut at Stewart-Haas Racing in No. 14 previously driven by three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. Winless in 13 Daytona 500 starts.


No. 2 Ford, Team Penske

DRIVER: Brad Keselowski

BORN: Feb. 12, 1984

HOMETOWN: Rochester Hills, Michigan

CREW CHIEF: Paul Wolfe

SPONSOR: Miller Lite

TWITTER: (at)keselowski

NOTEWORTHY: 2012 series champion still looking for first Daytona 500 victory. Keselowski and Team Penske teammate Joey Logano won three of four restrictor-plate races in 2016.


No. 41 Ford, Stewart-Haas Racing

DRIVER: Kurt Busch

BORN: Aug. 4, 1978


CREW CHIEF: Tony Gibson

SPONSOR: Haas Automation/Monster Energy

TWITTER: (at)KurtBusch

NOTEWORTHY: 2004 series champion has longest Daytona 500 drought in field, 0-for-15 streak that started in 2001. Missed 2015 race because of suspension. Got married in offseason.


No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing

DRIVER: Matt Kenseth

BORN: March 10, 1972

HOMETOWN: Cambridge, Wisconsin

CREW CHIEF: Jason Ratcliff


TWITTER: (at)mattkenseth

NOTEWORTHY: Two-time Daytona winner (2009, 2012) is oldest full-time driver in Cup series. Entering final year of contract.


No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing

DRIVER: Austin Dillon

BORN: April 27, 1990

HOMETOWN: Welcome, North Carolina

CREW CHIEF: Slugger Labbe


TWITTER: (at)austindillon3

NOTEWORTHY: Winless in 121 Cup races, but managed to advance to second round of NASCAR's playoffs in 2016 thanks partly to career-best 13 top-10 finishes.


No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing

DRIVER: Trevor Bayne

BORN: Feb. 19, 1991

HOMETOWN: Knoxville, Tennessee

CREW CHIEF: Matt Puccia


TWITTER: (at)Tbayne21

NOTEWORTHY: One of 10 former Daytona 500 winners in field. Won 2011 race in first career start in ''The Great American Race.''


No. 10 Ford, Stewart-Haas Racing

DRIVER: Danica Patrick

BORN: March 25, 1982

HOMETOWN: Roscoe, Illinois

CREW CHIEF: Billy Scott

SPONSOR: Aspen Dental

TWITTER: (at)DanicaPatrick

NOTEWORTHY: Winless in 154 Cup races and now has sponsorship problems after Nature's Bakery pulled out after one season. Regardless, the 34-year-old driver has developed one of strongest personal brands in auto racing.


No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports

DRIVER: Aric Almirola

BORN: March 14, 1984

HOMETOWN: Tampa, Florida

CREW CHIEF: Trent Owens

SPONSOR: Smithfield Foods

TWITTER: (at)aric-almirola

NOTEWORTHY: One victory in 215 career Cup starts, and it came in July race at Daytona in 2014.


No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing

DRIVER: Ryan Newman

BORN: Dec. 8, 1977

HOMETOWN: South Bend, Indiana

CREW CHIEF: Luke Lambert

SPONSOR: Caterpillar

TWITTER: (at)RyanJNewman

NOTEWORTHY: 2008 Daytona 500 winner is winless in last 124 Cup starts. Entering first year of multiyear contract extension with RCR.


No. 22 Ford, Team Penske

DRIVER: Joey Logano

BORN: May 24, 1990

HOMETOWN: Middletown, Connecticut

CREW CHIEF: Todd Gordon

SPONSOR: Shell Pennzoil

TWITTER: (at)joeylogano

NOTEWORTHY: Finished second in points last year. The 2015 Daytona 500 winner signed a contract extension with Penske that runs through ''2022 and beyond.'' The deal also includes Pennzoil as primary sponsor.


No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing

DRIVER: Kyle Larson

BORN: July 31, 1992

HOMETOWN: Elk Grove, California

CREW CHIEF: Chad Johnston


TWITTER: (at)KyleLarsonRacin

NOTEWORTHY: Coming off breakthrough season in which he won first Cup series race, had 10 top-five finishes and made playoffs.


No. 72 Ford, TriStar Motorsports

DRIVER: Cole Whitt

BORN: June 22, 1991

HOMETOWN: Alpine, California

CREW CHIEF: Frank Kerr

SPONSOR: Florida Lottery

TWITTER: (at)ColeWhitt

NOTEWORTHY: Has full-time, chartered ride. Played major role in determining Xfinity Series championship at Homestead three months ago when he botched late restart that propelled Daniel Suarez to title.


No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing

DRIVER: Ty Dillon

BORN: Feb. 27, 1992

HOMETOWN: Lewisville, North Carolina

CREW CHIEF: Robert Barker


TWITTER: (at)tydillon

NOTEWORTHY: Youngest Dillon brother replacing Casey Mears in No. 13. Grandson of team owner Richard Childress. Married to former Charlotte Hornets cheerleader Haley Carey.


No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing

DRIVER: Daniel Suarez

BORN: Jan. 7, 1992

HOMETOWN: Monterrey, Mexico

CREW CHIEF: Dave Rogers


TWITTER: (at)Daniel-SuarezG

NOTEWORTHY: One of two non-American drivers in field. Won Xfinity Series title in 2016, becoming NASCAR's first foreign champion. Replacing retired Carl Edwards in No. 19.


No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports

DRIVER: David Ragan

BORN: Dec. 24, 1985

HOMETOWN: Unadilla, Georgia

CREW CHIEF: Derrick Finley

SPONSOR: Camping World

TWITTER: (at)DavidRagan

NOTEWORTHY: Has two victories in 362 Cup starts. Both wins came at superspeedways, winning at Talladega in 2013 and at Daytona in July 2011.


No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing

DRIVER: Kyle Busch

BORN: May 2, 1985


CREW CHIEF: Adam Stevens


TWITTER: (at)KyleBusch

NOTEWORTHY: 2015 series champion has yet to win Daytona 500, a streak that stands at 11. Finished third in points last year, behind champion Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano.


No. 95 Ford, Leavine Family Racing

DRIVER: Michael McDowell

BORN: Dec. 21, 1984

HOMETOWN: Glendale, Arizona

CREW CHIEF: Todd Parrott

SPONSOR: K-Love Radio

TWITTER: (at)Mc-Driver

NOTEWORTHY: Winless in 213 Cup starts. Finished 15th and 10th in two races at Daytona last year.


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: (at)StenhouseJr

NOTEWORTHY: Winless in 148 Cup starts. Dating fellow driver Danica Patrick.


No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports

DRIVER: Jimmie Johnson

BORN: Sept. 17, 1975

HOMETOWN: El Cajon, California

CREW CHIEF: Chad Knaus


TWITTER: (at)JimmieJohnson

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


No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing

DRIVER: Matt DiBenedetto

BORN: July 27, 1991

HOMETOWN: Grass Valley, California


SPONSOR: EJ Wade Construction

TWITTER: (at)mattdracing

NOTEWORTY: Entering third full season in NASCAR's elite series. Has one top-10 finish (sixth at Bristol in 2016).


No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports

DRIVER: Kasey Kahne

BORN: April 10, 1980

HOMETOWN: Enumclaw, Washington

CREW CHIEF: Keith Rodden

SPONSOR: Farmers Insurance

TWITTER: (at)kaseykahne

NOTEWORTHY: Has 83-race winless streak. Winless in 26 starts at Daytona International Speedway, including 0 for 13 in 500. Has three top-10 finishes in 500, but only one (ninth in 2015) since 2008.


No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports

DRIVER: Landon Cassill

BORN: July, 9, 1989

HOMETOWN: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

CREW CHIEF: Donnie Wingo


TWITTER: (at)landoncassill

NOTEWORTHY: Winless in 223 Cup starts. Making fifth Daytona 500 start, with best finish of 12th in 2014.


No. 96 Toyota, Gaunt Brothers Racing

DRIVER: D.J. Kennington

BORN: July 15, 1977

HOMETOWN: St. Thomas, Ontario

CREW CHIEF: Keith Hinkein

SPONSOR: Lordco/Castrol

TWITTER: (at)DJKRacing

NOTEWORTHY: Making second Cup start. Finished 35th at Phoenix last year. Raced way into 500, becoming first Canadian to make race since Trevor Boys in 1988. Boys finished 19th.


No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing

DRIVER: Joey Gase

BORN: Feb. 8, 1993

HOMETOWN: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

CREW CHIEF: Patrick Donahue

SPONSOR: Best Home Furnishings

TWITTER: (at)JoeyGaseRacing

NOTEWORTHY: Making 14th career Cup start, all in last four years. Best finish was 32nd at Phoenix in 2016. Entering first full season, in chartered ride.


No. 15 Toyota, Premium Motorsports

DRIVER: Michael Waltrip

BORN: April 30, 1963

HOMETOWN: Owensboro, Kentucky

CREW CHIEF: Mark Hillman

SPONSOR: Aaron's

TWITTER: (at)mwr55

NOTEWORTHY: Two-time Daytona 500 winner (2001, 2003) makes 30th and final NASCAR start of 33-year career. Wanted to say goodbye at Daytona, which has provided him triumph and tragedy.


No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing

DRIVER: Corey LaJoie

BORN: Sept. 25, 1991

HOMETOWN: Concord, North Carolina

CREW CHIEF: Doug Richert

SPONSOR: Dusless Blasting

TWITTER: (at)CoreyLaJoie

NOTEWORTHY: Making third Cup start, first since 2014. Landed ride after seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson lobbied on his behalf. Son of Randy LaJoie, a two-time champion in NASCAR's second-tier series.


No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport/TMG

DRIVER: Jeffrey Earnhardt

BORN: June 22, 1989

HOMETOWN: Mooresville, North Carolina

CREW CHIEF: Pat Tryson

SPONSOR: Little Joes Autos/Curtis Key Plumbing

TWITTER: (at)JEarnhardt1

NOTEWORTY: Grandson of late NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt and nephew of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Started 22 races in 2016, with best finish of 26th at Charlotte in October.


No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing

DRIVER: Paul Menard

BORN: Aug. 21, 1980

HOMETOWN: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

CREW CHIEF: Matt Borland

SPONSOR: Menards/Peak

TWITTER: (at)RCR27PMenard

NOTEWORTHY: One win in 363 Cups starts. Winless since taking checkered flag in 2011 Brickyard 400, a streak that's reached 196 races.


No. 77 Toyota, Furniture Row Racing

DRIVER: Erik Jones

BORN: May 30, 1996

HOMETOWN: Byron, Michigan

CREW CHIEF: Chris Gayle

SPONSOR: 5-hour Energy Extra Strength

TWITTER: (at)erik-jones

NOTEWORTHY: Youngest driver in field. Contended for Xfinity Series title last year for Joe Gibbs Racing and currently on loan to Furniture Row, which is fielding two cars for first time.


No. 78 Toyota, Furniture Row Racing

DRIVER: Martin Truex Jr.

BORN: June 29, 1980

HOMETOWN: Mayetta, New Jersey

CREW CHIEF: Cole Pearn

SPONSOR: Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats

TWITTER: (at)MartinTruexJr56

NOTEWORTHY: Lost photo finish with Denny Hamlin in 2016 Daytona 500 - closest finish in race history - and bad luck has carried over to Speedweeks. Car had to be tweaked to get through tech and then failed inspection after qualifying race.


No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers Racing

DRIVER: Ryan Blaney

BORN: Dec. 31, 1993

HOMETOWN: High Point, North Carolina

CREW CHIEF: Jeremy Bullins

SPONSOR: Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center

TWITTER: (at)Blaney

NOTEWORTHY: Had to switch to backup car because of damage in qualifying race. Along with Erik Jones, flew with United States Air Force Thunderbirds early in week. Blaney admittedly vomited afterward.


No. 37 Chevrolet, JTG Daughtery Racing

DRIVER: Chris Buescher

BORN: Oct. 29, 1992

HOMETOWN: Prosper, Texas

CREW CHIEF: Trent Owens

SPONSOR: Cottonelle

TWITTER: (at)Chris-Buescher

NOTEWORTHY: Entering second full-time season. Won rain-shortened race at Pocono Raceway in August, a victory that landed him spot in playoffs.


No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing

DRIVER: AJ Allmendinger

BORN: Dec. 16, 1981

HOMETOWN: Los Gatos, California

CREW CHIEF: Randall Burnett

SPONSOR: Kroger Click List


NOTEWORTHY: Making 300th career Cup start. Has one victory, at Watkins Glen road course in 2014.


No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing

DRIVER: Elliott Sadler

BORN: April 30, 1975

HOMETOWN: Emporia, Virginia


SPONSOR: Golden Corral

TWITTER: (at)Elliott-Sadler

NOTEWORTHY: Making what's expected to be lone Cup start of season. Former Cup regular and sentimental favorite remains without a championship at any NASCAR national level in a career spanning more than two decades.


No. 75 Chevrolet, Beard Motorsports

DRIVER: Brendan Gaughan

BORN: July 10, 1975


CREW CHIEF: Darren Shaw

SPONSOR: Beard Oil Distributing

TWITTER: (at)Brendan62

NOTEWORTHY: Winless in 50 Cup starts. Played college football and basketball at Georgetown, guarding Allen Iverson on the practice court and becoming an all-Big East kicker on the gridiron.


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