Drivers competing in the 2018 Daytona 500

February 16, 2018

The 40 drivers competing in the 2018 Daytona 500, in order of starting position:


No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports

DRIVER: Alex Bowman

BORN: April 25, 1993

HOMETOWN: Tucson, Arizona


SPONSOR: Nationwide

TWITTER: (at)AlexBowman88

NOTEWORTHY: ''Bowman the Showman'' landed pole in return to 88. Bowman filled in for injured star Dale Earnhardt Jr. for 10 races in 2016, and Earnhardt stumped for Bowman to replace him after retirement.


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: 2016 Daytona 500 champion. Won closest finish in race history over Martin Truex Jr.


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: (at)Blaney

NOTEWORTHY: Won first career Cup race last season at Pocono. Social media darling makes jump from Wood Brothers to Penske Racing and forms three-car lineup with Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski.


No. 9 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. Started from pole in previous two Daytona 500s. Much-hyped prospect winless in 77 starts, but won qualifying races in each of last two years.


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: Followed runner-up finish in points with disappointing 17th last year. The 2015 Daytona 500 winner had single win of season not count toward making playoffs because of rules violation.


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 fifth year with Stewart-Haas Racing, where he has 14 victories.


No. 43 Chevrolet, Richard Petty Motorsports

DRIVER: Darrell ''Bubba'' Wallace Jr.

BORN: Oct. 8, 1993

HOMETOWN: Mobile, Alabama

CREW CHIEF: Drew Blickensderfer

SPONSOR: Click n' Close

TWITTER: (at)BubbaWallace

NOTEWORTHY: First black driver to start Daytona 500 since Wendell Scott in 1969. Made four Cup starts in 2017 for RPM.


No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing

DRIVER: Erik Jones

BORN: May 30, 1996

HOMETOWN: Byron, Michigan

CREW CHIEF: Chris Gayle


TWITTER: (at)erik-jones

NOTEWORTHY: Spent 2017 on loan to Furniture Row Racing. Now replaces Matt Kenseth at Gibbs. Had five top-five finishes in first full Cup season.


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: Won first two races of Cup career in 2017, winning at Talladega in May and Daytona in July. No longer dating driver Danica Patrick.


No. 14 Ford, Stewart-Haas Racing

DRIVER: Clint Bowyer

BORN: May 30, 1979

HOMETOWN: Emporia, Kansas

CREW CHIEF: Mike Bugarewicz

SPONSOR: Rush Truck Centers

TWITTER: (at)ClintBowyer

NOTEWORTHY: Made strides in first year at Stewart-Haas Racing. Still winless since 2012, yet posted first top-five finishes in two years and most (six) since 2013. Winless in 12 Daytona 500 starts.


No. 41 Ford, Stewart-Haas Racing

DRIVER: Kurt Busch

BORN: Aug. 4, 1978


CREW CHIEF: Billy Scott

SPONSOR: Haas Automation/Monster Energy

TWITTER: (at)KurtBusch

NOTEWORTHY: Defending Daytona 500 champion looking to become fourth driver to win ''The Great American Race'' in back-to-back years. No one has accomplished feat since Sterling Marlin in 1995. Struggled following biggest win of career and failed to win another race. Led only 16 laps in 2017. Missed 2015 race because of suspension.


No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing

DRIVER: Kyle Busch

BORN: May 2, 1985


CREW CHIEF: Adam Stevens


TWITTER: (at)KyleBusch

NOTEWORTHY: 2015 Cup Series champion has yet to win Daytona 500, a streak that stands at 12. Runner-up in points last season behind champion Martin Truex Jr. Won five races in 2017.


No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing

DRIVER: Ryan Newman

BORN: Dec. 8, 1977

HOMETOWN: South Bend, Indiana

CREW CHIEF: Luke Lambert

SPONSOR: Bass Pro Shops/Cabela's

TWITTER: (at)RyanJNewman

NOTEWORTHY: 2008 Daytona 500 winner. Snapped 127-race winless streak at Phoenix in 2017. Seven top-five finishes last year were most since 2011.


No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing

DRIVER: Austin Dillon

BORN: April 27, 1990

HOMETOWN: Welcome, North Carolina

CREW CHIEF: Justin Alexander


TWITTER: (at)austindillon3

NOTEWORTHY: Won Coke 600 in 2017, his first Cup Series victory. Finished 11th in standings last year, best finish in four seasons.


No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports

DRIVER: David Ragan

BORN: Dec. 24, 1985

HOMETOWN: Unadilla, Georgia

CREW CHIEF: Seth Barbour

SPONSOR: Speedco

TWITTER: (at)DavidRagan

NOTEWORTHY: Won only Cup races in 2011 and 2013. Has managed one top-five finish last four years. Finished sixth at Daytona in July 2017.


No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers

DRIVER: Paul Menard

BORN: Aug. 21, 1980

HOMETOWN: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

CREW CHIEF: Greg Erwin

SPONSOR: Omnicraft Auto Parts/Quick Lane Tire

TWITTER: (at)RCR27PMenard

NOTEWORTHY: One win in 399 Cup starts. Winless since taking checkered flag at Brickyard 400 in 2011, a streak that's reached 232 races.


No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing

DRIVER: Daniel Suarez

BORN: Jan. 7, 1992

HOMETOWN: Monterrey, Mexico

CREW CHIEF: Scott Graves


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.


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 Cup start.


No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing

DRIVER: Jamie McMurray

BORN: June 3, 1976

HOMETOWN: Joplin, Missouri


SPONSOR: McDonald's/Cessna

TWITTER: (at)jamiemcmurray

NOTEWORTHY: Won 2010 Daytona 500, same year he also won Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. Has just one victory in 257 races since that season.


No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing

DRIVER: AJ Allmendinger

BORN: Dec. 16, 1981

HOMETOWN: Los Gatos, California

CREW CHIEF: Tristan Smith

SPONSOR: Kroger ClickList


NOTEWORTHY: Has one victory, on road course at Watkins Glen in 2014. Scored only one top-five finish in 2017.


No. 37 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing

DRIVER: Chris Buescher

BORN: Oct. 29, 1992

HOMETOWN: Prosper, Texas

CREW CHIEF: Trent Owens

SPONSOR: Kleenex

TWITTER: (at)Chris-Buescher

NOTEWORTHY: Entering third full-time season. Only win came in rain-shortened race in 2016. Had four top-10s in 2017.


No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports

DRIVER: Michael McDowell

BORN: Dec. 21, 1984

HOMETOWN: Glendale, Arizona

CREW CHIEF: Derrick Finley

SPONSOR: Love's Travel Stops

TWITTER: (at)Mc-Driver

NOTEWORTHY: Winless in 249 Cup starts. Finished fourth in 2017 Daytona 500, the only top-five of his career.


No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing

DRIVER: Ty Dillon

BORN: Feb. 27, 1992

HOMETOWN: Lewisville, North Carolina

CREW CHIEF: Matt Borland.


TWITTER: (at)tydillon

NOTEWORTHY: Younger brother of Austin Dillon. Grandson of team owner Richard Childress. Married to former Charlotte Hornets cheerleader Haley Carey.


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: 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion. Won series-high eight races. Had 19 top-five finishes, 26 top-10s and posted an average finish of 9.4.


No. 62 Chevrolet, Beard Motorsports

DRIVER: Brendan Gaughan

BORN: July 10, 1975


CREW CHIEF: Darren Shaw

SPONSOR: Beard Oil Distributing/South Pointe Hotel

TWITTER: (at)Brendan62

NOTEWORTHY: Winless in 54 Cup starts. Makes second straight Daytona 500 start. Played college football and basketball at Georgetown, guarding Allen Iverson on practice court and becoming all-Big East kicker on gridiron.


No. 95 Chevrolet, Leavine Family Racing

DRIVER: Kasey Kahne

BORN: April 10, 1980

HOMETOWN: Enumclaw, Washington

CREW CHIEF: Travis Mack

SPONSOR: Procore

TWITTER: (at)kaseykahne

NOTEWORTHY: Won Brickyard 400 for Hendrick Motorsports last year. Unceremoniously dumped by HMS with one year left on contract. Winless in 28 starts at Daytona International Speedway, including 0 for 14 in 500.


No. 00 Chevrolet, StarCom Racing

DRIVER: Jeffrey Earnhardt

BORN: June 22, 1989

HOMETOWN: Mooresville, North Carolina


SPONSOR: VRX Simulators

TWITTER: (at)JEarnhardt1

NOTEWORTY: Grandson of late NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt and nephew of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Keeps alive streak of having an Earnhardt in Daytona 500 for 40th consecutive year.


No. 7 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports

DRIVER: Danica Patrick

BORN: March 25, 1982

HOMETOWN: Roscoe, Illinois

CREW CHIEF: Tony Eury, Jr.


TWITTER: (at)DanicaPatrick

NOTEWORTHY: Makes final NASCAR start as part of ''Danica Double.'' Will make one more start at Indianapolis 500 before retiring from racing. Split with driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in November. Now dating Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers.


No. 51 Chevrolet, Rick Ware Racing

DRIVER: Justin Marks

BORN: March 25, 1981

HOMETOWN: Rocklin, California

CREW CHIEF: Pat Tryson

SPONSOR: Harry's

TWITTER: (at)justinmarksDG

NOTEWORTHY: Making Daytona 500 debut. An experienced endurance racer who drove in Rolex 24 at Daytona last month. Balancing partial racing schedule with quest to climb Mount Everest. Typo in odds from one Las Vegas bookmaker had Marks listed as 10-1 favorite to win Daytona 500 rather than correct 100-1 odds.


No. 96, Toyota, Gaunt Brothers Racing

DRIVER: D.J. Kennington

BORN: July 15, 1977

HOMETOWN: St. Thomas, Canada

CREW CHIEF: Mark Hillman

SPONSOR: Lordco/Castrol

TWIITER: (at)DJKRacing

NOTEWORTHY: Finished 36th in 2017 Daytona 500. Making sixth career Cup start, third at Daytona.


No. 2 Ford, Team Penske

DRIVER: Brad Keselowski

BORN: Feb. 12, 1984

HOMETOWN: Rochester Hills, Michigan

CREW CHIEF: Paul Wolfe

SPONSOR: Discount Tire

TWITTER: (at)keselowski

NOTEWORTHY: 2012 series champion still looking for first Daytona 500 victory. Keselowski won exhibition Clash for first career Speedweeks victory.


No. 72 Chevrolet, TriStar Motorsports

DRIVER: Corey LaJoie

BORN: Sept. 25, 1991

HOMETOWN: Charlotte, North Carolina

CREW CHIEF: Frank Kerr

SPONSOR: Schluter Systems

TWITTER: (at)CoreyLaJoie

NOTEWORTHY: No top-10s in 34 career starts. Spent 2017 with BK Racing. Son of two-time NASCAR second-tier series champion Randy LaJoie.


No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports

DRIVER: William Byron

BORN: Nov. 29, 1996

HOMETOWN: Charlotte, North Carolina

CREW CHIEF: Darian Grubb


TWITTER: (at)williambyron

NOTEWORTHY: Youngest driver in field after rapid climb through NASCAR's national ranks. Won seven races in Truck Series two years ago, the Xfinity Series championship last season and earned a promotion to Jeff Gordon's former car for 2018. Making Cup debut in Daytona 500.


No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing

DRIVER: Gray Gaulding

BORN: Feb. 10, 1988

HOMETOWN: Colonial Heights, Virginia

CREW CHIEF: Rick Bourgeois


TWITTER: (at)graygaulding

NOTEWORTHY: Making Daytona 500 debut. His race has been in jeopardy all week because BK Racing has creditors seeking millions in debt. The team filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy before Gaulding's qualifying race.


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 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. 32 Ford, GO FAS Racing

DRIVER: Matt DiBenedetto

BORN: July 27, 1991

HOMETOWN: Grass Valley, California


SPONSOR: Hurricane Heist

TWITTER: (at)mattdracing

NOTEWORTY: Ninth in 2017 Daytona 500. Has three top-10 finishes in 104 career starts.


No. 10 Ford, Stewart-Haas Racing

DRIVER: Aric Almirola

BORN: March 14, 1984

HOMETOWN: Tampa, Florida

CREW CHIEF: John Klausmeier

SPONSOR: Smithfield Foods

TWITTER: (at)aric-almirola

NOTEWORTHY: One victory in 244 career Cup starts. It came at Daytona in July 2014. Starts first season with Stewart-Haas Racing.


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: (at)KyleLarsonRacin

NOTEWORTHY: Coming off breakthrough season in which he won four Cup Series races, had 15 top-five finishes and made playoffs. Finished eighth in points.


No. 92 Ford, RBR Enterprises

DRIVER: David Gilliland

BORN: April 1, 1976

HOMETOWN: Riverside, California

CREW CHIEF: Michael Hester

SPONSOR: Black's Tire Service/Carquest Auto Parts

TWITTER: (at)davidgilliland

NOTEWORTHY: Won pole for 2007 Daytona 500 and finished career-best eighth that year. Raced in just two events last season, but attempted to qualify for all four restrictor-plate races.


No. 66 Ford, Phoenix Air Racing

DRIVER: Mark Thompson

BORN: July 9, 1951

HOMETOWN: Cartersville, Georgia

CREW CHIEF: Mike Hillman

SPONSOR: Phoenix Air Racing


NOTEWORTHY: Makes third career Cup start. Oldest driver in field at 66. Expected to retire from racing after Daytona 500. Oldest pole winner in Daytona history, starting from front in ARCA race in 2015.


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