Preliminary entry list for the 59th Daytona 500

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The preliminary entry list for the Daytona 500 has been released and 42 cars are currently registered for the 59th running of the “Great American Race.”

The season-opener for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is scheduled for Fab. 26 on Fox.

Forty cars will make the field for the race, with 36 of those guaranteed a starting spot due to NASCAR ownership charters.

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Among those entered into the race are two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip, who is making his final NASCAR start.  He will drive the No. 15 for Premium Motorsports. Elliott Sadler, a veteran of 12 full-time Cup seasons, will attempt to make his first Cup start since 2013 and his first Daytona 500 start since 2012. He will drive the No. 7 owned by Tommy Baldwin Racing.

Daniel Suarez, the defending Xfinity Series champion, will make his Cup debut driving the No. 19 car for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Also entered into the race are D.J. Kennington, Corey LaJoie, Joey Gase, Brendan Gaughan, Jeffrey Earnhardt and Timmy Hill.

Click here to see the full entry list for the Daytona 500.

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