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Daytona 500, NASCAR (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Daytona 500, NASCAR (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The official start of the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season is under a month and a half away. Who is set to compete in the 65th annual Daytona 500?

One month from today, the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season is unofficially scheduled to get underway with the preseason Busch Light Clash exhibition race at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Two weeks later, points-paying action is scheduled to begin with the first of 36 races on the schedule, the 65th annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

There are 33 confirmed full-time drivers for the 2023 season and three other confirmed chartered entries which still need drivers. There are three other part-time entries confirmed for the Daytona 500, with more likely to be added to that list in the near future.

If there are more than four non-chartered entries on the entry list, then not everyone who attempts to qualify for the 200-lap race at the four-turn, 2.5-mile (4.023-kilometer) high-banked Daytona Beach, Florida oval will ultimately get into the 40-car field.

Six and a half weeks from the green flag, let’s have a look at who fits into each category.

NOTE: (R) means rookie.

Full-time drivers (33)

Front Row Motorsports, Ford

  • No. 34 – Michael McDowell
  • No. 38 – Todd Gilliland

Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet

  • No. 5 – Kyle Larson
  • No. 9 – Chase Elliott
  • No. 24 – William Byron
  • No. 48 – Alex Bowman

Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota

  • No. 11 – Denny Hamlin
  • No. 19 – Martin Truex Jr.
  • No. 20 – Christopher Bell
  • No. 54 – Ty Gibbs (R)

JTG Daugherty Racing, Chevrolet

  • No. 47 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Kaulig Racing, Chevrolet

  • No. 16 – A.J. Allmendinger
  • No. 31 – Justin Haley

Petty GMS Motorsports, Chevrolet

  • No. 42 – Noah Gragson (R)
  • No. 43 – Erik Jones

RFK Racing, Ford

  • No. 6 – Brad Keselowski
  • No. 17 – Chris Buescher

Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet

  • No. 3 – Austin Dillon
  • No. 8 – Kyle Busch

Spire Motorsports, Chevrolet

  • No. 7 – Corey LaJoie
  • No. 77 – Ty Dillon

Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford

  • No. 4 – Kevin Harvick
  • No. 10 – Aric Almirola
  • No. 14 – Chase Briscoe
  • No. 41 – Ryan Preece

Team Penske, Ford

  • No. 2 – Austin Cindric
  • No. 12 – Ryan Blaney
  • No. 22 – Joey Logano

Trackhouse Racing Team, Chevrolet

  • No. 1 – Ross Chastain
  • No. 99 – Daniel Suarez

23XI Racing, Toyota

  • No. 23 – Bubba Wallace
  • No. 45 – Tyler Reddick

Wood Brothers Racing, Ford

  • No. 21 – Harrison Burton

Full-time entries (3)

Live Fast Motorsports, Chevrolet

  • No. 78 – TBD

Rick Ware Racing, Ford

  • No. 15 – TBD
  • No. 51 – TBD

Part-time entries (3)

Beard Motorsports, Chevrolet

  • No. 62 – Austin Hill (R)

Front Row Motorsports, Ford

  • No. TBD – Zane Smith (R)

Petty GMS Motorsports, Chevrolet

  • No. TBD – Jimmie Johnson

Possible part-time entries (at least 3)

The Money Team Racing, Chevrolet

  • No 50 – TBD

3F Racing, Chevrolet

  • No. 30 – TBD

Trackhouse Racing Team, Chevrolet

  • No. 91 – TBD

Fox is set to broadcast the Daytona 500 live from Daytona International Speedway beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 19.