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Justin Haley, Brendan Gaughan will race in Daytona 500

Justin Haley 16 Daytona 500 2020
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Justin Haley and Brendan Gaughan will be among the 40 starters for this year’s Daytona 500.

By qualifying ahead of Reed Sorenson, Timmy Hill, Daniel Suarez, J.J. Yeley and Chad Finchum during Daytona 500 Pole Day qualifying Sunday (Feb. 9), Haley and Gaughan guaranteed their starting positions in the 62nd running of The Great American Race.

Haley will make his first Daytona 500 start and his fourth career Cup Series start. His last race in NASCAR’s premier series — the Daytona July race — resulted in his first career win.

Haley’s qualified Kaulig Racing’s No. 16 Chevrolet into its first Cup Series race.

Guaghan will compete in his fifth Daytona 500. He raced in the 2004, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Daytona 500s with a best finish of 11th in 2017.

The rest of the field will be determined Thursday, Feb. 13 in the two 150-mile qualifying races.

The Daytona 500 will be televised live on FOX on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2:30 p.m. ET.


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