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Making The Field: NXS 2021 Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner 300. at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – AUGUST 28: Chase Briscoe, driver of the #98 Ford Performance Racing School Ford, Austin Cindric, driver of the #22 Odyssey Battery Ford, Ross Chastain, driver of the #10 Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet, and Justin Haley, driver of the #11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on August 28, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series will kick-off their season with the 40th Annual Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. 300 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 13th, 2021. A total of 45 cars are entered for 36 spots in the field, which will be decided in single-car qualifying on Saturday Morning.

Note: In the NASCAR Xfinity Series, provisionals are handed out first to drivers that have attempted the most events, meaning that cars who attempted all 33 events in 2020 will be ranked above cars that attempted 32 or less events, even if they are lower in 2020 NXS Owner Points.


MATHEMATICALLY LOCKED IN:

Entering Saturday’s qualifying session, five drivers have the peace-of-mind of knowing their locked into the season-opener at Daytona, with the Xfinity Series only giving out four Owner Point provisionals and a Past Champions Provisional (if needed). Since there are no eligible champions outside the top-four in 2020 NXS Owner Points, there is gauranteed to be a fifth Owner Points provisional given out on Saturday.

  • No. 22 – Austin Cindric – Team Penske – 33 Attempts – 1st in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 7 – Justin Allgaier – JR Motorsports – 33 Attempts – 2nd in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 11 – Justin Haley – Kaulig Racing – 33 Attempts – 3rd in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 98 – Riley Hersbt – Stewart-Haas Racing – 33 Attempts – 4th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 9 – Noah Gragson – JR Motorsports – 33 Attempts – 5th in 2020 NXS OP

REALISTICALLY LOCKED IN:

Realistically, drivers from 6th to 20th in 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series Owner Points are more than likely going to be locked into the race, as drivers inside this points position bracket, usually don’t DNQ often.

  • No. 19 – Brandon Jones – Joe Gibbs Racing – 33 Attempts – 6th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 10 – Jeb Burton – Kaulig Racing – 33 Attempts – 7th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 20 – Harrison Burton – Joe Gibbs Racing – 33 Attempts – 8th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 8 – Josh Berry – JR Motorsports – 33 Attempts – 9th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 1 – Michael Annett – JR Motorsports – 33 Attempts – 10th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 2 – Myatt Snider – Richard Childress Racing – 33 Attempts – 11th in 2020 NXS OP – Internal Transfer from RCR 21
  • No. 18 – Daniel Hemric – Joe Gibbs Racing – 33 Attempts – 12th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 39 – Ryan Sieg – RSS Racing – 33 Attempts – 13th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 68 – Brandon Brown – Brandonbilt Motorsports – 33 Attempts – 14th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 02 – Brett Moffitt – Our Motorsports – 33 Attempts – 15th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 51 – Jeremy Clements – Jeremy Clements Racing – 33 Attempts – 16th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 92 – Josh Williams – DGM Racing – 33 Attempts – 17th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 07 – Joe Graf Jr. – SS Greenlight Racing – 33 Attempts – 18th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 36 – Alex Labbe – DGM Racing – 33 Attempts – 19th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 15 – Colby Howard – JD Motorsports – 33 Attempts – 20th in 2020 NXS OP – Internal Transfer from JD 4

FEELING A LITTLE UNEASY:

  • No. 6 – Ryan Vargas – JD Motorsports – 33 Attempts – 21st in 2020 NXS OP – Internal Transfer from JD 0
  • No. 44 – Tommy Joe Martins – Martins Motorsports – 33 Attempts – 22nd in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 61 – Robby Lyons – MBM Motorsports – 33 Attempts – 23rd in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 78 – Jesse Little – BJ McLeod Motorsports – 33 Attempts – 24th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 0 – Jeffrey Earnhardt – JD Motorsports – 33 Attempts – 25th in 2020 NXS OP – Internal Transfer from JD 6

THE DANGER ZONE:

  • No. 13 – Chad Finchum – MBM Motorsports – 33 Attempts – 26th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 5 – Matt Mills – BJ McLeod Motorsports – 33 Attempts – 27th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 48 – Danny Bohn – Big Machine Racing – 33 Attempts – 28th in 2020 NXS OP – External Transfer from RSS 93
  • No. 17 – Cody Ware – SS Greenlight Racing – 33 Attempts – 29th in 2020 NXS OP – Internal-ish Transfer from SSGLR 08
  • No. 74 – Bayley Currey – Mike Harmon Racing – 33 Attempts – 30th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 4 – Landon Cassill – JD Motorsports – 33 Attempts – 31st in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 47 – Kyle Weatherman – Mike Harmon Racing – 33 Attempts – 34th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 52 – Gray Gaulding – Jimmy Means Racing – 33 Attempts – 35th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 99 – Stefan Parsons – BJ McLeod Motorsports – 33 Attempts – 36th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 66 – Timmy Hill – MBM Motorsports – 33 Attempts – 39th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 90 – Caesar Bacarella – DGM Racing – 31 Attempts – 32nd in 2020 NXS OP

MUST QUALIFY INSIDE TOP-31:

  • No. 16 – AJ Allmendinger – Kaulig Racing – 12 Attempts – 33rd in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 26 – Brandon Gdovic – Sam Hunt Racing – 10 Attempts – 38th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 54 – Ty Dillon – Joe Gibbs Racing – 6 Attempts – 37th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 23 – Jason White – RSS Racing – 2 Attempts – 42nd in 2020 NXS OP – Internal Transfer from RSS 38
  • No. 25 – Chris Cockrum – ACG Motorsports – 1 Attempt – 44th in 2020 NXS OP
  • No. 31 – Jordan Anderson  – Jordan Anderson Racing – NEW ENTRY
  • No. 03 – Tyler Reddick – Our Motorsports – NEW ENTRY
  • No. 77 – Ronnie Bassett Jr. – Bassett Racing – NEW ENTRY 
  • No. 91 – Mario Gosselin – DGM Racing – NEW ENTRY 

RAIN PLAN:

SECTION 9.6.2.1 INCLEMENT WEATHER – RACE ONE:

The following will be the procedure for determining eligibility for and assigning the 40 starting grid positions for a NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Event:

  • All 40 available starting positions will be assigned, including those starting positions previously designated as Team Owner provisional starting positions.
  • Positions will first be assigned to the highest 30 vehicles in the previous calendar year’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Team Owner Points standings.
  • The next available starting position(s), if any, will be assigned to any Team Owner(s) who has won at least one Championship Race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series during the previous calendar year, with the vehicle licensed by the Team Owner, provided they have not already been assigned a starting position. NASCAR Xfinity Series Team Owner Points standings for the previous calendar year will determine the starting position(s) order amongst the previous year’s Race winners.
  • The next available starting position(s), if any, will be assigned to any driver(s) who has entered that Event in that vehicle by the entry deadline and has won at least one Championship Race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series during the previous calendar year, provided they have not already been assigned a starting position. NASCAR Xfinity Series Team Owner Points standings for the previous calendar year will determine the starting position(s) order amongst the previous year’s Race winners.
  • The next available starting position(s), if any, will be assigned to any Team Owner(s) whose driver listed on the Official Entry Blank/List for that Event by the entry deadline is a past NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion driver, is eligible for NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver Points, and who participated in the NASCAR Xfinity Series as a driver in the previous year. In the event of more than one eligible past Series Champion driver, positions will be assigned in descending order starting with the most recent Series Champion.
  • The next available starting position(s) will be assigned to the highest eligible Team Owner(s) who has made the most number of Qualifying attempts in the previous calendar year. If two or more vehicles have the same number of attempts, the previous calendar year’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Team Owner Points standings will prevail.
  • The next available starting position(s), if any, will be assigned to vehicles in the order in which their vehicle number was selected during the random drawing for that Event.

Starting Lineup (If qualifying is cancelled):

  1. No. 22 – Austin Cindric
  2. No. 7 – Justin Allgaier
  3. No. 11 – Justin Haley
  4. No. 98 – Riley Herbst
  5. No. 9 – Noah Gragson
  6. No. 19 – Brandon Jones
  7. No. 10 – Jeb Burton
  8. No. 20 – Harrison Burton
  9. No. 8 – Josh Berry
  10.  No. 1 – Michael Annett
  11. No. 2 – Myatt Snider
  12. No. 18 – Daniel Hemric
  13. No. 39 – Ryan Sieg
  14. No. 68 – Brandon Brown
  15. No. 02 – Brett Moffitt
  16. No. 51 – Jeremy Clements
  17. No. 92 – Josh Williams
  18. No. 07 – Joe Graf Jr.
  19. No. 36 – Alex Labbe
  20. No. 15 – Colby Howard
  21. No. 6 – Ryan Vargas
  22. No. 44 – Tommy Joe Martins
  23. No. 61 – Robby Lyons
  24. No. 78 – Jesse Little
  25. No. 0 – Jeffrey Earnhardt
  26. No. 13 – Chad Finchum
  27. No. 5 – Matt Mills
  28. No. 48 – Danny Bohn
  29. No. 17 – Cody Ware
  30. No. 74 – Bayley Currey
  31. No. 16  – AJ Allmendinger (Owner Win from 2020)
  32. No. 54 – Ty Dillon (Owner Win from 2020)
  33. No. 4 – Landon Cassill
  34. No. 47 – Kyle Weatherman
  35. No. 52 – Gray Gaulding
  36. No. 99 – Stefan Parsons
  37. No. 66 – Timmy Hill
  38. No. 90 – Caesar Bacarella
  39. No. 26 – Brandon Gdovic
  40. No. 23 – Jason White
  41. No. 25 – Chris Cockrum
  42. No. 31 – Jordan Anderson
  43. No. 03 – Tyler Reddick
  44. No. 91 – Mario Gosselin
  45. No. 77 – Ronnie Bassett Jr.

DNQ’s: Chris Cockrum (No. 25), Jordan Anderson (No. 31), Tyler Reddick (No. 03), Mario Gosselin (No. 91), Ronnie Bassett Jr. (No. 77)

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