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Making The Field: 2022 NXS Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. 300 at Daytona International Speedway

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With 47 cars on the entry list for the 2022 NXS Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. 300 at Daytona International Speedway, qualifying is guaranteed to be chaotic in the grand scheme of things, with nine drivers leaving Daytona without a chance to start Saturday’s race. PC: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The NASCAR Xfinity Series clearly was not messing around over the off-season, resulting in the largest entry list for a season-opener since 2016. With that, comes the promise of a dramatic qualifying session, as 47 cars fight for 38 spots in Saturday’s 300-mile event.

These drivers, especially those in danger of failing to qualify, will face one of the most nerve-racking laps of the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series season on Saturday at 11:35 AM ET (FS1).

Emerling-Gase Motorsports, Jesse Iwuji Motorsports, and Alpha Prime Racing are the three organizations looking to make their NASCAR Xfinity Series debuts at the historic 2.5-mile superspeedway.

Alpha Prime Racing will have co-owners Tommy Joe Martins (No. 44) and Caesar Bacarella (No. 45) behind the wheel of its two entries at Daytona. Both entries will compete full-time in the series in 2022, with a multitude of drivers, including Ryan Ellis, Kaz Grala, and Sage Karam.

Jesse Iwuji Motorsports – co-owned by driver Jesse Iwuji and Emmitt Smith — will look to make their first event at Daytona, with Iwuji behind the wheel of the No. 34 Equity Prime Mortgage Chevrolet Camaro. The No. 34 will have technical and engineering support from Chevrolet this season, as well as Hendrick Engines.

Finally, Emerling-Gase Motorsports will bring a pair of entries to the 2.5-mile superspeedway, both with the same sponsor, Kitty Kat Coin. Shane Lee will pilot the No. 35 Toyota Supra, while co-owner Joey Gase will drive the No. 53 Ford Mustang.

Only Drew Dollar – driving the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing — will be attempting to make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Daytona, with his spot in the race, essentially guaranteed, being ninth in 2021 NXS OP.

However, the series’ single-car qualifying session will have a wrinkle thrown into it, as NASCAR has changed the sorting of owner point provisionals to focus only on owner points rank, rather than attempts, as it had in previous seasons.

In addition, NASCAR has implemented a ‘Previous Winner Provisional’ for the NASCAR Xfinity Series in qualifying situations, where a winner from the series’ current or previous season will receive the final spot in the field if they’ve not already earned a position.

However, only one spot can be awarded between the Past Champions Provisional and Previous Winners Provisional.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Gets Provisional Assignment Tweak, Previous Winners Provisional Introduced for 2022


LOCKED IN:

#DriverTeamReason
54Ty Gibbs (PWP 1)
Joe Gibbs Racing2nd in 2021 NXS OP
9Noah Gragson (PWP 2)
JR Motorsports3rd in 2021 NXS OP
10Landon CassillKaulig Racing4th in 2021 NXS OP (was #16)
19Brandon JonesJoe Gibbs Racing5th in 2021 NXS OP (was #18)
11Daniel Hemric (PCP 1) Kaulig Racing11th in 2021 NCWTS OP (was #10)

Only Ty Gibbs, Noah Gragson, Landon Cassill, and Brandon Jones, based on their owner points position from last season, are 100-percent certain they’ll race on Saturday. Daniel Hemric is also locked into the event, as he’s the only series champion eligible for the PCP.

Gibbs, Gragson, and Hemric would be eligible to use a PWP, if needed. However, both Gibbs and Gragson would be assigned an OP provisional beforehand, and Hemric would be assigned a Past Champions Provisional before a PWP.

ESSENTIALLY LOCKED IN:

#DriverTeamReason
7Justin Allgaier (PWP 3)JR Motorsports6th in 2021 NXS OP
16AJ Allmendinger (PWP 4)Kaulig Racing7th in 2021 NXS OP (was #11)
1Sam MayerJR Motorsports8th in 2021 NXS OP
18Drew DollarJoe Gibbs Racing9th in 2021 NXS OP (was #20)
2Sheldon CreedRichard Childress Racing10th in 2021 NXS OP
8Josh Berry (PWP 5)JR Motorsports12th in 2021 NXS OP
26Ryan TruexSam Hunt Racing13th in 2021 NXS OP (was #19)
98Riley HerbstStewart-Haas Racing14th in 2021 NXS OP
51Jeremy ClementsJeremy Clements Racing15th in 2021 NXS OP
02Brett MoffittOur Motorsports16th in 2021 NXS OP
28Kyle SiegRSS Racing17th in 2021 NXS OP (was #39)
68Brandon Brown (PWP 6)Brandonbilt Motorsports18th in 2021 NXS OP
92Kyle WeathermanDGM Racing19th in 2021 NXS OP
35Shane LeeEmerling-Gase Motorsports20th in 2021 NXS OP (was #23)

The vehicles ranked from sixth to 20th in 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series owner points are deemed ‘essentially locked in’, based on their owner points position and previous trends of qualifying at Daytona International Speedway.

Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, Josh Berry, and Brandon Brown are all eligible to use a Previous Winners Provisional if needed, in the above-listed order. In the event that multiple winners are outside the top-33 in speeds and unable to use an owner points provisional, the highest in owner points would receive the final spot.

FEELING ANXIOUS:

#DriverTeamReason
91Mason MasseyDGM Racing21st in 2021 NXS OP (was #36)
44Tommy Joe MartinsAlpha Prime Racing 22nd in 2021 NXS OP
24Jeffrey EarnhardtSam Hunt Racing23rd in 2021 NXS OP (was #26)
48Jade BufordBig Machine Racing24th in 2021 NXS OP
31Myatt Snider (PWP 7)Jordan Anderson Racing25th in 2021 NXS OP
34Jesse IwujiJesse Iwuji Motorsports26th in 2021 NXS OP (was #6)
07Joe Graf Jr.SS Green Light Racing27th in 2021 NXS OP (was #17)

The vehicles that are ranked from 21st to 27th in 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series Owner Points, Mason Massey, Tommy Joe Martins, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Jade Buford, Myatt Snider, Jesse Iwuji, and Joe Graf Jr. are probably a little bit on edge when thinking about Saturday’s qualifying session.

While some of these cars may have the speed to be inside the top-31 in qualifying, there could be some slight worries about an extenuating circumstance that would prevent them from competing in the Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. 300 at Daytona.

Myatt Snider – ranked 25th in 2021 NXS OP — is the seventh driver in line to utilize a Previous Winners Provisional, if needed, but could only use it if the six drivers above him don’t need it, and Daniel Hemric doesn’t need his PCP.

SWEATING BULLETS:

#DriverTeamReason
78Josh WilliamsDGM Racing28th in 2021 NXS OP
5Matt MillsBJ McLeod Motorsports29th in 2021 NXS OP
4Bayley CurreyJD Motorsports30th in 2021 NXS OP
21Austin Hill Richard Childress Racing31st in 2021 NXS OP (was #47)
6Ryan VargasJD Motorsports32nd in 2021 NXS OP (was #0)
99Stefan ParsonsBJ McLeod Motorsports33rd in 2021 NXS OP
08David StarrSS Green Light Racing34th in 2021 NXS OP
66JJ YeleyMBM Motorsports35th in 2021 NXS OP
36Josh BilickiDGM Racing38th in 2021 NXS OP (was #90)
47Gray GauldingMike Harmon Racing40th in 2021 NXS OP (was #74)
77Ronnie Bassett Jr.Bassett Racing42nd in 2021 NXS OP
90Alex LabbeDGM Racing43rd in 2021 NXS OP (was #91)
38CJ McLaughlinRSS Racing44th in 2021 NXS OP
23Anthony AlfredoOur Motorsports51st in 2021 NXS OP
27Jeb Burton (PWP 8)Our MotorsportsNO POINTS
39Ryan SiegRSS RacingNO POINTS
53Joey GaseEmerling-Gase MotorsportsNO OWNER POINTS
74Tim ViensMike Harmon RacingNO OWNER POINTS
45Caesar BacarellaAlpha Prime RacingNO OWNER POINTS

Everyone else, ranked 28thin 2021 NXS OP on down, is anxious, possibly even terrified for Saturday’s single-car qualifying session, as their owner points position leaves them in a precarious position, should their qualifying speed not be fast enough.

While there is still a chance that Williams, Mills, Currey, Hill, Vargas, Parsons, Starr, Yeley, Decker, Bilicki, and Rhodes could fall back on their owner points position, last year’s qualifying sessions often put drivers inside the top-30 in owner points out of the race.

Jeb Burton – driving the No. 27 for Our Motorsports — is the eighth driver in line to use a Previous Winners Provisional. Burton can use this provisional if the seven other drivers eligible don’t need it, and Hemric doesn’t need his PCP.

Gaulding, Bassett, Labbe, McLaughlin, Alfredo, Sieg, Gase, Viens, and Bacarella MUST post a speed inside the top-33, if they’re hoping to make Saturday’s Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. 300 at Daytona.


RAINOUT PROCEDURE:

  • The highest 30 cars in 2021 NXS OP will be assigned a spot in the field
  • The next available starting position(s), will be assigned to a team owner(s) that has won an NXS event in 2021.
  • The next available starting position(s), if any, will be assigned to a driver(s that has won an NXS event in 2021.
  • The next available starting position(s), if any, will be assigned to a driver that is an eligible past champion.
    • The driver must have won the championship in the last 10 seasons, competed in the series in 2021, and currently be running for NXS points.
    • If more than one past champion, positions are assigned in descending order, starting with the most recent champion.
  • The remaining position(s), if any, will be assigned to the vehicles highest in 2021 NXS OP.

STARTING LINEUP (IF RAINOUT):

Rank#NameTeamNotes
154Ty GibbsJoe Gibbs Racing
29Noah GragsonJR Motorsports
310Landon CassillKaulig Racing
419Brandon JonesJoe Gibbs Racing
57Justin AllgaierJR Motorsports
616AJ AllmendingerKaulig Racing
71Sam MayerJR Motorsports
818Drew DollarJoe Gibbs Racing
92Sheldon CreedRichard Childress Racing
1011Daniel HemricKaulig Racing
118Josh BerryJR Motorsports
1226Ryan TruexSam Hunt Racing
1398Riley HerbstStewart-Haas Racing
1451Jeremy ClementsJeremy Clements Racing
1502Brett MoffittOur Motorsports
1628Kyle SiegRSS Racing
1768Brandon BrownBrandonbilt Motorsports
1892Kyle WeathermanDGM Racing
1935Shane LeeEmerling-Gase Motorsports
2091Mason MasseyDGM Racing
2144Tommy Joe MartinsAlpha Prime Racing
2224Jeffrey EarnhardtSam Hunt Racing
2348Jade BufordBig Machine Racing
2431Myatt SniderJordan Anderson Racing
2534Jesse IwujiJesse Iwuji Motorsports
2607Joe Graf Jr.SS Green Light Racing
2778Josh WilliamsBJ McLeod Motorsports
285Matt MillsBJ McLeod Motorsports
294Bayley CurreyJD Motorsports
3021Austin HillRichard Childress Racing
3127Jeb BurtonOur Motorsports2021 NXS Winner
326Ryan VargasJD Motorsports32nd in NXS OP
3399Stefan ParsonsBJ McLeod Motorsports33rd in NXS OP
3408David StarrSS Green Light Racing34th in NXS OP
3566JJ YeleyMBM Motorsports35th in NXS OP
3633Natalie DeckerReaume Brothers Racing36th in NXS OP
3736Josh BilickiDGM Racing38th in NXS OP
3852Harrison RhodesJimmy Means Racing39th in NXS OP
39 (DNQ)47Gray GauldingMike Harmon Racing40th in NXS OP
40 (DNQ)77Ronnie Bassett Jr.Bassett Racing42nd in NXS OP
41 (DNQ)90Alex LabbéDGM Racing43rd in NXS OP
42 (DNQ)38CJ McLaughlinRSS Racing44th in NXS OP
43 (DNQ)23Anthony AlfredoOur Motorsports51st in NXS OP
44 (DNQ)39Ryan SiegRSS RacingNO OWNER POINTS
45 (DNQ)53Joey GaseEmerling-Gase MotorsportsNO OWNER POINTS
46 (DNQ)74Tim ViensMike Harmon RacingNO OWNER POINTS
47 (DNQ)45Caesar BacarellaAlpha Prime RacingNO OWNER POINTS
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University of Windsor | Business Administration - Supply Chain & Data Analytics Editor at TobyChristie.com

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