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.
|54||Ty Gibbs (PWP 1)||Joe Gibbs Racing||2nd in 2021 NXS OP|
|9||Noah Gragson (PWP 2)||JR Motorsports||3rd in 2021 NXS OP|
|10||Landon Cassill||Kaulig Racing||4th in 2021 NXS OP (was #16)|
|19||Brandon Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||5th in 2021 NXS OP (was #18)|
|11||Daniel Hemric (PCP 1)||Kaulig Racing||11th 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:
|7||Justin Allgaier (PWP 3)||JR Motorsports||6th in 2021 NXS OP|
|16||AJ Allmendinger (PWP 4)||Kaulig Racing||7th in 2021 NXS OP (was #11)|
|1||Sam Mayer||JR Motorsports||8th in 2021 NXS OP|
|18||Drew Dollar||Joe Gibbs Racing||9th in 2021 NXS OP (was #20)|
|2||Sheldon Creed||Richard Childress Racing||10th in 2021 NXS OP|
|8||Josh Berry (PWP 5)||JR Motorsports||12th in 2021 NXS OP|
|26||Ryan Truex||Sam Hunt Racing||13th in 2021 NXS OP (was #19)|
|98||Riley Herbst||Stewart-Haas Racing||14th in 2021 NXS OP|
|51||Jeremy Clements||Jeremy Clements Racing||15th in 2021 NXS OP|
|02||Brett Moffitt||Our Motorsports||16th in 2021 NXS OP|
|28||Kyle Sieg||RSS Racing||17th in 2021 NXS OP (was #39)|
|68||Brandon Brown (PWP 6)||Brandonbilt Motorsports||18th in 2021 NXS OP|
|92||Kyle Weatherman||DGM Racing||19th in 2021 NXS OP|
|35||Shane Lee||Emerling-Gase Motorsports||20th 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.
|91||Mason Massey||DGM Racing||21st in 2021 NXS OP (was #36)|
|44||Tommy Joe Martins||Alpha Prime Racing||22nd in 2021 NXS OP|
|24||Jeffrey Earnhardt||Sam Hunt Racing||23rd in 2021 NXS OP (was #26)|
|48||Jade Buford||Big Machine Racing||24th in 2021 NXS OP|
|31||Myatt Snider (PWP 7)||Jordan Anderson Racing||25th in 2021 NXS OP|
|34||Jesse Iwuji||Jesse Iwuji Motorsports||26th in 2021 NXS OP (was #6)|
|07||Joe Graf Jr.||SS Green Light Racing||27th 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.
|78||Josh Williams||DGM Racing||28th in 2021 NXS OP|
|5||Matt Mills||BJ McLeod Motorsports||29th in 2021 NXS OP|
|4||Bayley Currey||JD Motorsports||30th in 2021 NXS OP|
|21||Austin Hill||Richard Childress Racing||31st in 2021 NXS OP (was #47)|
|6||Ryan Vargas||JD Motorsports||32nd in 2021 NXS OP (was #0)|
|99||Stefan Parsons||BJ McLeod Motorsports||33rd in 2021 NXS OP|
|08||David Starr||SS Green Light Racing||34th in 2021 NXS OP|
|66||JJ Yeley||MBM Motorsports||35th in 2021 NXS OP|
|36||Josh Bilicki||DGM Racing||38th in 2021 NXS OP (was #90)|
|47||Gray Gaulding||Mike Harmon Racing||40th in 2021 NXS OP (was #74)|
|77||Ronnie Bassett Jr.||Bassett Racing||42nd in 2021 NXS OP|
|90||Alex Labbe||DGM Racing||43rd in 2021 NXS OP (was #91)|
|38||CJ McLaughlin||RSS Racing||44th in 2021 NXS OP|
|23||Anthony Alfredo||Our Motorsports||51st in 2021 NXS OP|
|27||Jeb Burton (PWP 8)||Our Motorsports||NO POINTS|
|39||Ryan Sieg||RSS Racing||NO POINTS|
|53||Joey Gase||Emerling-Gase Motorsports||NO OWNER POINTS|
|74||Tim Viens||Mike Harmon Racing||NO OWNER POINTS|
|45||Caesar Bacarella||Alpha Prime Racing||NO 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.
- 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):
|1||54||Ty Gibbs||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|2||9||Noah Gragson||JR Motorsports|
|3||10||Landon Cassill||Kaulig Racing|
|4||19||Brandon Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||7||Justin Allgaier||JR Motorsports|
|6||16||AJ Allmendinger||Kaulig Racing|
|7||1||Sam Mayer||JR Motorsports|
|8||18||Drew Dollar||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|9||2||Sheldon Creed||Richard Childress Racing|
|10||11||Daniel Hemric||Kaulig Racing|
|11||8||Josh Berry||JR Motorsports|
|12||26||Ryan Truex||Sam Hunt Racing|
|13||98||Riley Herbst||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|14||51||Jeremy Clements||Jeremy Clements Racing|
|15||02||Brett Moffitt||Our Motorsports|
|16||28||Kyle Sieg||RSS Racing|
|17||68||Brandon Brown||Brandonbilt Motorsports|
|18||92||Kyle Weatherman||DGM Racing|
|19||35||Shane Lee||Emerling-Gase Motorsports|
|20||91||Mason Massey||DGM Racing|
|21||44||Tommy Joe Martins||Alpha Prime Racing|
|22||24||Jeffrey Earnhardt||Sam Hunt Racing|
|23||48||Jade Buford||Big Machine Racing|
|24||31||Myatt Snider||Jordan Anderson Racing|
|25||34||Jesse Iwuji||Jesse Iwuji Motorsports|
|26||07||Joe Graf Jr.||SS Green Light Racing|
|27||78||Josh Williams||BJ McLeod Motorsports|
|28||5||Matt Mills||BJ McLeod Motorsports|
|29||4||Bayley Currey||JD Motorsports|
|30||21||Austin Hill||Richard Childress Racing|
|31||27||Jeb Burton||Our Motorsports||2021 NXS Winner|
|32||6||Ryan Vargas||JD Motorsports||32nd in NXS OP|
|33||99||Stefan Parsons||BJ McLeod Motorsports||33rd in NXS OP|
|34||08||David Starr||SS Green Light Racing||34th in NXS OP|
|35||66||JJ Yeley||MBM Motorsports||35th in NXS OP|
|36||33||Natalie Decker||Reaume Brothers Racing||36th in NXS OP|
|37||36||Josh Bilicki||DGM Racing||38th in NXS OP|
|38||52||Harrison Rhodes||Jimmy Means Racing||39th in NXS OP|
|39 (DNQ)||47||Gray Gaulding||Mike Harmon Racing||40th in NXS OP|
|40 (DNQ)||77||Ronnie Bassett Jr.||Bassett Racing||42nd in NXS OP|
|41 (DNQ)||90||Alex Labbé||DGM Racing||43rd in NXS OP|
|42 (DNQ)||38||CJ McLaughlin||RSS Racing||44th in NXS OP|
|43 (DNQ)||23||Anthony Alfredo||Our Motorsports||51st in NXS OP|
|44 (DNQ)||39||Ryan Sieg||RSS Racing||NO OWNER POINTS|
|45 (DNQ)||53||Joey Gase||Emerling-Gase Motorsports||NO OWNER POINTS|
|46 (DNQ)||74||Tim Viens||Mike Harmon Racing||NO OWNER POINTS|
|47 (DNQ)||45||Caesar Bacarella||Alpha Prime Racing||NO OWNER POINTS|