The 40 drivers competing in the 2016 Daytona 500, in order of starting position:

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No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports

DRIVER: Chase Elliott

BORN: Nov. 28, 1995

HOMETOWN: Dawsonville, Georgia

CREW CHIEF: Alan Gustafson

SPONSOR: NAPA Auto Parts

TWITTER: @ChaseElliott

NOTEWORTHY: Son of Hall of Famer Bill Elliott starts from the pole in his first Daytona 500.

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No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing

DRIVER: Matt Kenseth

BORN: March 10, 1972

HOMETOWN: Cambridge, Wisconsin

CREW CHIEF: Jason Ratcliff

SPONSOR: Dollar General

TWITTER: @mattkenseth

NOTEWORTHY: Will start in the back of the field after switching to a backup car. Suspended two races last year for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano.

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No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports

DRIVER: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

BORN: Oct. 10, 1974

HOMETOWN: Kannapolis, North Carolina

CREW CHIEF: Greg Ives

SPONSOR: Nationwide

TWITTER: @DaleJr

NOTEWORTHY: Driving car nicknamed "Amelia," which has four wins, a second and a third in six restrictor-plate races over the last 13 months. Won one of the twin qualifying races Thursday.

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No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing

DRIVER: Kyle Busch

BORN: May 2, 1985

HOMETOWN: Las Vegas

CREW CHIEF: Adam Stevens

SPONSOR: M&M's 75

TWITTER: @KyleBusch

NOTEWORTHY: Won one of the twin qualifying races Thursday. Missed the Daytona 500 and 10 other races last season because of injuries suffered in a crash the day before the 500. Rallied to win his first Cup title.

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No. 22 Ford, Team Penske

DRIVER: Joey Logano

BORN: May 24, 1990

HOMETOWN: Middletown, Connecticut

CREW CHIEF: Todd Gordon

SPONSOR: Shell Pennzoil

TWITTER: @joeylogano

NOTEWORTHY: Defending Daytona 500 winner is a favorite to win the Sprint Cup championship this season.

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No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates

DRIVER: Jamie McMurray

BORN: June 3, 1976

HOMETOWN: Joplin, Missouri

CREW CHIEF: Matt McCall

SPONSOR: Cessna/McDonald's

TWITTER: @jamiemcmurray

NOTEWORTHY: Won the 2010 Daytona 500 and made his first Chase for the Sprint Cup championship last season.

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No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers Racing

DRIVER: Ryan Blaney

BORN: Dec. 31, 1993

HOMETOWN: High Point, North Carolina

CREW CHIEF: Jeremy Bullins

SPONSOR: Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center

TWITTER: @Blaney

NOTEWORTHY: Development driver for Roger Penske is on loan to Wood Brothers for the full season. One of four non-charter teams. Raced way into field in qualifying Thursday.

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No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing

DRIVER: Kurt Busch

BORN: Aug. 4, 1978

HOMETOWN: Las Vegas

CREW CHIEF: Tony Gibson

SPONSOR: Haas Automation/Monster Energy

TWITTER: @KurtBusch

NOTEWORTHY: Busch was suspended by NASCAR for the first three races last year and missed the Daytona 500.

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No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing

DRIVER: Kevin Harvick

BORN: Dec. 8, 1975

HOMETOWN: Bakersfield, California

CREW CHIEF: Rodney Childers

SPONSOR: Jimmy John's

TWITTER: @KevinHarvick

NOTEWORTHY: Finished second in the championship race last year as he failed to defend his 2014 title. In the last eight seasons, drivers who finished second have a combined one win the following year.

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No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing

DRIVER: Carl Edwards

BORN: Aug. 15, 1979

HOMETOWN: Columbia, Missouri

CREW CHIEF: Dave Rogers

SPONSOR: Arris

TWITTER: None

NOTEWORTHY: In his second season with Joe Gibbs Racing, made an offseason crew chief change to bolster team.

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No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing

DRIVER: Denny Hamlin

BORN: Nov. 18, 1980

HOMETOWN: Chesterfield, Virginia

CREW CHIEF: Mike Wheeler

SPONSOR: FedEx Express

TWITTER: @dennyhamlin

NOTEWORTHY: Won the exhibition Sprint Unlimited and is vying for his first Daytona 500 victory.

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No. 95 Ford, Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing

DRIVER: Ty Dillon

BORN: Feb. 27, 1992

HOMETOWN: Lewisville, North Carolina

CREW CHIEF: Todd Parrott

SPONSOR: Cheerios

TWITTER: @tydillon

NOTEWORTHY: Will run a limited Cup schedule for Leavine Family this year, but could gain additional starts as injury replacement for Tony Stewart.

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No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports

DRIVER: Kasey Kahne

BORN: April 10, 1980

HOMETOWN: Enumclaw, Washington

CREW CHIEF: Keith Rodden

SPONSOR: Farmers Insurance

TWITTER: @kaseykahne

NOTEWORTHY: Coming off disappointing and winless season, failing to make the Chase.

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No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates

DRIVER: Kyle Larson

BORN: July 31, 1992

HOMETOWN: Elk Grove, California

CREW CHIEF: Chad Johnston

SPONSOR: Target

TWITTER: @KyleLarsonRacin

NOTEWORTHY: Still seeking his first Cup win as he begins his third season.

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No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing

DRIVER: Greg Biffle

BORN: Dec. 23, 1969

HOMETOWN: Vancouver, Washington

CREW CHIEF: Brian Pattie

SPONSOR: KFC Nashville Hot

TWITTER: @gbiffle

NOTEWORTHY: Entering 14th season at RFR, the veteran driver of the organization.

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No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing

DRIVER: Danica Patrick

BORN: March 25, 1982

HOMETOWN: Roscoe, Illinois

CREW CHIEF: Billy Scott

SPONSOR: Nature's Bakery

TWITTER: @DanicaPatrick

NOTEWORTHY: Patrick begins a new era with a new sponsor after spending most of her career with GoDaddy.

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No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports

DRIVER: Chris Buescher

BORN: Oct. 29, 1992

HOMETOWN: Prosper, Texas

CREW CHIEF: Bob Osborne

SPONSOR: Love's Travel Stops

TWITTER: @Chris_Buescher

NOTEWORTHY: Won the Xfinity Series title last year for Roush Fenway and is on loan to Front Row to run a full Cup schedule.

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No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing

DRIVER: Brian Vickers

BORN: Oct. 24, 1983

HOMETOWN: Thomasville, North Carolina

CREW CHIEF: Mike Bugarewicz

SPONSOR: Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1

TWITTER: @BrianLVickers

NOTEWORTHY: Missed all but two races last year because of recurring blood clots. Replacing injured driver Tony Stewart for start of season.

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No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing

DRIVER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

BORN: Oct. 2, 1987

HOMETOWN: Olive Branch, Mississippi

CREW CHIEF: Nicholas Sandler

SPONSOR: Fastenal

TWITTER: @StenhouseJr

NOTEWORTHY: Had just three top-10 finishes last year.

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No. 93 Toyota, BK Racing

DRIVER: Matt DiBenedetto

BORN: July 27, 1991

HOMETOWN: Grass Valley, California

CREW CHIEF: Gene Nead

SPONSOR: Dustless Blasting

TWITTER: @mattdracing

NOTEWORTY: One of four non-charter teams. Raced way into field in qualifying Thursday.

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No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing

DRIVER: Austin Dillon

BORN: April 27, 1990

HOMETOWN: Welcome, North Carolina

CREW CHIEF: Slugger Labbe

SPONSOR: Dow

TWITTER: @austindillon3

NOTEWORTHY: Has high expectations as he enters his third full Sprint Cup season.

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No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports

DRIVER: Michael Annett

BORN: June 23, 1986

HOMETOWN: Des Moines, Iowa

CREW CHIEF: Jay Guy

SPONSOR: Pilot/Flying J Travel Centers

TWITTER: @MichaelAnnett

NOTEWORTHY: Entering his second season with HScott Motorsports.

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No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing

DRIVER: Trevor Bayne

BORN: Feb. 19, 1991

HOMETOWN: Knoxville, Tennessee

CREW CHIEF: Matt Puccia

SPONSOR: AdvoCare

TWITTER: @Tbayne21

NOTEWORTHY: Won the 2011 Daytona 500 in his first career start in the "Great American Race."

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No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports

DRIVER: Landon Cassill

BORN: July, 9, 1989

HOMETOWN: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

CREW CHIEF: Donnie Wingo

SPONSOR: Florida Lottery Fund

TWITTER: @landoncassill

NOTEWORTHY: Made a move to Front Row Motorsports this season in one of the more competitive rides he's had in years.

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No. 2 Ford, Penske Racing

DRIVER: Brad Keselowski

BORN: Feb. 12, 1984

HOMETOWN: Rochester Hills, Michigan

CREW CHIEF: Paul Wolfe

SPONSOR: Miller Lite

TWITTER: @keselowski

NOTEWORTHY: Considers 2015 a disappointment because he failed for the second consecutive year to make the championship race.

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No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports

DRIVER: Jimmie Johnson

BORN: Sept. 17, 1975

HOMETOWN: El Cajon, California

CREW CHIEF: Chad Knaus

SPONSOR: Lowe's

TWITTER: @JimmieJohnson

NOTEWORTHY: Will start in the back of the field after switching to a backup car. Won five races last season, but a broken part eliminated him in the first round of the Chase.

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No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing

DRIVER: Regan Smith

BORN: Sept., 23, 1983

HOMETOWN: Cato, New York

CREW CHIEF: Tommy Baldwin

SPONSOR: Nikko RC/Golden Corral

TWITTER: @ReganSmith

NOTEWORTHY: Lost his full-time ride in the Xfinity Series with JR Motorsports after last season and was a very late hire by Baldwin.

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No. 78 Toyota, Furniture Row Racing

DRIVER: Martin Truex Jr.

BORN: June 29, 1980

HOMETOWN: Mayetta, New Jersey

CREW CHIEF: Cole Pearn

SPONSOR: Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats

TWITTER: @MartinTruexJr56

NOTEWORTHY: Will start in the back of the field after switching to a backup car. Made the Chase last season and raced for the championship. Team switched from Chevrolet to Toyota this season.

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No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing

DRIVER: David Ragan

BORN: Dec. 24, 1985

HOMETOWN: Unadilla, Georgia

CREW CHIEF: Patrick Donahue

SPONSOR: Dr Pepper

TWITTER: @DavidRagan

NOTEWORTHY: Bounced between Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing last season as a replacement driver.

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No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing

DRIVER: AJ Allmendinger

BORN: Dec. 16, 1981

HOMETOWN: Los Gatos, California

CREW CHIEF: Randall Burnett

SPONSOR: Kroger/Scott Products

TWITTER:@AJDinger

NOTEWORTHY: Will start in the back of the field after switching to a backup car. Failed to follow up on his 2014 season, when he made the Chase.

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No. 15 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports

DRIVER: Clint Bowyer

BORN: May 30, 1979

HOMETOWN: Emporia, Kansas

CREW CHIEF: Steve Addington

SPONSOR: 5-hour Energy

TWITTER: @ClintBowyer

NOTEWORTHY: Driving one season for Harry Scott before moving to Stewart-Haas Racing to replace retiring driver Tony Stewart.

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No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing

DRIVER: Casey Mears

BORN: March 12, 1978

HOMETOWN: Bakersfield, California

CREW CHIEF: Robert "Bootie" Barker

SPONSOR: Geico

TWITTER: @CaseyMears13

NOTEWORTHY: Hasn't won a Cup race in 296 consecutive races.

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No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing

DRIVER: Bobby Labonte

BORN: May 8, 1964

HOMETOWN: Corpus Christi, Texas

CREW CHIEF: Wally Rogers

SPONSOR: C&J Energy Services

TWITTER: @bobbylabonte

NOTEWORTHY: The 2000 NASCAR champion ran just four races last year.

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No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports

DRIVER: Aric Almirola

BORN: March 14, 1984

HOMETOWN: Tampa, Florida

CREW CHIEF: Trent Owens

SPONSOR: Smithfield

TWITTER: @aric_almirola

NOTEWORTHY: Failed to follow up on his 2014 season, which saw him win one race (summer event at Daytona) and make the Chase.

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No. 44 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports

DRIVER: Brian Scott

BORN: Jan. 12, 1988

HOMETOWN: Boise, Idaho

CREW CHIEF: Chris Heroy

SPONSOR: Albertsons/Shore Lodge Fund

TWITTER: @bscottracing

NOTEWORTHY: Moved to Richard Petty Motorsports this season to run a full Cup season.

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No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing

DRIVER: Michael Waltrip

BORN: April 30, 1963

HOMETOWN: Owensboro, Kentucky

CREW CHIEF: Doug Richert

SPONSOR: Maxwell House

TWITTER: @mwr55

NOTEWORTHY: A two-time Daytona 500 winner, this could be his final "Great American Race."

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No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing

DRIVER: Paul Menard

BORN: Aug. 21, 1980

HOMETOWN: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

CREW CHIEF: Justin Alexander

SPONSOR: Peak Antifreeze/Menards

TWITTER: @RCR27PMenard

NOTEWORTHY: Made the Chase last year for the first time.

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No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing

DRIVER: Ryan Newman

BORN: Dec. 8, 1977

HOMETOWN: South Bend, Indiana

CREW CHIEF: Luke Lambert

SPONSOR: Caterpillar

TWITTER: @RyanJNewman

NOTEWORTHY: Made the Chase last year for the second consecutive season.

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No. 59 Chevrolet, Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing

DRIVER: Michael McDowell

BORN: Dec. 21, 1984

HOMETOWN: Glendale, Arizona

CREW CHIEF: Wally Rogers

SPONSOR: Thrivent Financial

TWITTER: @Mc_Driver

NOTEWORTHY: Driving in his fourth Daytona 500 in the last five years. Finished career-best ninth in 2013. One of four non-charter teams. Got in field based on qualifying speed.

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No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing

DRIVER: Robert Richardson Jr.

BORN: April 4, 1982

HOMETOWN: McKinney, Texas

CREW CHIEF: Mike Ford

SPONSOR: Stalk It

TWITTER: @RRJR23

NOTEWORTY: Was working on his farm bailing hay two weeks ago when he got the call to attempt to make the Daytona 500. One of four non-charter teams. Got in field based on qualifying speed.