Sam Hunt Racing to field 2 cars in season opening NXS race at Daytona, an updated look at the entry list there

Sam Hunt Racing (SHR) announced that the team will field two Toyota GR Supras in the Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. 300 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 19. In addition to Ryan Truex competing in the No. 26 Circle B Diecast Toyota GR Supra with SHR Technical Director Allen Hart as Crew Chief, Jeffrey Earnhardt will pilot the second SHR entry at the 2.5-mile superspeedway in the No. 24 ForeverLawn Toyota GR Supra with Crew Chief Andrew Abbott atop the pit box.

“Our entire journey has been based around calculated growth,” said Sam Hunt. “Running two cars at Daytona next month is another exciting step towards continuing to grow as a company and team. Having both Ryan and Jeffrey in our Toyota GR Supras will make for a fun start to 2022. They were Busch East teammates when their careers started at DEI – so it’s cool to see it come full circle at SHR.”

Daytona International Speedway will be the start of a multi-race campaign for Earnhardt, ForeverLawn and the SHR team. Earnhardt has 16 career NASCAR national touring series starts at the famed 2.5-mile tri-oval, and he is eager to add another to his resume.

“I’m really excited to head to Daytona with Sam Hunt Racing in the ForeverLawn GR Supra” said Earnhardt. “Having Ryan Truex as a teammate for this race is a great benefit, and I’m looking forward to kicking off the new season with a strong finish.”

ForeverLawn, an innovative synthetic grass solutions company, will be primary sponsor of the No. 24 Toyota GR Supra.

“We’re so excited to partner with Jeffrey again this season, and we can’t think of a better way to start our new partnership with Sam Hunt Racing than at Daytona,” says Derek Taylor, ForeverLawn’s NASCAR liaison. “We’re confident in Jeffrey’s ability and excited to watch his success with the support and quality equipment the SHR team offers. The Black and Green Grass Machine is ready to race–Daytona, here we come!”

The green flag for the Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. 300 at Daytona International Speedway is set to drop at 5:00pm ET on Saturday, February 19. The event will be broadcasted on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network, and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.

So far, the entry-list could span close to 50 cars on it. Last week, it was announced that Ryan Vargas would be returning to JD Motorsports as well as Matt Mills staying in his seat in the No. 5 Ford for BJ McLeod Motorsports.

RSS Racing also shared news that Kyle Sieg would be joining the family team on a part-time basis starting at Daytona too. Same for CJ McLaughlin who also is a part-time role beginning in Speedweeks for RSS Racing too in the No. 38 Ford.

Also, a part time new team with Raphael Lessard as the driver for SQR Development for Toyota was unveiled. I can see that team showing up to Daytona.

These entries join a vast array of already announced deals.

Chevrolet (25 for Daytona so far)

JR Motorsports (4) – Sam Mayer (No. 1), Justin Allgaier (No. 7), Josh Berry (No. 8), Noah Gragson (No. 9). Miguel Paludo and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will share the No. 88 Chevrolet but I don’t expect that car to race at Daytona.

Kaulig Racing (3) – Landon Cassill (No. 10), Daniel Hemric (No. 11), AJ Allmendinger (No. 16)

Our Motorsports (3) – Brett Moffitt (No. 02), Anthony Alfredo (No. 23), Jeb Burton (No. 27)

DGM Racing (3) – Mason Massey (No. 91), TBA on No. 36 & 92

Richard Childress Racing (2) – Sheldon Creed (No. 2), Austin Hill (No. 21)

JD Motorsports (2) – Ryan Vargas (Number TBA), Bayley Currey (Number TBA)

Alpha Prime Racing (2) – Several drivers splitting time in the No. 44 and No. 45 cars

Mike Harmon Racing (2) – They should show up with two cars again (47, 74) but haven’t had any drivers listed yet.

Jeremy Clements Racing (1) – Jeremy Clements (No. 51)

Brandonbilt Motorsports (1) – Brandon Brown (No. 68)

Jordan Anderson Racing (1) – Myatt Snider (No. 31)

Big Machine Racing Team (1) – Jade Buford (No. 48)

Ford (10-11)

RSS Racing (3) – Kyle Sieg (No. 28), CJ McLaughlin (No. 38), Ryan Sieg (No. 39). Parker Retzlaff will share the 38 with McLaughlin this year but McLaughlin gets the nod for Daytona.

SS-Green Light Racing (2) – Joe Graf Jr. (No. 07), Cole Custer, Chase Briscoe and others in the 2nd car.

Emerling-Gase Motorsports (2) – Joey Gase (No. 35), Patrick Emerling, Shane Lee and others in the No. 53 in a part time ride. They’ll likely show up to Daytona with both teams.

MBM Motorsports (2-3) – Timmy Hill gets the 66 but will they bring out 1 or 2 cars in other races? They have 3 total teams if they want to use them (No’s. 13, 61)

Stewart-Haas Racing (1) – Riley Herbst (No. 98)

Toyota (6)

Joe Gibbs Racing (3) – Ty Gibbs (soon to be announced), Brandon Jones (No. 19), a 3rd all-star car will likely be used.

Sam Hunt Racing (2) – Ryan Truex, John Hunter Nemecheck and Jeffrey Earnhardt will share the 26 ride but Earnhardt himself gets a 2nd car in Daytona in the No. 24 leaving Truex to the 26 for the season opener.

SQR Development (1) – Raphael Lessard (No. 81) gets the nod for this part-time team.

Of Note (7)

BJ McLeod Motorsports could also figure into this mix somehow. They’re back with three cars including Matt Mills in the No. 5 entry, Josh Williams in the No. 78 and Stefan Parsons in the No. 99. They may also run a fourth car at times for Nick Sanchez. But, they also switch between Chevy and Toyota power depending on the race and who’s in the car and despite having three drivers already named, no word yet on which powerplant they’re going with. It’s three more entries that will be around.

*Jesse Iwuji Motorsports (1) – This new team is supposed to be in Daytona too but haven’t said much more on it lately and what manufacturer Iwuji will be racing for either.

*Miles Thomas Motorsports (1) – This part-time team is supposed to run in 2022 some but will it include Daytona?

*Bassett Racing (1) – Ronnie Bassett Jr. and Dillon Bassett will likely share the No. 77 Chevrolet. Do they show up to Daytona?

*Jimmy Means Racing (1) – The No. 52 Chevrolet should be back but nothing has been announced yet which would push this number even higher.

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