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All the Open Entries in the Coca-Cola 600

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For the first time on a non-superspeedway since the fall Kansas race in October 2021, the Coca-Cola 600 will feature a full Cup Series field of 40 cars. This means that 4 open entries, including a NASCAR Hall of Famer, are in the field this weekend. Here are all of the open entries for the Coca-Cola 600.

  • In the NASCAR Cup Series, an “Open” entry is any car entered without a charter. There are 4 open slots available for every race, but in the Next-Gen era, it’s incredibly rare to see them full. Some races don’t have any “Open” entries.
  • The Coca-Cola 600 is a popular race for “Open” entries in the Cup Series. It’s a “Crown Jewel” race, arguably the season’s second most prestigious. The race is also held in Charlotte, where most Cup Series teams are based.
  • Fans are excited to see many “Open” entries this weekend. A full field always makes a race feel more prestigious.

NY Racing No. 44 – J.J. Yeley

J.J. Yeley will attempt his third Cup Series race of 2024 for NY Racing at Charlotte. The No. 44 car failed to qualify at Daytona and finished 34th, 6 laps down at Las Vegas. The car didn’t even turn a qualifying lap at Las Vegas.

NY Racing has made fleeting appearances in the Cup Series since 2012 with 23 starts. The only Coca-Cola 600 the team started came in 2018, where Yeley drove the No. 7 car to a 38th-place finish after a fuel pump failed just before halfway.

Team AmeriVet No. 50 – Ty Dillon

Ty Dillon is set to make his third Cup Series start of the season. He raced at Richmond on Easter and Texas in April for Kaulig Racing. His best finish was 16th at Texas.

Team AmeriVet is a rebrand of The Money Team, which made six Cup Series starts between 2022 and 2023. Kaz Grala gave the team its best finish, 23rd in the 2022 Coca-Cola 600.

MBM Motorsports No. 66 – B.J. McLeod

MBM Motorsports returned to the Cup Series this season with Timmy Hill and David Starr driving. Hill finished 36th at COTA with Starr coming home 37th at Martinsville. MBM has been seemingly building its schedule as the season progresses.

Originally, David Starr was expected to be the driver for the Coca-Cola 600, but MBM Racing announced through Joseph Shrigley that B.J. McLeod would drive the car. This will be McLeod’s 3rd start of the season, as he finished 24th at Atlanta and 32nd after leading 5 laps at Talladega. His best Coca-Cola 600 finish came in 2022, finishing 19th.

Legacy Motor Club No. 84 – Jimmie Johnson

NASCAR Hall of Famer and 7-time Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson will attempt his own version of “The Double” this weekend. He will make his NBC broadcasting debut at the Indianapolis 500 before flying down to Charlotte to race in the Coca-Cola 600. While Johnson hasn’t had much success in his part-time return to NASCAR, Charlotte is one of his best tracks.

He has 8 career Cup Series points wins at Charlotte plus 4 All-Star Race wins. He won the Coca-Cola 600 four times, including three years in a row from 2003 until 2005. Coincidentally, the track was named “Lowe’s Motor Speedway” at that time, and Johnson was a Lowe’s sponsored car.

It will be interesting to see how these drivers perform this weekend. Each of these teams has Coca-Cola 600 experience.

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