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Report: Brendan Gaughan says he will be entered in Daytona 500

NASCAR XFINITY Series Kansas Lottery 300

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 15: Brendan Gaughan, driver of the #62 South Point Chevrolet, reacts on the grid after the conclusion of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway on October 15, 2016 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

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Brendan Gaughan tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal he will be entered in this year’s Daytona 500. Gaughan told the newspaper he’ll drive for a team owned by Mark Beard. The team does not have a charter and will have to earn a spot in the field.

Gaughan, who competes full-time in the Xfinity Series for Richard Childress Racing, is at least the second non-chartered entry for the 500. Tommy Baldwin Racing announced Thursday that it will field an entry for Elliott Sadler.

Michael Waltrip said last month on Twitter that he would have a ride for the Daytona 500 but offered no other details, including if the team would have a charter, other than state the car will be a Toyota. He drove in last year’s 500 for BK Racing and that entry had a charter and was guaranteed a starting spot.

Gaughan has run once in the Daytona 500. He finished 19th in the 2004 event.

Gaughan said Beard bought a Leavine Family Racing car and will have ECR engines. Gaughan said his RCR pit crew would service the car.

“We’re an open team, but I feel very confident that with ECR motors we’re going to be able to make the show,” Gaughan told the Review-Journal.

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