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No. 80 Chevrolet Absence: A Puzzling Mystery in NASCAR Cup Series History

No. 80 Chevrolet Absence: In the lead-up to the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season, there was uncertainty surrounding the entry list for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The focus was on how many non-chartered entries would contend for the final four spots in the 40-car field.

Reports surfaced that Finish Line Motorsports Marketing intended to field the No. 80 Chevrolet with driver J.J. Yeley. However, Reaume Brothers Racing clarified that this plan was off the table. They had been collaborating with the organization to run the car in select races later in the year.

Later, it was disclosed that they aimed for the season’s fourth race at Phoenix Raceway, the home track for both Yeley and the team, for the No. 80 Chevrolet’s debut. But this plan also fell through.

As the season progressed, the No. 80 Chevrolet was absent from the entry list at significant races. The regular season finale at the high-banked Daytona Beach, Florida oval did not feature the No. 80 Chevrolet. The same was true for the playoff race at the high-banked Lincoln, Alabama oval.

No. 80 Chevrolet Absence (2)

With the calendar winding down, the final opportunity for the No. 80 Chevrolet to make an appearance was at Phoenix Raceway, another venue where Finish Line Motorsports Marketing had initially planned to compete earlier in the year.

However, once again, the No. 80 Chevrolet was missing from the entry list at the Avondale, Arizona oval.

Remarkably, the No. 80 car has been absent from a Cup Series race since March 2007 when Aric Almirola made his Cup Series debut for Joe Gibbs Racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

It seems this absence will endure for at least another season. Despite this, J.J. Yeley continued to make select starts throughout 2023, driving for Rick Ware Racing. He achieved a season-high seventh place in a rain-shortened race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in July.

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Khushal Bhatia
Khushal Bhatia
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