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Parker Retzlaff set for NASCAR Cup Series debut

Parker Retzlaff is set to make his NASCAR Cup Series debut later this season as he joins Beard Motorsports for the first time.

Retzlaff will drive the No. 62 Chevrolet Camaro this August at Daytona International Speedway. He will attempt to qualify for the Coke Zero 400 on Aug. 24 (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC).

Retzlaff drives the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro full-time for Jordan Anderson Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He is in the midst of his second full season and is 17th in the Xfinity standings.

Retzlaff has three top-five finishes and 11 top-10s in 54 career Xfinity starts.

"This is the goal - racing in the NASCAR Cup Series, and especially racing at Daytona," Retzlaff said in a statement. "It's what I have been working for and it's what everyone that races in the lower series work toward.

"It's an exciting time getting ready to make my first start in the Cup Series and it's an incredible opportunity to do this with Beard Motorsports. Everyone in the NASCAR garage knows what that team is capable of, especially at the superspeedways, so I'm just really excited and ready for this chance."

Retzlaff is the latest driver to join the Beard Motorsports fold for a superspeedway race and the second this season.

Anthony Alfredo drove the No. 62 Chevrolet Camaro during this season's Daytona 500 and the spring race at Talladega. Alfredo finished sixth at Talladega.

The lineup of Beard Motorsports drivers has also included Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Austin Hill, and Brendan Gaughan. Gragson's fifth-place finish in the 2022 Daytona summer race is the best in the small team's history.

"We really feel like we are in a great place as a team with the cars we are taking to the track and the people that Darren (Shaw, crew chief) has put together on this team," said Amie Beard, executive vice president of Beard Motorsports.

"I love that we are able to give the opportunity to race at this level for young drivers. They are always excited to be a part of the team, to be at the track, and interact with guests. Parker certainly seems eager to prove himself and we are looking forward to working with him and helping him to further his goals."