AHelluva Good! preview of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Helluva Good! 200


Kyle Busch battles Brad Keselowski during the NASCAR Nationwide Series BUBBA burger 250 at Richmond International Raceway. While Busch started in first and led 62 laps, Keselowski dominated the last portion of the race, leading 189 laps via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com.   Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images

By far one of the best names for a race.  It happens to be it's own slogan.

It should be a very good race.

And can anyone stop the Joe Gibbs Bad Boys Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch?  Can anyone catch Brad Keselowski and make a race for the championship?  Should Nationwide have a Chase?

The answers are Maybe, Probably not, and Oh God Please!

The subject of a Chase for the Nationwide Cup was brought up in Sporting News magazine (which is still one of the few magazines that still has weekly Nascar coverage).  I think there should be a Chase.  You would most likely see Cup guys in all but one or two spots, but it would increase the chances of a guys like Jason Leffler or Justin Allgaier winning the championship.  Let me know what you think.

Entry List and some observations after THE JUMP!

Ent. Car # Driver Sponsor Manu. Owner
1 1 Ryan Newman Phoenix Racing 10 Chevy James Finch
2 01 Mike Wallace JDavisMotorsports.com 10 Chevy Lori Davis
3 05 Willie Allen 31-W Insulation 10 Chevy Wayne Day Not In Top 30
4 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr CITIFINANCIAL 10 Ford Jack Roush Not In Top 30
5 7 Landon Cassill GoDaddy.com 10 Chevy Bryan Mullet
6 09 Chad McCumbee TBA 10 Ford Robby Benton
7 10 Jason Leffler ABF Freight 08 Toyota Todd Braun
8 11 Brian Scott TBD 10 Toyota Harry Scott Jr
9 12 Justin Allgaier Verizon Wireless 09 Dodge Roger Penske
10 15 Michael Annett Germain.com 10 Toyota Bob Germain
11 16 Colin Braun CONWAY 10 Ford Jack Roush Not In Top 30
12 18 Kyle Busch Combos 10 Toyota Joe Gibbs
13 20 Denny Hamlin Food Lion 10 Toyota Joe Gibbs
14 21 Clint Bowyer ZAXBY'S 10 Chevy Richard Childress
15 22 Brad Keselowski Ruby Tuesday 10 Dodge Jodi Geschickter
16 23 Robert Richardson Jr R3 Motorsports 09 Chevy Robert Richardson
17 24 Eric McClure Hefty 09 Ford Ed Rensi
18 26 Brian Keselowski K-Automotive Motorsports 10 Ford Bob Keselowski Not In Top 30
19 27 Greg Biffle Redman Moist Snuff 10 Ford Mike Curb
20 28 Kenny Wallace TBA 10 Chevy Jay Robinson
21 31 Donnie Neuenberger Plan B Technologies-EZslider 10 Chevy Rick Ware Not In Top 30
22 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Stores 08 Toyota Todd Braun
23 33 Kevin Harvick Ollie's Bargain Outlet 10 Chevy Delana Harvick
24 34 Tony Raines Continental Fire & Safety 10 Chevy Bob Jenkins
25 35 Jason Keller TBA 10 Chevy Mark Smith Not In Top 30
26 38 Kasey Kahne Great Clips 08 Toyota Ralph Braun
27 39 Danny O'Quinn Jr Blow Bros. 10 Ford Archie St Hilaire Not In Top 30
28 40 Mike Bliss TBA 10 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
29 43 Scott Lagasse Jr TBA 10 Ford Mike Curb
30 52 Kevin Hamlin I-Hop 10 Chevy Jimmy Means Not In Top 30
31 56 Kevin Lepage TBA 10 Chevy John McNelly Not In Top 30
32 60 Carl Edwards FASTENAL 10 Ford Jack Roush
33 61 Josh Wise TBA 10 Ford Doug Taylor Not In Top 30
34 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Casino and Hotel 09 Toyota Rusty Wallace
35 66 Steve Wallace 5 Hour Energy 09 Toyota Rusty Wallace
36 70 Mark Green TBD 10 Chevy Mary Louise Miller Not In Top 30
37 73 Derrike Cope TBA 09 Dodge Derrike Cope Not In Top 30
38 81 Michael McDowell MOBILE-Shop 10 Dodge Pat MacDonald
39 87 Joe Nemechek TBA 09 Chevy Andrea Nemechek
40 88 Jamie McMurray K'Nex 10 Chevy Dale Earnhardt Jr
41 89 Morgan Shepherd Racing with Jesus 10 Chevy Cindy Shepherd Not In Top 30
42 90 Chase Miller D'Hondt Humphrey Motorsports 09 Chevy Eddie D'hondt Not In Top 30
43 91 David Gilliland T.B.A. 09 Chevy Randy Humphrey Not In Top 30
44 92 Dennis Setzer K-Automotive Motorsports 10 Dodge Brian Keselowski Not In Top 30
45 96 Johnny Chapman K-Automotive Motorsports 10 Dodge Kay Keselowski Not In Top 30
46 98 Paul Menard MENARDS 10 Ford Jack Roush
47 99 Trevor Bayne Diamond Waltrip Racing 10 Toyota Michael Waltrip


47 Teams are entered into the Dover Race, so 4 drivers will go home. 

Chad McCumbee returns to the #09 RAB Ford this week.  The RAB team has been slipping back in points (possibly because of using Chad McCumbee instead of Scott Riggs, who was doing a great job).  So it's closing in on a make or break time for RAB.

Jason Leffler will be pushed into the #10 Toyota again this week as Kasey Kahne returns to the #38 again.  Last week Kahne finished 4th but failed post race inspection.  We are still waiting to hear about what kind of penalty, if any, he will recieve.  Any kind of points penalty won't matter to Kahne, but it will to Braun Racing, who is trying to win the Owners Championship with the #38.

Colin Braun returns to his #16 Ford this week.  Kenseth couldn't get the job done so lets see if Braun can do it himself.

If you took a look at the points this week you may have noticed something kind of funny;  in 5 races, John Wes Townley had 484 points and in 5 races Clint Bowyer had 478.  In those terms, Clint isn't much of an upgrade to ol' John Wes.

I couldn't post the Nationwide Rookie Points on the Roundup since they just got released Tuesday, so here they are:

1. Brian Scott 103

2. James Buescher 97

3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 94

4. Colin Braun 74

5. Parker Kligerman 25

It's good to see Brian Scott having such a good year.  Scott doesn't exactly have this thing locked up as Buescher has been running pretty good BUT:

  • James Buescher has left Phoenix Racing.  This marks the second driver to leave James Finch's For Sale Race team.  Buescher, as you see, is second in rookie points.  He plans to run the rest of the year in the Truck Series, where he is currently outside of the top 25 in points, and thus could miss a race.  Ryan Newman has been named driver for the #1 Chevy for at least Dover.

If the Roush Rookies ever get those things running like they should, they could be on top of that list.

Jason Leffler returns to the #10 Toyota, thanks to Kasey Kahne returning to the 3#8 this week.  Last race, Kahne finished 4th, but failed post race inspection.  Still waiting to see if they will get penalized.  A point penalty doesn't mean a whole lot to Kahne, But it means alot to Braun Racing.  They are trying to win the Owners Championship with the #38 Toyota.

It was Muscial Chairs again this week as Danny O'Quinn moves from the #90 Chevy to Archie St. Hilaire's #39 Ford.  Jason Bowles tried to race the #39 once this year.  Chase Miller will take O'Quinn's #90 for a spin - well, for at least 20 laps, since the #90 belongs to Start and Park OG, D'Hondt Humphrey Motorsports.

Kevin Hamlin will try to make his first start of 2010 in the IHOP #52 Chevy for Jimmy Means.  Mmmmmm. IHOP.  I loves me some IHOP.  Oh, Sorry.  Got a little carried away there.

So, tune into the Helluva Good! 200 Saturday May 15th, at 230 Eastern on ABC.  Wait....ABC?  ABC is showing a Nationwide race?  Awesome. 'Bout time Nationwide got some respect.

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