I refuse to have any gambling puns in: The NASCAR Nationwide Kansas Lottery 300 Preview

Will he hold up to the pressure as the season winds down? Time will tell. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. races around the Monster Mile, padding his NASCAR Nationwide Series points lead as the top-finishing championship contender in fifth last Saturday at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com

The Nationwide Series heads to Kansas this weekend for the Kansas Lottery 300.  Since I know how much one can win in the lottery, being as I've never actually won anything, I have to wonder just how much of that one dollar you spend actually goes to the winner.  If they can afford to sponsor a race, it has to be more then just a few cents.

The biggest news heading into this weekend is Reed Sorenson getting released and having his championship hopes destroyed.  Sorenson does not have a ride for this weekend yet and if he does not race, he will be all but eliminated from Championship contention.

There has been a serious lack of comments on anything Nationwide for the past month.  I know that Nationwide's Big Sister is off having a 12,000 person wedding, but don't forget about little sister Nationwide's Courthouse romp.  In fact, the Nationwide Championship could be even better than the Sprint Cup Chase at the end of the season.  And you don't have to sit through all those different psalms.  I think I'm confusing myself now.

These Preview and Review articles are not just meant to be informative and to get you pumped for the event, they are also meant to start up a discussion heading into the race, and it's a place for you to discuss your feelings after the race.  Plus, a guy starts to get the wrong impression when he sees no comments to his posts.  I'm going to roll the dice and....ah man, I did it anyway and made the gambling reference.

Entry List and More after the JUMP!

Ent. Car # Driver Sponsor Manu. Owner
1 01 Mike Wallace TBA 11 Chevy JD Motorsports
2 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial 11 Chevy Kevin Harvick Inc.
3 03 Scott Riggs  * (S) N. TX Pipe 11 Chevy R3 Motorsports
4 04 Danny O'Quinn Jr  * (S) Go Green Racing 11 Ford Go Green Racing
5 4 Kevin Harvick(i)  Hunt Brothers 10 Chevy Kevin Harvick Inc.
6 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Racing 11 Ford Roush Fenway Racing
7 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com 11 Chevy JR Motorsports
8 09 Kenny Wallace Family Farmers 11 Toyota RAB Racing
9 10 TBA * (S) Mark One Electric 11 Dodge Jennifer Jo Cobb
10 11 Brian Scott Shore Lodge 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
11 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb * (S) Mark One Electric 11 Dodge Jennifer Jo Cobb
12 14 Eric McClure Hefty BlackOut/Reynolds 11 Chevy TriStar Motorsports
13 15 Timmy Hill Poynt 11 Ford Rick Ware Racing
14 16 Trevor Bayne * Roush Fenway Racing 11 Ford Roush Fenway Racing
15 18 Joey Logano(i) GameStop 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
16 19 Mike Bliss TBA 11 Chevy TriStar Motorsports
17 20 Ryan Truex * Shick 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
18 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Discount Tire 11 Dodge Roger Penske
19 23 Robert Richardson Jr N TX Pipe 11 Chevy R3 Motorsports
20 27 J J Yeley(i) * 31W Insulation 11 Ford Baker Curb
21 28 Derrike Cope Maxelence 11 Chevy Jay Robinson
22 30 James Buescher(i) Sporting Kansas City 11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
23 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt 11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
24 32 Brian Vickers Dollar General 11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
25 33 Paul Menard(i) Rheem/Menards 11 Chevy Kevin Harvick Inc.
26 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips 11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
27 39 Joey Gase Go Green Racing 11 Ford Roush Fenway Racing
28 40 Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing 11 Chevy Key Motorsports
29 41 Johnny Chapman * (S) Rick Ware Racing 11 Chevy Rick Ware Racing
30 42 Tim Andrews * (S) Curtis Key Plumbing 11 Chevy Key Motorsports
31 44 Jeff Green *(S) TBA 11 Chevy TriStar Motorsports
32 46 Chase Miller * (S) Curtis Key Plumbing 11 Chevy Key Motorsports
33 47 Charles Lewandoski * (S) Curtis Key Plumbing 11 Chevy Key Motorsports
34 48 Dennis Setzer * (S) Acredale Vending 11 Chevy Jay Robinson
35 49 Mark Green * (S) Acredale Vending 11 Chevy Jay Robinson
36 50 T J Bell(i) * (S) Liberty Tire 11 Chevy Mark Beaver
37 51 Jeremy Clements Clements Racing Engines 10 Chevy Jeremy Clements
38 52 Kevin Lepage TBA 11 Chevy Jimmy Means
39 60 Carl Edwards(i) Fastenal 11 Ford Roush Fenway Racing
40 62 Michael Annett Pilot-Flying J 11 Toyota Rusty Wallace
41 66 Steve Wallace 5 Hour Energy 11 Toyota Rusty Wallace
42 68 Jeremy Petty * (S) Fleur DeLis Farms 11 Chevy Fleur De Lis Racing
43 70 David Stremme(i) Foretravel 11 Chevy ML Motorsports
44 71 Matthew Carter * (S) Rick Ware Racing 11 Ford Rick Ware Racing
45 74 Mike Harmon * (S) MHR 11 Chevy Mike Harmon
46 75 Carl Long * (S) Rick Ware Racing 11 Ford Rick Ware Racing
47 81 Blake Koch Daystar.com 11 Dodge MacDonald Motorsports
48 82 Scott Wimmer * (S) K-Love 10 Dodge MacDonald Motorsports
49 87 Joe Nemechek TBA 11 Toyota NEMCO
50 88 Aric Almirola Degree MEN Adrenaline Series 11 Chevy JR Motorsports
51 89 Morgan Shepherd ABLE-Victory in Jesus Racing 11 Chevy Faith Motorsports

There are 51 teams entered this weekend, which is crazy until you realize that only about 31 of them plan on running the entire race.  That's only 61% by the way.  Less then 3/4th of teams entered will actually run the race.  What happened to our once proud series?  And why doesn't Nascar do something to curb this behavior?  How long before we only see 20 cars running each week and 23 teams in the garage cashing checks?  Here's a couple to teams to watch out for this week:

  • #4- Kevin Harvick has begun to sell off his team.  His Nationwide effort, the #2 and #33 will combine with Richard Childress Racing next year and will expand to a three car team when Austin Dillion brings the #3 Chevy to the party.  The #33 will again operate with RCR Drivers behind the wheel and Sadler will return to try to win either his first Championship or his second.  The team will be run out of RCR's shop with Harvick still taking care of business decisions.  His truck team was sold to Eddie Sharp Racing, which currently fields the #6 Truck.
  • #7- I can no longer see Danica Patrick without thinking about that South Park Episode.  And soon, IRL fans will no longer be able to see Patrick not win a single race.  Patrick will join Nascar full time, where just about anyone can win at least one race in their career.  Even David Gilliland won a Nationwide Race.  Oh...I made myself sad with that one.
  • #11- Brian Scott #14- Eric McClure and #62- Michael Annett proved that if you have a sponsor you can be pretty much mediocre and still have a job.  All three will return to thier respective teams for 2012, while guys like Josh Wise, Ryan Truex and Scott Wimmer still  do not have full time rides next year.
  • Turner Motorsports came out big this year with four teams.  That will change next year.  Turner is downsizing it's effort in 2012 and has released possible 2011 Champion Reed Sorenson.  Dollar General will leave the team at the end of the year for an undisclosed team.  Dollar General is still signed on for the rest of the year and the decision to cut Sorenson, someone who could have given Turner Motorsports it's first Nationwide Championship, is shocking and confusing.  Why would Turner cut Sorenson just to have Brian Vickers?  Put Vickers in the #32 car and move Reed to the #30 if you really want to see how the #32 team is running.  There was no reason to release a loyal driver such as Reed Sorenson.  After this move, there is no guarantee that Justin Allgaier or Jason Leffler will remain with Turner Motorsports either. At this point, Turner Motorsports is in trouble.  Not just financially, but also in terms of Media Relations.  They should expect to hear a lot of negative comments in the coming weeks after cutting a promising young star, who was well within striking distance of the Championship to put Brian Vickers in the car for one week.
  • #40-49- With the possible exception of Josh Wise, every team numbered in the 40's is going to start and park this week. 
  • #68- Jeremy Petty will make a start this week.  No relation to Richard, Kyle or fallen future star Adam.

I'm telling you, you need to join us Saturday for the open race thread.  Only three comments populated the thread this past week.  Tune into ESPN 2 at 3pm eastern October 8th for the Kansas Lottery 300 live from Kansas City, KS!  Enjoy!

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