Stenhouse Vs. Sadler Part 1: The WYPALL 200 Preview

Sadler vs Stenhouse: FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Elliott Sadler (L), driver of the #2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (R), driver of the #6 Sam's Club/Maker's Mark Angus Beef Ford, stand on the grass prior to the start of the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)

We are down to just two drivers still in the hunt for the 2011 Nationwide Championship and both are seeking their first one ever.  At lot has been made about Phoenix being a wild card in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series due to a repaving of the track. 

Roush Fenway's Ricky Stenhouse, who is not guaranteed a ride as of yet for 2012, and KHI's Elliott Sadler, who will become a Richard Childress driver in 2012, have really made a huge leap forward for the Nationwide Series.  While we still see about 85% of the races being won by Cup drivers, the Nationwide Series has begun to separate itself from the Sprint Cup Series with a Nationwide Only Champion.  The Camping World Series has not had to worry about this as much as the Nationwide Series has.  There is still more to be done, but having Stenhouse or Sadler win the Championship will be a great thing for the Nationwide Series going forward.

Entry List and Notes after the JUMP!

 

Ent. Car Driver Sponsor Manu Owner
1 01 Mike Wallace I Hate Steven Singer 11 Chevy Lori Davis
2 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial 11 Chevy Delana Harvick
3 02 Daryl Harr * WestWorld Computers 11 Chevy Carl Harr
4 04 Tim Andrews * Go Green Racing 11 Ford Archie St Hilaire
5 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Racing 11 Ford Jack Roush
6 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com 11 Chevy Kelley Earnhardt
7 09 Kenny Wallace TBD 11 Toyota Robby Benton
8 11 Brian Scott Shore Lodge 11 Toyota J D Gibbs
9 12 Sam Hornish Jr * Alliance Truck Parts 11 Dodge Roger Penske
10 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb * Lerner and Rowe 11 Dodge Jennifer Jo Cobb
11 14 Eric McClure Hefty Black Out / Reynolds 11 Chevy Mark Smith
12 15 Timmy Hill Poynt/Lilly Trucking 11 Ford Bob Germain
13 16 Trevor Bayne * Roush Fenway Racing 11 Ford Jack Roush
14 18 Joey Logano(i) GameStop 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs
15 19 Mike Bliss Millennium Salon 11 Chevy Mark Smith
16 20 Ryan Truex * Martin Truex, Jr. Foundation 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs
17 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Discount Tire 11 Dodge Roger Penske
18 23 Robert Richardson Jr N TX Pipe 11 Chevy Robert Richardson Sr
19 28 Derrike Cope Maxelence 11 Dodge Jay Robinson
20 30 James Buescher(i) Exide 11 Chevy Harry Scott Jr
21 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt 11 Chevy Steve Turner
22 32 Ron Hornaday Jr(i) Dollar General 11 Chevy Sandra Turner
23 33 Clint Bowyer(i) Rheem Heating 11 Chevy Delana Harvick
24 34 Ricky Carmichael(i) * Monster Energy 11 Chevy Steve Turner
25 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips 11 Chevy Steve Turner
26 39 Matt Frahm Go Green Racing 11 Ford Jack Roush
27 40 Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing 11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
28 41 Johnny Chapman * Rick Ware Racing 11 Chevy Rick Ware
29 42 Erik Darnell(i) * Curtis Key Plumbing 11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
30 44 Jeff Green (PC) * TBA 11 Chevy Mark Smith
31 46 Chase Miller * Curtis Key Plumbing 11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
32 47 Scott Speed * Curtis Key Plumbing 11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
33 48 Dennis Setzer * Acredale Vending 11 Chevy Jay Robinson
34 49 Mark Green * Acredale Vending 11 Chevy Jay Robinson
35 51 Jeremy Clements Clements Racing Engines 10 Chevy Johnny Davis
36 52 Kevin Lepage TBA 11 Chevy Jimmy Means
37 60 Carl Edwards(i) World Financial Group 11 Ford Jack Roush
38 62 Michael Annett Pilot-Flying J 11 Toyota Rusty Wallace
39 66 Steve Wallace 5 Hour Energy 11 Toyota Rusty Wallace
40 70 David Stremme(i) Foretravel 11 Chevy Mary Louise Miller
41 71 Matthew Carter * Rick Ware Racing 11 Chevy Rick Ware
42 75 Carl Long * Rick Ware Racing 11 Ford Rick Ware
43 80 D J Kennington * Northern Provincial Pipelines 11 Dodge Jenifer MacDonald
44 81 Blake Koch DAYSTAR.com 11 Dodge Pat MacDonald
45 82 Reed Sorenson * Foametix/Bullet Liner 11 Dodge Randy MacDonald
46 87 Joe Nemechek AM/FM Energy 11 Toyota Andrea Nemechek
47 88 Aric Almirola Suave MEN 11 Chevy Dale Earnhardt Jr
48 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory in Jesus Racing 11 Chevy Morgan Shepherd
*- Must Qualify on Time
(i)- Not Running for Title

 

There are 48 teams entered this week.

Just a few notes:

  • #7- Danica Patrick is now a full time Nationwide Driver.  I had my doubts about Patrick being truly committed to running in Nascar until now.  It's going to be an exciting 2012 Season.
  • #18- Joey Logano is in the #18 team this week, since we do not know if this was planned or a result of Kyle Busch ruining his 2011 season we will just assume that Logano was scheduled to be in the car this week. 
  • #20- Ryan Truex may be seeing his last shot at a Full Time ride here.  With the uncertainty at Michael Waltrip Racing, it would appear that no team has him in there future plans.
  • #32- Ron Hornaday's consultation prize of a ruined Camping World Title Run is apparently a one off run this week with Turner Motorsports. 
  • #34- Ricky Carmichael will run a fifth Turner Motorsports Chevy this week.  It's looking more and more that Turner will have a complete turnover of drivers with the exception of Justin Allgaier.
  • #80- 2011 NASCAR Canadian Series Champion, D J Kennington will drive a third MacDonald Motorsports team this week.  MacDonald may try to expand out to two teams next year, and Sorenson, Kennington, Blake Koch and Donnie Neuenberger may be front runners for full time action with MacDonald next season.

Join us this Saturday for the second to last race of the 2011 Season.  Tune into ESPN 2 at 3pm eastern for the live running of the WYPALL 200 from Phoenix!  Enjoy!

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