Nationwide returns to it's roots: The Bubba Burger 250 Richmond Preview

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 05: Mark Martin, driver of the #32 Dollar General Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is something that Mark hopes to duplicate this weekend in Richmond, (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)

Richmond International Raceway is a three quarter mile short track designed to destroy friendships.  America's Premier Short Track is a D-Shaped nightmare.  It has 14 degree banking in it's turns with 8 degrees on the front-stretch and 2 degrees on the backstretch.  And the Nationwide series usually hits Richmond twice on the schedule. 

The list of former winners entered in this race is extensive.  Mark Martin and Kevin Harvick lead all active drivers with five wins each but neither is entered this week.  Kenny Wallace is a three time winner, taking home the fall 1994 and 1996 races, as well as the spring event in 1995.  Carl Edwards is also a three time winner.  Edwards took the spring 2005 event as well as the fall events in 2008 and 2009. 

We also have a list of one time winners at Richmond.  Morgan Shepherd won in the fall of 1983.  Joe Nemechek (who skipped Nashville this week) won in the spring of 1994. Jeff Green won in the spring of 2000 and Denny Hamlin won the spring race in 2008.  Speaking of spring races, Brad Keselowski won last year's spring event too. 

There has not been a full time Nationwide winner at Richmond since 2003, when Johnny Sauter was a Richard Childress Racing Developmental driver.  Here's hoping the streak comes to an end this weekend.

Entry List and more after the Jump!

BREAKING NEWS: KYLE BUSCH IS NOT ENTERED IN THIS WEEK'S RACE!  I repeat. KYLE BUSCH IS NOT ENTERED IN THIS WEEK'S RACE!  That doesn't mean that Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin are not though.

Ent. Car # Driver Sponsor Manu. Owner
1 01 Mike Wallace G&K Services 11 Chevy JD Motorsports
2 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial 11 Chevy Kevin Harvick Inc
3 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Easy Feet 11 Ford Roush Fenway
4 7 Josh Wise   11 Chevy JR Motorsports
5 09 Kenny Wallace American Ethanol 11 Toyota RAB Racing
6 11 Brian Scott Shore Lodge 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
7 12 Sam Hornish Jr PPG 11 Dodge Penske Racing
8 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb Driver 11 Ford Jo Cobb Racing
9 14 Eric McClure Hefty BlackOut / Reynolds 11 Chevy TriStar Motorsports
10 15 Timmy Hill   11 Ford Rick Ware Racing
11 16 Trevor Bayne   11 Ford Roush Fenway
12 18 Kelly Bires Heil Heating and Cooling 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
13 19 Mike Bliss   11 Chevy TriStar Motorsports
14 20 Denny Hamlin(i) SportClips 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
15 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Discount Tire / Ruby Tuesday 11 Dodge Penske Racing
16 23 Robert Richardson Wildlife Conservation Society 11 Dodge R3 Motorsports
17 28 Derrike Cope Pouch Tech 11 Chevy Jay Robinson Racing
18 30 James Buescher(i) ABF 11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
19 31 Justin Allgaier   11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
20 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General 11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
21 33 Paul Menard(i) Menards-Rheem 11 Chevy Kevin Harvick Inc
22 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips 11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
23 39 Charles Lewandoski   11 Ford Go Green Racing
24 40 Scott Wimmer   11 Chevy Key Motorsports
25 41 Carl Long # Lilly Trucking 11 Ford Rick Ware Racing
26 44 Jeff Green #   11 Chevy TriStar Motorsports
27 49 Dennis Setzer #   11 Dodge Jay Robinson Racing
28 51 Jeremy Clements Co-ops USA 10 Chevy Jeremy Clements
29 52 Kevin LePage   11 Chevy Jimmy Means
30 60 Carl Edwards(i) Fastenal 11 Ford Roush Fenway
31 62 Michael Annett Oakley 10 Toyota Rusty Wallace Racing
32 66 Steve Wallace 5 Hour Energy 10 Toyota Rusty Wallace Racing
33 68 Matthew Carter #   11 Chevy Fleur-De-Lis Racing
34 70 David Stremme (i) Foretravel 11 Chevy ML Motorsports
35 74 Mike Harmon Riverwalk Cafe 11 Chevy Mike Harmon Racing
36 75 Johnny Chapman #   11 Ford Rick Ware Racing
37 79 Tim Andrews #   10 Ford 2nd Chance Racing
38 81 Blake Koch 10 Dodge MacDonald Motorsport
39 87 Joe Nemechek   11 Toyota NEMCO
40 88 Aric Almirola Hellmann's 11 Chevy JR Motorsports
41 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory in Jesus Racing 11 Chevy Faith Motorsports
42 99 Ryan Truex   11 Toyota Pastrana Waltrip Racing
      # - Team is known to Start and Park    
      Must qualify on Time    
      (i) - Not Running for Championship    
      Past Champion    

Since there are only 42 cars on the entry list, everyone will make it in:

  • #12- Sam Hornish returns to the track again.  He will try to do better then his finish at Daytona.
  • #13- Jennifer Jo Cobb returns to the Nationwide Series after missing the truck race last week.  She brings her own team to the track this week.
  • #18- Kelly Bires will make his first start for Joe Gibbs Racing for 2011.  Bires is set to race at least once more this year.  Did I mention that Kyle Busch is not racing this car this week?
  • #20- Denny Hamlin makes his second start in the Owner's Championship leading #20 Toyota.
  • #30- James Buescher makes another start for Turner Motorsports.  Buescher looked good at Talladega until a late race crash ruined his day.
  • #39- Charles Lewandowski will make another start for Go Green Racing.  The team is trying to hang on to it's locked in status.  Danny O'Quinn gave them a good run last week.
  • #49- Dennis Setzer will make another start and park attempt this week in a second Jay Robinson Chevy.
  • #52- Kevin LePage starts for Jimmy Means after Rensi Motorsports' temporary shutdown.
  • #68- Matthew Carter returns again for Fleur-De-Lis Motorsports.  Things haven't gone exactly as planned for the new team.  They were supposed to be fully sponsored and running for the Championship.  Instead they have had to start and park and have used many different drivers this year.

Tune into SpeedTV Friday night at 7pm eastern for some Nationwide Short Track racing under the lights! It's the Bubba Burger 250 live from Richmond International Raceway!  Enjoy!

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