Another chance for a Nationwide Winner: The 5 Hour Energy 200 Preview

Maybe Elliott will hold the Cup guys off this week and win one for the Nationwide guys! Kyle Busch passes Elliott Sadler to take the lead for the final time on lap 124 during the Royal Purple 200 at Darlington Raceway. Credit: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images for NASCAR via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com

I know what you're thinking, this is going to be another Kyle Busch/Carl Edwards won race.  And you may be right, but if Regan Smith has taught us anything this week, is that anyone can win any race.  Yes, Dover has been dominated by Cup drivers, and it's usually a pretty boring affair, but Justin Allgaier, Ricky Stenhouse and Elliott Sadler have never been stronger.  I truly believe that it is only a matter of time before someone breaks the seal and wins. 

Last year we had two Nationwide drivers win, and that was when you still saw eight Cup driver run 25 or more races.  This year, after only 10 races, only five drivers have run 5 or more races.  That's pretty big.  It shows that the new points system is keeping some Cup drivers away, just not the big three.  Busch, Edwards and Keselowski.  Yes, Brad has been a non-factor so far, but Edwards and Busch have stolen so many chances from these young guys that I'm surprised that they don't get spun every week. 

Eight drivers entered this weekend have won at Dover in the Nationwide Series.  Kyle Busch leads them with three wins.  He took home the Fall race of 2008 and won both events last year.  Clint Bowyer has won twice, In the fall of 2006 and 2009.  Mike Wallace won in the Spring of 1994, Jeff Green in the Fall of 2001, Scott Wimmer won in the Fall of 2002, and Joe Nemechek won in the Spring of 2003.  Wallace, Wimmer and Nemechek could be surprises this week, but Jeff Green will most likely Start and Park.  The other two winners are no surprise.  Carl Edwards in the Spring of 2007, and Brad Keselowski in the Spring of 2009.  The Big three will be favorites, but that doesn't mean they will win.  We have a few other Cup drivers in this race as well.  David Reutimann will make his second start for Rusty Wallace Racing, and Joey Logano is back this week.


Entry List and more after the JUMP!

Ent. Car # Driver Sponsor Manu. Owner
1 0 Brad Teague (s)   11 Chevy JD Motorsports
2 01 Mike Wallace   11 Chevy JD Motorsports
3 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial 11 Chevy Kevin Harvick Inc
4 04 Charles Lewandoski   11 Ford Go Green Racing
5 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr   11 Ford Roush Fenway
6 7 Josh Wise U.S. Armed Forces 11 Chevy JR Motorsports
7 09 Kenny Wallace   11 Toyota RAB Racing
8 11 Brian Scott Shore Lodge 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
9 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb DriverBoutique.com 11 Ford Jo Cobb Racing
10 14 Eric McClure Hefty BlackOut / Reynolds 11 Chevy TriStar Motorsports
11 15 Timmy Hill   11 Ford Rick Ware Racing
12 16 Kevin Swindell   11 Ford Roush Fenway
13 18 Kyle Busch(i) MAC Tools 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
14 19 Mike Bliss   11 Chevy TriStar Motorsports
15 20 Joey Logano(i) GameStop 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
16 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Ruby Tuesday 11 Dodge Penske Racing
17 23 Alex Kennedy Funny Dan-St. Baldrick's 11 Dodge R3 Motorsports
18 28 Derrike Cope   11 Chevy Jay Robinson Racing
19 30 James Buescher(i) ABF 11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
20 31 Justin Allgaier   11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
21 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General 11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
22 33 Clint Bowyer(i) Rheem Water Heating Chevy 11 Chevy Kevin Harvick Inc
23 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips 11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
24 39 Danny Efland c3i Sports 11 Ford Go Green Racing
25 40 Scott Wimmer   11 Chevy Key Motorsports
26 41 Carl Long (s) Lilly Trucking of Virginia 11 Ford Rick Ware Racing
27 44 Jeff Green (s)   11 Chevy TriStar Motorsports
28 51 Jeremy Clements Co-ops USA 10 Chevy Clements Racing
29 52 Kevin Lepage TAX Alliance 11 Chevy Means Racing
30 55 Brett Rowe (s)   11 Chevy Faith Motorsports
31 60 Carl Edwards(i) Fastenal 11 Ford Roush Fenway
32 62 Michael Annett Pilot / Flying J 10 Toyota Rusty Wallace Racing
33 64 David Reutimann(i) 5-Hour Energy-Extra Strength 11 Toyota Rusty Wallace Racing
34 66 Steve Wallace 5 Hour Energy 10 Toyota Rusty Wallace Racing
35 67 J R Fitzpatrick   11 Ford Go Canada Racing
36 68 Matthew Carter (s)   11 Chevy Fleur-de-Lis Racing
37 70 Dennis Setzer   11 Chevy ML Motorsports
38 74 Mike Harmon (s) Riverwalk Cafe 11 Chevy Harmon Racing
39 75 Johnny Chapman (s)   11 Ford Rick Ware Racing
40 79 Tim Andrews (s)   10 Ford Second Chance Racing
41 81 Donnie Neuenberger Eagle Convenience Stores 10 Dodge MacDonald Motorsports
42 82 Blake Koch Daystar.com 10 Dodge MacDonald Motorsports
43 87 Joe Nemechek   11 Toyota NEMCO Motorsports
44 88 Aric Almirola Degree MEN 11 Chevy JR Motorsports
45 89 Morgan Shepherd   11 Chevy Faith Motorsports
46 99 Ryan Truex   11 Toyota Pastrana Waltrip Racing
      (s)-Start and Park Team    
      (i)-Non-Nationwide Driver    
      Must Qualify On Time    
      Past Champion    

 

Fortysix  teams on the Entry list this week, which means we will see some drivers go home.  Just a few notes this week:

  • #0- Last week it seemed like we would see James Hylton try to teach the young kids some old tricks, instead he taught us how to start and park.  Brad Teague will run about 15 laps this week.  If he makes the race that is.
  • #04- Charles Lewandowski will hit the track this week in a second Go Green Racing Ford.  I'm not sure if he will be running the full race or not.  Charles must qualify on time.
  • #13- Jennifer Jo Cobb is in trouble.  She has no Truck Team, and barely has a Nationwide Team.  Her short time with Rick Ware Racing did not provide her with the boost she needed.  Jennifer may be gone from our sport unless things turn around.  Cobb must qualify on time this week.
  • #16- There's Trevor Bayne not on the Entry List again.  Despite not running the last two weeks, Bayne is still in the top 10 in points.  Trevor Bayne's Championship hopes are pretty much gone. Kevin Swindell will fill in this week. Bayne should return next week.
  • #23- Another week, another different driver for the R3 team.  Alex Kennedy, who usually start and parks, will run this week.  If he parks, the team will have wasted Scott Rigg's great run last week.
  • #30- James Buescher pulls double duty this week for Turner Motorsports.  By all accounts, this team will be his next season.
  • #55- Brett Rowe returns to park Morgan Shepherd's second team this week.  Rowe must qualify on time.
  • #64- David Reutimann returns this week in a third Rusty Wallace Toyota.  He will have 5 Hour Energy Extra Strength on his car.  Reuti will have to qualify on time.
  • #67- 4ever3's favorite race team, Go Canada Racing returns this week. J.R. Fitzpatrick will have to qualify on time.  The team is still looking for sponsorship to run full time next year.
  • #81- Donnie Neuenberger takes over the main MacDonald Motorsports team as Blake Koch will drive a second #82 Dodge.  Koch will have to qualify on time, but Neuenberger is locked in.

Join us live Saturday at 1pm Eastern on ESPN for the 5 Hour Energy 200 from Dover, DE!  And join us for an open race thread during the race to join the conversation.  (Beware, a few of us like to highjack the Thread for Wrestling and DBZ, also, you should expect to see some guys without shirts popping up).  Enjoy!

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