The Nationwide Series Returns to Action: The Alliance Truck Parts 250 Open Race Thread & Preview

Trevor Bayne gets behind the wheel of his NASCAR Nationwide Series car during practice at Michigan International Speedway on Friday. Bayne returns to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this week for the first time in nearly two months. Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com


Michigan is your prototypical two mile raceway.  MIS is the sister track of Texas, and was used as a template for Auto Club Speedway.  Michigan is one of the fastest Nascar tracks currently in use, and has boasted Nationwide races since 1992.  In that time we've had a few different winners who are entered this week.

Brad Keselowski has won the past two events here and is entered again this week.  Carl Edwards won in 2008, and Kyle Busch won in 2004.  That's the extent of favorite past winners this weekend.  The bigger news is the lack of the #99 team.  Pastrana Waltrip racing, which was locked into the top 30, is not entered this week after failing to find sponsorship for the majority of the races this year.  This is bad news for Travis Pastrana, who will need to qualify when he makes his Nascar debut later in the year.

Entry List and More after the Jump!

Ent Car Driver Sponsor Manu. Owner
1 01 Mike Wallace   11 Chevy Lori Davis
2 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial 11 Chevy Delana Harvick
3 03 Scott Riggs (S) North TX Pipe 11 Dodge Robert Richardson Sr
4 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Tender Ridge 11 Ford Jack Roush
5 7 Josh Wise Air Hogs 11 Chevy Kelley Earnhardt
6 09 Kenny Wallace   11 Toyota Robby Benton
7 11 Brian Scott Shore Lodge 11 Toyota J D Gibbs
8 12 Sam Hornish Jr  Alliance 11 Dodge Roger Penske
9 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb  (S) DriverBoutique.com 11 Ford Jennifer Jo Cobb
10 14 Eric McClure Hefty BlackOut/Reynolds 11 Chevy Mark Smith
11 15 Timmy Hill EPH Tools-Nuts Off 11 Ford Bob Germain
12 16 Trevor Bayne    11 Ford Jack Roush
13 18 Kyle Busch(i) Pizza Ranch 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs
14 19 Mike Bliss   11 Chevy Mark Smith
15 20 Joey Logano(i)  GameStop 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs
16 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Discount Tire 11 Dodge Roger Penske
17 23 Robert Richardson Jr North TX Pipe 11 Chevy Robert Richardson Sr
18 25 Chad Finley  Auto Valve-RainEater 11 Ford Gary Weisbaum
19 28 Derrike Cope Maxelence 11 Chevy Jay Robinson
20 30 Reed Sorenson Rexall 11 Chevy Harry Scott Jr
21 31 Justin Allgaier   11 Chevy Steve Turner
22 32 Mark Martin(i) Dollar General 11 Chevy Sandra Turner
23 33 Paul Menard(i) Rheem/Menards 11 Chevy Delana Harvick
24 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips 11 Chevy Steve Turner
25 39 Danny Efland   11 Ford Jack Roush
26 40 Charles Lewandoski   11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
27 41 Carl Long  (S) Lilly Trucking of VA 11 Ford Rick Ware
28 42 Tim Andrews  (S)   11 Chevrolet Curtis Key Sr
29 44 Jeff Green  (S)   11 Chevy Mark Smith
30 46 Chase Miller (S)   11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
31 49 Dennis Setzer  (S)   11 Chevy Jay Robinson
32 51 Jeremy Clements Co-ops USA 10 Chevy Johnny Davis
33 52 Kevin Lepage   11 Chevy Jimmy Means
34 55 Brett Rowe (S) Imperial Bedding 11 Chevy Cindy Shepherd
35 60 Carl Edwards(i) Fastenal 11 Ford Jack Roush
36 62 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 11 Toyota Rusty Wallace
37 64 David Reutimann(i)  Aspen Dental 11 Toyota Rusty Wallace
38 66 Steve Wallace 5 Hour Energy 10 Toyota Rusty Wallace
39 68 Matthew Carter  (S)   11 Chevy Craig Partee
40 70 David Stremme(i) Foretravel 11 Chevy Mary Louise Miller
41 74 Mike Harmon  (S) Riverwalk Cafe 11 Chevy Mike Harmon
42 75 Johnny Chapman (S) Lilly Trucking of VA 11 Ford Rick Ware
43 81 Blake Koch DAYSTAR.com 11 Dodge Pat MacDonald
44 87 Joe Nemechek   11 Toyota Andrea Nemechek
45 88 Aric Almirola Suave MEN 11 Chevy Dale Earnhardt Jr
46 89 Morgan Shepherd   11 Chevy Morgan Shepherd
  99 Not Entered     Pastrana Waltrip
      Must qualify on time    
      Past Champion    
      (i) Not running for title    
      (S) Known start and park    
With 46 teams entered this week, 3 teams will go home.

Just a few notes this week:

  • #03- Scott Riggs returns to R3 Motorsports, but this time is in the second entry for the team.  Riggs may be a start and park driver this week.
  • #12- Can't have a race sponsored by Alliance Truck Parts without the yellow #12.  Sam Hornish will have to qualify on time.
  • #13- Jennifer Jo Cobb is back this week.  Cobb still hasn't found the consistency and speed that she needs to stay afloat in the Nationwide series.  She will need to qualify on time.
  • #18- Kyle Busch returns.  It's been a rough couple of weeks for Busch and he may be looking to forget his troubles with a win.
  • #20- Joey Logano is back this week but will need to qualify on time after skipping the last race.
  • #25- Team Rensi Motorsports returns this week as Chad Finley will make his Nationwide Debut.  Finley and the team has full sponsorship for this race and will be looking to make an impact.  Finley will have to qualify on time.
  • #30- Reed Sorenson will move to this team as Mark Martin will take his ride for a spin this weekend.  Martin has one win already this year and is looking to put some distance on Kyle Busch in the all time wins list.
  • #42- Tim Andrews and the entire Second Chance racing crew were fired after the last race.  No reason was given, but Second Chance is not entered this week.  Andrews is in the obvious start and park third entry for Key Motorsports.
  • #52- Thanks to another team biting the dust in the top 30, Jimmy Means Racing is now locked into the Michigan race.
  • #64- David Reutimann is making his third start for Rusty Wallace Racing.  Reuti will have to qualify on time.

Join us later today for the open race thread while you tune into ABC at 3pm eastern for the Alliance Truck Parts 250 from Brooklyn, Michigan.  Enjoy!

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