NASCAR Roulette Part 2: The Subway Jalapeno 250 from Daytona Preview

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Summer Salute Chevrolet, leads Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Heritage/ AMP Energy Chevrolet, during Practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered by Coco-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on June 30, 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com

At the beginning of the season we got a great look at what Daytona racing would be like with the Nationwide Series race.  While many people do not like the two by two driving, Daytona still had the main key aspect that sets it, and Talladega, apart from other tracks: anyone can win. 

Landon Cassill almost pulled off a great upset win, as did Mike Wallace and Joe Nemechek.  Wallace was sent flipping as Cassill pushed Stewart to the win.  Tony is back again, this time in a fourth Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevy.  Harvick himself is in the #4 team that Stewart won with back in February. 

After watching Reed Sorenson beat the Road Ringers, and already seeing Ricky Stenhouse and Justin Allgaier beating the Sprint Cup drivers, this race is really anybodies to win. 

Your normal favorites are there; Busch, Logano, Stewart and Harvick, but you can add to the list Mike Wallace, Ricky Stenhouse and Reed Sorenson.  Don't count out Elliott Sadler either, he's been so close to winning this year that you feel like it's not a matter of if, but a matter of when. 

Entry List and more after the Jump.

 

Ent. Car # Driver Sponsor Manu. Owner
1 01 Mike Wallace Cowboys and Aliens 11 Chevy JD Motorsports
2 1 Jamie McMurray (i)   10 Chevy Phoenix Racing
3 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial 11 Chevy Kevin Harvick Inc
4 4 Kevin Harvick(i) [PC1] OneMain Financial 10 Chevy Kevin Harvick Inc
5 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr   11 Ford Roush Fenway
6 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com 11 Chevy JR Motorsports
7 9 Tony Stewart(i) TapOut 11 Chevy Kevin Harvick Inc
8 07 Danny Efland C3i Sports 11 Chevy Efland Racing
9 09 Kenny Wallace G-Oil 11 Toyota RAB Racing
10 11 Brian Scott Shore Lodge 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs
11 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb DriverBoutique.com 11 Ford Jennifer Jo Cobb
12 14 Eric McClure Hefty BlackOut/Reynolds 11 Chevy TriStar Motorsports
13 15 Timmy Hill New Orleans Voodoo 11 Ford Rick Ware Racing
14 16 Trevor Bayne   11 Ford Roush Fenway
15 18 Kyle Busch(i) NOS 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs
16 19 Mike Bliss   11 Chevy TriStar Motorsports
17 20 Joey Logano(i) SportClips 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs
18 21 Tim George Jr Applebee's / Potomac Family Dining 10 Chevy Richard Childress
19 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Discount Tire 11 Dodge Roger Penske
20 23 Robert Richardson Jr North TX Pipe 11 Dodge R3 Motorsports
21 28 Derrike Cope Maxelence 11 Chevy Jay Robinson
22 30 Ricky Carmichael(i) Monster Energy 11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
23 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt 11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
24 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General 11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
25 33 Clint Bowyer(i) Rheem/Menards 11 Chevy Kevin Harvick Inc
26 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips 11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
27 39 Josh Wise Cajun Industries 11 Ford Roush Fenway
28 40 Charles Lewandoski   11 Chevy Key Motorsports
29 41 Jeffrey Earnhardt(i) AFL-New Orleans Voodoo 11 Ford Rick Ware Racing
30 42 Tim Andrews   11 Chevy Key Motorsports
31 44 Jeff Green [PC2]   11 Chevy TriStar Motorsports
32 46 Chase Miller   11 Chevy Key Motorsports
33 51 Jeremy Clements Daytona Kennel Club and Poker Room 10 Chevy Jeremy Clements
34 52 Kevin Lepage TRX Software Development, Inc. 11 Chevy Jimmy Means
35 60 Carl Edwards(i) Subway 11 Ford Roush Fenway
36 62 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 11 Toyota Rusty Wallace
37 66 Steve Wallace 5 Hour Energy 11 Toyota Rusty Wallace
38 68 Matthew Carter   11 Chevy Fleur-De-Lis
39 70 Dennis Setzer   11 Chevy ML Motorsports
40 74 Mike Harmon Pellet IPT Grills 11 Chevy Mike Harmon
41 81 Blake Koch DAYSTAR.com 11 Dodge MacDonald
42 87 Kevin Conway Extenze 11 Toyota NEMCO
43 88 Aric Almirola Suave MEN 11 Chevy JR Motorsports
44 89 Morgan Shepherd   11 Chevy Faith Motorsports
45 97 Joe Nemechek [PC3] Extenze 11 Chevy NEMCO
      Past Champion    
      Not Locked In    
      (i) Not Running for Championship    
      (s) Known Start and Park    

 

For the first time in weeks we have more then 43 cars entered.

Just a few notes this week:

  • #1- Phoenix Racing returns but without Landon Cassill this time.  Jamie McMurray will pilot the part time team, if he can qualify on time.
  • #4- Kevin Harvick hops into the team that won the last Daytona Race.  Harvick is locked in as a past champion.
  • #7- Danica Patrick returns, and she has a great chance of winning her first race.  If she can stay out of trouble.
  • #9- Tony Stewart will have to qualify on time, but that should not be a problem for him.  Stewart has the most wins at Daytona in the Nationwide Series of any other driver.
  • #20- Joey Logano will have to qualify on time, but that should not be a problem with Gibbs power under the hood.
  • #21- Richard Childress Racing returns for it's first start of 2011.  Tim George, who is RCR's ARCA developmental driver, will pilot the team as long as he can qualify on time.
  • #41- Jeffrey Earnhardt returns to Rick Ware this week, but in a Nationwide car.  Earnhardt will have to qualify on time.
  • #87- Kevin Conway brings his sponsor, but nothing else to the table.  It's a shame that Nemechek has to drive a second NEMCO Chevy this week.  I'm not sure if Nemechek is start and parking, but it would be a loss.  Joe almost won in the spring.  Conway isn't much of a driver, but is locked in.  Nemechek will have to qualify on time, or have both Harvick and Green lock in on time.

Log on to Nascar Ranting and Raving this Friday night for an open race thread.  While you're enjoying the wit of the RnR writers and fans, tune into ESPN at 7pm eastern for the Live broadcast of the Subway Jalapeno 250 from Daytona International Raceway!  Enjoy!

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