Nationwide vs. Road Ringers Round 2: The Zippo 200 Preview

MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 02, 2008: Ron Fellows driver of the #5 Rick Hendrick GoDaddy.com Chevrolet celebrates in victory circle after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Napa Auto Parts 200 Montreal presented by Dodge on August 2, 2008 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images for NASCAR)

It's road racing Nationwide style for the next two races.  The last three events here have been won by Marcos Ambrose but he is mysteriously absent from the Entry List.  Ambrose has been an also ran this year in the Cup series, and may be focusing his attention on breaking out of his slump with a win in the Cup race at the Glen.  The only past winner in the race this week is Ron Fellows.  Fellows won in 1998, 2000, and 2001 but hasn't won since. 

JR Motorsports has three teams entered this week.  Almirola continues to try to hang in the Championship hunt, Ron Fellows is in the #5 Chevy and Five Time Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson will make a rare Nationwide appearance in the #7.  Joe Gibbs rolls out his top talent as Kyle Busch and Joey Logano join underperforming Brian Scott.  There's 50 teams entered this week, which means we will actually be sending home some teams.  It's good news for the Nationwide Series, we've had to many short fields this year.

Entry List and Notes after the JUMP!

 

Ent. Car # Driver Sponsor Manu. Owner
1 01 Mike Wallace TBA 11 Chevy JD Motorsports
2 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial 11 Chevy Kevin Harvick Inc.
3 5 Ron Fellows * Canadian Tire 11 Chevy JR Motorsports
4 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Racing 11 Ford Roush Fenway
5 7 Jimmie Johnson(i) Jimmie Johnson's Anything with an engine 11 Chevy JR Motorsports
6 09 Kenny Wallace TBD 11 Toyota RAB Racing
7 11 Brian Scott Shore Lodge 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs
8 13 Dan Brode * DrivenMale.com 11 Dodge Jennifer Jo Cobb
9 14 Eric McClure Hefty BlackOut/Reynolds 11 Chevy TriStar Motorsports
10 15 Timmy Hill Rick Ware Racing 11 Ford Rick Ware
11 16 Trevor Bayne * Roush Fenway Racing 11 Ford Roush Fenway
12 18 Kyle Busch(i) Z-Line Designs 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs
13 19 Mike Bliss TBA 11 Chevy TriStar Motorsports
14 20 Joey Logano(i) * GameStop 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs
15 21 Tim George Jr * Applebee's / Potomac Family Dining Group 11 Chevy Richard Childress
16 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Ruby Tuesday / Discount Tire 11 Dodge Roger Penske
17 23 Alex Kennedy Primalyn Ent-Dream Factory 11 Chevy R3 Motorsports
18 28 Derrike Cope MAXelence.com 11 Chevy Jay Robinson
19 30 James Buescher(i) TBA 11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
20 31 Justin Allgaier Florida Gulf Safe 11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
21 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General 11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
22 33 Paul Menard(i) Rheem/Menards 11 Chevy Kevin Harvick Inc.
23 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips 11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
24 39 Casey Roderick TBA 11 Ford Roush Fenway
25 40 Josh Wise TBA 11 Chevy Key Motorsports
26 41 Tomy Drissi(i) * Alvin & the Chipmunks-Chipwrecked 11 Ford Rick Ware
27 42 Tim Andrews * TBA 11 Chevy Key Motorsports
28 44 Jeff Green (PC) TBA 11 Chevy TriStar Motorsports
29 46 Chase Miller * TBA 11 Chevy Key Motorsports
30 47 Charles Lewandoski * TBA 11 Chevy Key Motorsports
31 49 Mark Green * TBA 11 Chevy Jay Robinson
32 50 TBA * TBA 11 Chevy R3 Motorsports
33 51 Jeremy Clements racedaysponsor.com 10 Chevy Jeremy Clements
34 52 Kevin LePage TBA 11 Chevy Jimmy Means
35 53 Andrew Ranger * Bollegraaf-Lobo USA 11 Dodge Robert Torriere
36 55 Brett Rowe * Imperial Bedding 11 Chevy Faith Motorsports
37 60 Carl Edwards(i) Fastenal 11 Ford Roush Fenway
38 62 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 11 Toyota Rusty Wallace
39 64 Jason Bowles * TBA 11 Toyota Rusty Wallace
40 66 Steve Wallace 5 Hour Energy 11 Toyota Rusty Wallace
41 67 J R Fitzpatrick * Go Canada Racing 11 Ford Go Canada Racing
42 70 Dennis Setzer TBA 11 Chevy ML Motorsports
43 71 Chris Cook(i) * Rick Ware Racing 11 Ford Rick Ware
44 74 Mike Harmon * TBA 11 Chevy Mike Harmon
45 75 Johnny Chapman * Rick Ware Racing 11 Ford Rick Ware
46 81 Blake Koch DAYSTAR.com 11 Dodge Pat MacDonald
47 87 Joe Nemechek TBD 11 Toyota NEMCO
48 88 Aric Almirola Ragu 11 Chevy JR Motorsports
49 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory in Jesus Racing 11 Chevy Faith Motorsports
50 97 TBA * TBA 11 Chevy NEMCO

 

Just a few notes this week:

  • #5- Three time race winner Ron Fellows will take the wheel of a third JR Motorsports Chevy.  He will have to qualify on time.
  • #7- Jimmie Johnson will make a rare Nationwide start this week.  He's promoting Jimmie Johnson's Boring Race Car Driver, otherwise known as Jimmie Johnson's Anything With an Engine.  It's a video game that will soon be available for XBox Live and PSN. 
  • #13- Dan Brode will make another start in the Nationwide Series.  Last year it was with Specialty Racing, this year it's for Jennifer Jo Cobb.  Brode will have to qualify on time.
  • #16- Trevor Bayne will have to qualify on time this week.
  • #20- Joey Logano will have to qualify on time this week.
  • #21- Tim George Jr, RCR's next big star, will return this week for Childress.  George will have to qualify on time.
  • #22- For some reason Brad Keselowski is back in the Nationwide Series.  After winning this past Sunday to secure himself a Chase birth, Keso will again try to drive with a broken ankle.  I do not know why Keso would even attempt to drive in the Nationwide Series this week.
  • #33- Paul Menard will make a start for Kevin Harvick this week.  Menard has shown to be a very skilled road racer.
  • #40- Josh Wise will make a start for Key Motorsports, who yet again has more start and park teams then actual teams racing for a win.
  • #50- Is a second car for R3 Motorsports and could pull out or start and park.  No driver is named at this time.
  • #53- Andrew Ranger, fresh for his Sprint Cup Debut on Sunday will bring his team to the Nationwide Series yet again.  Ranger still hasn't had that breakout finish, and will have to qualify on time.
  • #64- Jason Bowles will make a start for Rusty Wallace Racing as they prepare to go three wide next season.  Bowles will have to qualify on time.

I've omitted some of the Start and Park teams as you could put a toddler in the car and it wouldn't make a difference.  I am kind of shocked at the lack of some big name drivers.  Boris Said, Max Papis and Jaques Villenueve are all absent from Watkins Glen this year.

Join us Saturday at Noon eastern for the Open Race Thread.  While you're there, tune your TV or cell phone to ESPN for the Zippo 200 Live from Watkins Glen, NY!  Enjoy!

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