Nationwide Vs. Road Ringers Round 3: Northern Edition: The NAPA Auto Parts 200 Preview

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 60 Fastenal Ford, comes in for pit stop during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International on Aug. 13 in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images via

You can never have enough Road Courses.  For the second straight week, and the third time this year, Nationwide Racing will turn right.  First stop was Road America, where Reed Sorenson took home his first win of the season.  Last week we saw Kurt Busch make his first start since 2007 and dominate.  And this week is shaping up to be a great event.  Now, I can be upset about Carl Edwards being entered yet again when Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski are not, but Carl will have to fight against Road Course Ringers, Jaques Villeneuve, Marcos Ambrose, Alex Tagliani, and others.

After the checkered drops, we will have just 10 races to go in the 2011 Nationwide Series.  We do not have a clear front runner for the Championship as Ricky Stenhouse, Reed Sorenson, Elliott Sadler and a handful of others are still within striking distance of the top spot.  This race will be big for the top three in points as they each try to make a big run with the season coming to a close.

Entry List and More after the JUMP!


Ent Car # Driver Sponsor Manu. Owner
1 01 Mike Wallace TBA 11 Chevy Lori Davis
2 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial 11 Chevy Delana Harvick
3 03 Jean Francois Dumoulin * N TX Pipe 11 Chevrolet Robert Richardson Sr
4 04 TBA * TBA 11 Ford Archie St Hilaire
5 5 Ron Fellows * Canadian Tire 11 Chevy Rick Hendrick
6 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Racing 11 Ford Jack Roush
7 7 Danica Patrick 11 Chevy Kelley Earnhardt
8 09 Kenny Wallace TBD 11 Toyota Robby Benton
9 9 Marcos Ambrose(i) * Stanley 11 Ford Richard Petty
10 11 Brian Scott Shore Lodge 11 Toyota J D Gibbs
11 12 Alex Tagliani * Hot Wheels 11 Dodge Roger Penske
12 13 Dan Brode * 11 Dodge Jennifer Jo Cobb
13 14 Eric McClure Hefty BlackOut/Reynolds 11 Chevy Mark Smith
14 15 Timmy Hill Rick Ware Racing 11 Ford Bob Germain
15 16 Trevor Bayne * 3M 11 Ford Jack Roush
16 18 Michael McDowell(i) Sherwin Williams 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs
17 19 Mike Bliss Del Monte Foods 11 Chevy Mark Smith
18 21 Tim George Jr * Applebee's / Potomac Family Dining Group 11 Chevy Richard Childress
19 22 Jacques Villeneuve Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday 11 Dodge Roger Penske
20 23 Alex Kennedy Media Master 11 Chevy Robert Richardson Sr
21 28 Derrike Cope 11 Chevy Jay Robinson
22 30 Boris Said(i) TBA 11 Chevy Harry Scott Jr
23 31 Justin Allgaier Florida Gulf Safe 11 Chevy Steve Turner
24 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General 11 Chevy Sandra Turner
25 33 Scott Speed Rheem Heating, Cooling and Water Heating 11 Chevy Delana Harvick
26 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips 11 Chevy Steve Turner
27 39 Luis Martinez Jr King Taco 11 Ford Jack Roush
28 40 Josh Wise TBA 11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
29 41 Tomy Drissi(i) * Alvin & the Chipmunks-Chipwrecked 11 Ford Rick Ware
30 42 Chase Miller * Key Motorsports 11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
31 44 Jeff Green * TBA 11 Chevy Mark Smith
32 49 Mark Green * TBA 11 Chevy Jay Robinson
33 51 Jeremy Clements Clements Racing Engines 10 Chevy Johnny Davis
34 52 TBA TBA 11 Chevy Jimmy Means
35 53 Andrew Ranger * TBA 11 Dodge Robert Torriere
36 55 Brett Rowe * Imperial Bedding 11 Chevy Cindy Shepherd
37 60 Carl Edwards(i) Fastenal 11 Ford Jack Roush
38 62 Michael Annett Northland Motor Oils 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 Steve Meehan
42 70 Blake Koch TBA 11 Chevy Mary Louise Miller
43 75 Chris Cook(i) * Rick Ware Racing 11 Ford Rick Ware
44 77 Robby Gordon(i) * Speed Energy 11 Dodge Robby Gordon
45 81 Maryeve Dufault Quebec Dodge Dealers 11 Dodge Pat MacDonald
46 87 Joe Nemechek TBD 11 Toyota Andrea Nemechek
47 88 Aric Almirola Grand Touring Vodka 11 Chevy Dale Earnhardt Jr
48 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory in Jesus Racing 11 Chevy Morgan Shepherd
49 97 Kyle Kelley * TBD 11 Chevy Andrea Nemechek
50 99 Patrick Carpentier * UAP, Inc 11 Toyota Gary Bechtel
 *- Must Qualify on Time
(i)- Not Running for Championship


There are 50 teams entered for 43 spots.  We have a lot of notes this time.

  • #03- Jean Francois Dumoulin is in the Start and Park R3 Motorsports Chevy.  I don't think that R3 would hire the Quebec Road Ringer just to start and park this week.  Dumoulin is making his first Nascar start, as long as he can qualify on time.
  • #04- Go Green Racing have entered a second team but do not have a driver yet.  That's normally a sign that they do not intend to run the full race with this team.
  • #7- Danica Patrick will make a start with JR Motorsports.  She arrives in Montreal amid rumors that she is leaving IndyCar and will join NASCAR full time next year.  That's bad news for Josh Wise, but good news for the sport.  It is also rumored that Patrick will race a handful of Cup races for Stewart Haas Racing next year too.
  • #9- Fresh off a win in the Cup series at Watkins Glen, Marcos Ambrose will try to continue his good Road Racing finishes in the Nationwide Series.
  • #12- Another IndyCar driver, Alex Tagliani will make a start for Roger Penske this week.  Tag is always a fan favorite underdog, and this week should be even more exciting with him in it.
  • #21- Tim George Jr will make another start for RCR.  George will have to qualify on time.
  • #22-The favorite to win this weekend, Jacques Villeneuve.  He's in Brad Keselowski's car, the same team that won last week with Kurt Busch at the wheel.  Jacques is one you always have to keep an eye out for.
  • #30- Boris Said will drive for Turner Motorsports this week.  Said is an accomplished Road Racer, and won a race last year for RAB Racing.
  • #33- It's the return of Scott Speed.  A Troy J Favorite.  Speed has been looking for a full time ride after Red Bull dumped him in favor of one off driver Kasey Kahne.  Speed is set to take the KHI team back to victory lane this week.
  • #40- Josh Wise has snagged himself a ride this week.  Key Motorsports only has one other start and park team this weekend. 
  • #53- Andrew Ranger, a 4ever3 Favorite, is entered again this week after a disappointing run last week.  Ranger will have to qualify on time.
  • #77-Robby Gordon is back this week.  We haven't seen Gordon make as many starts in the Nationwide series lately.  Gordon will have to qualify on time.
  • #81- Maryeve Dufault, a regular in the ARCA series, will make her first start this week.  Dufault is another of Canada's own trying to make the leap to Nationwide.
  • #99-Patrick Carpentier will pilot the Pastrana Waltrip racing Toyota this weekend.  Carpentier is another favorite to have a great run, but he will have to qualify on time.

Log into Nascar Ranting And Raving Saturday before 2 to join in on the open race thread and tune into ESPN for the live running of the NAPA Auto Parts 200 from Montreal, Canada.

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