Nationwide heats up under the lights in Tennessee: The Food City 250 Preview

Justin Allgaier sits almost 60 points out of first needs a good run at Bristol. Justin is the driver of the No. 31 Florida Gulf Safe Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Aug. 19 in Montreal, Canada. Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com


For those of you who haven't been paying attention, I loves me some short track racing.  It's my favorite type of racing, because it's exactly the type of track you can go to every week in your home state.  Most people do not go to intermediate tracks because most intermediates do not host events year round.  Now, I'm not saying Bristol is hosting your local Joe Schmoe's out there every week, I mean that you can go to almost any local asphalt track and it's going to be a short track.  There are some exceptions, but most drivers got their starts on short tracks, yet all three schedules are littered with intermediate tracks and short on short tracks.  It doesn't make sense.

But I've gone into this before and you didn't come here to listen to me complain.  You came to let me pump you up for what is sure to be a great race.  Short tracks seem to bring out the worst in people.  We've seen so many fights, so many wrecked cars, and so many angry drivers that you have to feel like most drivers don't want to return to Bristol.  But that's not the case.  Most drivers love to race at Bristol.  For the longest time, this was the house that Rusty Wallace built, we are still waiting to see if Steven can follow in his father's footsteps. 

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 Scott Riggs * N TX Pipe 11 Chevy Robert Richardson Sr
4 04 Benny Gordon * Samuel Metals 11 Ford Archie St Hilaire
5 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Racing 11 Ford Jack Roush
6 7 Josh Wise TaxSlayer.com 11 Chevy Kelley Earnhardt
7 09 Kenny Wallace Federated Auto Parts 11 Toyota Robby Benton
8 11 Brian Scott Shore Lodge 11 Toyota J D Gibbs
9 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb * TenForJen.com 11 Dodge Jennifer Jo Cobb
10 14 Eric McClure Hefty BlackOut/Reynolds 11 Chevy Mark Smith
11 15 Timmy Hill Lilly Trucking of VA 11 Ford Bob Germain
12 16 Trevor Bayne * Roush Fenway Racing 11 Ford Jack Roush
13 18 Kyle Busch(i) Z-Line Designs 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs
14 19 Mike Bliss TBA 11 Chevy Mark Smith
15 20 Joey Logano(i) * GameStop 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs
16 22 Parker Kligerman(i) Discount Tire 11 Dodge Roger Penske
17 23 Dennis Setzer Anderson's Maple Syrup 11 Chevy Robert Richardson Sr
18 28 Derrike Cope MAXelence.com 11 Chevy Jay Robinson
19 30 Jason Leffler TBA 11 Chevy Harry Scott Jr
20 31 Justin Allgaier TBA 11 Chevy Steve Turner
21 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General 11 Chevy Sandra Turner
22 33 Clint Bowyer(i) Rheem.com 11 Chevy Delana Harvick
23 38 Kasey Kahne(i) Great Clips 11 Chevy Steve Turner
24 39 Fain Skinner Carport Empire 11 Ford Jack Roush
25 40 Scott Wimmer Curtis Key Plumbing 11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
26 41 Carl Long * Lilly Trucking of VA 11 Ford Rick Ware
27 42 Tim Andrews * Key Motorsports 11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
28 44 Jeff Green [PC1]  TBA 11 Chevy Mark Smith
29 46 Chase Miller * Key Motorsports 11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
30 47 TBA * Key Motorsports 11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
31 49 Mark Green * Anderson's Maple Syrup 11 Chevy Jay Robinson
32 50 T J Bell(i) * Liberty Tire Recyclers-Pinnacle Rubber Mulch 11 Chevy Mark Beaver
33 51 Jeremy Clements Clements Racing Engines 10 Chevy Johnny Davis
34 52 Kevin Lepage TBA 11 Chevy Jimmy Means
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) * TBA 11 Toyota Rusty Wallace
38 66 Steve Wallace 5 Hour Energy 11 Toyota Rusty Wallace
39 70 David Stremme(i) USA Sealants/Blue Devil 11 Chevy Mary Louise Miller
40 71 Matthew Carter * Rick Ware Racing 11 Ford Rick Ware
41 72 John Jackson * crashclaimsR.US 11 Toyota James Carter
42 74 J J Yeley(i) * IPT Grills 11 Chevy Mike Harmon
43 75 Johnny Chapman * Lilly Trucking of VA 11 Ford Rick Ware
44 81 Blake Koch DAYSTAR.com 11 Dodge Pat MacDonald
45 87 Kevin Conway Extenze 11 Toyota Andrea Nemechek
46 88 Aric Almirola Degree Men Adrenaline Series 11 Chevy Dale Earnhardt Jr
47 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory in Jesus Racing 11 Chevy Morgan Shepherd
48 97 Joe Nemechek [PC2] AM/FM Energy Wod Pellet Stoves 11 Toyota Andrea Nemechek

 

48 cars entered means five will go home.

Here's some cars to look out for:

#2- Elliott Sadler is still looking for his first win of the season.  With the 2011 Championship drawing to a close in a few months, Sadler needs to make his end of the year charge to finally win a championship.

#03- Scott Riggs will attempt to qualify a start and park team for R3 Motorsports.

#04- Benny Gordon will do the same for Go Green Racing.

#6- Points leader Ricky Stenhouse is out to prove again why his car should not be blank.  Ricky is trying to hold on to his narrow points lead and hopes to put some distance on the field.

#11- It's been a tough year for Brian Scott, and if things don't start going his way he could find himself out of another job very soon.  Joe Gibbs has some talented developmental drivers who would love a shot at the Nationwide Series.

#20- Joey Logano is entered again.  Logano has had to qualify on time since skipping a race at the beginning of the year.  So far he's made every attempt, but one slip up could cost the team dearly.

#22- Parker Kligerman will get behind the wheel of what should be his future ride.  Penske needs to pull Special K out of this ride for the rest of the year to get Keselowski ready for the Sprint Cup Chase.

#33- Clint Bowyer is making another rare Nationwide Start.  Recent talk is that Clint may be looking to leave RCR for the 2012 season.  He claims he has a sponsor lined up if he jumps ship.

#38- The last time Kasey Kahne made a short track start, he ended up riding on the side of his car.  Kahne is back, pushing Jason Leffler to the #30 team.

#47- Does it even matter who is driving this team?  Vegas should really start taking bets on how many total laps the Key Motorsports cars run this week.

#64- David Reutimann is making another start for Rusty Wallace to tune up this team for a full time run in 2012.  Reuti will have to qualify on time.

#87-  Kevin Conway has managed to yet again fins his way into a ride.  I expect him to drive 10 mph slower then last place.  Should be a great run for him.

I sure hope you do not miss this race.  Last week was a great race with a great finish.  Bristol always brings out the fireworks.  If you're a fan of us, log in Friday night for the open race thread.  While you're at it, tune your TV to ESPN at 7 eastern for the live running of the Food City 250!  Enjoy!

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