Cup Drivers go for back to back dominance: The Great Clips 300 Preview

Another Cup heavy Nationwide race like the one at Bristol awaits us at Atlanta. Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota, leads the field on the first lap of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday in Bristol, Tenn. Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com


Atlanta Motor Speedway is a cookie cutter Intermediate track, which has become NASCAR's bread and butter.  This week we have another handful of Cup drivers racing in the Nationwide Series instead of focusing on making the Chase for the Sprint Cup.  We even have a return appearance by Brad Keselowski.

The best battle to watch this weekend will be the battle for the championship.  Keep your eye on Ricky Stenhouse, Reed Sorenson, and Elliott Sadler.  That's where the real excitement will be.

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 (s) * N TX Pipe 11 Chevy Robert Richardson Sr
4 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Blackwell Angus (black) 11 Ford Jack Roush
5 7 Jamie McMurray(i) TBA 11 Chevy Kelley Earnhardt
6 09 Kenny Wallace G-Oil 11 Toyota Robby Benton
7 11 Brian Scott Shore Lodge 11 Toyota J D Gibbs
8 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb * HipChixFundraisers.com 11 Dodge Jennifer Jo Cobb
9 14 Eric McClure Hefty BlackOut/Reynolds 11 Chevy Mark Smith
10 15 Timmy Hill Rick Ware Racing 11 Ford Bob Germain
11 16 Trevor Bayne * Roush Fenway Racing 11 Ford Jack Roush
12 18 Kyle Busch(i) Z-Line 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs
13 19 Mike Bliss TBA 11 Chevy Mark Smith
14 20 Ryan Truex * Schick 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs
15 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Discount Tire 11 Dodge Roger Penske
16 23 Robert Richardson Jr N TX Pipe 11 Chevy Robert Richardson Sr
17 28 Derrike Cope MAXelence.com 11 Chevy Jay Robinson
18 30 Jason Leffler TBA 11 Chevy Harry Scott Jr
19 31 Justin Allgaier TBA 11 Chevy Steve Turner
20 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General 11 Chevy Sandra Turner
21 33 Kevin Harvick(i) Rheem.com 11 Chevy Delana Harvick
22 38 Kasey Kahne(i) Great Clips 11 Chevy Steve Turner
23 39 Matthew Carter Carport Empire 11 Ford Jack Roush
24 40 Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing 11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
25 41 Carl Long (s) * Rick Ware Racing 11 Ford Rick Ware
26 42 Tim Andrews (s) * Key Motorsports 11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
27 44 Jeff Green (PC) (s) * TBA 11 Chevy Mark Smith
28 46 Chase Miller (s) * Key Motorsports 11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
29 47 Charles Lewandowski (s) * TBA 11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
30 49 Mark Green (s) * TBA 11 Chevy Jay Robinson
31 50 T J Bell (i) * Liberty Tire 11 Chevy Mark Beaver
32 51 Jeremy Clements Clements Racing Engines 10 Chevy Johnny Davis
33 52 Kevin Lepage TBA 11 Chevy Jimmy Means
34 60 Carl Edwards(i) Fastenal 11 Ford Jack Roush
35 62 Michael Annett Pilot-Flying J 11 Toyota Rusty Wallace
36 66 Steve Wallace 5 Hour Energy 11 Toyota Rusty Wallace
37 70 Dennis Setzer TBA 11 Dodge Mary Louise Miller
38 71 TBA (s) * Rick Ware Racing 11 Ford Rick Ware
39 72 John Jackson (s) * crashclaimsR.US 11 Toyota James Carter
40 74 Mike Harmon (s) * IPT Grills 11 Chevy Mike Harmon
41 75 Johnny Chapman (s) * Rick Ware Racing 11 Ford Rick Ware
42 81 Blake Koch DAYSTAR.com 11 Dodge Pat MacDonald
43 87 Joe Nemechek TBD 11 Toyota Andrea Nemechek
44 88 Aric Almirola Hellmann's 11 Chevy Dale Earnhardt Jr
45 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory in Jesus Racing 11 Chevy Morgan Shepherd
(*)- Must Qualify On Time
(i)- Not Running For Championship
(s)- Known Start and Park

 

45 Teams are entered this week, so two will go home.  Just a handful of notes this week:

  • #7- Jamie McMurray is making a rare Nationwide start this week for JR Motorsports.  McMurray has been close the last few races he has run, and looks to return to victory lane.
  • #20- Joe Gibbs signed Ryan Truex to run a few races for him before the season is out.  Truex is the second Michael Waltrip driver to be cut loose due to lack of sponsorship.  It turned out pretty well for Trevor Bayne.
  • #33- Kevin Harvick is back this week in his own team.  He's gonna be a favorite this weekend for sure.
  • #38- Kasey Kahne has yet to win in the Nationwide Series this year.  Kahne has had some rough runs this year.

Join us at NASCAR Ranting and Raving this Saturday night for an open race thread while you tune into ESPN2 at 7pm eastern for the live running of the Great Clips 300 from Atlanta, GA! Enjoy!

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