The OneMain Financial 200 Preview

Look for this guy to be contending for the Championship in the Nationwide Series next year: Austin Dillon, driver of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series F.W. Webb 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 23 in Loudon, N.H. Credit: Tom Whitmore/Getty Images for NASCAR via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com

Dover.  That's where this crazy 2011 Nationwide Series Season takes us next.  It's still the three S's leading the points race; Sorenson, Sadler, and Stenhouse, but there are plenty of drivers that you cannot count out yet.  Can Stenhouse leave Dover the same way he entered it?  As the Points Leader?  Will we see a new challenger rise from the depths?  Tune in to find out.

The season is winding down, and it makes no sense that the schedule would have three races, then back to back off weeks, then three races to end the year.  The season should be broken up a bit more so that you don't have 3 of the 6 off weeks in the last 10 weeks of the season.  Everyone's attention is starting to turn to the MLB Playoffs and the 2011 NFL Season.  It's not easy to keep the fan's attention when you have so many off weeks to end the year.

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 Marc Davis * (S) TBA 11 Chevy Robert Richardson Sr
4 04 Kelly Bires * (S) Go Green Racing 11 Ford Archie St Hilaire
5 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Racing 11 Ford Jack Roush
6 7 Jamie McMurray(i) GoDaddy.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 * Driver Boutique 11 Dodge Jennifer Jo Cobb
10 14 Eric McClure Hefty BlackOut/Reynolds 11 Chevy Mark Smith
11 15 Timmy Hill Poynt 11 Ford Bob Germain
12 16 Trevor Bayne * Roush Fenway Racing 11 Ford Jack Roush
13 18 Joey Logano(i) SportClips 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs
14 19 Mike Bliss TBA 11 Chevy Mark Smith
15 20 Ryan Truex * Heinz 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs
16 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Ruby Tuesday 11 Dodge Roger Penske
17 23 Scott Riggs N TX Pipe 11 Chevy Robert Richardson Sr
18 28 Derrike Cope Maxelence 11 Chevy Jay Robinson
19 30 Jason Leffler AccuDoc 11 Chevy Harry Scott Jr
20 31 Justin Allgaier Racersites and Justinallgaier.com 11 Chevy Steve Turner
21 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General 11 Chevy Sandra Turner
22 33 Clint Bowyer(i) Rheem Heating 11 Chevy Delana Harvick
23 38 Kasey Kahne(i) Great Clips 11 Chevy Steve Turner
24 39 Fain Skinner Car Port Empire 11 Ford Jack Roush
25 40 Josh Wise TBA 11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
26 41 Johnny Chapman * (S) Rick Ware Racing 11 Chevy Rick Ware
27 42 Tim Andrews * (S) Key Motorsports 11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
28 44 Jeff Green (PC) (S) TBA 11 Chevy Mark Smith
29 46 Chase Miller * (S) Key Motorsports 11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
30 47 Charles Lewandoski * (S) TBA 11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
31 49 Mark Green * (S) Acredale Vending 11 Chevy Jay Robinson
32 50 T J Bell(i) * (S) Liberty Tire Recycling 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 66 Steve Wallace 5 Hour Energy 11 Toyota Rusty Wallace
38 70 Casey Roderick TBA 11 Chevy Mary Louise Miller
39 71 Matthew Carter * (S) Rick Ware Racing 11 Ford Rick Ware
40 74 Mike Harmon * (S) MHR 11 Chevy Mike Harmon
41 75 Carl Long * (S) Rick Ware Racing 11 Ford Rick Ware
42 81 Blake Koch DAYSTAR.com 11 Dodge Pat MacDonald
43 82 Scott Wimmer * (S) MacDonald Motorsports 10 Dodge Randy MacDonald
44 87 Joe Nemechek TBD 11 Toyota Andrea Nemechek
45 88 Aric Almirola Ragu 11 Chevy Dale Earnhardt Jr
46 89 Morgan Shepherd ABLE-Victory in Jesus Racing 11 Chevy Morgan Shepherd
(i)- Not Running For Championship
*- Not Locked In
(S)- Known Start and Park

 

46 teams entered means that three go home.  Just a couple of notes this week:

  • #7- Jamie McMurray is back in the JR Motorsports team this week.  It looks like the Josh Wise experiment may be over.  With Danica Patrick running full time, Wise is without a ride for 2012.
  • #15- We haven't talked about Timmy Hill all season. And for good reason.  Rick Ware has anywhere from one to three cars entered every week that Start and Park just so Timmy Hill can drive the full season.  Hill has done nothing to show he deserves a full time ride yet. 
  • #19- Mike Bliss is a better driver then people give him credit for.  We've seen what Bliss can do with great equipment.  It shows just how far behind TriStar Motorsports is when Bliss is a midpack car every week.
  • #20- Ryan Truex won't quit.  Not until he finally gets that first Nationwide Win.  It could happen here at Dover.
  • #23- Scott Riggs is back with R3 Motorsports this week.  Riggs has given them the best finishes this year.
  • #33- Clint Bowyer, soon to be ex-RCR driver Clint Bowyer, will probably make his last start with Kevin Harvick Inc.  Whoever his replacement is in the Sprint Cup #33 car will probably slide into KHI's #33 car for a few races next year.  Speaking of RCR, it should be noted that Austin Dillon will drive the #3 Chevy for KHI and RCR next season in a full time effort.  Dillon is not just a Rookie of the Year favorite, but he may just be a dark horse for the Championship next year.

Join us Saturday Afternoon for an Open Race Thread while you tune into ESPN2 at 3pm eastern for the running of the OneMain Finacial 200 from Dover! Enjoy!

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