Bayne and Wallace saved at zero hour as Nationwide goes short track racing: The Ford EcoBoost 300 Preview

Long time Nationwide starter Kenny Wallace secures a sponsor for today' race in Bristol Tenn. Last year: NEWTON, IA - MAY 22: Kenny Wallace, driver of the #09 American Ethanol/Iowa Corn/Big River Resources Toyota, with his family (l-r) daughters Brandy Wallace, Brandy Wallace, Brooke Wallace, and wife Kim Wallace on the grid before the NASCAR Nationwide Series Inaugural Iowa John Deere Dealers 250 at Iowa Speedway on May 22, 2011 in Newton, Iowa. Wallace was honored for his 500th career NASCAR Nationwide Series start on Sunday. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Two drivers have stories that we have been following since Daytona. Trevor Bayne and Kenny Wallace are both on the brink of missing races due to sponsorship woes. While they are on the opposite ends of the spectrum in age, both are fan favorite 'oh shucks' kinda guys. Wallace got the bigger name sponsor this week in Mac Tools, but things are still looking grim for the Nationwide Only RAB Racing.

Trevor Bayne's savior goes by the name of Lally Horse Stables. Lally Stables is not making it's NASCAR debut, as they sponsored Clay Greenfield's Truck entry at Daytona last month. James Lally owns the Ocala, FL Horse Stable that trains, boards, and breeds National Winning Race Horses. It may seem a bit odd that a company located in Florida would sponsor a car racing in Tennessee, but think of the press that Lally is getting this week by saving Bayne at least one more week.

Entry List and more after the jump!

Entry Car# Driver Sponsor Manu Owner
1 01 Mike Wallace G&K Services 12 Chevy JD Motorsports
2 2 Elliott Sadler ONE MAIN FINANCIAL 12 Chevy Richard Childress Racing
3 3 Austin Dillon ADVOCARE 12 Chevy Richard Childress Racing
4 4 Danny Efland Danny Efland Racing 12 Chevy JD Motorsports
5 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr(i) [PC 3] * 12 Chevy JR Motorsports
6 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Racing 12 Ford Roush Fenway
7 7 Danica Patrick 12 Chevy JR Motorsports
8 08 Tim Andrews (S) * Randy Hill Racing 12 Ford Hill Motorsports
9 09 Kenny Wallace Mac Tools 12 Toyota RAB Racing
10 10 Jeff Green (S) [PC4] * TBD 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
11 11 Brian Scott Dollar General 12 Toyota Joe Gibbs
12 12 Sam Hornish Jr Alliance Truck Parts 12 Dodge Penske Racing
13 14 Eric McClure Hefty Black Out 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
14 15 Jeffrey Earnhardt * Sam's Club 12 Ford Rick Ware
15 18 Joey Logano(i) GameStop 12 Toyota Joe Gibbs
16 19 Tayler Malsam G-Oil 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
17 20 Ryan Truex * Grime Boss 12 Toyota Joe Gibbs
18 22 Brad Keselowski(i) [PC 1] Discount Tire 12 Dodge Penske Racing
19 23 Jamie Dick Viva Auto Group 12 Chevy R3 Motorsports
20 24 Benny Gordon * Kentucky Antler Company 12 Toyota SC2 Motorsports
21 27 J J Yeley(i) * GCMI 12 Ford Steve Meehan
22 28 Kevin Lepage TBA 12 Chevy Jay Robinson
23 30 James Buescher(i) TBA 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
24 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
25 33 Kevin Harvick(i) ARMOUR 12 Chevy Richard Childress Racing
26 38 Kasey Kahne(i) Great Clips 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
27 39 Joey Gase 12 Ford Go Green Racing
28 40 Erik Darnell Curtis Key Plumbing 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
29 41 Blake Koch Rise Up and Register 12 Ford Rick Ware
30 42 Josh Wise(i) (S) * Curtis Key Plumbing 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
31 43 Michael Annett Pilot/Flying J 12 Ford Richard Petty Motorsports
32 44 Mike Bliss * TBA 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
33 46 Chase Miller (S) * Curtis Key Plumbing 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
34 47 Scott Speed(i) (S) * Curtis Key Plumbing 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
35 50 T J Bell TBA 12 Chevy MAKE Motorsports
36 51 Jeremy Clements Clements Automotive 12 Chevy Jeremy Clements
37 52 Tim Schendel Metro Ministries 12 Chevy Jimmy Means
38 60 Trevor Bayne Lally Horse Stables 12 Ford Roush Fenway
39 54 Kyle Busch(i) [PC 2] * Monster Energy 12 Toyota Kyle Busch
40 70 Johanna Long Foretravel 12 Chevy ML Motorsports
41 73 Derrike Cope (S) * TBA 12 Chevy Creation Cope Motorsports
42 74 Mike Harmon * Koma Unwind 12 Chevy Mike Harmon
43 81 Jason Bowles American Majority 12 Dodge MacDonald Motorsports
44 87 Joe Nemechek AM/FM Energy 12 Toyota NEMCO
45 88 Cole Whitt 12 Chevy JR Motorsports
46 89 Morgan Shepherd * TBA 12 Chevy Faith Motorsports
(S) Known Start and Park
(i) Not Running For Title
[PC] Past Champion
* Must Qualify On Time

46 teams are entered this week, so three will hit the showers early. Just a few notes:

  • #5- Dale Earnhardt Jr will make another start as the third JR Motorsports entry. Earnhardt will make some enemies tonight. Short track racing always brings out the best and worst in people. JR will need to qualify on time unless both Keselowski and Busch make it on time.
  • #11- Last week a great run by Brian Scott was undone by a hard wreck. Scott is looking to climb back in the hunt or he may be looking for a new ride next year.
  • #15- Jeffrey Earnhardt is back. Earnhardt will be making a start for Rick Ware Racing, a team he left last year in the Truck Series. No one has any clue why Rick Ware keeps taking him back. Jeffrey will have to qualify on time.
  • #20- Ryan Truex will have to qualify on time, but it's great to see him back in good equipment this week. Truex is another of Nascar's young stars that are looking for work. Is it too hard for Nascar to make some program where teams get extra monetary support for running a rookie instead of a Cup driver. Looking at you Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski. It can't be that hard. Take one of your "Official Nascar Sponsors" that you take from teams and get them to sponsor a Rookie Movement program that rewards teams for running guys like Ryan Truex, Trevor Bayne and Josh Wise without start and parking. Can you hear me Nascar?
  • #28- Speaking of teams that seem to hate Rookies, Jay Robinson dug up Kevin Lepage's dead career for another start in a team that will probably be closed before next years Bristol race.
  • #30- James Buescher. Racing again. I can only assume that next year when the trucks actually start racing again that he will return to his own series. I have nothing against our Daytona Winner, just seems odd that he and Kasey Kahne are still kicking around this team instead of Turner running someone full time to help Justin Allgaier.
  • #42- I really hate "The Motorsports Group". They are the worst team I have ever seen. All that talent and it is wasted by parking three team every week. They are the opposite of TriStar, which has three teams run the race and one park. I hate it, but I'd rather see it then three teams parking. You doing the math? Three teams go home. So what's the chance that it is the three TMG cars and not three teams trying to run up front for an entire race?
  • #54- Things have been rough for Rowdy Busch. They have been even rougher on my blood pressure every time I hear him called "Wild Thing" by DW. Are you kidding me? The guy has Rowdy written on his car. Why are you coming up with an even more generic nickname for someone who already has a perfectly good one? You want to know why sponsors don't want to join Nascar? It's DW. But not just him. We have the most technologically advanced race cars out there, and all I hear on broadcasts is how pretty Danica Patrick is or how Dale Jr has a more fire then a corn snake trying to catch a jack rabbit. It's time to move past our "Redneck roots" and let's stop being the joke of the Sports world.

Saturday. March 17th. ESPN. Mark it down, DVR it, get your friends together for some good old fashioned short track racing. Bristol Motor Speedway. One of the most exciting races of the year is coming this weekend. I hope you can make time to watch it. If you can, make sure you have a TV and a computer in close distance. Because we here at Nascar Ranting and Raving do a little thing called an Open Race Thread. That's where fans across the country get together to complain about how often ESPN shows Danica Patrick. Get your voice out there folks. Enjoy!

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