Nationwide heads to the desert: The Bashas Supermarkets 200 Preview

Time To Step Up: 8months ago - SONOMA, CA - JUNE 18: Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the #77 Mobile 1 Dodge, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway on June 18, 2010 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)

This week we head to Phoenix International Raceway for the Bashas Supermarkets 200. After an amazing race at Daytona, we get a bit of a cool off this week. While Kyle Busch has won the last two spring races, it was the summer event that everyone should take note of. Last summer Sam Hornish won a crash filled Wypall 200. This year Hornish is running for the Championship and a win this week would help sell him as a legit contender. Busch is looking for his first win with his new Nationwide team.

James Buescher is back for another round this week after his Daytona win last Saturday. Buescher is still only going to run part time, but having a good run this week could set him up well for a jump to the Nationwide series full time next year.

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 Darryl Harr TBA 12 Chevy JD Motorsports
5 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr RFR 25 12 Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com 12 Chevy JR Motorsports
7 08 Casey Roderick * TBA 12 Ford Randy Hill Racing
8 09 Kenny Wallace TBA 12 Toyota RAB Racing
9 10 Jeff Green * (S) TBA 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
10 11 Brian Scott Dollar General 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
11 12 Sam Hornish Jr Alliance Truck Parts 12 Dodge Penske Racing South
12 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb(i) * Lerner & Rowe Injury Attorneys 11 Dodge Jennifer Jo Cobb
13 14 Eric McClure Hefty Reynolds Wrap 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
14 15 Timmy Hill(i) Poynt.com 12 Ford Rick Ware Racing
15 18 Denny Hamlin(i) GameStop 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
16 19 Tayler Malsam G-Oil 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
17 20 Joey Logano(i) * Dollar General 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
18 22 Brad Keselowski(i) [PC1] * Discount Tire 12 Dodge Penske Racing South
19 23 Jamie Dick Viva Auto Group 12 Chevy R3 Motorsports
20 24 Benny Gordon * SR2 Motorsports 12 Toyota SR2 Motorsports
21 27 JJ Yeley * GCMI 12 Ford Steve Meehan
22 28 David Green TBA 12 Chevy Jay Robinson Racing
23 30 James Buescher(i) ABF 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
24 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
25 33 Kevin Harvick(i) SOUTH POINT CASINO 12 Chevy Richard Childress Racing
26 38 Kasey Kahne(i) Great Clips 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
27 39 Joey Gase TBA 12 Ford Go Green Racing
28 40 Josh Wise(i) TBA 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
29 41 Blake Koch * Rise Up and Register 12 Ford Rick Ware Racing
30 42 Erik Darnell * (S) TBA 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) TBA 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
34 47 Scott Speed(i) * (S) tba 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
35 50 T J Bell Turbine Powered Technology 12 Chevy MAKE Motorsports
36 51 Jeremy Clements Clements Automotive 12 Chevy Jeremy Clements Racing
37 52 Tim Schendel TBA 12 Chevy Means Motorsports
38 54 Kyle Busch(i) [PC2] * Monster Energy 12 Toyota Kyle Busch Motorsports
39 60 Trevor Bayne Ford EcoBoost 12 Ford Roush Fenway Racing
40 70 Charles Lewandoski Foretravel 12 Chevy ML Motorsports
41 74 Mike Harmon * American Heros 12 Chevy Mike Harmon Racing
42 81 Jason Bowles American Majority 12 Dodge MacDonald Motorsports
43 87 Joe Nemechek AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 12 Toyota NEMCO
44 88 Cole Whitt TaxSlayer.com 12 Chevy JR Motorsports
45 89 Morgan Shepherd * GoodInfo.com 11 Chevy Faith Motorsports
(i)- Not Running for Championship
* - Must Qualify On Time
(PC)- Past Champion
(S) - Known Start and Park Team

45 teams are entered this week, meaning that two will go home.

  • #4- JD Motorsports' second team has a new driver this week in Darryl Harr. Harr has been a start and park driver in the past and could bow out of this race early.
  • #10- Jeff Green really disappointed me last week by parking after three laps in the Daytona event. Green is a past champion, and should either get a ride that allows him to race or retire. These runs of his are just adding a black mark to an otherwise good career.
  • #13- Jennifer Jo Cobb returns to the series in her underfunded team. Cobb has not been able to put together any sort of success in Nascar so far.
  • #23- Jamie Dick will run for R3 Motorsports this week. Dick brings sponsorship to the underfunded family owned team.
  • #24- Benny Gordon had a really good run last week and could just sneak up on a rookie title.
  • #33- Kevin Harvick will return to his former team this week. Harvick is running with Brendan Gaughan's sponsor on the car, meaning that this was probably going to be a Gaughan race until RCR decided to run him in the Sprint Cup race this Sunday.
  • #88- This could be the race that Cole Whitt sets himself apart. Whitt has Hendrick backing and full sponsorship. It would be shocking to see him take a huge step back this week.

Join us this Saturday for an open race thread while you tune into ESPN 2 at 4pm eastern for the live running of the Bashas Supermarkets 200! Enjoy!

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