Easter Hangover, Nationwide Returns: The O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Preview

Kurt Busch tries to win at Texas like his brother, Kyle, did last year! WORTH, TX - APRIL 19 2011: during the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 19, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Welcome back Nationwide Fans. After a two week break, The Nationwide Series returns to action. This week we head south to Texas Motor Speedway. The past four years has seen Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards dominating Texas, but neither of them are entered this week. Trevor Bayne took Texas last Summer and would have been in the car Edwards took to victory lane last Spring but he is not entered - such a shame.

We go under the lights Friday for the Spring night Nationwide Race.

Entry List and More after the Jump!

Entry Car# Driver Sponsor Manu Owner
1 01 Mike Wallace G&K Services 12 Chevy Johnny Davis
2 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial 12 Chevy Delana Harvick
3 3 Austin Dillon American Ethanol 12 Chevy Morgan Shepherd
4 4 Danny Efland iWorld 12 Chevy Rusty Wallace
5 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr (i) (PC) Degree 12 Chevy Rick Hendrick
6 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Pure Michigan 12 Ford Jack Roush
7 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com 12 Chevy Kelley Earnhardt-Miller
8 08 Kyle Fowler 12 Ford Randy Hill
9 09 Ryan Truex Grime Boss 11 Toyota Robby Benton
10 10 Jeff Green (PC) * 12 Toyota Mark Smith
11 11 Brian Scott Dollar General 11 Toyota J D Gibbs
12 12 Sam Hornish Jr Wurth 12 Dodge Roger Penske
13 14 Eric McClure Hefty/Reynolds Wrap 12 Toyota Mark Smith
14 15 Blake Koch * Poynt.com 12 Ford Rick Ware
15 18 Denny Hamlin (i) SportClips 12 Toyota Joe Gibbs
16 19 Tayler Malsam G-Oil 12 Toyota Mark Smith
17 20 Joey Logano (i) * GameStop 12 Toyota Joe Gibbs
18 22 Brad Keselowski (i) Discount Tire 12 Dodge Roger Penske
19 23 Robert Richardson Jr Tia Rosa-Embassy Suites 12 Chevy Robert Richardson Sr
20 24 Benny Gordon Samuel Metal 12 Chevy Jason Sciavicco
21 27 David Ragan (i) * Mercury 12 Ford Steve Meehan
22 30 Steve Arpin Mike's On The Rocks 12 Chevy Harry Scott Jr
23 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt 12 Chevy Sandra Turner
24 33 Paul Menard (i) Menards 12 Chevy Delana Harvick
25 38 Kasey Kahne (i) Great Clips 12 Chevy Steve Turner
26 39 Kelly Bires * Fenton Motors 12 Ford Archie St Hilaire
27 40 Erik Darnell 12 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
28 41 Timmy Hill (i) 12 Ford Rick Ware
29 42 Josh Wise (i) (S) * 12 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
30 43 Michael Annett Pilot/Flying J 12 Ford Sandra Turner
31 44 Mike Bliss 12 Toyota Mark Smith
32 46 Chase Miller (S) * 12 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
33 47 Scott Speed (i) (S) * 12 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
34 50 T J Bell * Gulf Coast Software 12 Chevy Rusty Wallace
35 51 Jeremy Clements Clements Automotive 10 Chevy Tony Clements
36 52 Tim Schendel Metro Ministries 11 Chevy Jimmy Means
37 54 Kurt Busch (i) Monster Energy 12 Toyota Kyle Busch
38 70 Johanna Long Foretravel 12 Chevy Mary Louise Miller
39 72 John Jackson * Crash Claims R US 12 Toyota James Carter
40 74 Mike Harmon (S) * Koma Unwind 12 Chevy Mike Harmon
41 75 Scott Riggs (i) (S) * 12 Chevy Rick Ware
42 81 Jason Bowles American Majority 12 Toyota Gina MacDonald
43 87 Joe Nemechek SWM International, Inc. 12 Toyota Andrea Nemechek
44 88 Cole Whitt TaxSlayer.com 12 Chevy Dale Earnhardt Jr
45 89 Morgan Shepherd * 11 Chevy Morgan Shepherd
(i) - Not Running For Title
* - Must Qualify On Time
(S) Known Start and Park
(PC) Past Champion

Just a few notes on the 45 teams entered this week:

  • #4- Danny Efland returns to the #4 Team this week.
  • #5- Dale Earnhardt Jr will make another start in the Nationwide Series. Jr is trying to get back to Victory Lane by any means necessary.
  • #09- Kenny Wallace is not running this week. Wallace will be replaced by Ryan Truex and sponsor Grime Boss.
  • #15- Blake Koch has been bounced from his locked in ride for 2011 Rookie of the Year Timmy Hill. Hill failed as a Sprint Cup Rookie and will now drive full time in the Nationwide Series, but cannot win the Nationwide Title.
  • #27- David Ragan will make a start for Steve Meehan's team this week.
  • #30- Steve Arpin will make a start for Turner Motorsports. Arpin brings his ARCA sponsorship of Mike's Hard Lemonaide.
  • #39- Joey Gase has been replaced by Kelly Bires this week.
  • #54- Kurt Busch will make his first start for his brother's team. Kurt has been invisible in the Cup Series so far, so a good run in the Nationwide Series may help his confidence.

Join us on Friday Night for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 live on ESPN2 at 8pm Eastern Time. Enjoy!

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