Sprint Cup battles Nationwide at Charlotte: The History Channel 300 Preview

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 24: Joey Coulter, driver of the #22 Mama Lucia Meatballs Chevrolet, looks on while standing on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Not going to lie, I was a bit confused when I read what the title sponsor was going to be for this week's race. The History Channel, which will not be broadcasting the race mind you, will be on board to bring you the History 300 this week Live from Charlotte, NC.

Charlotte is not just the home of The Nature Boy Rick Flair, who will most likely be on hand this week, it is also considered the home of Nascar in general. The Nascar Hall of Fame is located there, as is Charlotte Motor Speedway. Charlotte is a bit of a gamble on what type of racing you will see. The shear number of Sprint Cup Regulars in the field complicates that even more. What we will most likely see is the big hitter from Sprint Cup battling it out and the Nationwide Regulars trying to stay out of the way. I would love to see Nascar try for one year to not have any race with more then three Sprint Cup drivers entered. It would be fantastic.

Entry List and More after the Jump!

Entry Car# Driver Sponsor Manu Owner
1 00 Angela Cope * Highland Wealth Advisors and Luichiny Shoes 12 Chevy SR2 Motorsports
2 01 Mike Wallace Restaurant.com 12 Chevy JD Motorsports
3 2 Elliott Sadler ONE MAIN FINANCIAL 12 Chevy Richard Childress
4 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops 12 Chevy Richard Childress
5 4 Danny Efland TBA 12 Ford JD Motorsports
6 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr (PC) Roush Fenway Racing 12 Ford Roush Fenway
7 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com 12 Chevy JR Motorsports
8 08 Kyle Fowler TBA 12 Ford Randy Hill
9 10 Start and Park Driver (S) * TBD 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
10 11 Brian Scott Dollar General 12 Toyota Joe Gibbs
11 12 Sam Hornish Jr Alliance Truck Parts 12 Dodge Roger Penske
12 14 Jeff Green (PC) Hefty/Reynolds Wrap Toyota Camry 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
13 15 Blake Koch (S) * RWR 12 Chevy Rick Ware
14 17 J J Yeley (i) * New Gulf Resources 12 Toyota Berryhill Racing
15 18 Denny Hamlin (i) SportClips 12 Toyota Joe Gibbs
16 19 Tayler Malsam G-Oil 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
17 20 Joey Logano (i) * GameStop 12 Toyota Joe Gibbs
18 21 Joey Coulter (i) * Shewin Williams Chevy 12 Chevy Richard Childress
19 22 Brad Keselowski (i) (PC) Discount Tire 12 Dodge Roger Penske
20 23 Robert Richardson Jr N TX Pipe 12 Chevy R3 Motorsports
21 24 Casey Roderick West Virginia Minors Baseball 12 Chevy SR2 Motorsports
22 30 James Buescher (i) ABF 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
23 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
24 33 Kevin Harvick (i) (PC) Hunt Brothers Pizza 12 Chevy Richard Childress
25 38 Kasey Kahne (i) Great Clips 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
26 39 Josh Richards * (ps) NSW Kids 12 Ford Go Green Racing
27 40 Erik Darnell Strutmasters LLC 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
28 41 Timmy Hill Poynt.com 12 Ford Rick Ware
29 42 Josh Wise (i) (S) * Curtis Key Plumbing 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
30 43 Michael Annett Pilot/Flying J 12 Ford Richard Petty Motorsports
31 44 Mike Bliss TBD 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
32 46 Chase Miller (S) * Curtis Key Plumbing 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
33 47 Scott Speed (i) (S) * Curtis Key Plumbing 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
34 50 T J Bell * (ps) TBA 12 Chevy MAKE Motorsports
35 51 Jeremy Clements Clements Automotive 10 Chevy Jeremy Clements
36 52 Start and Park Driver (S) * TBA 12 Chevy Jimmy Means
37 54 Kyle Busch (i) (PC) Monster Energy 12 Toyota Kyle Busch
38 70 Johanna Long Wish For Our Heros 12 Chevy ML Motorsports
39 74 Mike Harmon (S) * Koma Unwind 12 Chevy Mike Harmon
40 75 Scott Riggs (i) (S) * RWR 12 Chevy Rick Ware
41 81 Jason Bowles American Majority 12 Toyota MacDonald Motorsports
42 87 Joe Nemechek AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 12 Toyota NEMCO
43 88 Cole Whitt Ingersoll Rand 12 Chevy JR Motorsports
44 89 Morgan Shepherd * (ps) TBA 12 Chevy Faith Motorsports
45 98 Reed Sorenson * Carroll Shelby Motors 10 Chevy Biagi-DenBeste Racing
46 99 Travis Pastrana Boost Mobile 12 Toyota RAB Racing

(S)- Start and Park Driver

(ps)- Possible Start and Park Driver

(i)- Not Running for Title

* - Must Qualify on Time

(PC)- Past Champion

There are, count 'em, 46 teams entered this week! Three teams will go home. As every week, I have listed the known Start and Park teams and I have also included two teams that may or may not start and park. After qualifying is over, try and see if the teams that miss the race are ones noted with a (S) after the name. If they are not, that means that someone went home who was going to try to run the whole race. This is the worst part of allowing teams to pocket money by running just a handful of laps. Just a few notes this week:

  • #00- Well, Look who's back for another chance to give female drivers a bad name. Angela Cope will ride a second SR2 Chevy this week. Say what you will about Danica Patrick, but at least she stands a chance every week.
  • #2- Elliott Sadler failed post race inspection and was docked six points. This only furthers the gap between Sadler and Stenhouse and the Nationwide Series has yet to have a Chase to wipe the slate clean.
  • #14- Eric McClure is still out this week so we get another chance to see the 2000 Nationwide Champ Jeff Green run a full race. By the way, Did you know that the first recorded "Start and Park" entry was Neil Bonnett in the Sprint Cup Series in 1993? That year Dale Earnhardt entered the final race of the year only needing to finish 34th out of 42 cars. Neil Bonnett was entered in the event so that if something were to happen to Earnhardt before the drop of the green he could hop into Bonnett's #31 Chevy and run the race. Nothing did, Earnhardt finished 10th, one lap down to win the title and Bonnett dropped out on lap three. This lesson brought to you by the History Channel. Also, that race was won by Rusty Wallace where he and Earnhardt did a Polish Victory lap, carring Alan Kulwicki and Davey Allison flags respectively.
  • #21- Joey Coulter will make a start for Richard Childress Racing this week. Of the two Truck Series Regulars that Childress has, Coulter would not have been my choice to run a Nationwide Race this week. Not only will Coulter have to qualify on time, but he will have to deal with a stacked field of Sprint Cup Stars.
  • #38- Kasey Kahne can't get enough Nationwide Racing apparently.
  • #54- Fresh off the rumor that Kyle Busch is telling anyone who cares that Joe Gibbs should replace current teammate Joey Logano with Kurt Busch in the #20 Sprint Cup team next year, Kyle will make a run for his first win of 2012. By the way, Did you know that Monster Energy, a favorite of mine is Monster Rehab, was created in 2002 by Hansen's Natural Sodas? Hansen's was a top selling brand in California in the 1970 and has been making Juices for Studios since 1930. This lesson brought to you by The History Channel and Wikipedia.
  • #98- Reed Sorenson will make a start this week for the returning Biagi-DenBeste Racing team. Biagi-DenBeste began in 2001 as a part time team and went full time in 2003. Mike Wallace ran the #4 team with Geico as the sponsor for a few years and won the teams only victory in 2004 at Daytona in the Winn-Dixie 250. In 2005 and 2006 the team had a multitude of drivers before lack of funding caused the team to close in 2007. The owner points and assets were purchased by Ginn Racing before being sold to Kevin Harvick Inc as the #4 team. After Richard Childress merged with Kevin Harvick Inc, Fred Biagi was removed as listed owner. Biagi-DenBeste will now return for a few races this year with plans to jump back full time next season.This lesson brought to you by The History Channel and Racing-Reference.info.

Tune in this Saturday live at 2:30 pm Eastern on ABCfFor the running of the History Channel 300 from Charlotte, NC! Enjoy!

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