Nationwide Returns from Week Off & Rolls into Motor City: The Alliance Truck Parts 250 Preview

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 15: Elliott Sadler, driver of the #2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, sits his car during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway on June 15, 2012 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The Nationwide Series thankfully returns from a week off to run at Michigan International Raceway.

There is a surprising lack of Sprint Cup Regulars in this race despite both Series being at Michigan. I hope the trend continues, don't you?

Elliott Sadler took over the points lead last week after Ricky Stenhouse clocked his second straight DNF. I'm pretty sure Stenhouse will look to retake the lead this week - as long as he keeps his car in one piece.

Entry List and More after the JUMP!

Entry Car# Driver Sponsor Manu Owner
1 01 Mike Wallace TBA 12 Chevy Johnny Davis
2 2 Elliott Sadler ONE MAIN FINANCIAL 12 Chevy Delana Harvick
3 3 Austin Dillon ADVOCARE 12 Chevy Morgan Shepherd
4 4 Danny Efland TradeBank 12 Chevy Rusty Wallace
5 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Racing 12 Ford Jack Roush
6 7 Danica Patrick 12 Chevy Kelley Earnhardt-Miller
7 08 Tony Raines (i) Black Cat Wireworks 12 Ford Randy Hill
8 10 Start and Park Driver (S) TBD 12 Toyota Mark Smith
9 11 Brian Scott Dollar General 12 Toyota J D Gibbs
10 12 Sam Hornish Jr Alliance Truck Parts 12 Dodge Roger Penske
11 14 Jeff Green Hefty/Reynolds Wrap 12 Toyota Mark Smith
12 15 Blake Koch RWR 12 Chevy Rick Ware
13 18 Joey Logano(i) Dollar General 12 Toyota Joe Gibbs
14 19 Tayler Malsam G-Oil / Ryobi 12 Toyota Mark Smith
15 20 Michael McDowell(i) Pizza Ranch 12 Toyota Joe Gibbs
16 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Discount Tire 12 Dodge Roger Penske
17 23 Jamie Dick Viva Auto Group 12 Chevy Robert Richardson Sr
18 24 Benny Gordon TBA 12 Chevy Jason Sciavicco
19 30 James Buescher(i) Amway-Gaddes Foundation 12 Chevy Harry Scott Jr
20 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt 12 Chevy Sandra Turner
21 33 Paul Menard(i) Menards 12 Chevy Delana Harvick
22 38 Brad Sweet Great Clips 12 Chevy Steve Turner
23 39 Josh Richards NSW Kids 12 Ford Archie St Hilaire
24 40 Erik Darnell 12 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
25 41 Timmy Hill 12 Ford Rick Ware
26 42 Josh Wise(i) (S) Curtis Key Plumbing 12 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
27 43 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 12 Ford Sandra Turner
28 44 Mike Bliss TBD 12 Toyota Mark Smith
29 46 Chase Miller (S) Curtis Key Plumbing 12 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
30 47 Scott Speed(i) (S) Curtis Key Plumbing 12 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
31 50 T J Bell TBA 12 Chevy Rusty Wallace
32 51 Jeremy Clements Clements Automotive 10 Chevy Tony Clements
33 52 Tim Schendel TBA 12 Chevy Jimmy Means
34 54 Kurt Busch(i) Monster Energy 12 Toyota Kyle Busch
35 70 Johanna Long Foretravel 12 Chevy Mary Louise Miller
36 71 Matthew Carter (S) RWR 12 Chevy Rick Ware
37 74 Mike Harmon Koma Unwind 12 Chevy Mike Harmon
38 75 Scott Riggs(i) (S) RWR 12 Chevy Rick Ware
39 81 Jason Bowles American Majority 12 Toyota Gina MacDonald
40 87 Joe Nemechek AM/FM Energy 12 Toyota Andrea Nemechek
41 88 Cole Whitt Clean Coal 12 Chevy Dale Earnhardt Jr
42 89 Morgan Shepherd TBA 12 Chevy Morgan Shepherd
43 99 Kenny Wallace TBD 12 Toyota Robby Benton

43 teams will race this week. Here's a few to watch for:

  • #3- Austin Dillon is doing double duty this week. If the Truck Series has taught us anything about Dillon it's that we should expect him to turn it up in his second year. Since we have already seen Dillon running incredibly well for a Rookie, He should be a favorite to win the Title next season.
  • #12- Hornish will have the title sponsor of this week's race on his hood. It's not often that we see a sponsor pull this sort of double duty.
  • #14- Eric McClure was not cleared for this weekend, but could be back next week.
  • #20- Michael McDowell wants to be the first non-Cup driver to win for Gibbs this year. We have seen some great runs by Ryan Truex and Darrell Wallace, but the #20 team has yet to visit victory lane this year.
  • #24- Benny Gordon is listed, but he has been pulled for a driver who can bring in a sponsor for the past few races.
  • #38- Brad Sweet will be making a start so that Kasey Kahne can focus on the Cup Series this week.
  • #54- Kurt Busch is back from his one week vacation to remind him that he is a grown adult. Let's see if he can go a week without making a fool of himself.

It's Saturday Afternoon Racing Live from Michigan! Tune into ABC at 3:30pm Eastern for the Live Running of the Alliance Truck Parts 250! Enjoy!

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