Road America Welcomes The Nationwide Series Back: The Sargento 200 Preview

If you want excitement, then watch Canadian driver Jacques Villenueve this weekend at Road America. MONTREAL, CANADA - AUGUST 20: Jacques Villenueve in the #22 Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday Dodge takes a corner during the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on August 20, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)


For the third straight year the Nationwide Series will return to my home state of Wisconsin at Road America!

The first series visit there was very action packed, but was ruined a bit by Carl Edwards taking the win - if you're a big Nationwide fan then you'll know what I'm talking about.

Last year we got to see a great race with Reed Sorenson taking the win after Justin Allgaier ran dry. Can't wait to see what will happen this year!

Entry List and more after the jump!

Entry Car# Driver Sponsor Manu Owner
1 01 Mike Wallace TBA 12 Chevrolet JD Motorsports
2 2 Elliott Sadler Charter 12 Chevrolet Richard Childress
3 3 Austin Dillon ADVOCARE 12 Chevrolet Richard Childress
4 4 Matt Bell Extreme Bidder 12 Chevrolet JD Motorsports
5 5 Ron Fellows * AER Manufacturing 12 Chevrolet JR Motorsports
6 6 Ricky Stenhouse Roush Fenway Racing 12 Ford Roush Fenway
7 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com 12 Chevrolet JR Motorsports
8 08 Start And Park Driver * (S) Black Cat Wireworks 12 Ford Randy Hill Racing
9 10 Jeff Green * (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 Eric McClure Hefty/Reynolds Wrap/Toyota Camry 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
13 15 Blake Koch * RWR 12 Chevrolet Rick Ware
14 18 Michael McDowell(i) Pizza Ranch 12 Toyota Joe Gibbs
15 19 Tayler Malsam G-Oil/Ryobi 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
16 22 Jacques Villeneuve Discount Tire 12 Dodge Roger Penske
17 23 Bill Prietzel TBA 12 Chevrolet R3 Motorsports
18 24 Benny Gordon TBA 12 Chevrolet SC2 Motorsports
19 26 John Young * Eklekt Technologies Group 12 Dodge John Young
20 30 Nelson Piquet Jr.(i) TBA 12 Chevrolet Turner Motorsports
21 31 Justin Allgaier Brant 12 Chevrolet Turner Motorsports
22 32 Miguel Paludo(i) * Locaweb /Duroline Brakes 12 Chevrolet Turner Motorsports
23 33 Max Papis Menards 12 Chevrolet Richard Childress
24 38 Brad Sweet Great Clips 12 Chevrolet Turner Motorsports
25 39 Josh Richards * NSW Kids 12 Ford Go Green Racing
26 40 Eric Darnell The MotorsportsGroup.com 12 Chevrolet The Motorsports Group
27 41 Timmy Hill Poynt.com 12 Ford Rick Ware
28 42 Josh Wise(i) * (S) Curtis Key Plumbing 12 Chevrolet The Motorsports Group
29 43 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 12 Ford Richard Petty
30 44 Mike Bliss TBD 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
31 46 Chase Miller * (S) The MotorsportsGroup.com 12 Chevrolet The Motorsports Group
32 47 Matt Dibenedetto * (S) Curtis Key Plumbing 12 Chevrolet The Motorsports Group
33 50 TJ Bell TBA 12 Chevrolet MAKE Motorsports
34 51 Jeremy Clements Clements Automotive 11 Chevrolet Jeremy Clements
35 52 Tim Schendel * (S) TBA 12 Chevrolet Jimmy Means
36 54 Kurt Busch(i) Monster Energy 12 Toyota Kyle Busch
37 59 Kyle Kelley * Eng.UPR.com 12 Chevrolet Bob Kelley
38 70 David Green TBA 12 Chevrolet ML Motorsports
39 74 Start And Park Driver * (S) Koma Unwind 12 Chevrolet Mike Harmon
40 75 Kenny Habul * SunEnergy1 Racing, LLC 12 Toyota Kenny Habul
41 81 Jason Bowles American Majority 12 Toyota MacDonald Motorsports
42 87 Alex Kennedy Global Barter Corp and Database Dynamic 12 Toyota NEMCO
43 88 Cole Whitt Voodoo Ride 12 Chevrolet JR Motorsports
44 89 Morgan Shepherd * TBA 12 Chevrolet Faith Motorsports
45 99 Victor Gonzalez Delta Commercial/IMCA 12 Toyota RAB Racing

45 teams will attempt Road America, meaning two will leave Wisconsin in tears. Quite a few notes this week:

#4- Matt Bell will pilot the second JD Motorsports Chevy this week. Matt Bell is a GRAND AM driver making his Nationwide Debut.

#5- Ron Fellows will look to make another strong run in JR Motorsports' third team. Fellows has come close to winning here the past two years.

#14- Eric McClure looks to return this week from a severe concussion following a very hard wreck.

#15- Blake Koch will return to the only Rick Ware Racing team that completes races. Koch was tossed aside after Timmy Hill failed to make an impact in the Cup Series.

#20- Team is not entered this week.

#22- Jacques Villeneuve returns from his Semi-Retirement to once again try and win in the Nationwide Series. Jacques is always one to watch.

#23- Plymouth, Wisconsin's own Bill Prietzel will make his first Nationwide Start at age 60. Prietzel is a three time Mid America Champion, and has numerous wins through his 40 year racing career including a Mid American win at Road America in 2010.

#26- 43 year old John Young will take his own team to Road America this year. Young has two starts in the Nationwide Series, both DNFs.

#32- The team that won this race last year will return with Miguel Paludo behind the wheel. Paludo is a truck series standout and should be one to watch this week.

#41- Timmy Hill moves to the start and park Rick Ware team.

#59- Kyle Kelley will make his return to Road America. Kelley has not done to well at the Road Courses in his five Nationwide Starts.

#75- CEO of SunEnergy1 Kenny Habul will make his Nationwide Debut if he can qualify on time. Habul is a CASCAR driver looking to expand his brand.

#87- Alex Kennedy is quickly becoming a Road Ringer in the Nationwide Series. Kennedy will drive for Joe Nemechek this week.

#99- Victor Gonzalez will drive for RAB Racing this week. Gonzalez was the first Puerto Rican driver to compete in a Nascar race in 2008.

Join us at 3pm Eastern Time this Saturday for the live running of the Sargento 200 from Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI! Tune in to ESPN for the action! Enjoy!

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