Nationwide Takes Center Stage: The STP 300 Preview

It's Sunday Afternoon Racing Nationwide Style. The Nationwide Series heads to Chicagoland and they will only be joined by three Camping World Drivers; James Buescher, Brendan Gaughan, and Parker Kligerman, and two Sprint Cup Drivers; Kyle Busch and Stephen Leicht. Leicht will most likely be a Start and Park driver this week so that makes it Kyle Busch against the world this week.

Entry list and notes after the JUMP!

Entry Car# Driver Sponsor Manu Owner
1 01 Mike Wallace 12 Chevy JD Motorsports
2 2 Elliott Sadler Hunt Brothers Pizza 12 Chevy Richard Childress
3 3 Austin Dillon Advocare 12 Chevy Richard Childress
4 4 Danny Efland 12 Chevy JD Motorsports
5 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Rancer's Reserve/Dominick's 12 Ford Roush Fenway
6 7 Danica Patrick 12 Chevy JR Motorsports
7 08 Tim Andrews (S) * 12 Ford Randy Hill
8 09 Kenny Wallace * 12 Toyota RAB Racing
9 10 Jeff Green (PC) (S) 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 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
13 15 Carl Long (S) * 12 Ford Rick Ware
14 17 Tanner Berryhill * 12 Toyota Adrian Berryhill
15 18 Ryan Truex Grime Boss 12 Toyota Joe Gibbs
16 19 Tayler Malsam G-Oil / Noah's Light Foundation 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
17 22 Parker Kligerman(i) Discount Tire 12 Dodge Roger Penske
18 23 Jamie Dick Viva Auto Group 12 Chevy R3 Motorsports
19 24 Casey Roderick West Virginia Miners 12 Chevy SC2 Motorsports
20 30 James Buescher(i) 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
21 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
22 33 Brendan Gaughan(i) Menards 12 Chevy Richard Childress
23 38 Brad Sweet Great Clips 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
24 39 Josh Richards NSW Kids 12 Ford Go Green Racing
25 40 Erik Darnell 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
26 41 Timmy Hill 12 Chevy Rick Ware
27 42 Matt Dibenedetto (S) * 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
28 43 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 12 Ford Richard Petty
29 44 Mike Bliss 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
30 46 Chase Miller (S) * 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
31 47 Stephen Leicht(i) (S) * 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
32 50 T J Bell * 12 Chevy MAKE Motorsports
33 51 Jeremy Clements Race Day Sponsor 10 Chevy Jeremy Clements
34 52 Tim Schendel * 12 Chevy Jimmy Means
35 54 Kyle Busch(i) Monster Energy 12 Toyota Kyle Busch
36 70 Johanna Long Foretravel 12 Chevy ML Motorsports
37 71 Matthew Carter (S) * 12 Chevy Rick Ware
38 74 Mike Harmon (S) * Koma Unwind 12 Chevy Mike Harmon
39 75 Charles Lewandoski (S) * 12 Chevy Rick Ware
40 81 Jason Bowles American Majority 12 Toyota Gina MacDonald
41 87 Joe Nemechek AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet 12 Toyota NEMCO
42 88 Cole Whitt 12 Chevy JR Motorsports
43 89 Morgan Shepherd * 12 Chevy Faith Motorsports
44 99 Travis Pastrana Boost Mobile 12 Toyota RAB Racing
(i)- Not Running For Title
* - Must Qualify On Time
(S)- Known Start and Park
(PC)- Past Champion

There are 44 drivers entered, so one team will be heading home. Just a few notes this week:

  • #3- Austin Dillon needs a clean weekend after being fined two weeks in a row. Dillon is taking hit after hit in his attempt to be a Rookie Champion in the Nationwide Series.
  • #09- Kenny Wallace will be entered this week in a second RAB Racing Toyota. Wallace has no sponsor this week, but should be running the full event.
  • #18- Ryan Truex will make his first Chicagoland start this weekend, and has signed on to run the #22 in the Nationwide Series for a few races this year.
  • #22- Speaking of Penske, Parker Kligerman returns this week. Kligerman could be in the running for a full time ride in the Nationwide Series next year.
  • #33- Brendan Gaughan will run for Richard Childress this week. Gaughan is still looking for a full time ride in Nascar.
  • #99- Travis Pastrana returns this week. He's been quiet so far, but has impressed. Pastrana is a quick learner, and could be just a few runs away from a win.

Join us live this Sunday for the STP 300 from Chicagoland! Tune in at 3pm Eastern on ESPN and join us for the open race thread that Bob will put up later today! Enjoy!

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