Midwest Racing at it's Best: The Nationwide Dollar General 300 Preview

RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 07: Elliott Sadler, driver of the #2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, hits the wall during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway on September 7, 2012 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images for NASCAR)

The Nationwide Series heads to Chicagoland this week for the next installment of the 2012 Championship Season.

While all eyes are on the start of the Sprint Cup Chase this week the closest battle right now is in the Nationwide Series. Just one point separates Elliott Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse, both of which are lame duck drivers. Stenhouse is heading to the Sprint Cup Series, and Elliott Sadler will be leaving RCR at the end of the year. Sadler has a chance to win his first NASCAR Championship if he can stop the slide that has put his lead in trouble.

Entry List and More After the Jump!

Entry Car# Driver Sponsor Manu Owner
1 00 Blake Koch 12 Toyota SR2 Motorsports
2 01 Mike Wallace 12 Chevy JD Motorsports
3 2 Elliott Sadler One Main Financial 12 Chevy Richard Childress
4 3 Austin Dillon AMERICAN ETHANOL 12 Chevy Richard Childress
5 4 Danny Efland 12 Chevy JD Motorsports
6 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Blue Bird 12 Ford Roush Fenway
7 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com 12 Chevy JR Motorsports
8 08 Tim Andrews 12 Ford Randy Hill
9 10 Jeff Green [PC] 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
10 11 Brian Scott Dollar General 12 Toyota Joe Gibbs
11 12 Sam Hornish Jr AVIS 12 Dodge Roger Penske
12 14 Eric McClure Hefty/Reynolds Wrap 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
13 15 Carl Long 12 Ford Rick Ware
14 18 Joey Logano(i) Dollar General 12 Toyota Joe Gibbs
15 19 Tayler Malsam G-Oil 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
16 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Discount Tire 12 Dodge Roger Penske
17 23 Jamie Dick Viva Auto Group 12 Chevy R3 Motorsports
18 24 Benny Gordon O.C.R Gaz Bar 12 Toyota Scott Deware
19 28 Tony Raines(i) 12 Chevy Jay Robinson
20 30 Alex Bowman 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
21 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
22 33 Paul Menard(i) Menards 12 Chevy Richard Childress
23 38 Brad Sweet Great Clips 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
24 39 Dexter Stacey 12 Ford Go Green Motorsports
25 40 Erik Darnell 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
26 41 Timmy Hill TWT 12 Ford Rick Ware
27 42 Josh Wise(i) 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
28 43 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 12 Ford Richard Petty
29 44 Mike Bliss BANDITchippers.com 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
30 46 Chase Miller 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
31 47 J J Yeley(i) 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
32 50 TBA 12 Chevy MAKE Motorsports
33 51 Jeremy Clements USS James E. Williams DDG 95 12 Chevy Jeremy Clements
34 52 Joey Gase 12 Chevy Jimmy Means
35 54 Kurt Busch(i) Monster Energy 12 Toyota Kyle Busch
36 70 Johanna Long Foretravel 12 Chevy ML Motorsports
37 71 Matthew Carter Lilly Trucking 12 Chevrolet Rick Ware
38 74 Mike Harmon 12 Chevrolet Mike Harmon
39 75 Scott Riggs(i) Lilly Trucking 12 Chevrolet Rick Ware
40 81 Jason Bowles 12 Dodge Gina MacDonald
41 86 Kevin Lepage Qello Corp 12 Ford Scott Deware
42 87 Joe Nemechek AM/FM Energy 12 Toyota NEMCO
43 88 Cole Whitt Degree MEN 12 Chevy JR Motorsports
44 89 Morgan Shepherd 12 Chevy Faith Motorsports
45 99 Kenny Wallace Illinois Soybean Board 12 Toyota RAB Racing

44 Teams are entered this week. Only one will go home. Just a few notes this week:

#7- I mentioned Danica Patrick again this week!

#18- The farewell trail for Joey Logano could include a win this week. No word yet on what the plan for Penske's Nationwide Series rides. Expect to see Logano in at least a few races next year.

#54- Kurt Busch will jump in his brother's ride this week. Still no word on where Kurt will drive next year. It might be time for the 2004 Sprint Cup Champion to move to the Truck or Nationwide Series full time next year.

#99- Hey look, it's Kenny Wallace! Wallace returns to his former ride this week. Kenny has just not been able to get it together in his few attempts this year.

ESPN2 is the home of the Dollar General 300 today at 3pm. Tune in and check back here at 2:30 pm for our Open Race Thread. Enjoy!

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