It's Nationwide Racing in full force this weekend! With the Cup boys taking off, your choice is already made for you so watch some Nationwide Action this weekend. We stay in Mid-West for the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 from Gateway. Good lord that's a long name. They are gonna need a pretty wide trophy for that one.
Even with the Cup boys taking the week off, we don't have Logano, Busch or Hamlin in this race. We do have Kevin Harvick, though. No Danica Patrick this week either. But that doesn't mean we don't have great racing to bring you.
We head to Gateway this weekend, where Kyle Busch is the defending......well, I guess he's not really defending his win from last year, is he? We may see the debut of a future star in Ryan Truex, and we have another opportunity for a first time winner. Last weekend gave us David Reutimann winning just his second ever cup win, just a day after finishing in the top 5 in the Nationwide Race, and the day after that Austin Dillon (who will be driving for Childress next season in the Nationwide Series) picked up his first career win in the Truck Series. Who will begin the drive to history this week? Let's tune in to see.
Entry List and more after the JUMP!
|1||00||Ryan Truex||Napa Auto Parts||10 Toyota||Michael Waltrip||Not In|
|2||01||Mike Wallace||10 Chevy||Lori Davis|
|3||04||Jeremy Clements||Boudreaux Butt Paste||10 Chevy||Gene Vess||Not In|
|4||05||Willie Allen||31-W Insulation||10 Chevy||Wayne Day||Not In|
|5||6||Ricky Stenhouse||10 Ford||Jack Roush|
|6||7||Josh Wise||GoDaddy.com||10 Chevy||Bryan Mullet|
|7||07||Danny Efland||10 Chevy||Thomas Efland Jr||Not In|
|8||09||Landon Cassill||10 Ford||Robby Benton|
|9||10||Tayler Malsam||Iron Horse Jeans||08 Toyota||Todd Braun|
|10||11||Brian Scott||10 Toyota||Harry Scott Jr|
|11||12||Justin Allgaier||Verizon Wireless||10 Dodge||Roger Penske|
|12||15||Michael Annett||Pilot Travel Centers||10 Toyota||Bob Germain|
|13||16||Colin Braun||Con-Way||10 Ford||Jack Roush|
|14||18||Brad Coleman||Safeway Driving Centers||10 Toyota||Joe Gibbs|
|15||20||Matt Dibenedetto||Pizza Ranch||10 Toyota||Joe Gibbs|
||10 Chevy||Richard Childress|
|17||22||Brad Keselowski||Discount Tire||10 Dodge||Jodi Geschickter|
|18||23||Alex Kennedy||09 Chevy||Robert Richardson|
|19||24||Eric McClure||Hefty Odor Block||09 Ford||Ed Rensi||Not In|
|20||26||Brian Keselowski||10 Dodge||Bob Keselowski||Not In|
|21||27||Kelly Bires||10 Ford||Mike Curb|
|22||28||Kenny Wallace||Federated Auto Parts||10 Chevy||Jay Robinson|
|23||32||Reed Sorenson||Dollar General Stores||08 Toyota||Todd Braun|
|24||33||Kevin Harvick||Jimmy John's||10 Chevy||Delana Harvick|
|25||34||Tony Raines||Long John Silvers||10 Chevy||Bob Jenkins|
|26||35||Jason Keller||10 Chevy||Mark Smith|
|27||36||Johnny Sauter||Long John Silver's||10 Chevy||Mark Smith||Not In|
|28||37||Kevin Swindell||10 Ford||Gary Baker||Not In|
|29||38||Jason Leffler||Great Clips||08 Toyota||Ralph Braun|
|30||40||Mike Bliss||10 Chevy||Curtis Key Sr|
|31||43||Brad Baker||10 Ford||Mike Curb|
|32||49||Mark Green||10 Chevy||Jay Robinson||Not In|
|33||52||Chris Lawson||10 Chevy||Jimmy Means||Not In|
|34||56||Kevin Lepage||RaceDaySponsor.com||10 Chevy||John McNelly||Not In|
|35||60||Carl Edwards||10 Ford||Jack Roush|
|36||62||Brendan Gaughan||South Point Casino and Hotel||09 Toyota||Rusty Wallace|
|37||66||Steve Wallace||5 Hour Energy||09 Toyota||Rusty Wallace|
|38||70||Shelby Howard||Foretravel||10 Chevy||Mary Louise Miller||Not In|
|39||73||Derrike Cope||09 Dodge||Derrike Cope||Not In|
|40||81||Michael McDowell||MOBILE-Shop.com||10 Dodge||Pat MacDonald||Not In|
|41||87||Joe Nemechek||hostgator.com||09 Chevy||Andrea Nemechek|
|42||88||Steve Arpin||Blue Harbor Bank||10 Chevy||Dale Earnhardt Jr|
|43||89||Johnny Chapman||Victory in Jesus Racing||10 Chevy||Cindy Shepherd||Not In|
|44||90||Danny O'Quinn Jr||09 Chevy||Eddie D'hondt||Not In|
|45||91||Chase Miller||09 Chevy||Randy Humphrey||Not In|
|46||92||Dennis Setzer||10 Dodge||Brian Keselowski||Not In|
|47||98||Paul Menard||Menards||10 Ford||Jack Roush|
|48||99||Trevor Bayne||Out! Pet Care||10 Toyota||Michael Waltrip|
A few new faces in new places this week.
As you can see many cars are without sponsors, one of which is Carl Edwards - which is a bit of a surprise.
This is the first attempt by Martin's little brother Ryan Truex. Ryan is last year's K&N East series Champion, as well as the current points leader in the K&N East Series. He has 4 career wins in the series and this will be his first attempt at one of Nascar's big three. Ryan was hired by Michael Waltrip Racing to eventually move up the latter. Next year Ryan will run full time in the Nationwide Series in the #00 Toyota for Diamond Waltrip Racing, where he will partner with Trevor Bayne. Five drivers will miss the show this week and the hope is that Ryan will not be one of them.
Josh Wise returns to the #7 Chevy this week, and Steve Arpin will drive in the #88 Chevy this week for JR/Hendrick Motorsports.
Landon Cassill returns to the #09 Ford, sadly he will most likely start and park yet again. Landon hasn't entered a race yet that he intended to finish, and it really is a waste of talent.
The #21 will yet again be driven by Morgan Shepherd, with Johnny Chapman in the #89 again.
Alex Kennedy returns to the #23 Chevy this week. Kennedy is the Mexican born driver who finished 28th at Road America this year. Chances look good that Kennedy will be back in the #23 when the series goes to Watkins Glen and Montreal August 7th and 29th respectivly. Gateway is a 1.25 mile track, and is as close to a road course as you can get without actually going to a road course.
It is great to see Kelly Bires back in a Nationwide car again. He will be in the #27 Ford for Baker Curb, who is about to fall outside the top 30 in points if Brad Baker yet again start and parks the #43. Hopefully Bires is set to go for a win this week. They also have Kevin Swindell in the #37 this week, meaning that he will probably also start and park.
We have another Front Row/Smith entry this week as Johnny Sauter takes the wheel of the Long John Silvers #36. I haven't heard of them start and parking, so expect to see Johnny race the entire race. But I have been led astray before.
So, tune in Saturday at 8pm eastern to ESPN2 For great 'Under the Lights' racing in the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 from Gateway! Enjoy!