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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!

Ent. Car # Driver Sponsor Manu. Owner
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 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
16 21 Morgan Shepherd
  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 10 Chevy John McNelly Not In
35 60 Carl Edwards   10 Ford Jack Roush
61 Withdrew   Not In
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 10 Dodge Pat MacDonald Not In
41 87 Joe Nemechek 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!