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Welcome to the Next Generation of Nationwide: The Subway Jalapeno 250 Preview

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Yes, folks, it is time for the debut of the COT Nationwide car.  Daytona is the perfect place to show off Nascar's fancy new duds.  The Mustang and the Challenger will make a manufacturer debut as well. 

We are getting a preview to how Nationwide Racing will be next year, but not how well people will drive in the new car.  Daytona isn't exactly known for having the best driver win the race that day. 

Dale Jr (who will make his only appearence in the #3 Chevy, if you believe him) has said that Daytona and Talladega is like playing the lottery. 

We only had a few casualties this week.  Specialty Racing (#61 Ford), DHM (the 90, 91 Chevys) and K-Motorsports (the #26 is the only one entered into this event, #92 and #96 are not) are all normally start and park teams and for that reason have decided not to build Nationwide COTs for the Daytona Race.  Not surprising.  That costs money. 

So, let's go COT racing boys.

Entry List, News, and more after THE JUMP!!!

Ent. Car # Driver Sponsor Manu. Owner
1 1 Ryan Newman Phoenix Construction 10 Chevy James Finch
2 01 Mike Wallace G-K Services 10 Chevy Lori Davis
3 3 Dale Earnhardt Jr Wrangler 10 Chevy Richard Childress
4 04 Jeremy Clements Boudreaux's Butt Paste 10 Chevy Gene Vess
5 05 David Starr Cash America-31W Insulation 10 Chevy Wayne Day
6 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr CARGILL 10 Ford Jack Roush
7 7 Steve Arpin WOW! Foods 10 Chevy Bryan Mullet
8 07 Danny Efland Proactiv 10 Chevy Thomas Efland Jr
9 09 Ken Schrader TBD 10 Ford Robby Benton
10 10 Tayler Malsam TBD 08 Toyota Todd Braun
11 11 Brian Scott TBD 10 Toyota Harry Scott Jr
12 12 Justin Allgaier Verizon Wireless 10 Dodge Roger Penske
13 15 Michael Annett 10 Toyota Bob Germain
14 16 Brian Ickler CONWAY 10 Ford Jack Roush
15 18 Kyle Busch NOS 10 Toyota Joe Gibbs
16 20 Joey Logano SportClips 10 Toyota Joe Gibbs
17 21 Clint Bowyer ZAXBY'S 10 Chevy Richard Childress
18 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire 10 Dodge Jodi Geschickter
19 23 Robert Richardson Jr R3 Motorsports 09 Chevy Robert Richardson
20 24 Eric McClure Hefty Odor Block 10 Ford Ed Rensi
21 26 Parker Kligerman K-Automotive Motorsports 10 Dodge Bob Keselowski
22 27 Jennifer Jo Cobb Driver Boutique 10 Ford Mike Curb
23 28 Kenny Wallace Federated Auto Parts 10 Chevy Jay Robinson
24 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Stores 08 Toyota Todd Braun
25 33 Kevin Harvick Rheem Swimming Pool Heaters 10 Chevy Delana Harvick
26 34 Tony Raines Long John Silver's 10 Chevy Bob Jenkins
27 35 Jason Keller TBA 10 Chevy Mark Smith
28 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips 08 Toyota Ralph Braun
29 40 Mike Bliss TBA 10 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
30 43 Chrissy Wallace TBA 10 Ford Mike Curb
31 49 Mark Green TBA 10 Chevy Jay Robinson
32 56 Kevin Lepage Race Day Sponsor 10 Chevy John McNelly
33 60 Carl Edwards COPART 10 Ford Jack Roush
34 62 Brendan Gaughan AB Circle Pro 09 Toyota Rusty Wallace
35 66 Steve Wallace 5 Hour Energy 09 Toyota Rusty Wallace
36 68 Carl Long FleurDeLis Construction 10 Chevy Craig Partee
37 70 Shelby Howard Foretravel 10 Chevy Mary Louise Miller
38 73 Derrike Cope Charter Dodge 10 Dodge Derrike Cope
39 81 Michael McDowell 10 Dodge Pat MacDonald
40 87 Joe Nemechek TBA 09 Chevy Andrea Nemechek
41 88 Greg Sacks GT Vodka 10 Chevy Dale Earnhardt Jr
42 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory in Jesus Racing 10 Chevy Cindy Shepherd
43 98 Paul Menard LIBMAN/MENARDS 10 Ford Jack Roush
44 99 Trevor Bayne Out! 10 Toyota Michael Waltrip

I was a bit shocked to yet again see that Scott Lagasse is not in the #43 car.  One would start to think he is no longer with the team. Chrissy Wallace will drive the #43 car.  Good chance that she may Start and Park, but lets hope not.  The 43 team is losing ground on the top 30 in points, and could be in trouble soon. 

Speaking of Baker Curb, they have two women driving for them this week, as Jennifer Jo Cobb will pilot the #27 Ford.  She's got a sponsor, so they will be going out?

Parker Kligerman returns, this week taking the# 26 ride that Brian Keselowski normally drives.  It's good news for Kligerman, as he will not be asked to Start and Park. I'd go out on a limp and say that none of these cars are going into this racing with the intention to start and park.  But I see alot of TBA sponsors out there.

Dale Earnhardt Jr will start this race, since he is a past champion.  It will be the only race this year that Wrangler and the #3 will run.  Speaking of Jr, Notice Greg Sacks in the# 88 car?  So much for trying out young talent.  Sacks 68?  About the same age as Morgan Shepherd.

Carl Long will debut the new #68 Chevy.  Fleur-de-Lis Motorsports plans to run the COT races and be Full Time next year.  Good luck. 

There are 44 cars entered.  So one is going home.

And finally, I sure hope you noticed who's in the #09 this week.  It's the return of Ken Schrader.  I would be surprised to see him start and park.  So a big half thumbs up to RAB for bringing the ageless one back to us.

I urge all of you, if you love racing...even if you just sort of like it as a friend, tune into ESPN at 8pm eastern THIS FRIDAY NIGHT for the Subway Jalapeno 250 from DAYTONA under the lights!!!  The Debut of the Nationwide COT AND my favorite track all in one weekend!  Enjoy!