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Entry List: 2015 Food City 500 at Bristol

When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the “Last Great Colosseum” this weekend, they’ll have 45 gladiators ready for battle.

NASCAR released the entry list for the April 19 Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up To Cancer at Bristol Motor Speedway earlier today. The list includes 45 entrants, meaning that two drivers will fail to make the race.

NASCAR’s super subs will again return to their fill-in roles. David Ragan will continue to drive the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, this time sponsored by Snickers Extreme. Chris Buescher returns to Ragan’s normal ride, the No. 34 CSX/Play It Safe Ford for Front Row Motorsports. Brett Moffitt will also be back, competing in the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing while Brian Vickers sits out with blood clots.

Alex Kennedy returns to the No. 33 Chevrolet for the third straight week, as does Brendan Gaughan in the No. 62 Chevrolet for Premium Motorsports. Gaughan has failed to qualify for the previous two races, at Martinsville and Texas after making the four races before them.

The Motorsports Group is returning at Bristol with Ron Hornaday driving the No. 30 Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet. The team most recently failed to qualify at Martinsville. If this weekend’s qualifying session is cancelled for weather, Hornaday and Gaughan would miss Sunday’s race.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will return to action at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday (April 17), with an afternoon practice session followed by Coors Light Pole Qualifying at 4:45 p.m. ET. The teams will then get two morning practice sessions on Saturday in preparation for Sunday’s race. Coverage of the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up To Cancer will begin on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on FOX.


Car #DriverManuSponsorOwner
1Jamie McMurrayChevyMcDonald'sFelix Sabates
2Brad Keselowski (PC3)FordMiller LiteRoger Penske
3Austin DillonChevyDowRichard Childress
4Kevin Harvick (PC1)ChevyJimmy John's / BudweiserTony Stewart
5Kasey KahneChevyGreat ClipsLinda Hendrick
6Trevor BayneFordAdvoCareJack Roush
7Alex BowmanChevyTBATommy Baldwin
9Sam Hornish Jr.FordNature BlastRichard Petty
10Danica PatrickChevyGoDaddy.comTony Stewart
11Denny HamlinToyotaFedEx FreightJ D Gibbs
13Casey MearsChevyGEICOBob Germain
14Tony Stewart (PC4)ChevyBass Pro Shops / Mobil 1Margaret Haas
15Clint BowyerToyota5-Hour EnergyRob Kauffman
16Greg BiffleFordOrthoJack Roush
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr.FordZestJohn Henry
18David RaganToyotaSnickers ExtremeJoe Gibbs
19Carl EdwardsToyotaComcast BusinessJ D Gibbs
20Matt Kenseth (PC6)ToyotaDollar GeneralJoe Gibbs
22Joey LoganoFordAutoTraderWalter Czarnecki
23J.J. Yeley(i)ToyotaDr. Pepper "I'm a Pepper"Ron Devine
24Jeff Gordon (PC7)Chevy3MRick Hendrick
26Jeb Burton #ToyotaMaxinFantasySports.comAnthony Marlowe
27Paul MenardChevySylvania / MenardsRichard Childress
30Ron HornadayChevyCurtis Key PlumbingCurtis Key
31Ryan NewmanChevyWIXRichard Childress
32Mike Bliss(i)FordTexas TechFrank Stoddard Jr.
33Alex KennedyChevyTBAJoe Falk
34Chris Buescher(i)FordCSX / Play It SafeBob Jenkins
35Cole WhittFordTweaker Energy ShotsJerry Freeze
38David GillilandFordMDS TransportBrad Jenkins
40Landon Cassill(i)ChevyTBAMike Hillman
41Kurt Busch (PC5)ChevyHaas AutomationGene Haas
42Kyle LarsonChevyTargetChip Ganassi
43Aric AlmirolaFordSmithfieldRichard Petty
46Michael AnnettChevyPilot Flying JHarry Scott Jr.
47A.J. AllmendingerChevyBush's BeansTad Geschickter
48Jimmie Johnson (PC2)ChevyLowe'sJeff Gordon
51Justin AllgaierChevyAuto Owners InsuranceHarry Scott Jr.
55Brett Moffitt #ToyotaAaron's Dream MachineMichael Waltrip
62Brendan Gaughan (i)ChevyTBAJay Robinson
78Martin Truex Jr.ChevyFurniture Row / Visser PrecisionBarney Visser
83Matt DibenedettoToyotaDustless BlastingRon Devine
88Dale Earnhardt Jr.ChevyMountain Dew DewshineRick Hendrick
95Michael McDowellFordThrivent FinancialBob Leavine
98Josh WiseFordPhil Parsons RacingMike Curb

About the author

A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.

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