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Entry List: 2015 Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio

For the second straight week, the NASCAR Xfinity Series is going road course racing.

NASCAR released the preliminary entry list for the Aug. 15 Mid-Ohio 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The list includes 38 teams, meaning everyone will make Saturday’s race as the starting grid maxes out at 40.

Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Alex Tagliani will make his first NXS start of 2015, driving the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford for Team Penske. Tagliani, 41, made two starts for the team in 2014, scoring a best finish of second at Road America after making up 20 positions in two laps.

Joe Gibbs Racing will return with the same stable they competed with at Watkins Glen. Series regular Daniel Suarez will drive his No. 18 ARRIS Toyota with road-course aces Boris Said and Kenny Habul joining in the No. 54 and No. 20 Toyotas, respectively. Said scored the best finish of the trio at WGI, bringing home a fourth-place result.

Road-course specialists Carlos Contreras and Tomy Drissi will make their returns to the series. Contreras will pilot the No. 15 BYB Extreme Fighting Series Chevrolet for Rick Ware Racing while Drissi will drive the No. 26 Straight Outta Compton Toyota for JGL Racing.

JJ Yeley will serve as the lone Sprint Cup Series regular to compete in Saturday’s race, traveling from Michigan to compete in his No. 28 JGL Racing Toyota.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will return to action on Friday, Aug. 14 for practice before returning on Saturday for Coors Light Pole Qualifying at 11:15 a.m. ET. Coverage of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET on NCBSN.


Car No.DriverOwnerManufacturerSponsor
0Michael SelfAndrea Nemechek15 Chevyteamjdmotorsports.com
01Landon CassillJohnny Davis15 Chevyteamjdmotorsports.com
1Elliott SadlerJack Roush15 FordOneMain Financial
2Brian ScottRichard Childress15 ChevyShore Lodge
3Ty DillonRichard Childress15 ChevyYuengling Light Lager
4Ross ChastainGary Keller15 Chevyteamjdmotorsports.com
6Darrell Wallace JrJack Roush15 FordFord EcoBoost
7Regan SmithKelley Earnhardt-Miller15 ChevyNationwide Children's Hospital
8Blake KochMark Smith15 ToyotaLeafFilter Gutter Protection
9Chase ElliottDale Earnhardt, Jr.15 ChevyNAPA Auto Parts
13Derek WhiteDerek White15 DodgeBraille Battery / Graffoid
14Cale ConleyMark Smith15 ToyotaIAVA
15Carlos ContrerasRick Ware15 ChevyBYB Extreme Fighting Series
16Ryan ReedJack Roush15 FordLilly/American Diabetes Association
18Daniel SuarezJoe Gibbs15 ToyotaARRIS
19Jeff GreenMark Smith15 ToyotaTRISTAR MOTORSPORTS
20Kenny HabulJoe Gibbs15 ToyotaSun Energy 1
22Alex TaglianiRoger Penske15 FordDiscount Tire
24Eric McClureMark Smith15 ToyotaReynolds Wrap
25Dylan LuptonTony Townley15 ChevyZaxby's
26Tomy DrissiJames Whitener15 ToyotaStraight Outta Compton
28J J YeleyGregg Mixon15 ToyotaJGL Racing
33Brandon Jones(i)Richard Childress15 ChevyKnauf / Menards
39Ryan SiegRod Sieg14 ChevyUncle Bob's Self Storage
40Josh ReaumeDerek White15 DodgeBraille Battery / Graffoid
42Justin MarksHarry Scott, Jr.15 ChevyLINKSYS
43Dakoda ArmstrongRichard Petty15 FordSunrise Cooperative
44David StarrMark Smith15 ToyotaZACHRY
51Jeremy ClementsTony Clements15 ChevyAllsouthelectric.com-RepairableVehicles.com
52Joey GaseJimmy Means15 Chevy
54Boris SaidJ D Gibbs15 ToyotaMonster Energy
60Chris BuescherJack Roush15 FordZest
62Brendan GaughanRichard Childress15 ChevySouth Point
70Derrike CopeMary Louise Miller14 ChevyAmenitek
74Mike HarmonMike Harmon14 ChevyWCIParts.com
88Ben RhodesRick Hendrick15 ChevyAlpha Energy Solutions
90Jimmy WellerMichelle Gosselin15 ChevyP&L Transportation
97Peyton SellersVictor Obaika15 ChevyVroomBrands
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I used to watch all the Busch races with the exception of those Mark Martin entered. Since he didn’t enter every single one that turned out to be quite a few races. I knew the drivers and had favorites and villains. Since Cup drivers now infest virtually all of the second tier events I don’t watch at all, even standalones. Since their are so few Cup free events and I don’t know the drivers anymore, why bother. Xfinity is averaging around .05 to .08 TV ratings, which if you check your charts comes out to virtual nobody. The series is dead. Write about that some time.

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