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Entry List: 2015 Food City 300 at Bristol

In the heart of the road course section of their schedule, the NASCAR Xfinity Series will get a week of reprieve as they return to an oval, though another bump-and-run for the lead would’t come as a surprise.

NASCAR released the preliminary entry list for the Aug. 21 Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The list includes 40 teams, meaning every team will make the race.

Joe Gibbs Racing will bring two of their best drivers as the team looks for their first win since Indianapolis. Kyle Busch will return to the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota driven by Boris Said at Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio. Denny Hamlin will join the effort, piloting the No. 20 Hisense Toyota. Series regular Daniel Suarez will drive the No. 18 Juniper Toyota to fill out the JGR stable.

Defending race winner Ryan Blaney will return to the NXS, driving the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford for Team Penske. Blaney will join Busch as the only two drivers competing in the Camping World Truck Series, NXS, and Sprint Cup Series races at the Bristol, Tenn. track.

FOX Sports announcer Hermie Sadler will step away from the microphone and into a racecar, driving the No 26 Virginia Lottery Toyota for JGL Racing. Sadler, 46, last competed in the series at Richmond in 2014, finishing 27th.

Kevin Harvick will return to JR Motorsports, driving the No. 88 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will return to action at the Last Great Coliseum on Friday, Aug. 21, for a 145-minute final practice session at 9 a.m. The field will return to the track at 3:45 p.m. ET for Coors Light Pole Qualifying. Coverage of the Food City 300 will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and MRN.


Car No.DriverSponsorManufacturerOwner
0Harrison RhodesFlex Seal15 ChevyAndrea Nemechek
01Landon CassillGK Services15 ChevyJohnny Davis
1Elliott SadlerOneMain Financial15 FordJack Roush
2Brian ScottShore Lodge15 ChevyRichard Childress
3Ty DillonBass Pro Shops / TRACKER Boats15 ChevyRichard Childress
4Ross ChastainFlex Shot15 ChevyGary Keller
6Darrell Wallace JrFord EcoBoost15 FordJack Roush
7Regan SmithDale's Pale Ale15 ChevyKelley Earnhardt-Miller
8Blake KochIngersoll Rand15 ToyotaMark Smith
9Chase ElliottNAPA Auto Parts15 ChevyDale Earnhardt Jr
13Brad TeagueScag Lawn Mower/ JD Metal Roofing15 ToyotaDerek White
14Cale ConleyIAVA15 ToyotaMark Smith
15TBALilly Trucking15 ChevyRick Ware
16Ryan ReedLilly/American Diabetes Association15 FordJack Roush
18Daniel SuarezJuniper15 ToyotaJoe Gibbs
19Jeff GreenTRISTAR MOTORSPORTS15 ToyotaMark Smith
20Denny Hamlin(i)Hisense15 ToyotaJoe Gibbs
22Ryan BlaneyDiscount Tire15 FordRoger Penske
24Eric McClureReynolds Wrap15 ToyotaMark Smith
25John Wes Townley(i)Zaxby's15 ChevyTony Townley
26Hermie SadlerVirginia Lottery15 ToyotaJames Whitener
28J J YeleyJGL Racing15 ToyotaGregg Mixon
33Brandon Jones(i)Tide / Menards15 ChevyRichard Childress
39Ryan SiegFLASR14 ChevyRod Sieg
40Carl LongBraille Battery / Grafoid15 DodgeDerek White
42Kyle Larson(i)ENEOS15 ChevyHarry Scott Jr
43Dakoda ArmstrongWinfield15 FordRichard Petty
44David StarrZACHRY15 ToyotaMark Smith
51Jeremy ClementsAllsouthelectric.com-RepairableVehicles.com15 ChevyTony Clements
52Joey Gase15 ChevyJimmy Means
54Kyle Busch(i)Monster Energy15 ToyotaJ D Gibbs
60Chris BuescherRoush Performance Products15 FordJack Roush
62Brendan GaughanSouth Point15 ChevyRichard Childress
66Benny GordonSomerset Regional Water Resources/VSI Racing15 ToyotaLarry Mostoller
70Derrike CopeAmenitek14 ChevyMary Louise Miller
74Mike Harmon14 DodgeMike Harmon
88Kevin Harvick(i)Hunt Brothers Pizza15 ChevyRick Hendrick
89Morgan Shepherd15 ChevyMorgan Shepherd
90Mario GosselinCrashClaimsR.us15 ChevyMichelle Gosselin
97Peyton SellersVroomBrands15 ChevyVictor Obaika

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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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Kyle’s poaching again. Another nail in the coffin for the series.


NBC has been drooling over Kyle as much as the booth buffoons at FOX do. They don’t get that Kyle is ruining the lower series’, especially the Xfinity series, as the Toyota Xfinity car is very similar in construction to the Toyota Cup car. Add to this, he shows up with his Cup pitcrew to service him. And have you ever noticed when he gets sent to the back of the pack, how easy it is for him to charge through the field? He runs for a team with cup-level financing, and is running in a series where more than half the field’s combined yearly financial resources is less than what Kyle and Coach Phoney-Joe has for one Xfinity race. Oh ya, he really helps out the series by showing up to inflate his already too big ego. Nice to know I now have Friday night free, as I won’t waste my time watching NBC’s Kyle Busch lovefest.


It appears that NASCAR would rather let both of the lower series fade away rather than get the Cup drivers OUT and see if any fans come back. Is it stupid or stubborn, I’m just not sure.

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