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Entry List: Heads Up Georgia 250

With a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver winning the season-opening race at Daytona, the NASCAR XFINITY Series field will look for its first confirmed Chase qualifier in Atlanta.

NASCAR released the preliminary entry list for the Feb. 27 Heads Up Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Tuesday (Feb. 23). The list includes 37 entrants, meaning every team will make Saturday’s race.

Earning a Chase spot with a victory won’t be easy. Four Sprint Cup Series drivers will compete in Saturday’s race, including the previous two champions, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick. Busch will return to the No. 18 Toyota with a familiar livery from NOS Energy Drink, while Harvick will step into the No. 88 with backing from Bad Boy Off Road.

Paul Menard and Brad Keselowski will also compete in the 250-mile event, completing the Cup brigade.

Garrett Smithley will make his NXS debut in the No. 0. Smithley has previously competed in the Camping World Truck Series.

Corey LaJoie, son of two-time NXS champion Randy LaJoie, will return to the series, driving the No. 24 for JGL Racing. Former champion Jeff Green will join TriStar Motorsports in the No. 10.

The XFINITY Series will start the weekend’s festivities at Atlanta on Friday, Feb. 26, completing three practice sessions at 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. ET. The field will then return on Saturday for Coors Light Pole Qualifying at 8:35 a.m. ET. Coverage for the Heads Up Georgia 250 will follow at 1:30 p.m. ET, on FOX Sports 1.

Car No.DriverSponsorManufacturerOwner
0Garrett SmithleyInstalco16 ChevyGary Cogswell
1Elliott SadlerOneMain16 ChevyDale Earnhardt Jr
01Ryan Preeceteamjdmotorsports.com16 ChevyJohnny Davis
2Paul Menard(i)Richmond / Menards16 ChevyRichard Childress
3Ty DillonRheem16 ChevyRichard Childress
4Ross Chastainteamjdmotorsports.com16 ChevyGary Keller
6Darrell Wallace JrFord EcoBoost Ford Mustang16 FordJack Roush
07Ray Black JrScuba Life16 ChevyBobby Dotter
7Justin AllgaierTaxSlayer.com16 ChevyKelley Earnhardt-Miller
10Jeff GreenTBD16 ToyotaMark Smith
11Blake KochLeaf Filter Gutter Protection16 ChevyMatt Kaulig
13TBATBD16 FordDerek White
14TBATBD16 ToyotaMark Smith
16Ryan ReedLilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang16 FordJack Roush
18Kyle Busch(i)NOS Energy Drink16 ToyotaJ D Gibbs
19Daniel SuarezARRIS16 ToyotaJoe Gibbs
20Erik JonesHisense USA16 ToyotaJoe Gibbs
22Brad Keselowski(i)Discount Tire15 FordRoger Penske
24Corey LaJoieJGL YOUNG GUNS16 ToyotaGregg Mixon
28Dakoda ArmstrongWinfield Be Greater16 ToyotaJames Whitener
33Brandon JonesRoland16 ChevyRichard Childress
39Ryan SiegRSS Racing15 ChevyRod Sieg
40Carl LongTBD16 ToyotaDerek White
42Kyle Larson(i)ENEOS16 ChevyChip Ganassi
43Jeb BurtonJ. Streicher15 FordRichard Petty
44David StarrZachry16 ToyotaMark Smith
48Brennan PooleDC Solar16 ChevyChip Ganassi
51Jeremy ClementsKevin Whitaker Chevy/RepairableVehicles.com15 ChevyTony Clements
62Brendan GaughanSouth Point16 ChevyRichard Childress
70Derrike CopeWade/Adrenalin Power Sports16 ChevyMary Louise Miller
74Mike HarmonTBA15 DodgeMike Harmon
78B J McLeodBatteries Plus Bulbs16 FordB J Mcleod
88Kevin Harvick(i)Bad Boy Off Road16 ChevyRick Hendrick
89Morgan ShepherdTBD16 ChevyCindy Shepherd
90Mario GosselinBuckedUp Apparel15 ChevyMichelle Gosselin
93Scott Lagasse JrRSS Racing15 ChevyPamela Sieg
99Todd PeckBatteries Plus Bulbs16 FordJessica Smith

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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