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Entry List: Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200

Next up for the NASCAR XFINITY Series: the Arizona desert.

NASCAR released the preliminary entry list for the Mar. 12 Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. The list includes 42 entrants, meaning two will fail to qualify for Saturday’s race.

Bad news for the field: Kyle Busch will return to his No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota. Busch has gone two-for-two to start the year in the machine, leading 199 out of 200 laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Joining Busch from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be Austin Dillon, Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott.

Truck series regular Spencer Gallagher will step up to the XFINITY Series on Saturday, driving the No. 21 Chevrolet for GMS Racing.

The XFINITY Series will return to action at Phoenix on Friday, Mar. 11 for three practice sessions at 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (all times ET). The field will then return on Saturday for Coors Light Pole Qualifying at 11:45 a.m. ET. Coverage for the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 will begin at  2:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

Car No. DriverSponsorManuOwner
0Garrett Smithleyteamjdmotorsports.comChevyGary Cogswell
01Ryan Preeceteamjdmotorsports.comChevyJohnny Davis
1Elliott SadlerOneMainChevyDale Earnhardt Jr
2Austin Dillon(i)RuudChevyRichard Childress
3Ty DillonBass Pro Shops / TRACKER BoatsChevyRichard Childress
4Ross Chastainteamjdmotorsports.comChevyGary Keller
6Darrell Wallace JrCheez-It Ford MustangFordJack Roush
7Justin AllgaierBRANDTChevyKelley Earnhardt-Miller
07Ray Black JrScuba LifeChevyBobby Dotter
10Jeff GreenTBDToyotaMark Smith
11Blake KochLeafFilter Gutter ProtectionChevyMatt Kaulig
13DJ KenningtonNorthern Provincial PipelinesDodgeDerek White
14Benny GordonTBDToyotaMark Smith
15TBATBDChevyRick Ware
16Ryan ReedLilly Diabetes / American Diabetes AssociationFordJack Roush
18Kyle Busch(i)NOS Energy DrinkToyotaJ D Gibbs
19Daniel SuarezJuniper NetworksToyotaJoe Gibbs
20Erik JonesReser's Fine FoodsToyotaJoe Gibbs
21Spencer Gallagher(i)TBDChevyMaurice Gallagher Jr
22Brad Keselowski(i)Discount TireFordRoger Penske
24Corey LaJoieJGL YOUNG GUNSToyotaGregg Mixon
25TBAWrap NationChevyRick Ware
28Dakoda ArmstrongWinfield Be GreaterToyotaJames Whitener
33Brandon JonesE-Z-GOChevyRichard Childress
39Ryan SiegRSS RacingChevyRod Sieg
40Josh ReaumeBraille Battery / GrafoidToyotaDerek White
42Justin MarksKaterraChevyChip Ganassi
43Jeb BurtonJ. StreicherFordRichard Petty
44David StarrZachryToyotaMark Smith
48Brennan PooleDC SolarChevyChip Ganassi
51Jeremy ClementsRepairableVehicles.comChevyTony Clements
52Joey GaseTBDChevyJimmy Means
62Brendan GaughanSouth PointChevyRichard Childress
70Derrike CopeTBAChevyMary Louise Miller
74Mike HarmonTBADodgeMike Harmon
78B J McLeodBatteries Plus BulbsFordB J Mcleod
88Chase Elliott(i)TaxSlayer.comChevyRick Hendrick
89Morgan ShepherdTBAChevyCindy Shepherd
90Mario GosselinBuckedUp Apparel / CrashClaimsR.UsChevyMichelle Gosselin
93Dylan LuptonRSS Racing, Inc.ChevyPamela Sieg
97Harrison RhodesVroomBrandsChevyVictor Obaika
99Todd PeckBatteries Plus BulbsFordJessica Smith

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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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I’m going make a prediction and say Kyle Busch will lead every lap this week in Phoenix

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