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Entry List: Drive for the Cure 300 Includes Truck Series’ Cole Custer

The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday night for the Drive For The Cure 300, the final race of the Round of 12 in its Chase for the championship.

As of Monday, there are 45 cars entered for 40 spots. It’s one of the largest fields the series has seen, likely due to the proximity of the track to many teams’ home bases out in the Charlotte area.

JR Motorsports is one of those organizations taking advantage of staying local. They’ll enter four cars this weekend, including its No. 5 for Cole Custer. Friday night will be Custer’s fourth XFINITY Series start of the season; his best result of fourth came at Charlotte in May. Kevin Harvick will also compete for JRM in the No. 88 this weekend. Harvick, still an active Cup Series title contender has never won a XFINITY Series race at Charlotte.

Team Penske will enter two cars on Friday night, including the No. 12 for Joey Logano. Logano, another Cup Series Chaser has made 11 starts in the series this season and has one victory the last time he competed in the No. 12 Ford at Watkins Glen. Brad Keselowski, his teammate will be in the team’s full-time No. 22 entry.

As for the XFINITY Series regulars themselves Jeb Burton will attempt to qualify in the No. 98 for Biagi DenBeste Racing again this weekend. Burton, whose full-time No. 43 ride with Richard Petty Motorsports closed up midsummer has made two starts with Biagi this season, placing 12th at Indianapolis.

Action from Charlotte begins Thursday with two practice sessions at 3 and 5:30 p.m. (all times ET). Qualifying will then take place on Friday, at 4:45 p.m. ahead of the Drive for the Cure 300 at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.

Car No.DriverSponsorManufacturerOwner
0Garrett Smithleyteamjdmotorsports.comChevyGary Cogswell
01Ryan PreeceRockstar Energy DrinkChevyJohnny Davis
1Elliott SadlerOneMainChevyDale Earnhardt Jr
2Austin Dillon(i)RheemChevyRichard Childress
3Ty DillonWESCOChevyRichard Childress
4Ross ChastainDream WaterChevyGary Keller
5Cole Custer(i)Haas AutomationChevyDale Earnhardt Jr
6Darrell Wallace JrLeidosFordJack Roush
07Ray Black JrScuba LifeChevyBobby Dotter
7Justin AllgaierBRANDTChevyKelley Earnhardt-Miller
10Matt DiBenedetto(i)TBDToyotaMark Smith
11Blake KochLeafFilter Gutter ProtectionChevyMatt Kaulig
12Joey Logano(i)PPGFordRoger Penske
13Carl LongTBDDodgeDanielle Long
14Jeff GreenTBDToyotaMark Smith
15Josh Wise(i)TBDFordRick Ware
16Ryan ReedLilly Diabetes / American Diabetes AssociationFordJack Roush
18Kyle Busch(i)TBDToyotaJ D Gibbs
19Daniel SuarezJuniperToyotaJoe Gibbs
20Erik JonesGameStop / NBA 2K17 ToyotaToyotaJoe Gibbs
21Spencer Gallagher(i)Domestic Violence AwarenessChevyMaurice Gallagher Jr
22Brad Keselowski(i)Discount TireFordRoger Penske
25Ryan EllisTBDChevyRick Ware
28Dakoda ArmstrongWinfield Be GreatToyotaJames Whitener
33Brandon JonesNexteerChevyRichard Childress
39Ryan SiegRSS RacingChevyRod Sieg
40Timmy Hill(i)CrashClaimsR.usToyotaDanielle Long
42Kyle Larson(i)Nature MadeChevyChip Ganassi
44J J YeleyZachryToyotaMark Smith
48Brennan PooleDC SolarChevyChip Ganassi
51Jeremy ClementsRepairableVehicles.comChevyTony Clements
52Joey GaseTBDChevyJimmy Means
62Brendan GaughanAmerican Ethanol / SheetzChevyRichard Childress
70Derrike CopeE-hydrate / Acredale VendingChevyMary Louise Miller
74Mike HarmonTBDChevyMike Harmon
77TBAVroomBrandsChevyVictor Obaika
78B J McLeodTBDFordB J Mcleod
86Brandon Brown(i)Brandonbilt MotorsportsChevyJerry Brown
88Kevin Harvick(i)Hunt Brothers PizzaChevyRick Hendrick
89Morgan ShepherdTBDChevyCindy Shepherd
90Martin RoyGamache Truck CenterChevyMichelle Gosselin
92Dexter BeanBuckedUp ApparelChevyMichelle Gosselin
93David StarrMassimo MotorsChevyPamela Sieg
97TBAVroomBrandsChevyVictor Obaika
98Jeb BurtonThe Z Real Estate Group / KW BurlingtonFordFred Biagi

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