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Entry List: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero 400

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to Daytona this weekend for the Coke Zero 400. The entry list for the race has been released and there’s a number of notable changes after the road course event at Sonoma last weekend.

A full field of 40 cars will contest the 160-lap, 400-mile race that’ll be broadcast on NBC Saturday night. Heading the changes are three teams absent at Sonoma who are back for the third MENCS plate race of the season.

The No. 75 of Beard Motorsports is back, a restrictor plate race-only team that has Brendan Gaughan behind the wheel. BK Racing is also bringing their No. 83 Toyota, a second car running just a limited schedule in 2017. Rookie Ryan Sieg will drive that this week with sponsorship from Dustless Blasting. Rounding out the teams back on the list this week is the No. 7 owned by Tommy Baldwin. XFINITY Series regular Elliott Sadler returns to the driver’s seat armed with sponsorship from Golden Corral.

Among the notables missing this week is the No. 51 owned by Rick Ware. The car has now missed two of the last three events since Cody Ware revealed he’s suffered a back injury. The No. 96 owned by Marty Gaunt, a restrictor plate-only team also chose to skip this event, initially on their schedule while driver DJ Kennington paired up with Premium Motorsports.

Kennington will drive the No. 15 for Premium while Reed Sorenson, replaced temporarily at Sonoma is back running the No. 55. Bubba Wallace also makes his return, back in the No. 43 Ford to sub for Aric Almirola after road course expert Billy Johnson ran Sonoma in the car.

Other oval course drivers back in their seats include Jeffrey Earnhardt in the No. 33 for Circle Sport/TMG and Corey Lajoie, now in the No. 23 for BK Racing. Of note, rookie Gray Gaulding is not entered with BK Racing for this event and has not run in either of their two cars for a month.

EntryCar NumberDriverSponsorManuOrganization
11Jamie McMurrayTBDChevroletChip Ganassi Racing
22Brad KeselowskiDetroit Genuine PartsFordTeam Penske
33Austin DillonAmerican EthanolChevroletRichard Childress Racing
44Kevin HarvickJimmy John'sFordStewart-Haas Racing
55Kasey KahneUniFirstChevroletHendrick Motorsports
66Trevor BayneLiberty National Life InsuranceFordRoush Fenway Racing
77Elliott SadlerGolden CorralChevroletTommy Baldwin Racing
810Danica PatrickAspen DentalFordStewart-Haas Racing
911Denny HamlinFedEx ExpressToyotaJoe Gibbs Racing
1013Ty DillonGEICO MilitaryChevroletGermain Racing
1114Clint BowyerMobil 1FordStewart-Haas Racing
1215DJ KenningtonTBDChevroletPremium Motorsports
1317Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Fifth Third BankFordRoush Fenway Racing
1418Kyle BuschInterstate BatteriesToyotaJoe Gibbs Racing
1519Daniel SuarezSubwayToyotaJoe Gibbs Racing
1620Matt KensethDEWALT FlexvoltToyotaJoe Gibbs Racing
1721Ryan BlaneyMotorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto CenterFordWood Brothers Racing
1822Joey LoganoShell PennzoilFordTeam Penske
1923Corey LajoieDr. PepperToyotaBK Racing
2024Chase ElliottNAPA PatrioticChevroletHendrick Motorsports
2127Paul MenardMoen/MenardsChevroletRichard Childress Racing
2231Ryan NewmanVelveeta Shells & CheeseChevroletRichard Childress Racing
2332Matt DiBenedettoCan-Am/KappaFordGO FAS Racing
2433Jeffrey EarnhardtHuluChevroletCircle Sport/TMG
2534Landon CassillLove's Travel StopsFordFront Row Motorsports
2637Chris BuescherCoffee MateChevroletJTG Daugherty Racing
2738David RaganShriners Hospitals for ChildrenFordFront Row Motorsports
2841Kurt BuschMonster Energy/Haas AutomationFordStewart-Haas Racing
2942Kyle LarsonCredit One BankChevroletChip Ganassi Racing
3043Darrell Wallace Jr.SmithfieldFordRichard Petty Motorsports
3147AJ AllmendingerKroger ClickListChevroletJTG Daugherty Racing
3248Jimmie JohnsonLowe'sChevroletHendrick Motorsports
3355Reed SorensonTBDToyotaPremium Motorsports
3472Cole WhittRTIC CoolersChevroletTriStar Motorsports
3575Brendan GaughanBeard Oil DistributorsChevroletBeard Motorsports
3677Erik JonesSport ClipsToyotaFurniture Row Racing
3778Martin Truex Jr.Bass Pro Shops / Tracker BoatsToyotaFurniture Row Racing
3883Ryan SiegDustless BlastingToyotaBK Racing
3988Dale Earnhardt Jr.NationwideChevroletHendrick Motorsports
4095Michael McDowellTBDChevroletLeavine Family Racing

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The author of Did You Notice? (Wednesdays) Tom spends his time overseeing Frontstretch’s 40+ staff members as its majority owner and Editor-in-Chief. Based outside Philadelphia, Bowles is a two-time Emmy winner in NASCAR television and has worked in racing production with FOX, TNT, and ESPN while appearing on-air for SIRIUS XM Radio and FOX Sports 1's former show, the Crowd Goes Wild. He most recently consulted with SRX Racing, helping manage cutting-edge technology and graphics that appeared on their CBS broadcasts during 2021 and 2022.

You can find Tom’s writing here, at CBSSports.com and Athlonsports.com, where he’s been an editorial consultant for the annual racing magazine for 15 years.

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