One race down, two to go in the Round of 12 for the NASCAR Playoffs.
This weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads from Charlotte Motor Speedway to the behemoth of Talladega Superspeedway for the 49th annual Alabama 500.
There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list, meaning the field will be at full capacity, barring any entry list changes.
Some notables for this week include the addition of JJ Yeley in the No. 7 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing and Brendan Gaughan in the No. 75 Chevrolet for Beard Motorsports. Both of those drivers and teams have raced in prior superspeedway events this season.
The No. 23 entry for BK Racing is currently listed as “TBA,” but it will be driven by Joey Gase.
Excited to announce I will be driving the #23 @drpepper car this weekend @TalladegaSuperS & honoring organ donor Jerred Bowles! #donatelife pic.twitter.com/Zt3wGMiH9w
— Joey Gase Racing (@JoeyGaseRacing) October 9, 2017
Corey LaJoie, who normally drives the No. 23, is listed as the driver of the No. 83 BK Racing Toyota for this weekend. Brett Moffitt will likely be sitting out the weekend.
Mark Thompson will be making his second ever MENCS start this weekend in the No. 15 for Premium Motorsports with sponsorship from Phoenix Air. He has one prior start in the series, which came all the way back in 1992. Despite that fact, Thompson has plenty of experience at Talladega in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, and more recently, the XFINITY Series. DJ Kennington will pilot the No. 55 entry for Premium in place of Gray Gaulding.
The green flag for the Alabama 500 is scheduled to fly at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET with television coverage on NBC. Joey Logano is the defending winner of the event.
Check below for the full entry list
|1||1||Jamie McMurray||Cessna||Chevrolet||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|2||2||Brad Keselowski||Miller Lite||Ford||Team Penske|
|3||3||Austin Dillon||TBD||Chevrolet||Richard Childress Racing|
|4||4||Kevin Harvick||Busch Light Outdoors||Ford||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|5||5||Kasey Kahne||Farmers Insurance||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6||6||Trevor Bayne||:iberty National||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing|
|7||7||JJ Yeley (i)||Golden Corral/Katerra Chevrolet||Chevrolet||Tommy Baldwin Racing|
|8||10||Danica Patrick||Aspen Dental||Ford||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|9||11||Denny Hamlin||FedEx Ground||Toyota||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|10||13||Ty Dillon||GEICO||Chevrolet||Germain Racing|
|11||14||Clint Bowyer||Haas Automation||Ford||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|12||15||Mark Thompson (i)||Phoenix Air||Chevrolet||Premium Motorsports|
|13||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||SunnyD||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing|
|14||18||Kyle Busch||M&M's||Toyota||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|15||19||Daniel Suarez||Subway||Toyota||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|16||20||Matt Kenseth||DEWALT Flexvolt||Toyota||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|17||21||Ryan Blaney||Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center||Ford||Wood Brothers Racing|
|18||22||Joey Logano||Shell Pennzoil||Ford||Team Penske|
|19||23||Joey Gase (i)||Dr. Pepper||Toyota||BK Racing|
|20||24||Chase Elliott||NAPA||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|21||27||Paul Menard||Knauf/Menards||Chevrolet||Richard Childress Racing|
|22||31||Ryan Newman||Caterpillar||Chevrolet||Richard Childress Racing|
|23||32||Matt DiBenedetto||Can-Am/Kappa||Ford||GO FAS Racing|
|24||33||Jeffrey Earnhardt||hulu||Chevrolet||Circle Sport/TMG|
|25||34||Landon Cassill||Love's Travel Stops/CSX Play It Safe||Ford||Front Row Motorsports|
|26||37||Chris Buescher||Bush's Chili Beans||Chevrolet||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|27||38||David Ragan||TBD||Ford||Front Row Motorsports|
|28||41||Kurt Busch||Monster Energy/Haas Automation||Ford||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|29||42||Kyle Larson||First Data||Chevrolet||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|30||43||Aric Almirola||Smithfield||Ford||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|31||47||AJ Allmendinger||Kroger ClickList||Chevrolet||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|32||48||Jimmie Johnson||Lowe's||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|33||55||DJ Kennington||Dirt and Rock||Chevrolet||Premium Motorsports|
|34||72||Cole Whitt||TriStar Motorsports||Chevrolet||TriStar Motorsports|
|35||75||Brendan Gaughan (i)||Beard Oil Distrubuting||Chevrolet||Beard Motorspprts|
|36||77||Erik Jones||5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength||Toyota||Furniture Row Racing|
|37||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats||Toyota||Furniture Row Racing|
|38||83||Corey LaJoie||Dustless Blasting||Toyota||BK Racing|
|39||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Mountain Dew||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|40||95||Michael McDowell||K-Love Radio||Chevrolet||Leavine Family Racing|
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