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Entry List: Consumers Energy 400

For Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, there are 40 teams entered.  No one will have to pack up and go home after qualifying.

There are a number of changes for this week.  Trevor Bayne will be back in Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 6, replacing Matt Kenseth.  Michigan is one of AdvoCare’s remaining races on the car.

Garrett Smithley will make his third Cup Series start in Premium Motorsports’ No. 7.  This car has had a revolving door of drivers, but it was most recently driven by Reed Sorenson.  Smithley’s first two starts have come in StarCom Racing’s No. 99 Chevrolet.

Blake Jones returns to BK Racing’s No. 23 Toyota, replacing Spencer Gallagher.  Jones made his debut with the team at Loudon in July, starting 37th and finishing 33rd.  Jones once again will bring his sponsorship from Tennessee XXX Moonshine to the team.

Gray Gaulding will return to the grid in StarCom Racing’s No. 99, replacing Kyle Weatherman.  Gaulding last race in Cup for BK Racing at Chicagoland Speedway in July.  His best run this season so far has been a 20th in the Daytona 500.

Meanwhile, StarCom’s full-time No. 00 welcomes Mane ‘n Tail to the team with their Color Protect product.  Landon Cassill‘s car will clearly stand out on Sunday.

BJ McLeod is back in the Rick Ware Racing No. 51, replacing Josh Bilicki.  The team will have primary sponsorship from Jacob Companies for the remainder of the 2018 season.


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Phil Allaway has three primary roles at Frontstretch. He's the manager of the site's FREE e-mail newsletter that publishes Monday-Friday and occasionally on weekends. He keeps TV broadcasters honest with weekly editions of Couch Potato Tuesday and serves as the site's Sports Car racing editor.

Outside of Frontstretch, Phil is the press officer for Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y. He covers all the action on the high-banked dirt track from regular DIRTcar Modified racing to occasional visits from touring series such as the Super DIRTcar Series.

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