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Here Are the Changes to the COTA Entry Lists

As can occasionally be the case when NASCAR visits a road course, the entry lists for this weekend’s events at Circuit of the Americas have changed a bit since their original release Monday, March 21.

While the NASCAR Cup Series still has the same crop of 37 drivers running its race this Sunday, March 27, both the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck series have seen a few changes, whether it’s a driver switch or a newly announced competitor after a car or truck was initially listed as TBA.

Here’s what’s changed as of today, March 23:

NASCAR Xfinity Series (Circuit of the Americas)

Parker Kligerman will attempt his first Xfinity start since 2017, driving the No. 35 for Emerling-Gase Motorsports, giving him a maximum of two races this weekend (he’s also entered in the No. 75 for Henderson Motorsports in the Truck race). Patrick Emerling was previously entered in the No. 35.

Gar Robinson is now listed in Means Racing’s No. 52, which was initially entered without a driver. Should he qualify, COTA would mark Robinson’s series debut. He’s mostly known for his sports-car racing prowess; he was the 2021 IMSA champion in the LMP3 class and was also part of that class’ 24 Hours of Daytona-winning team earlier this year.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (Circuit of the Americas)

Alex Bowman returns to the Truck Series for the first time since 2017, driving Spire Motorsports’ No. 7, which was initially entered without a driver. It’s also Spire’s first Truck start since Daytona International Speedway.

Sheldon Creed will get some extra seat time ahead of the Xfinity race, driving Young’s Motorsports’ No. 20 for his first Truck start of 2022. The No. 20 was previously entered without a driver.

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Rutherford is the managing editor of Frontstretch, a position he gained in 2015 after serving on the editing staff for two years. At his day job, he's a journalist covering music and rock charts at Billboard. He lives in New York City, but his heart is in Ohio -- you know, like that Hawthorne Heights song.

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