A week after their first win of 2015, Toyota is putting on their sponsor hat.
NASCAR has released the entry list for the April 25 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway (RIR). There are 45 initial entrants, meaning that two drivers will fail to make the race.
Toyota will have nine chances to earn back-to-back wins. Bristol winner Matt Kenseth will be back in his No. 20 Dollar General car, as will Denny Hamlin, who failed to return to his No. 11 Fedex car after rain delays at Bristol due to worsening neck spasms. Also returning will be Brett Moffitt, who continues to fill in the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota for Brian Vickers.
Hendrick Motorsports will field five teams for the second time in 2015, fielding prospect Chase Elliott in his second race. Elliott previously competed at Martinsville Speedway, where he struggled to a 38th-place finish. He’ll continue to gain experience as he gears up to replace Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 next season.
Elliott, along with Camping World Truck Series veteran Ron Hornaday, will be forced to qualify on time to make Saturday’s race. Hornaday has attempted four races in 2015, driving for Sprint Cup Series newcomers The Motorsports Group.
Joey Gase will attempt to make his first start of 2015, driving the No. 32 Ford owned by Frank Stoddard Jr. Gase competed in four races in 2014, scoring a career-best 33rd-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will return to action at RIR on Friday for two practice sessions and Coors Light Pole Qualifying at 5:45 p.m. ET. Coverage for the Toyota Owners 400 will begin on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
|1||Jamie McMurray||Chevy||Energizer||Felix Sabates|
|2||Brad Keselowski (PC3)||Ford||Alliance Truck Parts||Roger Penske|
|3||Austin Dillon||Chevy||American Ethanol||Richard Childress|
|4||Kevin Harvick (PC1)||Chevy||Jimmy John's / Budweiser||Tony Stewart|
|5||Kasey Kahne||Chevy||Great Clips||Linda Hendrick|
|6||Trevor Bayne||Ford||AdvoCare||Jack Roush|
|7||Alex Bowman||Chevy||DOC 360||Tommy Baldwin|
|9||Sam Hornish Jr.||Ford||Gwaltney||Richard Petty|
|10||Danica Patrick||Chevy||GoDaddy.com||Tony Stewart|
|11||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||FedEx Ground||J D Gibbs|
|13||Casey Mears||Chevy||GEICO||Bob Germain|
|14||Tony Stewart (PC4)||Chevy||Mobil 1 / Bas Pro Shops||Margaret Haas|
|15||Clint Bowyer||Toyota||AAA Insurance||Rob Kauffman|
|16||Greg Biffle||Ford||Ortho||Jack Roush|
|17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Ford||Fifth Third Bank||John Henry|
|18||David Ragan||Toyota||M&Ms Crispy||Joe Gibbs|
|19||Carl Edwards||Toyota||Arris||J D Gibbs|
|20||Matt Kenseth (PC6)||Toyota||Dollar General||Joe Gibbs|
|22||Joey Logano||Ford||Shell Pennzoil||Walter Czarnecki|
|23||J.J. Yeley(i)||Toyota||MaximFantasySports.com||Ron Devine|
|24||Jeff Gordon (PC7)||Chevy||Drive to End Hunger||Rick Hendrick|
|25||Chase Elliott (i)||Chevy||NAPA Auto Parts||Rick Hendrick|
|26||Jeb Burton #||Toyota||Estes Express Lines||Anthony Marlowe|
|27||Paul Menard||Chevy||CertainTeed / Menards||Richard Childress|
|30||Ron Hornaday||Chevy||Curtis Key Plumbing||Curtis Key|
|31||Ryan Newman||Chevy||Quicken Loans||Richard Childress|
|32||Joey Gase (i)||Ford||Keen Parts / Donate Life||Frank Stoddard Jr.|
|33||Alex Kennedy||Chevy||Honorandremember.org||Joe Falk|
|34||Reed Sorenson||Ford||Dockside Logistics||Bob Jenkins|
|35||Cole Whitt||Ford||Front Row Motorsports||Jerry Freeze|
|38||David Gilliland||Ford||The Pete Store||Brad Jenkins|
|40||Landon Cassill(i)||Chevy||Newtown Building Supplies||Mike Hillman|
|41||Kurt Busch (PC5)||Chevy||Haas Automation||Gene Haas|
|42||Kyle Larson||Chevy||Target||Chip Ganassi|
|43||Aric Almirola||Ford||Smithfield||Richard Petty|
|46||Michael Annett||Chevy||Pilot Flying J||Harry Scott Jr.|
|47||A.J. Allmendinger||Chevy||Scott Products||Tad Geschickter|
|48||Jimmie Johnson (PC2)||Chevy||Lowe's Pro Services||Jeff Gordon|
|51||Justin Allgaier||Chevy||Brandt||Harry Scott Jr.|
|55||Brett Moffitt #||Toyota||Aaron's Dream Machine||Michael Waltrip|
|62||Brendan Gaughan (i)||Chevy||TBA||Jay Robinson|
|78||Martin Truex Jr.||Chevy||Furniture Row / Visser Precision||Barney Vissar|
|83||Matt Dibenedetto||Toyota||Dr. Pepper||Ron Devine|
|88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevy||Nationwide||Rick Hendrick|
|98||Josh Wise||Ford||Phil Parsons Racing||Mike Curb|
About the author
A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.