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Entry List: Road Course Ringers, Cup Stars Prepare for Sonoma Duel

For the first time in 2015, the stars of NASCAR are preparing to turn both left and right.

NASCAR released the entry list for the June 28 Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway earlier today (June 22). The list contains 44 entrants, meaning one driver will fail to make Sunday’s race.

While road course aces are considered a thing of the past, a few specialists will return to the NSCS circuit this weekend. Boris Said will make his 50th Sprint Cup start, piloting the No. 32 Ford for Go Green Racing. Said, 52, most recently competed in the XFINITY Series, scoring finishes of 16th at 26th earlier this season at Talladega and Iowa while filling in for the injured Kyle Busch in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota.

Alex Kennedy and Justin Marks will also return to Sprint Cup rides. Kennedy, 23, will make his seventh start of 2015 for Circle Sport Racing, driving the team’s No. 33 Chevrolet.

Marks, 34, will attempt to make his first start of 2015, driving the No. 34 Dockside Logistics Ford for Front Row Motorsports. The Rocklin, Calif. native last drove in the NSCS in Feb., when he failed to qualify for the Daytona 500 while driving for RAB Racing.

Once thought to be racing with a sponsor, Dale Earnhardt Jr., will attempt to claim his first road course win with sponsorship from Microsoft Windows 10. The sponsorship comes as part of an announced partnership between the tech giant and Hendrick Motorsports.

Due to the position of Premium Motorsports‘ No. 62 in owners points, Brendan Gaughan, who has one road course win in the XFINITY Series (Road America, 2014), will be required to qualify his Vydox Plus Chevrolet on time to make Sunday’s race.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will return to action at Sonoma Raceway on Friday, June 26 for two practice sessions, before returning on Saturday, June 27 for Coors Light Pole Qualifying at 2:15 p.m. ET. Coverage for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 will begin on Sunday, June 28 at 3 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

Car No.DriverManufacturerSponsor(s)Owner
1Jamie McMurrayChevyCessnaFelix Sabates
2Brad Keselowski (PC3)FordAlliance Truck PartsRoger Penske
3Austin DillonChevyDowRichard Childress
4Kevin Harvick (PC1)ChevyFolds of Honor / Outback SteakhouseTony Stewart
5Kasey KahneChevyGreat ClipsLinda Hendrick
6Trevor BayneFordAdvoCareJack Roush
7Alex BowmanChevyGolden CorralTommy Baldwin
9Sam Hornish Jr.FordJacob CompaniesRichard Petty
10Danica PatrickChevyGoDaddy.comTony Stewart
11Denny HamlinToyotaFedEx FreightJ.D. Gibbs
13Casey MearsChevyGEICOBob Germain
14Tony Stewart (PC4)ChevyMobil1 / Bass Pro ShopsMargaret Haas
15Clint BowyerToyota5-Hour EnergyRob Kauffman
16Greg BiffleFordOrthoJack Roush
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr.FordFastenalJohn Henry
18Kyle BuschToyotaM&M's CrispyJoe Gibbs
19Carl EdwardsToyotaStanleyJ D Gibbs
20Matt Kenseth (PC6)ToyotaDollar GeneralJoe Gibbs
22Joey LoganoFordShell PennzoilWalter Czarnecki
23J.J. Yeley(i)ToyotaDr. PepperRon Devine
24Jeff Gordon (PC7)ChevyAARP Member AdvantagesRick Hendrick
26Jeb Burton #ToyotaMaxim Fantasy SportsAnthony Marlowe
27Paul MenardChevyRichmond / MenardsRichard Childress
31Ryan NewmanChevyWIX FiltersRichard Childress
32Boris SaidFordTBAArchie St Hilaire
33Alex Kennedy #ChevyMediaCastJoe Falk
34Justin MarksFordDockside LogisticsBob Jenkins
35Cole WhittFordUPONORJerry Freeze
38David GillilandFordLove's Travel StopsBrad Jenkins
40Landon Cassill(i)ChevyTBAMike Hillman
41Kurt Busch (PC5)ChevyHaas AutomationGene Haas
42Kyle LarsonChevyViva VintageChip Ganassi
43Aric AlmirolaFordNathans FamousRichard Petty
46Michael AnnettChevyBene-fitHarry Scott Jr.
47A.J. AllmendingerChevyKingsford CharcoalTad Geschickter
48Jimmie Johnson (PC2)ChevyLowe's Pro ServicesJeff Gordon
51Justin AllgaierChevyBrandtHarry Scott Jr.
55David RaganToyotaAaron's Dream MachineMichael Waltrip
62Brendan Gaughan(i)ChevyVydox PlusJay Robinson
78Martin Truex Jr.ChevyFurniture Row / Vissar PrecisionBarney Vissar
83Matt Dibenedetto #ToyotaBurger KingRon Devine
88Dale Earnhardt Jr.ChevyMicrosoft Windows 10Rick Hendrick
95Michael McDowellFordKLOVE RadioBob Leavine
98Josh WiseFordTBAMike Curb
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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.

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