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Entry List: 2015 Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis

For the fourth time, the NASCAR Xfinity Series is heading to the Brickyard.

NASCAR released the preliminary entry list for the July 25 Lilly Diabetes 250 earlier today (July 21). The list includes 39 drivers, meaning that each team will make Saturday’s race.

After winning last week’s race at New Hampshire, Denny Hamlin will sit out of the NXS race at Indianapolis. In his place, Erik Jones will pilot the No. 20 Gamestop Toyota. Jones will be joined by Kyle Busch and Daniel Suarez to complete the Joe Gibbs Racing stable.

Kevin Harvick will make his return to JR Motorsports, driving the No. 88 Morton Buildings Chevrolet. Harvick, the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, is the only JRM driver to make his way to victory lane in 2015, scoring victories at Atlanta and Fontana.

Paul Menard and Kyle Larson will also come down from the NSCS to drive Chevrolets in Saturday’s race. Menard will pilot the No. 33 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, while Larson will hop behind the wheel of the No. 42 Chevrolet for HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi.

Ryan Blaney will start in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford for Team Penske. The team won the first NXS race at Indianapolis in 2012 with driver Brad Keselowski.

Aric Almirola will return to the series, driving the No. 98 Treasury Wine Estates Ford for Biagi-Denbeste Racing.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series will return to action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday, July 24, for two practice sessions. The field will return on Saturday for Coors Light Pole Qualifying at 11:35 a.m. ET. Coverage for the Lilly Diabetes 250 will begin on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC.


0Harrison Rhodesteamjdmotorsports.com15 ChevyAndrea Nemechek
1Landon CassillFlex Seal15 ChevyJohnny Davis
1Elliott SadlerOneMain Financial15 FordJack Roush
2Brian ScottShore Lodge15 ChevyRichard Childress
3Ty DillonBass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats15 ChevyRichard Childress
4Ross ChastainWatermelon.org15 ChevyGary Keller
6Darrell Wallace JrFord EcoBoost15 FordJack Roush
7Regan SmithAmericasPower.org15 ChevyKelley Earnhardt-Miller
8Blake KochLeafFilter Gutter Protection15 ToyotaMark Smith
9Chase ElliottNAPA Auto Parts15 ChevyDale Earnhardt Jr
13Derek WhiteBraille Battery / Grafoid15 DodgeDerek White
14Cale ConleyIAVA15 ToyotaMark Smith
15B J McLeod(i)15 ChevyRick Ware
16Ryan ReedLilly/American Diabetes Association15 FordJack Roush
18Daniel SuarezARRIS15 ToyotaJoe Gibbs
19Jeff GreenTriStar Motorsports15 ToyotaMark Smith
20Erik Jones(i)Game Stop15 ToyotaJoe Gibbs
22Ryan BlaneyDiscount Tire15 FordRoger Penske
24Eric McClureReynolds Wrap15 ToyotaMark Smith
25John Wes Townley(i)Zaxby's15 ChevyTony Townley
26Timmy Hill(i)JGL Racing15 ToyotaJames Whitener
28J J YeleyJGL Racing15 ToyotaGregg Mixon
33Paul Menard(i)Richmond / Menards15 ChevyRichard Childress
39Ryan SiegUncle Bobs Storage14 ChevyRod Sieg
40Carl LongBraille Battery / Grafoid15 DodgeDerek White
42Kyle Larson(i)15 ChevyHarry Scott Jr
43Dakoda ArmstrongWinField15 FordRichard Petty
44David StarrZachry/Build Your Future15 ToyotaMark Smith
51Jeremy ClementsAllsouthelectric.com-RepairableVehicles.com15 ChevyTony Clements
52Joey Gase15 ChevyJimmy Means
54Kyle Busch(i)Monster Energy15 ToyotaJ D Gibbs
60Chris BuescherZest15 FordJack Roush
62Brendan GaughanSouth Point15 ChevyRichard Childress
70Derrike Cope15 ChevyMary Louise Miller
88Kevin Harvick(i)Morton Buildings15 ChevyRick Hendrick
89Morgan Shepherd15 ChevyMorgan Shepherd
90Martin RoyGamache Truck Center15 ChevyMichelle Gosselin
97Peyton SellersVroomBrands15 ChevyVictor Obaika
98Aric Almirola(i)Treasury Wine Estates15 FordFred Biagi

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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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They need to race at IRP where they will put on a good show.


What they really need to do is what ever other competitive endeavor known to man does. Have classes to keep it competitive. This isn’t even racing anymore. I honestly have no idea why anyone would want to watch Cup drivers use this event as a practice session.


Another “race” at IMS that will be as exciting as watching the ink dry on Brian’s divorce papers. The stands should be packed with family and friends of drivers and crews.

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