One week after fuel-mileage madness unfolded at Pocono, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is set to run their final road-course race of the season.
NASCAR released the preliminary entry list for the Aug. 9 Cheez-It 355 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International earlier today (Aug. 3). The list includes 44 drivers, meaning one driver will fail to make Sunday’s race.
Should qualifying be cancelled, Reed Sorenson and Premium Motorsports will be the lone team to miss Sunday’s feature.
Boris Said will make his return to NSCS action one day after competing for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series race at WGI. Said will pilot the No. 32 Ford for Go Green Racing, continuing a deal that began with the road-course specialist running at Sonoma Raceway in June.
NXS points leader Chris Buescher will look to make his sixth-career NSCS start. Buescher, 22, will drive the No. 34 Ford for Front Row Motorsports. The Texan has previously competed in five races for the team, scoring a best finish of 20th at Fontana.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will return to action at Watkins Glen on Friday, Aug. 7 for two practice sessions before returning on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. ET for Coors Light Pole Qualifying. Coverage of the Cheez-It 355 will begin on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
|1||Jamie McMurray||Chevy||McDonald's||Felix Sabates|
|2||Brad Keselowski (PC3)||Ford||Miller Lite||Roger Penske|
|3||Austin Dillon||Chevy||Dow||Richard Childress|
|4||Kevin Harvick (PC1)||Chevy||Budweiser||Tony Stewart|
|5||Kasey Kahne||Chevy||Time Warner Cable||Linda Hendrick|
|6||Trevor Bayne||Ford||AdvoCare||Jack Roush|
|7||Alex Bowman||Chevy||TBA||Tommy Baldwin|
|9||Sam Hornish Jr.||Ford||Medallion Bank||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||Bass Pro Shops / Mobil1||Margaret Haas|
|15||Clint Bowyer||Toyota||Maxwell House||Rob Kauffman|
|16||Greg Biffle||Ford||Cheez-It||Jack Roush|
|17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Ford||Ford EcoBoost||John Henry|
|18||Kyle Busch||Toyota||M&M's Crispy||Joe Gibbs|
|19||Carl Edwards||Toyota||Stanley||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||Dr. Pepper||Ron Devine|
|24||Jeff Gordon (PC7)||Chevy||Axalta Coating Systems||Rick Hendrick|
|26||Jeb Burton #||Toyota||Maxim||Anthony Marlowe|
|27||Paul Menard||Chevy||Libman / Menards||Richard Childress|
|31||Ryan Newman||Chevy||Caterpillar||Richard Childress|
|32||Boris Said||Ford||Genesee Brewing Company||Archie St Hilaire|
|33||Alex Kennedy #||Chevy||Dream Factory||Joe Falk|
|34||Chris Buescher (i)||Ford||TBA||Bob Jenkins|
|35||Cole Whitt||Ford||Tweaker Energy Shots||Jerry Freeze|
|38||David Gilliland||Ford||Love's Travel Stops||Brad Jenkins|
|40||Landon Cassill(i)||Chevy||TBA||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||TBA||Harry Scott Jr.|
|47||A.J. Allmendinger||Chevy||Kroger / Bush's Beans||Tad Geschickter|
|48||Jimmie Johnson (PC2)||Chevy||Lowe's||Jeff Gordon|
|51||Justin Allgaier||Chevy||Brandt||Harry Scott Jr.|
|55||David Ragan||Toyota||Aaron's Dream Machine||Michael Waltrip|
|62||Reed Sorenson||Chevy||Tuctite Hosters||Jay Robinson|
|78||Martin Truex Jr.||Chevy||Furniture Row / Vissar Precision||Barney Vissar|
|83||Matt Dibenedetto #||Toyota||Burger King||Ron Devine|
|88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevy||Nationwide Insurance||Rick Hendrick|
|95||Michael McDowell||Ford||KLOVE Radio||Bob Leavine|
|98||Timmy Hill(i)||Ford||TBA||Mike 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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