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Entry List: 2015 Bojangles’ Southern 500

After 12 years, one of NASCAR’s biggest races finally has its classic date back.

NASCAR released the entry list for the Sept. 6 Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway earlier today. The list includes 46 teams, meaning three will fail to make Sunday’s race.

Running on Labor Day weekend for the first time since 2003, Sunday’s will see a myriad of special paint schemes. However, one organization is also changing teams. BK Racing’s Jeb Burton and JJ Yeley will swap rides, with Burton piloting the No. 23 Estes Toyota, and Yeley driving the No. 26 Beds for Kids Toyota. Burton will sport a special throwback scheme reminiscent of father Ward Burton’s No. 22 Caterpillar machine from the early 2000s in the event.

Over 20 teams will sport throwback paint schemes on Sunday, ranging from Kyle Larson’s Mello Yellow No. 42 to Clint Bowyer’s hand-painted Buddy Baker Tribute No. 15. Chase Elliott will also get in on the action at Darlington, running a NAPA scheme that harkens back to father Bill Elliott’s No 9 Coors machine.

Should qualifying for Sunday’s race be rained out, Elliott, Reed Sorenson and currently-unannounced the driver of the No. 30 Chevrolet would fail to make the Southern 500.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be the first to take to the track at Darlington when the field heads on-track at 11 a.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 4 for the first of two practice sessions. The field will return at 4:30 p.m. ET for final practice before coming back on Saturday at 1:45 p.m. ET for Coors Light Pole Qualifying. Coverage of Sunday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 will begin at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.


Car No.DriverManufacturerSponsorOwner
1Jamie McMurrayChevyMcDonalds / CessnaFelix Sabates
2Brad Keselowski (PC3)FordMiller High Life throwbackRoger Penske
3Austin DillonChevyAmerican Ethanol throwbackRichard Childress
4Kevin Harvick (PC1)ChevyBudweiser throwbackTony Stewart
5Kasey KahneChevyHendrickRideAlong.comLinda Hendrick
6Trevor BayneFordAdvoCare - Martin throwbackJack Roush
7Alex BowmanChevyTommy Baldwin RacingTommy Baldwin
9Sam Hornish Jr.FordWinn Dixie throwbackRichard Petty
10Danica PatrickChevyGoDaddy.com throwbackTony Stewart
11Denny HamlinToyotaSports Clips throwbackJ.D. Gibbs
13Casey MearsChevyGEICOBob Germain
14Tony Stewart (PC4)ChevyBass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 throwbackMargaret Haas
15Clint BowyerToyota5-Hour Energy / Peak / Buddy Baker TributeRob Kauffman
16Greg BiffleFordOrthoJack Roush
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr.FordCargill David Pearson TributeJohn Henry
18Kyle BuschToyotaM&M's CrispyJoe Gibbs
19Carl EdwardsToyotaARRISJ D Gibbs
20Matt Kenseth (PC6)ToyotaDollar GeneralJoe Gibbs
21Ryan Blaney(i)FordSnap-on ToolsGlen Wood
22Joey LoganoFordShell PennzoilWalter Czarnecki
23Jeb Burton #ToyotaEstes throwbackRon Devine
24Jeff Gordon (PC7)Chevy3MRick Hendrick
25Chase Elliott(i)ChevyNAPA Auto Parts throwbackRick Hendrick
26J.J. Yeley(i)ToyotaBeds for KidsAnthony Marlowe
27Paul MenardChevyMoen / Menards throwbackRichard Childress
30TBAChevyCurtis Key PlumbingCurtis Key Sr.
31Ryan NewmanChevyCaterpillar throwbackRichard Childress
32Josh WiseFordCorvetteparts.net / Beerfrost.com throwbackArchie St Hilaire
33Travis Kvapil(i)ChevyTBAJoe Falk
34Brett Moffitt #FordDocksideBob Jenkins
35Cole WhittFordSpeed StickJerry Freeze
38David GillilandFordLove's Travel StopsBrad Jenkins
40Landon Cassill(i)ChevySnap Fitness / Proud to be an AmericanMike Hillman
41Kurt Busch (PC5)ChevyHaas Automation throwbackGene Haas
42Kyle LarsonChevyMello Yello throwbackChip Ganassi
43Aric AlmirolaFordSTP throwbackRichard Petty
46Michael AnnettChevyPilot Flying J throwbackHarry Scott Jr.
47A.J. AllmendingerChevyKroger / House-AutryTad Geschickter
48Jimmie Johnson (PC2)ChevyLowe's throwbackJeff Gordon
51Justin AllgaierChevyBrandtHarry Scott Jr.
55David RaganToyotaAaron's Ken Ragan tributeMichael Waltrip
62Reed SorensonTBAnoneJay Robinson
78Martin Truex Jr.ChevyFurniture Row / Visser PrecisionBarney Visser
83Matt Dibenedetto #ToyotaCosmo MotorsRon Devine
88Dale Earnhardt Jr.ChevyValvoline throwbackRick Hendrick
98Timmy Hill(i)TBAPremium MotorsportsMike 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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