With the first round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup coming to a close, teams enter Dover International Speedway with everything at stake.
NASCAR released the preliminary entry list for the Oct. 4 AAA 400. The list includes 41 entrants, meaning one team will fail to make Sunday’s race.
Travis Kvapil will be the lone driver required to qualify his way into the race on speed due to the position of The Motorsports Group’s No. 30 Chevrolet in series points.
Looking to advance through the first round of his first Chase, Jamie McMurray will come to Dover with sponsorship from Nature Made, a maker of vitamins, dietary supplements, multivitamins and herbal products. McMurray, now in his sixth season with Chip Ganassi Racing, sits 11th in the standings, two points ahead of the Chase bubble.
While he’s yet to find a consistent ride since his leave of Premium Motorsports, Josh Wise will once again be among the field when teams unload on Friday. Wise will pilot the No. 32 Ford for Go Green Racing as he tries to lure teams and sponsors into supporting him next season.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will roar to life on the Monster Mile on Friday, Oct. 2 for practice at 11 a.m. ET, followed by Coors Light Pole qualifying at 3:45 p.m. Et. The field will return on Saturday for two practice sessions at 11 a.m. ET and 2 p.m. ET. Coverage of Sunday’s AAA 400 will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and MRN.
|1||Jamie McMurray||Chevy||Nature Made||Felix Sabates|
|2||Brad Keselowski (PC3)||Ford||Wurth||Roger Penske|
|3||Austin Dillon||Chevy||Dow||Richard Childress|
|4||Kevin Harvick (PC1)||Chevy||Budweiser||Tony Stewart|
|5||Kasey Kahne||Chevy||Hendrickridealong.com||Linda Hendrick|
|6||Trevor Bayne||Ford||AdvoCare||John Henry|
|7||Alex Bowman||Chevy||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Tommy Baldwin|
|9||Sam Hornish Jr.||Ford||SlimFast||Richard Petty|
|10||Danica Patrick||Chevy||GoDaddy.com||Tony Stewart|
|11||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||FedEx Office||J.D. Gibbs|
|13||Casey Mears||Chevy||GEICO||Bob Germain|
|14||Tony Stewart (PC4)||Chevy||Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops||Margaret Haas|
|15||Clint Bowyer||Toyota||5-Hour Energy||Rob Kauffman|
|16||Greg Biffle||Ford||Ortho||Jack Roush|
|17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Ford||Fastenal||John Henry|
|18||Kyle Busch||Toyota||Interstate Batteries||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||Jeb Burton #||Toyota||Dr Pepper / Estes||Ron Devine|
|24||Jeff Gordon (PC7)||Chevy||AARP Member Advantages||Rick Hendrick|
|26||J.J. Yeley(i)||Toyota||Maxim Fantasy||Anthony Marlowe|
|27||Paul Menard||Chevy||Knauf / Menards||Richard Childress|
|30||Travis Kvapil(i)||Chevy||Curtis Key Plumbing||Curtis Key Sr.|
|31||Ryan Newman||Chevy||Quicken Loans||Richard Childress|
|32||Josh Wise||Ford||Schwarze Sweepers / Corvetteparts.net||Archie St Hilaire|
|34||Brett Moffitt #||Ford||CSX Play It Safe||Jerry Freeze|
|35||Cole Whitt||Ford||Dockside Logistics||Bob Jenkins|
|38||David Gilliland||Ford||MDS Transportation||Brad Jenkins|
|40||Landon Cassill(i)||Chevy||CRC Brakleen||Mike Hillman|
|41||Kurt Busch (PC5)||Chevy||Haas Automation||Gene Haas|
|42||Kyle Larson||Chevy||Target Plaid||Chip Ganassi|
|43||Aric Almirola||Ford||Nathans Famous||Richard Petty|
|46||Michael Annett||Chevy||Pilot Flying J||Harry Scott Jr.|
|47||A.J. Allmendinger||Chevy||Hungry Jack||Tad Geschickter|
|48||Jimmie Johnson (PC2)||Chevy||Lowe's||Jeff Gordon|
|51||Justin Allgaier||Chevy||Fraternal Order of Eagles||Harry Scott Jr.|
|55||David Ragan||Toyota||Aaron's Online Dream Machine||Michael Waltrip|
|62||Timmy Hill(i)||Chevy||Premium Motorsports||Jay Robinson|
|78||Martin Truex Jr.||Chevy||Furniture Row / Visser Precision||Barney Visser|
|83||Matt Dibenedetto #||Toyota||Cosmo Motors||Ron Devine|
|88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevy||Nationwide Plenti||Rick Hendrick|
|98||Reed Sorenson||Chevy||Premium Motorsports||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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