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Entry List: 2015 Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte

Chase Elliott’s push of catching Chris Buescher in the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship battle will continue on NASCAR’s home track.

NASCAR released the preliminary entry list for the October 9 Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The list includes 40 entrants, meaning each team will make Friday’s race.

Looking to repeat a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at the 1.5-mile oval last May, Kasey Kahne will jump behind the wheel of the No. 88 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. Kahne will join Elliott and Dover victor Regan Smith as the team looks to win back-to-back races.

Kyle Busch will pilot the No. 54 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, with Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Erik Jones driving the No. 20. The two machines finished second and third in Dover, with Busch and Denny Hamlin behind the wheel.

Fresh off of a surprising win in the Truck Series race at Las Vegas, John Wes Townley will return to the NXS to drive the No. 25 for Athenian Motorsports. Brennan Poole will also return to the series, driving the No. 42 for HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi Racing after making his NCWTS debut last weekend.

Brad Keselowski will drive the No. 22 Ford for Team Penske, while Ryan Truex will make another start in the No. 98 for Biagi-Denbeste Racing.

The Xfinity Series will return to Charlotte on Thursday for two practice sessions. The field will return on Friday for Coors Light Pole Qualifying at 4:45 p.m. ET, with coverage of the Drive for the Cure 300 beginning at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN and MRN.


0Harrison Rhodesteamjdmotorsports.com15 ChevyAndrea Nemechek
01Landon CassillFlex Seal15 ChevyJohnny Davis
1Elliott SadlerOneMain Financial15 FordJack Roush
2Brian ScottShore Lodge15 ChevyRichard Childress
3Ty DillonWESCO15 ChevyRichard Childress
4Ross Chastainteamjdmotorsports.com15 ChevyGary Keller
6Darrell Wallace JrFord EcoBoost15 FordJack Roush
7Regan SmithDale's Pale Ale15 ChevyKelley Earnhardt-Miller
8Blake KochLeafFilter Gutter Protection15 ToyotaMark Smith
9Chase ElliottNAPA Auto Parts15 ChevyDale Earnhardt Jr
13Josh ReaumeBraille Battery / Grafoid15 ChevyDerek White
14Cale ConleyIAVA15 ToyotaMark Smith
15TBARWR15 ChevyRick Ware
16Ryan ReedLilly/American Diabetes Association15 FordJack Roush
18Daniel SuarezARRIS15 ToyotaJoe Gibbs
19Jeff GreenPremier Barter Exchange15 ToyotaMark Smith
20Erik Jones(i)Game Stop/Skylanders SuperChargers15 ToyotaJoe Gibbs
22Brad Keselowski(i)Discount Tire15 FordRoger Penske
24Eric McClureReynolds Wrap15 ToyotaMark Smith
25John Wes Townley(i)Zaxby's15 ChevyTony Townley
26T J Bell(i)JGL Racing15 ToyotaJames Whitener
28J J YeleyJGL Racing15 ToyotaGregg Mixon
33Austin Dillon(i)Rheem15 ChevyRichard Childress
39Ryan SiegRSS Racing14 ChevyRod Sieg
40Carl LongBraille Battery / Grafoid15 DodgeDerek White
42Brennan PooleDC Solar15 ChevyHarry Scott Jr
43Dakoda ArmstrongWinField15 FordRichard Petty
44David StarrZACHRY15 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 CopeXcalibur Pit School/Buddy's14 ChevyMary Louise Miller
74Mike Harmon14 DodgeMike Harmon
88Kasey Kahne(i)Great Clips15 ChevyRick Hendrick
89Morgan Shepherd15 ChevyMorgan Shepherd
90Jimmy Weller15 ChevyMichelle Gosselin
97TBAVroomBrands15 ChevyVictor Obaika
98Ryan TruexCarroll Shelby Engine Company15 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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Chase and Chris will be running for third place at best with Kyle “I-need-to-inflate-my ego-more Busch in the race. I’m disappointed that Penske has chosen to put Keselowski in the car instead of Ryan Blaney. But, I’m surprized Gibbs has the Kyle-Busch-wannabe Eric Jones in the 20 instead of Kenseth or Dennis-the-menace. After all, like Kyle, they will need the extra practice for Saturday night.

As usual, a must-miss event.


Why publish the entry list? Nobody cares.


Kyle’s doing his part to kill the series.

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