With stakes as high as ever, a trip to Talladega Superspeedway will determine who advances to the next round of the Chase.
NASCAR released the preliminary entry list for the Oct. 24 CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega. The list includes 45 entrants, meaning two will fail to make Sunday’s event. Timmy Hill (No. 62) and Michael McDowell (No. 95) will be required to make the race on speed.
Michael Waltrip will return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the 500-mile event, driving the No. 98 Maxwell House Toyota. The entry comes as part of a deal with Premium Motorsports, who owns the No. 98 and typically competes with Chevrolets.
In need of a big win to advance, Matt Kenseth will lean on the sponsor that brought him his first championship in 2003. Kenseth will drive with the familiar black-and-yellow Dewalt logo emblazoned on his hood.
The Sprint Cup Series will return to Talladega on Friday, Oct. 23, for two practice sessions at 2 p.m. ET and 4:30 p.m. ET, respectively. The field will return on Saturday for Coors Light Pole Qualifying at 4:15 p.m. ET. Coverage of Sunday’s CampingWorld.com 500 will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and MRN.
|1||Jamie McMurray||Chevy||Cessna||Felix Sabates|
|2||Brad Keselowski (PC3)||Ford||Miller Lite||Roger Penske|
|3||Austin Dillon||Chevy||WeatherTech||Richard Childress|
|4||Kevin Harvick (PC1)||Chevy||Budweiser / Jimmy John's||Tony Stewart|
|5||Kasey Kahne||Chevy||Time Warner Cable||Linda Hendrick|
|6||Trevor Bayne||Ford||AdvoCare||John Henry|
|7||Alex Bowman||Chevy||Golden Corral||Tommy Baldwin|
|9||Sam Hornish Jr.||Ford||Jacob Companies||Richard Petty|
|10||Danica Patrick||Chevy||GoDaddy.com / Breast Cancer Awareness||Tony Stewart|
|11||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||FedEx Freight||J.D. Gibbs|
|13||Casey Mears||Chevy||GEICO||Bob Germain|
|14||Tony Stewart (PC4)||Chevy||Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1||Margaret Haas|
|15||Clint Bowyer||Toyota||5-Hour Energy||Rob Kauffman|
|16||Greg Biffle||Ford||Cheez-It||Jack Roush|
|17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Ford||Zest||John Henry|
|18||Kyle Busch||Toyota||M&M's Halloween||Joe Gibbs|
|19||Carl Edwards||Toyota||Subway||J.D. Gibbs|
|20||Matt Kenseth (PC6)||Toyota||DeWalt||Joe Gibbs|
|21||Ryan Blaney(i)||Ford||Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center||Glen Wood|
|22||Joey Logano||Ford||Shell Pennzoil||Walter Czarnecki|
|23||Jeb Burton #||Toyota||Overture||Ron Devine|
|24||Jeff Gordon (PC7)||Chevy||3M||Rick Hendrick|
|26||J.J. Yeley(i)||Toyota||Adrondack Tree Surgeons||Anthony Marlowe|
|27||Paul Menard||Chevy||Tarkett / Menards||Richard Childress|
|31||Ryan Newman||Chevy||Caterpillar||Richard Childress|
|32||Bobby Labonte (PC8)||Ford||C&J Energy Services||Archie St Hilaire|
|33||Travis Kvapil(i)||Chevy||TBA||Joe Falk|
|34||Josh Wise||Ford||TBA||Jerry Freeze|
|35||Cole Whitt||Ford||Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters||Bob Jenkins|
|38||David Gilliland||Ford||Love's Travel Stops||Brad Jenkins|
|40||Landon Cassill(i)||Chevy||carsforsale.com||Mike Hillman|
|41||Kurt Busch (PC5)||Chevy||Haas Automation||Gene Haas|
|42||Kyle Larson||Chevy||Target Plaid||Chip Ganassi|
|43||Aric Almirola||Ford||Smithfield||Richard Petty|
|46||Michael Annett||Chevy||PJ Fresh||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||Auto Owners Insurance||Harry Scott Jr.|
|55||David Ragan||Toyota||Aaron's Online Dream Machine||Michael Waltrip|
|62||Timmy Hill(i)||Ford||TBA||Jay Robinson|
|78||Martin Truex Jr.||Chevy||Furniture Row / Visser Precision||Barney Visser|
|83||Matt Dibenedetto #||Toyota||Dustless Blasting||Ron Devine|
|88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevy||Diet Mt. Dew||Rick Hendrick|
|95||Michael McDowell||Ford||KLOVE||Bob Leavine|
|98||Michael Waltrip||Toyota||Maxwell House||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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