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Entry List: 2015 Kroger 200 at Martinsville

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Heading to the final short track on the 2015 schedule for a Halloween showdown, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has the largest entry list of their season.

NASCAR released the entry list for the Oct. 31 Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. The list includes 37 entrants, meaning five teams will fail to make Saturday’s race.

Despite the healthy field of entrants, only one Sprint Cup Series driver is currently listed for the 200-lap event. David Gilliland is listed as the driver of the No. 92 Ford. One more position could open up to a Cup regular. The No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford is currently entered with Austin Theriault listed the driver. However, it is unknown if Theriault will be medically cleared to drive after injuries sustained in an Oct. 3 crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

A wealth of young talent are prepared to compete on the half-mile Martinsville, Va. circuit. Ross Kenseth, son of 2003 Cup champion Matt Kenseth, will make his NCWTS debut, driving the No. 18 Toyota. JR Motorsports drive Cole Custer will return to the truck series for the event, as will K&N Pro Series East competitors Dalton Sergeant and JJ Haley.

Brandon Jones and Daniel Suarez will return for the event with GMS Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing, respectively, as will Eldora Speedway runner-up Bobby Pierce. The event will serve as a good test for Pierce, who typically competes on dirt with a late model team.

Gray Gaulding, Austin Hill, Paige Decker and Timmy Hill will also attempt to compete in the 100-mile event.

The Truck Series will return to action at Martinsville on Friday, Oct. 30, completing their only two practice sessions of the weekend at 1:00 p.m. ET and 2:30 p.m. ET, respectively. The series will return on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. for Keystone Light Pole Qualifying. Coverage of the Kroger 200 will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and MRN.

2015 KROGER 200 ENTRY LIST

Car No.DriverSponsorManuOwner
00Cole CusterHaas Automation15 ChevyDale Earnhardt, Jr.
0Brad FoyDriven2Honor.org15 ChevyKenneth Grimes
02Tyler YoungRandco/Young's Building Systems15 ChevyRandy Young
4Erik JonesToyota15 ToyotaKyle Busch
5Dalton SargeantGALT15 ToyotaRichard Wauters
05John Wes TownleyZaxby's15 ChevyTony Townley
6Norm BenningTBA15 ChevyNorm Benning
07Ray Black JrScubaLife.com15 ChevyBobby Dotter
8John Hunter NemechekTBA15 ChevySidney Mauldin
08Korbin ForristerTilted Kilt15 ChevyKen Smith
10Jennifer Jo CobbDriven2Honor.org14 ChevyJennifer Jo Cobb
11Ben KennedyLocal Motors15 ToyotaTom Deloach
13Cameron HayleyThe Carolina Nut Co.15 ToyotaDuke Thorson
14Daniel HemricCalifornia Clean Power15 ChevyBob Newberry
15Mason MingusCALL 811 BEFORE YOU DIG15 ChevyBilly Boat
17Timothy PetersRed Horse Racing15 ToyotaTom Deloach
18Ross Kenseth(i)Aisin AW15 ToyotaShigeaki Hattor
19Tyler Reddick15 FordBrad Keselowski
23Spencer GallagherAllegiant Travel15 ChevyMaurice Gallagher Jr
29Austin TheriaultCooper Standard15 FordBrad Keselowski
32JJ HaleyGreat Clips15 ChevyTodd Braun
33Brandon JonesTBA15 ChevyMaurice Gallagher Jr
35Jim Weiler15 ChevyKevin Cywinski
36TBA15 ChevyMichael Mittler
45BJ McLeodTBA15 ChevyBJ McLeod
51Daniel Suarez(i)ARRIS15 ToyotaKyle Busch
54Gray GauldingKrispy Kreme15 ToyotaKyle Busch
63Bobby PiercePixographs13 ChevyMichael Mittler
74Paige DeckerTBA14 ChevyMike Harmon
75Caleb HolmanFood Country USA, Lopez Wealth Mgmt., Tide Pods15 ChevyCharles Henderson
82Austin Hill15 FordJohn Corr
86Brandon BrownCoastal Carolina University15 ChevyJerry Brown
87Charles Buchanan JrSpring Drug14 FordCharles Buchanan Jr
88Matt CraftonFisher Nuts/ Menards15 ToyotaRhonda Thorson
92David Gilliland(i)Blacks Tire & Wheel Distributors15 FordRicky Benton
94Timmy HillTestoril/ChampionMachinery.com15 ChevyJay Robinson
98Johnny SauterNextant/Curb RecordsSmokey Mtn/Curb Records15 ToyotaMike Curb

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Charles

Seeing 37 trucks entered for this race as opposed to around 30 and sometimes less than that tells me that more short tracks would be beneficial to the truck series. More short tracks and maybe even road courses also lead to better racing (in my opinion) so it’s the best for both worlds. With rumors of a second road course and dirt track to the schedule some of us can only hope.

DoninAjax

Do you think the series will be alive that long?

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