After their final off-week of the 2015 season the NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to action this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. NASCAR released the preliminary entry list for the Nov. 7 O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. There’s a total of 40 entrants, meaning every team will make Saturday’s race.
Six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will compete in the event, including Brad Keselowski (No. 22), JJ Yeley (No. 28), Austin Dillon (No. 33), Kyle Larson (No. 42), Kyle Busch (No. 54) and Kevin Harvick (No. 88).
Outside of the Cup stars, a few other part-time competitors will run in the race. Erik Jones will drive the No. 20 for Joe Gibbs Racing, further preparing for his full-time schedule in NXS come 2016. Mason Mingus and Ryan Truex will drive the No. 97 and No. 98, respectively while Derek White (No. 13) and Ray Black Jr. (No. 15) will also compete for smaller teams.
The No. 14 Toyota owned by TriStar Motorsports is entered in the event with Mike Bliss. Cale Conley, former driver of the machine, recently announced that he doesn’t have funding to run any more races in 2015.
The NXS will return to the 1.5-mile Texas oval on Friday, Nov. 6, for a lone practice session at 2 p.m. ET. The field will then return on Saturday at 12:15 p.m. ET for Coors Light Pole Qualifying. Coverage for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC and MRN.
|0||Harrison Rhodes||teamjdmotorsports.com||15 Chevy||Andrea Nemechek|
|01||Landon Cassill||teamjdmotorsports.com||15 Chevy||Johnny Davis|
|1||Elliott Sadler||OneMain Financial||15 Ford||Jack Roush|
|2||Brian Scott||Albertsons / Sanderson Farms||15 Chevy||Richard Childress|
|3||Ty Dillon||Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats||15 Chevy||Richard Childress|
|4||Ross Chastain||teamjdmotorsports.com||15 Chevy||Gary Keller|
|6||Darrell Wallace Jr||Fastenal||15 Ford||Jack Roush|
|7||Regan Smith||SUAVE MEN||15 Chevy||Kelley Earnhardt-Miller|
|8||Blake Koch||LeafFilter Gutter Protection||15 Toyota||Mark Smith|
|9||Chase Elliott||NAPA Auto Parts||15 Chevy||Dale Earnhardt Jr.|
|13||Derek White||Braille Battery / Grafoid||15 Chevy||Derek White|
|14||Mike Bliss||15 Toyota||Mark Smith|
|15||Ray Black, Jr. (i)||15 Chevy||Rick Ware|
|16||Ryan Reed||Lilly/American Diabetes Association||15 Ford||Jack Roush|
|18||Daniel Suarez||ARRIS||15 Toyota||Joe Gibbs|
|19||Jeff Green||Premier Barter Exchange||15 Toyota||Mark Smith|
|20||Erik Jones(i)||GameStop/Call of Duty Black Ops III||15 Toyota||Joe Gibbs|
|22||Brad Keselowski(i)||Discount Tire||15 Ford||Roger Penske|
|24||Eric McClure||Reynolds Wrap||15 Toyota||Mark Smith|
|26||T J Bell(i)||JGL Racing||15 Toyota||James Whitener|
|28||J J Yeley||JGL Racing||15 Toyota||Gregg Mixon|
|33||Austin Dillon(i)||Rheem||15 Chevy||Richard Childress|
|39||Ryan Sieg||Pull-A-Part||14 Chevy||Rod Sieg|
|40||Josh Reaume||Braille Battery / Grafoid||15 Dodge||Derek White|
|42||Kyle Larson(i)||ParkerStore||15 Chevy||Harry Scott Jr.|
|43||Dakoda Armstrong||WinField||15 Ford||Richard Petty|
|44||David Starr||ZACHRY||15 Toyota||Mark Smith|
|51||Jeremy Clements||Allsouthelectric.com-RepairableVehicles.com||15 Chevy||Tony Clements|
|52||Joey Gase||15 Chevy||Jimmy Means|
|54||Kyle Busch(i)||Monster Energy||15 Toyota||J D Gibbs|
|60||Chris Buescher||AdvoCare||15 Ford||Jack Roush|
|62||Brendan Gaughan||South Point||15 Chevy||Richard Childress|
|70||Derrike Cope||Maxelence MVP/To The Point||14 Chevy||Mary Louise Miller|
|74||Mike Harmon||14 Dodge||Mike Harmon|
|88||Kevin Harvick(i)||Hunt Brothers Pizza||15 Chevy||Rick Hendrick|
|89||Morgan Shepherd||Courtney Construction||15 Chevy||Morgan Shepherd|
|90||Martin Roy||Gamache Truck Center||15 Chevy||Michelle Gosselin|
|92||Mario Gosselin||CrashClaimsR.us||15 Chevy||Bobby Dotter|
|97||Mason Mingus(i)||VroomBrands||15 Chevy||Victor Obaika|
|98||Ryan Truex||Carroll Shelby Engine Company||15 Ford||Fred 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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