The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to action this weekend after its final off week of the year. Entering a 14-race stretch until mid-November, the series is set to begin the playoffs in less than a month.
Returning to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, the sport’s premier division will hit the coliseum-like oval for its traditional night race. It will mark the first event at the track since track officials tampered with it, hoping to create multiple grooves.
There are 40 cars on this weekend’s entry list, as per usual.
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.’s Fastenal scheme will look slightly different this weekend. His No. 17 car will be honoring the late Bryan Clauson, who formerly drove the Fastenal car in the XFINITY Series during his limited time in NASCAR.
— No. 17 Team (@17RoushTeam) August 15, 2016
Rookie Ryan Blaney will be sporting new colors this weekend for the Wood Brothers. The No. 21 car will be soaked in Hokie red, with Virginia Tech coming on board as part of a two-race deal, with the college sponsoring the team at Martinsville Speedway in October as well.
Pretty cool to have VT on our car for the night race this weekend. Gonna look good under the lights! pic.twitter.com/Dpq2E5Z7Xb
— Ryan Blaney (@Blaney) August 15, 2016
Jeffrey Earnhardt makes his return to the No. 32 car this weekend. He hasn’t raced since Kentucky Speedway in July, when he finished a career-high 28th.
Cars will hit the racetrack starting Friday morning at 10 a.m. ET.
|1||Jamie McMurray||Chevrolet||Cessna||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|2||Brad Keselowski||Ford||Autotrader.com||Team Penske|
|3||Austin Dillon||Chevrolet||Dow - Great Stuff||Richard Childress Racing|
|4||Kevin Harvick||Chevrolet||Busch Beer||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|5||Kasey Kahne||Chevrolet||AARP Drive to End Hunger||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6||Trevor Bayne||Ford||AdvoCare||Roush Fenway Racing|
|7||Regan Smith||Chevrolet||APC||Tommy Baldwin Racing|
|10||Danica Patrick||Chevrolet||Nature's Bakery||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|11||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||FedEx Express||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|13||Casey Mears||Chevrolet||Geico||Germain Racing|
|14||Tony Stewart||Chevrolet||Haas Automation||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|15||Clint Bowyer||Chevrolet||5-Hour Energy||HScott Motorsports|
|16||Greg Biffle||Ford||Ford Ecoboost||Roush Fenway Racing|
|17||Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.||Ford||Fastenal||Roush Fenway Racing|
|18||Kyle Busch||Toyota||M&M's 75th Anniversary||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|19||Carl Edwards||Toyota||Stanley||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|20||Matt Kenseth||Toyota||Dollar General||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|21||Ryan Blaney||Ford||Virginia Tech||Wood Brothers Racing|
|22||Joey Logano||Ford||Shell Pennzoil||Team Penske|
|23||David Ragan||Toyota||Dr. Pepper||BK Racing|
|24||Chase Elliott||Chevrolet||NAPA||Hendrick Motorsports|
|27||Paul Menard||Chevrolet||Knauf / Menards||Richard Childress Racing|
|30||Josh Wise||Chevrolet||Curtis Key Plumbing||The Motorsports Group|
|31||Ryan Newman||Chevrolet||Caterpillar||Richard Childress Racing|
|32||Jeffrey Earnhardt||Ford||Can-Am||Go Fas Racing|
|34||Chris Buescher||Ford||Love's Travel Stops||Front Row Motorsports|
|38||Landon Cassill||Ford||MDS Transport||Front Row Motorsports|
|41||Kurt Busch||Chevrolet||Monster Energy / Haas Automation||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|42||Kyle Larson||Chevrolet||Target||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|43||Aric Almirola||Ford||Smithfield/Waffle House||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|44||Brian Scott||Ford||Medallion Financial||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|46||Michael Annett||Chevrolet||Pilot Flying J||HScott Motorsports|
|47||AJ Allmendinger||Chevrolet||Bush's Grillin' Beans||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|48||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet||Kobalt||Hendrick Motorsports|
|55||Reed Sorenson||Chevrolet||TBD||Premium Motorsports|
|78||Martin Truex, Jr.||Toyota||Bass Pro Shops / NRA Museum||Furniture Row Racing|
|83||Matt DiBenedetto||Toyota||Cosmo Motors||BK Racing|
|88||Jeff Gordon||Chevrolet||Axalta||Hendrick Motorsports|
|95||Michael McDowell||Chevrolet||Thrivent Financial||Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing|
|98||Cole Whitt||Chevrolet||Carolina Skiff||Premium Motorsports|
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