The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday night for the Drive For The Cure 300, the final race of the Round of 12 in its Chase for the championship.
As of Monday, there are 45 cars entered for 40 spots. It’s one of the largest fields the series has seen, likely due to the proximity of the track to many teams’ home bases out in the Charlotte area.
JR Motorsports is one of those organizations taking advantage of staying local. They’ll enter four cars this weekend, including its No. 5 for Cole Custer. Friday night will be Custer’s fourth XFINITY Series start of the season; his best result of fourth came at Charlotte in May. Kevin Harvick will also compete for JRM in the No. 88 this weekend. Harvick, still an active Cup Series title contender has never won a XFINITY Series race at Charlotte.
Team Penske will enter two cars on Friday night, including the No. 12 for Joey Logano. Logano, another Cup Series Chaser has made 11 starts in the series this season and has one victory the last time he competed in the No. 12 Ford at Watkins Glen. Brad Keselowski, his teammate will be in the team’s full-time No. 22 entry.
As for the XFINITY Series regulars themselves Jeb Burton will attempt to qualify in the No. 98 for Biagi DenBeste Racing again this weekend. Burton, whose full-time No. 43 ride with Richard Petty Motorsports closed up midsummer has made two starts with Biagi this season, placing 12th at Indianapolis.
Action from Charlotte begins Thursday with two practice sessions at 3 and 5:30 p.m. (all times ET). Qualifying will then take place on Friday, at 4:45 p.m. ahead of the Drive for the Cure 300 at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.
|0||Garrett Smithley||teamjdmotorsports.com||Chevy||Gary Cogswell|
|01||Ryan Preece||Rockstar Energy Drink||Chevy||Johnny Davis|
|1||Elliott Sadler||OneMain||Chevy||Dale Earnhardt Jr|
|2||Austin Dillon(i)||Rheem||Chevy||Richard Childress|
|3||Ty Dillon||WESCO||Chevy||Richard Childress|
|4||Ross Chastain||Dream Water||Chevy||Gary Keller|
|5||Cole Custer(i)||Haas Automation||Chevy||Dale Earnhardt Jr|
|6||Darrell Wallace Jr||Leidos||Ford||Jack Roush|
|07||Ray Black Jr||Scuba Life||Chevy||Bobby Dotter|
|7||Justin Allgaier||BRANDT||Chevy||Kelley Earnhardt-Miller|
|10||Matt DiBenedetto(i)||TBD||Toyota||Mark Smith|
|11||Blake Koch||LeafFilter Gutter Protection||Chevy||Matt Kaulig|
|12||Joey Logano(i)||PPG||Ford||Roger Penske|
|13||Carl Long||TBD||Dodge||Danielle Long|
|14||Jeff Green||TBD||Toyota||Mark Smith|
|15||Josh Wise(i)||TBD||Ford||Rick Ware|
|16||Ryan Reed||Lilly Diabetes / American Diabetes Association||Ford||Jack Roush|
|18||Kyle Busch(i)||TBD||Toyota||J D Gibbs|
|19||Daniel Suarez||Juniper||Toyota||Joe Gibbs|
|20||Erik Jones||GameStop / NBA 2K17 Toyota||Toyota||Joe Gibbs|
|21||Spencer Gallagher(i)||Domestic Violence Awareness||Chevy||Maurice Gallagher Jr|
|22||Brad Keselowski(i)||Discount Tire||Ford||Roger Penske|
|25||Ryan Ellis||TBD||Chevy||Rick Ware|
|28||Dakoda Armstrong||Winfield Be Great||Toyota||James Whitener|
|33||Brandon Jones||Nexteer||Chevy||Richard Childress|
|39||Ryan Sieg||RSS Racing||Chevy||Rod Sieg|
|40||Timmy Hill(i)||CrashClaimsR.us||Toyota||Danielle Long|
|42||Kyle Larson(i)||Nature Made||Chevy||Chip Ganassi|
|44||J J Yeley||Zachry||Toyota||Mark Smith|
|48||Brennan Poole||DC Solar||Chevy||Chip Ganassi|
|51||Jeremy Clements||RepairableVehicles.com||Chevy||Tony Clements|
|52||Joey Gase||TBD||Chevy||Jimmy Means|
|62||Brendan Gaughan||American Ethanol / Sheetz||Chevy||Richard Childress|
|70||Derrike Cope||E-hydrate / Acredale Vending||Chevy||Mary Louise Miller|
|74||Mike Harmon||TBD||Chevy||Mike Harmon|
|78||B J McLeod||TBD||Ford||B J Mcleod|
|86||Brandon Brown(i)||Brandonbilt Motorsports||Chevy||Jerry Brown|
|88||Kevin Harvick(i)||Hunt Brothers Pizza||Chevy||Rick Hendrick|
|89||Morgan Shepherd||TBD||Chevy||Cindy Shepherd|
|90||Martin Roy||Gamache Truck Center||Chevy||Michelle Gosselin|
|92||Dexter Bean||BuckedUp Apparel||Chevy||Michelle Gosselin|
|93||David Starr||Massimo Motors||Chevy||Pamela Sieg|
|98||Jeb Burton||The Z Real Estate Group / KW Burlington||Ford||Fred Biagi|
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