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Entry List: Tifft Headlines XFINITY Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge

The NASCAR XFINITY Series returns this weekend to Texas Motor Speedway for the second race in its Chase Round of 8 following two off weeks. Just two more races remain before the field will be cut to the Championship 4 who will compete for an XFINITY title at Homestead.

As of Monday, there are 40 cars entered for Saturday’s race, the 31st of 33 scheduled this season. That means all drivers will qualify barring any entry list updates.

Matt Tifft leads the list of XFINITY part-timers competing; he’ll jump in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 for the sixth time this season. Tifft has finished inside the top 10 in each of his last four starts, including a fifth-place run at Kentucky following his return from brain tumor surgery.

25-year-old Corey Lajoie also returns to the series driving the JGL Racing “Young Guns” No. 24 Toyota. Lajoie has two straight top-10 finishes in the car, including a career-best sixth-place run at Dover and hopes to build on that momentum at Texas.

Defending race winner Brad Keselowski returns behind the wheel of the No. 22 for Team Penske this weekend. He is currently winless in the XFINITY Series this season, earning only four top-5 finishes in 13 starts. If Keselowski is unable to break through for a win before the season ends, it will snap his eight-year streak of scoring at least one victory in the series.

Saturday’s field also features one Cup Chase contender; Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 88 for JR Motorsports in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. Harvick has five series wins at Texas, but none since 2012 although he was second in this race one year ago. Four of those career victories at Texas have come in the November race.

Action from this 1.5-mile oval begins on Friday with two practice sessions, the first at 2:30 p.m. and second at 5 p.m. (all times ET). Qualifying begins at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday followed by the race at 3 p.m. on NBC.

Car No.DriverSponsorManufacturerOwner
0Garrett Smithleyteamjdmotorsports.comChevyGary Cogswell
01Ryan Preeceteamjdmotorsports.comChevyJohnny Davis
1Elliott SadlerOneMainChevyDale Earnhardt Jr
2Austin Dillon(i)Rheem / EmersonChevyRichard Childress
3Ty DillonBass Pro ShopsChevyRichard Childress
4Ross Chastainteamjdmotorsports.comChevyGary Keller
6Darrell Wallace JrLeidosFordJack Roush
07Ray Black JrScuba LifeChevyBobby Dotter
7Justin AllgaierDirty Mo Media / AxaltaChevyKelley Earnhardt-Miller
10Matt DiBenedetto(i)TBDToyotaMark Smith
11Blake KochLeafFilter Gutter ProtectionChevyMatt Kaulig
13Brandon HightowerTBADodgeDanielle Long
14Jeff GreenTBDToyotaMark Smith
15Clint KingLilly TruckingFordRick Ware
16Ryan ReedLilly Diabetes / American Diabetes AssociationFordJack Roush
18Matt Tifft(i)NOS Energy DrinkToyotaJ D Gibbs
19Daniel SuarezARRISToyotaJoe Gibbs
20Erik JonesGameStop/Call of DutyToyotaJoe Gibbs
22Brad Keselowski(i)Discount TireFordRoger Penske
24Corey LaJoieYoutheoryToyotaGregg Mixon
25Austin Theriault(i)Rick Ware RacingChevyRick Ware
28Dakoda ArmstrongWinfield Be GreaterToyotaJames Whitener
33Brandon JonesSouth PointChevyRichard Childress
39Ryan SiegTri County LandscapesChevyRod Sieg
40Timmy Hill(i)OCR Gaz Bar / TLC VacationsToyotaDanielle Long
42Kyle Larson(i)ENEOSChevyChip Ganassi
44J J YeleyZachryToyotaMark Smith
48Brennan PooleDC SolarChevyChip Ganassi
51Jeremy ClementsRepairableVehicles.comChevyTony Clements
52Joey GaseTBDChevyJimmy Means
62Brendan GaughanSouth PointChevyRichard Childress
70Derrike CopeE-hydrateChevyMary Louise Miller
74Mike HarmonTBDDodgeMike Harmon
77TBAVroomBrandsChevyVictor Obaika
78B J McLeodTBDFordB J Mcleod
88Kevin Harvick(i)Hunt Brothers PizzaChevyRick Hendrick
89Morgan ShepherdTBDChevyCindy Shepherd
90Martin RoyGamache Truck CenterChevyMichelle Gosselin
93David StarrMassimo MotorsChevyPamela Sieg
97TBAVroomBrandsChevyVictor Obaika

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5 CUP DRIVERS INVADE THE XFINITY RACE AT TEXAS AND ONE OF THEM ISN’T KYLE BUSCH TOTALLY SHOCKED, AUSTIN DILLON, MATT DiBENEDETTO, BRAD KESELOWSKI, KYLE LARSON, KEVIN HARVICK
REALLY IT’S ONLY 4 TO SCREW UP THE XFINITY’S CHASE RACE MATT DiBENEDETTO IS NO THREAT AT ALL
SO ONE OF THESE 4 WILL PROBABLY TAKE A WIN FROM THESE GUYS FIGHTING FOR THE CHASE.

CUP DRIVERS STAY OUT OF THIS SERIES ALL TOGETHER, GIVE THE XFINITY REGULARS BATTLE IT OUT FOR THERE CHAMPIONSHIP

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