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Entry List: Sparks Energy 300

The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads to the high-banks of the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama for the Sparks Energy 300 on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

The defending winner of the event is Elliott Sadler, who was declared the victor after minutes of deliberation. Brennan Poole thought he had his first career victory in the bag, but it was not meant to be. Those two drivers are in this weekend’s race, along with 40 other drivers.

Additions for this week include Chris Cockrum in the No. 25 Chevrolet for Chris Cockrum Racing, Kahne (first NXS start of the season) in the No. 88 for JR Motorsports and Aric Almirola in the No. 98 for Biagi DenBeste Racing.

Along with Kahne and Almirola, Ty Dillon, Sadler, Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones and Joey Logano are pulling double-duty, as they will also participate in the GEICO 500 on Sunday afternoon.

Some other notable changes include Ben Kennedy aboard the No. 2 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. It’ll be Kennedy’s first start this season for RCR in the XFINITY Series. Jeff Green is back in the No. 8 Toyota after a week’s absence, Mark Thompson will pilot the No. 13 Toyota instead of Carl Long, Scott Lagasee Jr. will be behind the wheel of the No. 24 machine, Tyler Reddick will be in the No. 42 Chevrolet and Martin Roy will be in the No. 90 Chevrolet this weekend.

The race can be seen on FOX with the green flag flying at approximately 1:19 p.m. ET.

Entry Car Number Driver Sponsor Manu Owner  
1 00 Cole Custer Haas Automation Ford Gene Haas
2 0 Garrett Smithley teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet Gary Coswell
3 01 Harrison Rhodes teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet Johnny Davis
4 1 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt Jr.
5 2 Ben Kennedy Rheem Chevrolet Richard Childress
6 3 Ty Dillon (i) Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet Richard Childress
7 4 Ross Chastain GK Services Chevrolet Gary Keller
8 5 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt Jr.
9 6 Darrell Wallace Jr. Globe Life Ford Jack Roush
10 7 Justin Allgaier Hellman's Camaro Chevrolet Kelly Earnhardt-Miller
11 07 Ray Black II GlobalHBOT.com Chevrolet Bobby Dotter
12 8 Jeff Green TBD Chevrolet Jessica Smith-Mcleod
13 9 William Byron Liberty University Chevrolet Rick Hendrick
14 11 Blake Koch LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet Matt Kaulig
15 13 Mark Thompson Phoenix Air Dodge Danielle Long
16 14 JJ Yeley Superior Essex Toyota Mark Smith
17 16 Ryan Reed Lilly Diabetes Ford Jack Roush
18 18 Daniel Suarez (i) Peak Antifreeze & Coolant Toyota JD Gibbs
19 19 Matt Tifft Wastebits Toyota Joe Gibbs
20 20 Erik Jones (i) Reser's American Classic Toyota Joe Gibbs
21 21 Daniel Hemric Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet Richard Childress
22 22 Joey Logano (i) Discount Tire Ford Roger Penske
23 23 Spencer Gallagher Allegant Airlines Chevrolet Maurice Gallagher
24 24 Scott Lagasee Jr. JGL Racing Toyota Maria Gonzalez Hernandez
25 25 Chris Cockrum Advanced Communications Group Chevrolet Lynn Cockrum
26 28 Dakoda Armstrong WinField United Toyota James Whitener
27 33 Brandon Jones Nexteer Chevrolet Richard Childress
28 39 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Chevrolet Rod Sieg
29 40 Timmy Hill TBD Dodge Danielle Long
30 42 Tyler Reddick BBR/Jason Aldean Chevrolet Chip Ganassi
31 48 Brennan Poole DC Solar Chevrolet Chip Ganassi
32 51 Jeremy Clements RepairableVehicles.com/St. Clair Foods Chevrolet Tony Clements
33 52 Joey Gase Sparks Energy/Donate Life Chevrolet Jimmy Means
34 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Richard Childress
35 74 Mike Harmon TBD Dodge Mike Harmon
36 78 BJ McLeod Triple R Containers Chevrolet BJ McLeod
37 88 Kasey Kahne (I) Armour Camaro Chevrolet Rick Hendrick
38 89 Mogan Shepherd Talladega Chevrolet Cindy Shepherd
39 90 Martin Roy Cote/Gamache Truck Center Chevrolet Michelle Gosselin
40 93 Jordan Anderson (i) RSS Racing Chevrolet Pamela Sieg
41 98 Aric Almirola (i) Fresh From Florida Ford Fred Biagi
42 99 David Starr WHATABURGER Chevrolet Jessica Smith-Mcleod

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Davey is in his fifth season with Frontstretch and currently serves as a multimedia editor and reporter. He authors the "NASCAR Mailbox" column, spearheads the site's video content and hosts the Frontstretch Podcast weekly. He's covered the K&N Pro Series and ARCA extensively for NASCAR.com and currently serves as an associate producer for SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and production assistant for NBC Sports Washington. Follow him on Twitter @DaveyCenter.

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