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Entry List: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero 400

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to Daytona this weekend for the Coke Zero 400. The entry list for the race has been released and there’s a number of notable changes after the road course event at Sonoma last weekend.

A full field of 40 cars will contest the 160-lap, 400-mile race that’ll be broadcast on NBC Saturday night. Heading the changes are three teams absent at Sonoma who are back for the third MENCS plate race of the season.

The No. 75 of Beard Motorsports is back, a restrictor plate race-only team that has Brendan Gaughan behind the wheel. BK Racing is also bringing their No. 83 Toyota, a second car running just a limited schedule in 2017. Rookie Ryan Sieg will drive that this week with sponsorship from Dustless Blasting. Rounding out the teams back on the list this week is the No. 7 owned by Tommy Baldwin. XFINITY Series regular Elliott Sadler returns to the driver’s seat armed with sponsorship from Golden Corral.

Among the notables missing this week is the No. 51 owned by Rick Ware. The car has now missed two of the last three events since Cody Ware revealed he’s suffered a back injury. The No. 96 owned by Marty Gaunt, a restrictor plate-only team also chose to skip this event, initially on their schedule while driver DJ Kennington paired up with Premium Motorsports.

Kennington will drive the No. 15 for Premium while Reed Sorenson, replaced temporarily at Sonoma is back running the No. 55. Bubba Wallace also makes his return, back in the No. 43 Ford to sub for Aric Almirola after road course expert Billy Johnson ran Sonoma in the car.

Other oval course drivers back in their seats include Jeffrey Earnhardt in the No. 33 for Circle Sport/TMG and Corey Lajoie, now in the No. 23 for BK Racing. Of note, rookie Gray Gaulding is not entered with BK Racing for this event and has not run in either of their two cars for a month.

Entry Car Number Driver Sponsor Manu Organization
1 1 Jamie McMurray TBD Chevrolet Chip Ganassi Racing
2 2 Brad Keselowski Detroit Genuine Parts Ford Team Penske
3 3 Austin Dillon American Ethanol Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
4 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Ford Stewart-Haas Racing
5 5 Kasey Kahne UniFirst Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
6 6 Trevor Bayne Liberty National Life Insurance Ford Roush Fenway Racing
7 7 Elliott Sadler Golden Corral Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing
8 10 Danica Patrick Aspen Dental Ford Stewart-Haas Racing
9 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
10 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Military Chevrolet Germain Racing
11 14 Clint Bowyer Mobil 1 Ford Stewart-Haas Racing
12 15 DJ Kennington TBD Chevrolet Premium Motorsports
13 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fifth Third Bank Ford Roush Fenway Racing
14 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
15 19 Daniel Suarez Subway Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
16 20 Matt Kenseth DEWALT Flexvolt Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
17 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford Wood Brothers Racing
18 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford Team Penske
19 23 Corey Lajoie Dr. Pepper Toyota BK Racing
20 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Patriotic Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
21 27 Paul Menard Moen/Menards Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
22 31 Ryan Newman Velveeta Shells & Cheese Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
23 32 Matt DiBenedetto Can-Am/Kappa Ford GO FAS Racing
24 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Hulu Chevrolet Circle Sport/TMG
25 34 Landon Cassill Love's Travel Stops Ford Front Row Motorsports
26 37 Chris Buescher Coffee Mate Chevrolet JTG Daugherty Racing
27 38 David Ragan Shriners Hospitals for Children Ford Front Row Motorsports
28 41 Kurt Busch Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford Stewart-Haas Racing
29 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank Chevrolet Chip Ganassi Racing
30 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. Smithfield Ford Richard Petty Motorsports
31 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet JTG Daugherty Racing
32 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
33 55 Reed Sorenson TBD Toyota Premium Motorsports
34 72 Cole Whitt RTIC Coolers Chevrolet TriStar Motorsports
35 75 Brendan Gaughan Beard Oil Distributors Chevrolet Beard Motorsports
36 77 Erik Jones Sport Clips Toyota Furniture Row Racing
37 78 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Toyota Furniture Row Racing
38 83 Ryan Sieg Dustless Blasting Toyota BK Racing
39 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
40 95 Michael McDowell TBD Chevrolet Leavine Family Racing

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