After a weekend of restrictor plate racing on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Kentucky Speedway for Saturday night’s Quaker State 400.
The trip to Sparta, Ky. marks the only trip there for the MENCS field this season. There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list, meaning the field will be filled to capacity, barring any last-minute withdrawals.
Notable adjustments for this week include the switchover of Gray Gaulding from BK Racing to Premium Motorsports, most likely its No. 15 (the driver is listed as TBD for now). Premium’s No. 55, as of Monday is being piloted by Derrike Cope.
Darrell Wallace Jr. remains in the No. 43 for this weekend, potentially his final race subbing for Aric Almirola at Richard Petty Motorsports. Ryan Sieg is in the No. 83 for BK Racing while Carl Long‘s No. 66 is back on the list. Long is listed right now but Timmy Hill is expected to drive.
On the sponsorship front, Danica Patrick’s No. 10 Ford will have Nature’s Bakery on the hood for the first time this season. The company and Stewart-Haas Racing had a lawsuit settled earlier in the season after Nature’s Bakery dialed back their financial commitment.
There are a few other sponsorship switches heading into the weekend. Busch Light will be back on Kevin Harvick’s Ford, Snickers will be on Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Toyota, Breyers will be on Chris Buescher’s No. 37 Chevrolet and SiriusXM will be on Erik Jones’ No. 77 Toyota.
Missing from the entry list this week are two part-time entries that were at Daytona: Tommy Baldwin Racing’s No. 7 and Beard Motorsports’ No. 75. Both are running just a handful of events the rest of the year.
The green flag for the Quaker State 400 is scheduled to fly on Saturday, July 8 at 7:46 p.m. ET from the 1.5-mile tri-oval. Television coverage will be provided by NBCSN.
Brad Keselowski is the defending winner of the event.
|1||1||Jamie McMurray||Cessna||Chevrolet||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|2||2||Brad Keselowski||Miller Lite||Ford||Team Penske|
|3||3||Austin Dillon||Dow||Chevrolet||Richard Childress Racing|
|4||4||Kevin Harvick||Busch Light||Ford||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|5||5||Kasey Kahne||Mountain Dew||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6||6||Trevor Bayne||Roush Performance||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing|
|7||10||Danica Patrick||Nature's Bakery/Feeding America||Ford||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|8||11||Denny Hamlin||FedEx Freight||Toyota||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|9||13||Ty Dillon||GEICO||Chevrolet||Germain Racing|
|10||14||Clint Bowyer||Rush Truck Centers||Ford||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|12||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Fifth Third Bank||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing|
|13||18||Kyle Busch||Snickers||Toyota||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|14||19||Daniel Suarez||ARRIS||Toyota||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|15||20||Matt Kenseth||Circle K||Toyota||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|16||21||Ryan Blaney||Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center||Ford||Wood Brothers Racing|
|17||22||Joey Logano||Shell Pennzoil/Autotrader||Ford||Team Penske|
|18||23||Corey LaJoie||Best Home Furnishings||Toyota||BK Racing|
|19||24||Chase Elliott||NAPA||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|20||27||Paul Menard||Sylvania/Menards||Chevrolet||Richard Childress Racing|
|21||31||Ryan Newman||Caterpillar||Chevrolet||Richard Childress Racing|
|22||32||Matt DiBenedetto||TBD||Ford||GO FAS Racing|
|23||33||Jeffrey Earnhardt||Hulu||Chevrolet||Circle Sport/TMG|
|24||34||Landon Cassill||Love's Travel Stops 'Honoring The Quiet Professional'||Ford||Front Row Motorsports|
|25||37||Chris Buescher||Breyers||Chevrolet||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|26||38||David Ragan||Dockside Logistics||Ford||Front Row Motorsports|
|27||41||Kurt Busch||Haas Automation/Monster Energy||Ford||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|28||42||Kyle Larson||Target||Chevrolet||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|29||43||Darrell Wallace Jr. (i)||Smithfield||Ford||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|30||47||AJ Allmendinger||Kroger ClickList||Chevrolet||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|31||48||Jimmie Johnson||Lowe's||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|32||51||TBA||TBD||Chevrolet||Rick Ware Racing|
|33||55||Derrike Cope||TBD||Toyota||Premium Motorsports|
|34||66||Carl Long (i)||TBD||Chevrolet||Motorsports Business Management|
|35||72||Cole Whitt||RTIC Coolers||Chevrolet||TriStar Motorsports|
|36||77||Erik Jones||SiriusXM||Toyota||Furniture Row Racing|
|37||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row/Denver Mattress||Toyota||Furniture Row Racing|
|38||83||Ryan Sieg (i)||JAS Trucking||Toyota||BK Racing|
|39||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Nationwide Children's Hospital||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|40||95||Michael McDowell||WRL General Contractors||Chevrolet||Leavine Family Racing|
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