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Mid-Ohio Challenge Entry List

The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads West this weekend from Watkins Glen International to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the second of three road course events in the month of August.

There are 42 cars on the preliminary entry list, and zero Monster Energy NASCAR Cup regulars in the field, as they will be racing at Michigan International Speedway this weekend.

Some notable changes include Ben Kennedy and Scott Lagasse Jr. driving the No. 2 and No. 3 Chevrolets, respectively, for Richard Childress Racing.  Kennedy and Lagasse replace Cup regulars Paul Menard and Ty Dillon.

Joe Gibbs Racing will have some new faces in Regan Smith and James “JD” Davison making their season debuts, replacing Kyle Busch and Erik Jones. Smith, the 2015 winner at Mid-Ohio, will drive the No. 18 Toyota while Davison will drive the No. 20. Davison, who has raced in the Verizon IndyCar Series, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge this year, will be making his second career XFINITY Series start.  The previous one came at Road America in 2015, where he finished 19th for DGR Motorsports.

Anthony Kumpen, who is currently competing in the NASCAR Euro Series, will wheel the No. 46.  Kumpen replaces Quin Houff.

The defending race winner of the event, Justin Marks, is back with Chip Ganassi Racing. It will be Marks’ first NASCAR event of this season, as he returns to the No. 42 that he found Victory Lane in last season at the road course in Ohio.

Also, there is a jumbling of drivers at JD Motorsports.  Sheldon Creed will make his XFINITY Series debut in the No. 01 this weekend.  As a result, Harrison Rhodes moves to the No. 0.  Garrett Smithley, who usually pilots that vehicle, will run the No. 15 for the team this weekend.

Finally, Obiaka Racing is scheduled to make their return to the garage for the first time since Texas in April.  They have entered the No. 77 Chevrolet for Gregory Vandersluis.  If Vandersluis can get in on speed, he will make his XFINITY Series debut.

The green flag for the Mid-Ohio Challenge is scheduled to fly at approximately 3:48 p.m. ET. Television coverage can be found on NBCSN.

Entry Car Number Driver Sponsor Manu Owner
1 00 Cole Custer Haas Automation Ford Gene Haas
2 01 Sheldon Creed teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet Johnny Davis
3 07 Andy Lally Branson Supply/Motorcrush Chevrolet Bobby Dotter
4 0 Harrison Rhodes teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet Gary Coswell
5 1 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt Jr.
6 2 Ben Kennedy Rheem Chevrolet Richard Childress
7 3 Scott Lagasse Jr. TBD Chevrolet Richard Childress
8 4 Ross Chastain teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet Gary Keller
9 5 Michael Annett Allstate Parts & Service Group Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt Jr.
10 7 Justin Allgaier BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet Kelly Earnhardt-Miller
11 8 Josh Bilicki Prevagen Chevrolet Jessica Smith-Mcleod
12 9 William Byron AXALTA-Ambassador Supply Chevrolet Rick Hendrick
13 11 Blake Koch LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet Matt Kaulig
14 13 Timmy Hill TBD Toyota Danielle Long
15 14 JJ Yeley TriStar Motorsports Toyota Mark Smith
16 15 Garrett Smithley teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet Carol Clark
17 16 Ryan Reed Lilly Diabetes Ford Jack Roush
18 18 Regan Smith (i) Interstate Batteries Toyota JD Gibbs
19 19 Matt Tifft Akron Community Foundation/Acquire Investment Toyota Joe Gibbs
20 20 J.D. Davison SportClips Toyota Joe Gibbs
21 21 Daniel Hemric Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet Richard Childress
22 22 Sam Hornish Jr. Discount Tire Ford Roger Penske
23 23 Spencer Gallagher Allegiant Airlines Chevrolet Maurice Gallagher Jr.
24 24 Dylan Lupton Nut Up Toyota Maria Gonzalez Hernandez
25 28 Dakoda Armstrong WinField United Toyota James Whitener
26 33 Brandon Jones Bali/Menards Chevrolet Richard Childress
27 39 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Chevrolet Rod Sieg
28 40 Carl Long TBD Ford Danielle Long
29 42 Justin Marks BBR/Jason Aldean Chevrolet Chip Ganassi
30 46 Anthony Kumpen LeasePlan Chevrolet Rick Gdovic
31 48 Brennan Poole DC Solar Chevrolet Chip Ganassi
32 51 Jeremy Clements BRT Extrusions Chevrolet Tony Clements
33 52 Joey Gase Donate Life Chevrolet Jimmy Means
34 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Richard Childress
35 74 Cody Ware (i) TBD Dodge Mike Harmon
36 78 Stephen Young Wealth Recovery International Chevrolet BJ McLeod
37 89 Morgan Shepherd TBD Chevrolet Cindy Shepherd
38 90 Matt Bell Actev Motors Chevrolet Michelle Gosselin
39 93 Jeff Green RSS Racing Chevrolet Pamela Sieg
40 98 Casey Mears Geico Military Ford Fred Biagi
41 99 David Starr TBD Chevrolet Jessica Smith-Mcleod

About the author

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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