This weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway (April 7) for the Food City 500, the eighth event of the 2019 season. 38 cars make up this weekend’s entry lists for 40 spots on the grid, meaning nobody will go home after qualifying.
There are only a few minor changes to the list versus what there was at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend.
Just two unchartered cars are attempting Sunday’s race. Reed Sorenson returns to the No. 27 car for Premium Motorsports for a second straight week and his fourth race overall for 2019. In his three starts this season, Sorenson’s best finish is 34th (twice) at Auto Club Speedway and Texas.
Joey Gase is back in the other unchartered car, the No. 66 for Motorsports Business Management. Gase will make his third start for Carl Long’s team; he’s got a best finish of 35th at Fontana thus far. Timmy Hill drove this Toyota at Texas last week.
Rick Ware Racing will have rookie Cody Ware back behind the wheel of their No. 51 after B.J. McLeod drove the car to a 31st-place finish at Texas. Sunday will be Ware’s seventh race of 2019. Bayley Currey will make his second straight MENCS start with Ware’s No. 52 team after scoring a 35th-place finish at Texas.
Opening practice for MENCS teams takes place on Friday, April 5 at 1:35 p.m. ET with coverage on NASCAR.com. The green flag waves a little after 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 7 with coverage on FOX Sports 1.