After a mid-week All-Star Race, the NASCAR Cup Series picks up its regular season this weekend with the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
A total of 41 cars are entered for the Sunday race, the first time since NASCAR’s pandemic rules of allowing a total of 40 cars to race without qualifying that an additional Cup entry will be sent home due to no qualifying procedure. The No. 90, which did not have a driver listed and is reportedly owned by Vic Keller (who has in the past worked with Rick Ware Racing), will not compete. Tommy Baldwin was set to be its crew chief.
Speaking of Baldwin, his No. 7 team will race after skipping Kentucky Speedway, with a driver to be announced.
JJ Yeley will pilot the No. 27 for RWR, while Joey Gase and Garrett Smithley will drive the team’s Nos. 51 and 53, respectively.
The No. 77 for Spire Motorsports is currently listed without a driver, while the No. 78 of BJ McLeod returns to the track as well.
The Texas Cup race will be held July 19 at 3 p.m. ET, with coverage on NBC Sports Network.
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