Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Nationwide Series Entry List + New Poll

The preliminary entry list for Saturday’s season-opening NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the Camping World 300 at Daytona International Speedway, is posted below. Among the drivers listed are fifteen Sprint Cup competitors (highlighted in yellow).

That brings us to the topic of our next NRM Poll. As a fan, do you like watching regular Sprint Cup drivers competing in the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series events?

Express your opinion. Cast your vote in the “Cup Drivers Should Only Race Cup” poll posted in the sidebar to the right. You can pick more than one reply.

While we are on the subject of the Nationwide Series, let me go on record with my pick of the driver to watch for the season opener. Although the statistics do not agree with me, I will be keeping my eye on the young driver, Michael McDowell. While his two NASCAR finishes at Daytona were not stellar (25th in a Cup race and 27th in a Nationwide race), Michael finished tenth at Daytona in the ARCA Series in 2007. With this racer's drive, NASCAR Sprint Cup experience, and fervor, I believe he will prove to be a dark horse.

Along with launching a snazzy new website, Michael has just signed with a new team, JTG Daugherty Racing. He will be racing the #47 Toyota Camry and I believe that the team will be completive rather quickly. Gene Nead will serve as crew chief.

Incidentally, Michael and Moses have some racing history. They competed together in the Star Mazda Series in 2003 and 2004.


Saturday, June 28, 2003. Braselton, GA. Moses Smith (middle) clawed his way to victory in a thrilling one-lap shootout with Michael McDowell (right) and Luis Schiavo (left) at Road Atlanta.


Nationwide Series Entry List
(as of 02/09/2009)

#

Driver

0

Danny O'Quinn, Jr.

01

Mike Wallace

1

Mike Bliss

05

Jeff Green

5

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

6

David Ragan

07

David Green

09

Travis Kvapil

10

David Reutimann

11

Scott Lagasse, Jr.

12

Justin Allgaier

15

Michael Annett

16

Greg Biffle

17

Matt Kenseth

18

Kyle Busch

20

Joey Logano

23

Robert Richardson

24

Eric McClure

26

Brian Keselowski

27

Jason Keller

28

Kenny Wallace

29

Clint Bowyer

31

Stanton Barrett

32

Brian Vickers

33

Kevin Harvick

234

Tony Raines

38

Jason Leffler

40

Scott Wimmer

141

Derrike Cope

42

Kenny Hendrick

47

Michael McDowell

49

Kertus Davis

52

Donnie Neuenberger

156

Larry Foyt

60

Carl Edwards

61

Brandon Whitt

62

Brendan Gaughan

66

Steve Wallace

170

Mark Green

180

Tony Stewart

81

DJ Kennington

84

Mike Harmon

85

Justin Ashburn

87

Joe Nemechek

88

Brad Keselowski

89

Morgan Shepherd

90

Johnny Chapman

91

Terry Cook

99

Michael Waltrip

4 comments:

AprilFool79 said...

I'm fine with Sprint Cup drivers running a few Nationwide and/or Truck Series races each year, but there is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON why they should be competing for (and *WINNING*!!!) the championship! Limit them to 4 or 5 races, and then only for owner's points, and let the up and comers have the track!!

BTW .... GOOO BRENNIE!!! :) Back in the #62, it's gonna be a good year for Brendan Gaughan and Rusty Wallace Racing!!

z. Smith said...

First off, thank you very much for the follow. Your comment is intriguing; especially the point about owner points only. I could not agree more.

Brendan Gaughan ran with Bill McAnally (New Orleans Racing) and now Moses is with BMR – it is a small world. Go #62 – Best of Luck in 2009.

z. Smith said...

Congratulations to Michael McDowell for his solid 14th place finish.

z. Smith said...

Oh and I forgot to mention congratulations to Brendan Gaughan for his 17th place finish.

Michael & Brendan were the two highest ranking rookies in this race.