Almost two months it was originally scheduled, NASCAR will finally hold its first Bristol Motor Speedway race weekend of the year.
The Cup and Xfinity Series continue their marathon of races this weekend. The Cup Series will race on Sunday and the Xfinity Series will compete Monday night.
Here are the entry lists for this weekend’s races.
Cup – Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500 (3:30 p.m. ET Sunday on Fox)
Forty cars are entered into the race.
JJ Yeley is entered in Tommy Baldwin Racing’s No. 7 Chevrolet.
Gray Gaulding is entered in Rick Ware Racing’s 27 Ford.
Kyle Busch won this race last year over his brother Kurt Busch.
Denny Hamlin won last year’s night race over Matt DiBenedetto.
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Xfinity – Cheddar’s 300 (7 p.m. ET Monday on FS1)
There are 37 cars entered.
Modified driver Patrick Emerling will make his Xfinity Series debut in Our Motorsports’ No. 02 Chevrolet. Brett Moffitt drove the car in the first six races of the season.
Carson Ware makes his Xfinity Series debut driving SS Green Light Racing’s No. 07 Chevrolet.
A.J. Allmendinger is entered in Kaulig Racing’s No. 16 Chevrolet.
Myatt Snider is entered in Richard Childress Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet.
Christopher Bell won this race last year over Tyler Reddick and Cole Custer. Chase Briscoe, who finished fourth, is the highest finishing returning driver from that race.
Reddick won last year’s night race over Briscoe and John Hunter Nemechek.
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Jimmie Johnson was really good at Auto Club Speedway.
In fact, he was the best.
It would be easy to just cite his record six wins in 26 starts on the 2-mile track. But here’s another number.
That’s the amount of laps Johnson successfully completed in all 26 of his starts on his home rack, from his first Cup win there in 2002 to the seventh-place finish Sunday in his final Auto Club 400.
That’s every lap. Johnson never failed to finish on the lead lap at Auto Club Speedway
It’s far and away a Cup Series record.
According to Racing Insights, the closest a Cup driver has come to that is Tony Stewart.
Like Johnson, he did it at his home track. From 1999-2016, Stewart made 18 starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He completed all 2,895 laps he was eligible for.
The next four drivers in this category all earned their numbers at the same track: Watkins Glen International.
Martin Truex Jr: 14 starts/1,262 laps
Darrell Waltrip: 14 starts/1,221 laps
Carl Edwards: 12 starts/1,084 laps
A.J. Allmendinger: 10 starts/902 laps
In addition to his work as a NASCAR on NBC analyst, A.J. Allmendinger will increase his on-track presence in 2020, competing in eight Xfinity Series races for Kaulig Racing.
That’s an increase from the five races Allmendinger drove for Kaulig last season, including a win on the Charlotte ROVAL and a third-place finish at Mid-Ohio.
“I’m looking forward to returning to the Kaulig Racing organization,” Allmendinger said in a media release. “I had so much fun working with everyone on the team last season and being teammates with Justin (Haley) and Ross (Chastain).
“Hopefully, I can help the team in any way possible so that we can build on the success we had last year and go for more wins. More than anything, Kaulig Racing is just a great team to compete for, especially with Matt Kaulig as the owner and Chris Rice as the President of the team.”
Allmendinger’s eight races will be the Xfinity season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 15 as well as the Aug. 28 race there, Talladega (April 25), Mid-Ohio (May 30), Indianapolis (July 4), Road America (Aug. 8), Watkins Glen (Aug. 15), and the ROVAL at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Oct. 10).
This will be Kaulig Racing’s fifth season of operation and its first with two full-time entries.
“AJ has played an instrumental role in competition for Kaulig Racing,” Rice said in the press release. “He has helped guide our road course program and has been a great resource for our other drivers, crew chiefs and engineers to lean on. I look forward to what he can do in more races for us this season.”
Kaulig Racing announced Friday the crew chief lineup for its two full-time Xfinity Series teams this year.
Bruce Schlicker, a former race engineer for Stewart-Haas Racing, will lead Ross Chastain and the No. 10 team.
Alex Yontz returns as crew chief on Justin Haley‘s No. 11 Chevrolet. Yontz led Haley’s team in 14 races last year following the death of Nick Harrison in July.
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Schlicker was a race engineer at Richard Childress Racing from 2012-2016 before joining Stewart-Haas Racing.
“I’m excited for the opportunity at Kaulig Racing,” Schlicker said in a press release. “It’s a great team with great resources and even better drivers. We’ve got some great support from Nutrien Ag Solutions, who will be on the No. 10 car for the majority of the races in 2020. I’m looking forward to running a full season in the Xfinity Series with Ross Chastain, winning races and chasing after the championship.”
Yontz served as a crew chief for Kaulig Racing in 24 races in 2019, also working with Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler, A.J. Allmendinger and Chastain in addition to Haley. He was on the pit box when Chastain earned Kaulig Racing’s first NASCAR victory in the July race at Daytona.
“I’m excited to be back with Justin Haley this season full time,” Yontz said in the press release. “We have a few races under our belts together from the end of last season, and we built a really good relationship. I’m looking forward to winning races with him in 2020.”
Kaulig Racing announced Friday it and driver Justin Haley will attempt to make next month’s Daytona 500, which would be the team’s first Cup Series race.
Kaulig Racing, which competes full-time in the Xfinity Series, will field Haley in the No. 16 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet.
Without a charter, Haley is not guaranteed a spot in the 500.
Haley drives the No. 11 Chevy full-time for Kaulig in the Xfinity Series. Haley will try to make the “Great American Race” after his surprise upset win in last July’s rain-shortened Cup Series race at Daytona.
“I am eager to try and qualify for the Daytona 500,” Haley said in a press release. “It is an honor for me to compete for a starting spot in Kaulig Racing’s first NASCAR Cup Series race. The F.O.E. has been with me since 2016. The Eagles were on my car when I won in July at Daytona, so it’s a great fit for them to be back on my car as we try to lock ourselves into the Daytona 500.”
Kaulig Racing has been competing in the Xfinity Series since 2016. It will field three entries in the Xfinity Series season opener with Haley, Ross Chastain and A.J. Allmendinger. Chastain won last July’s Xfinity race at Daytona for the team’s first NASCAR victory.
”I am super excited to attempt not only our first NASCAR Cup Series race, but our first Daytona 500!” said team owner Matt Kaulig in a press release. “To be competing at the World Center of Racing on the main stage is incredible, especially for our team that began just four years ago. I have all the confidence in the world that Justin Haley will make everyone at Kaulig Racing proud and truly let everyone know that Kaulig Racing is here to compete.”