Josh Bilicki

Entry lists for Southern 500 weekend

Leave a comment

All three of NASCAR’s national series will be in action this weekend when the sport heads to Darlington Raceway.

This is the first time all three series have competed at Darlington in the same weekend since 2004.

More: Retro paint schemes for Darlington

Here are the preliminary Darlington entry lists:

Cup – Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC)

Thirty-nine cars are entered.

Josh Bilicki is entered in Tommy Baldwin Racing’s No. 7 Chevrolet.

James Davison is entered in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 53 Chevrolet.

Last year this race was won by Erik Jones over Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch.

Click here for the entry list.

Xfinity – Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 (12:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBC)

Thirty-seven cars are entered.

Denny Hamlin is entered in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 Toyota for his first series start of the year.

No drivers are listed for SS Green Light Racing’s No. 07 Chevrolet or B.J. McLeod Motorsports’ No. 99 Chevrolet.

This race was won last year by Cole Custer over Tyler Reddick and Ryan Blaney.

Click here for the entry list.

Trucks – South Carolina Education Lottery 200 (2 p.m. ET Sunday on FS1)

Thirty-four trucks are entered.

Greg Biffle is entered in GMS Racing’s No. 24 Chevrolet for his first start since last year’s Truck Series race at Texas.

David Ragan is entered in DGR-Crosley’s No. 17 Ford. It’s his first NASCAR start of the year after the Daytona 500 and his first Truck Series start since 2006.

Trevor Bayne, the 2011 Daytona 500, is entered in Niece Motorsports’ No. 40 Chevrolet in his first NASCAR start since 2018 and his first career Truck Series start.

This is the Truck Series’ first race at Darlington since 2011.

Click here for the entry list.

Retro Rundown 2020: Southern 500 paint schemes

Austin Dillon Southern 500
Wood Brothers Racing
Leave a comment

It’s time for the Retro Rundown. We’re now less than three weeks from the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway (Sept. 6 on NBCSN) and the start of the Cup Series playoffs.

Since 2015, the Southern 500 Throwback Weekend has played host to various retro paint schemes that pay tribute to NASCAR’s past.

More: Up to 8,000 fans approved for Southern 500

Here’s the first Retro Rundown of the year as we catalogue the throwback schemes Cup and Xfinity Series teams will bring to the track “Too Tough to Tame.”

Cup Series

Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Ford

The Team Penske driver will have the Discount Tire scheme he had in the Xfinity Series 10 years ago.

Austin Dillon, No. 3 Chevrolet

The Richard Childress Racing driver’s car will be a tribute to NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson, who died last year at the age of 88.

Austin Dillon Southern 500

 

Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Ford

Harvick will drive a paint scheme based on the 1997 NASCAR-themed Busch Beer cans.

 

Ryan Newman, No. 6 Ford

The Roush Fenway Racing driver will pilot a scheme based on the 1999 scheme from the USAC Silver Crown Series, where he won the national championship.

Ryan Newman Darlington

Josh Bilicki, No. 7 Chevrolet

Tommy Baldwin Racing will honor Tommy Baldwin Sr.’s racing career.

Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Chevrolet

The Richard Childress rookie will throw back to the paint scheme NASCAR on NBC’s Jeff Burton had in 1994 when Burton won Cup rookie of the year honors.

Chase Elliott, No. 9 Chevrolet

Elliott will pay tribute to Jimmie Johnson with his 2009 championship scheme.

Chase Elliott Southern 500

 

Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Toyota

Hamlin’s scheme is a throwback to when FedEx was first founded at Federal Express in 1973. The design of the No. 11 is based based on Cale Yarborough’s number that year when he won at Darlington.

Denny Hamlin Darlington

Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Ford

The Team Penske driver will sport the Menards paint scheme that Paul Menard had when he competed in the ARCA Menards Series in 2003.

Ryan Blaney Darlington

 

Clint Bowyer, No. 14 Ford

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver will honor NBC Sports analyst Kyle Petty. Bowyer’s car will have the Peak Antifreeze scheme Petty drove for SABCO Racing in 1990 and won at Rockingham in.

Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Toyota

Matt DiBenedetto, No. 21 Ford

DiBenedetto will arrive in Darlington with a tribute to the Wood Brothers’ 1963 Ford Galaxie. That’s the car Tiny Lund won the 1963 Daytona 500 with. It’s also the car Glen Wood won his final Cup Series race in at Bowman Gray Stadium on July 13, 1963.

Matt DiBenedetto

 

Joey Logano, No. 22 Ford

Logano will drive a scheme inspired by the No. 22 Miller car that Bobby Allison raced in 1985.

Joey Logano

 

William Byron, No. 24 Chevrolet

Byron will honor Jimmie Johnson with his 2013 All-Star Race winning scheme.

William Byron Southern 500

 

J.J. Yeley, No. 27 Ford.

Cole Custer, No. 41 Ford.

Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet

For his final Southern 500, Johnson will pay tribute to his fellow seven time Cup champions, Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.

Jimmie Johnson Southern 500

Joey Gase, No. 51 Chevrolet

Gase will drive a tribute to Bobby Allison’s 1971 win in the Southern 500 and the Coca-Cola scheme he had that year. It’s the same Allison tribute Tony Stewart had in the 2016 Southern 500.

Joey Gase

 

Alex Bowman, No. 88 Chevrolet

Bowman will honor Jimmie Johnson by racing his 2006 championship scheme, his first of five Cup titles in a row.

Alex Bowman Southern 500

Daniel Suarez, No. 96 Toyota

Xfinity Series

 

Jeffrey Earnhardt, No. 0 Chevrolet

Michael Annett, No. 1 Chevrolet

With sponsorship from Oreo, the JR Motorsports driver will honor his team owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr., with driving the scheme Earnhardt drove to a win in the 2002 Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

Michael Annett Darlington
Top: JR Motorsports/Bottom: Getty Images

 

Justin Allgaier, No. 7 Chevrolet

Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Chevrolet

The JR Motorsports driver will pilot a John Andretti tribute scheme. The scheme is based on the K Mart/Little Caesars car that the late Andretti raced in the 1995 and 1996 Cup seasons. 

Daniel Hemric Darlington

Tommy Joe Martins, No. 44 Chevrolet

https://twitter.com/TeamMartins/status/1299806755778686976

Jeremy Clements, No. 51 Chevrolet

Clements, a South Carolina native, will drive a scheme that pays tribute to NASCAR champions from his home state. Drivers who will be honored include:

Cup Series: Buck Baker (Richburg, SC – C 1957-58), David Pearson (Spartanburg, SC – 1966, 1968-69) and Cale Yarborough (Timmonsville, SC –  1976-78)

Xfinity Series: Sam Ard (Pamplico, SC – 1983-84) and Larry Pearson (Spartanburg, SC – 1986-87)

Jeremy Clements Darlington

Brandon Brown, No. 68 Chevrolet

Chase Briscoe, No. 98 Ford

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver will pay tribute to team owner Tony Stewart by driving his 2011 Cup championship scheme.

Truck Series

GMS Racing

Entry lists for Dover races

Leave a comment

Dover International Speedway will be packed with racing this weekend, holding one Truck race, two Xfinity races and two Cup races.

In Cup, only three races remain in the regular season before the 16-driver playoff field is set.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for Dover 

Cup – Drydene 311 (4 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)

Cup – Drydene 311 (4 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN)

Forty cars are entered for both races this weekend.

Josh Bilicki is entered in the No. 53 car of Rick Ware Racing for either race. The 40 drivers listed for Saturday’s race also are listed for Sunday’s race.

Click here for Saturday Cup race entry list 

Click here for Sunday Cup race entry list

 

Xfinity – Drydene 200 (12:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)

Xfinity – Drydene 200 (1 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)

Thirty-six cars are entered for both races.

Daniel Hemric will drive the No. 8 for JR Motorsports on Saturday. Jeb Burton will drive the car in Sunday’s race. There are no other driver changes in the entry lists for Dover from Saturday to Sunday.

David Starr is listed for both races in the No. 07 car for SS Green Light Racing.

Click here for Saturday Xfinity race entry list

Click here for Sunday Xfinity race entry list

 

Truck – KDI Office Technology 200 (5 ET Friday on FS1)

Thirty-five trucks are entered for this race.

Click here for Truck entry list

13 cars, including car on pole, to move to rear Sunday at Michigan

move to the rear
Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images
Leave a comment

Chris Buescher, who was to have started on the pole for Sunday’s cup race at Michigan (4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN), will move to the rear because he is going to a backup car.

Thirteen cars will go to the rear for the start.

MORE: Sunday Cup race at Michigan: Start time, TV channel, lineup 

Those that will move to the rear because of backup cars: Buescher, Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, Michael McDowell, Tyler Reddick, Aric Almirola, Ryan Preece, John Hunter Nemechek and Cole Custer.

Brennan Poole will go to the rear because of an engine change.

Daniel Suarez and Reed Sorenson will go to the rear for two inspection failures.

Josh Bilicki will go to the rear because of a driver change (Joey Gase drove the car Saturday) and a transmission change.

Reddick was to have started third. Almirola was to have started fifth.

Once the cars go to the rear, the cars in those lanes will move up. With first, third and fifth (spots on the inside row), it means William Byron, who is seventh on the lineup, will move up to the front row and start next to Clint Bowyer.

NASCAR entry lists for Michigan, Road America

Leave a comment

The NASCAR entry lists are out for this weekend’s racing at Michigan International Speedway and Road America.

Cup and Truck teams will compete this weekend at Michigan. Cup teams will race Saturday and Sunday.

Xfinity teams will race Saturday at Road America.

Here are the preliminary NASCAR entry lists 

Cup – Firekeepers Casino 400 (4 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)

Thirty-nine cars are entered.

Joey Gase will be in the No. 7 for Tommy Baldwin Racing.

JJ Yeley will drive the No. 27 for Rick Ware Racing.

James Davison will be in the No. 51 for Petty Ware Racing.

Click here for Saturday Cup race entry list

 

Cup – Consumers  Energy 400 (4:30 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN)

Thirty-nine cars are entered.

Josh Bilicki will be in the No. 7 for Tommy Baldwin Racing. That is the only change from the Saturday entry list.

Click here for Sunday Cup entry list

 

Xfinity – Henry 180 (Noon ET Saturday on NBCSN)

Thirty-seven cars are entered.

Among the drivers entered:

Mike Wallace, who made his first series start since 2015 last month in the road course race at Indianapolis, is back in the No. 0 car for JD Motorsports this weekend.

Andy Lally, a road racing expert and the 2011 Cup rookie of the year, will be in the No. 02 Our Motorsports car.

RC Enerson will make his NASCAR debut in the No. 07 SS Green Light Racing ride.

Jesse Iwuji will make his series debut in the No. 13 Motorsports Business Management car.

AJ Allmendinger will be in the No. 16 for Kaulig Racing.

Click here for Xfinity entry list

 

Truck – Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series 200 (6 p.m. ET Friday on FS1)

Forty trucks are entered.

Cup rookie John Hunter Nemechek is entered in the No. 8 truck for NEMCO Motorsports.

David Gravel, the 2019 Knoxville Nationals winner, makes his Truck Series debut in the No. 24 ride for GMS Racing.

Brennan Poole is entered in the No. 30 On Point Motorsports truck.

Jeb Burton is entered in the No. 44 Niece Motorsports ride.

Parker Kligerman is entered in the No. 75 Henderson Motorsports truck.