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Nationwide heads to Las Vegas: The Sam’s Town 300 Preview

Mar. 3, 2012; Avondale, AZ, USA; NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Danica Patrick prior to the Bashas Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Not much has been said so far leading into the Las Vegas race, but it will be the first Nascar events held there since the death of Dan Wheldon. As much as some would like to believe that Nascar and IndyCar are separate, you can’t deny that some will head to the track this week with a black cloud over them. Most notably Danica Patrick and Sam Hornish. That doesn’t mean that others didn’t also share a relationship with Wheldon. It should also be noted that IndyCar will not return to Las Vegas this year, and may not return for quite some time.

Watching Patrick and Hornish this week will be important. Both will look to try to win for Wheldon. There will be no shortage of coverage of Danica Patrick this week, and I would expect a Dan Wheldon tie in here and there. The hype machine is in full force for Danica, and she has yet to prove that it is deserved. When a crash ended her day at Daytona, I was very upset by the announcing. I haven’t seen such blatant favoritism since the last time I watched a WWE event. This is a sport. The announcers should act like it is. Please stop alienating those of us not on the Patrick bandwagon and start calling it down the middle. She did not do anything special last week, nor did she do anything wrong. It was a racing accident. Last week Patrick ran a very mediocre race. Las Vegas could be just the place to finally show why she has a full time ride with one of the best teams in Nationwide.

Entry List and More after the JUMP!

Entry Car# Driver Sponsor Manu Owner
1 01 Mike Wallace G&K Services 12 Chevy JD Motorsports
2 2 Elliott Sadler ONE MAIN FINANCIAL 12 Chevy Richard Childress
3 3 Austin Dillon AMERICAN ETHANOL 12 Chevy Richard Childress
4 4 Danny Efland Danny Efland Racing 12 Chevy JD Motorsports
5 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Racing 12 Ford Roush Fenway
6 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com 12 Chevy JR Motorsports
7 08 Tim Andrews TBA 12 Ford Randy Hill
8 09 Kenny Wallace TBA 12 Toyota RAB Racing
9 10 Jeff Green (S) TBD 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
10 11 Brian Scott Dollar General 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
11 12 Sam Hornish Jr Alliance Truck Parts 12 Dodge Penske Racing South
12 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb(i) Glen Leiner 11 Dodge Jennifer Jo Cobb
13 14 Eric McClure Hefty Black Out / Reynolds Wrap 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
14 18 Mark Martin(i) Interstate 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
15 19 Tayler Malsam G-Oil 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
16 22 Brad Keselowski(i) [PC1] Discount Tire 12 Dodge Penske Racing South
17 23 Robert Richardson Jr NTX Pipe-Riviera Hotel 12 Chevy R3 Motorsports
18 24 Benny Gordon Revita Anti-Aging , VSI, 12 Toyota SC2 Motorsports
19 27 TBA GCMI 12 Ford Steve Meehan
20 28 J J Yeley(i) TBA 12 Chevy Jay Robinson
21 30 James Buescher(i) TBA 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
22 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
23 33 Brendan Gaughan(i) SOUTH POINT CASINO 12 Chevy Richard Childress
24 38 Kasey Kahne(i) Great Clips 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
25 39 Joey Gase Go Green Racing 12 Ford Go Green Racing
26 40 Erik Darnell TBA 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
27 41 Blake Koch Poynt.com 12 Ford Rick Ware Racing
28 42 Josh Wise(i) (S) TBA 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
29 43 Michael Annett Pilot/Flying J 12 Ford Richard Petty
30 44 Mike Bliss TBA 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
31 46 Chase Miller (S) TBA 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
32 47 Scott Speed(i) (S) TBA 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
33 50 T J Bell Turbine Powered Technology 12 Chevy MAKE Motorsports
34 51 Jeremy Clements Clements Automotive 10 Chevy Jeremy Clements
35 52 Tim Schendel All Sports Tailgating 12 Chevy Jimmy Means
36 54 Kyle Busch(i) [PC2] Monster Energy 12 Toyota Kyle Busch
37 60 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing 12 Ford Roush Fenway
38 70 Johanna Long Foretravel 12 Chevy ML Motorsports
39 74 Mike Harmon American Heros 12 Chevy Mike Harmon
40 81 Jason Bowles American Majority 12 Dodge MacDonald Motorsports
41 87 Joe Nemechek AM/FM Energy 12 Toyota NEMCO
42 88 Cole Whitt TaxSlayer.com 12 Chevy JR Motorsports
43 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory in Jesus Racing 11 Chevy Faith Motorsports
(S) Known Start and Park
(i) Not Running For Title
(PC) Past Champion

43 cars are entered, so I will not have to say “So and So must qualify on time” this week:

  • #2- Elliott Sadler, fresh of his first win in the Nationwide Series in over a decade, will not be running in the Sprint Cup series for Michael Waltrip due to RCR’s heavy Chevy ties.
  • #15- The team is not entered this week, meaning that the #41 team is by itself this week.
  • #18- Mark Martin will make his first start for Joe Gibbs Racing this week. Martin, who joined Michael Waltrip Racing this season, Will be a favorite to win this weekend. He is alone but for Brian Scott, as the #20 team is not entered this week.
  • #33- Brendan Gaughan returns to the Nationwide Series this week driving for Richard Childress Racing. He is running double duty and double paint schemes. Both cars will be the South Point black and Gold #33 Chevy.
  • #40- Looks like Erik Darnell will be the full time driver this week. Josh Wise moves to the #42 team to start and park this week.
  • #81- It may be a Dodge front end, but it’s riding on a Toyota frame with a TRD Engine inside. Jason Bowles will make the switch to Toyota very soon, but the team has yet to get the body switched over to a Camry. Dodge is really hurting now. Penske will move on to Ford in 2013, and now they are losing other teams as well. This may be the end of Dodge in Nascar.

Well, are you ready? Tune into ESPN 2, Live this Saturday at 5pm eastern for the Running of the Sam’s Town 300 from Las Vegas, NV. Don’t forget to come back for the Open Race thread. Enjoy!


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  1. May 14, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I love watching the races but as always I am a Danica Patrick fan!

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