Keselowski Clinch Race: The O’Reilly Challenge Preview and Open Race Thread

Texas Motor Speedway; this is the race that Brad Keselowski expects to leave as the 2010 Nationwide Champion.  Brad just has to finish 21st or better and there is nothing Carl Edwards can do to stop him from being crowned Champion.  In all actuality, Brad will most likely just be looking to finish ahead of Edwards.

It would take a monumental meltdown with the #22 crew for Edwards to have any kind of shot at a second championship.

The one good thing that could come out of this is the possibility that NASCAR looks into a Nationwide Chase.  That’s a slim possibility, but it’s there.

With the championship outta the way after this race, expect the last two races to be an any thing goes type of deal.  Either way, Texas should prove to be interesting.

Entry list and More after the JUMP!

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Ent. Car # Driver Sponsor Manu. Owner
1 01 Mike Wallace TBA 10 Chevy Lori Davis
2 04 Jeremy Clements Boudreaux’s Butt Paste 10 Chevy Gene Vess
3 05 David Starr Cash America 10 Chevy Wayne Day
4 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Citifinancial 10 Ford Jack Roush
5 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com 10 Chevy Bryan Mullet
6 07 Danny Efland Danny Efland Racing 10 Chevy Thomas Efland Jr
7 09 Brian Scott Shore Lodge 10 Toyota Robby Benton
8 10 Ricky Carmichael Monster Energy 10 Toyota Todd Braun
9 11 David Reutimann Rexall 10 Toyota Harry Scott Jr
10 12 Justin Allgaier Verizon Wireless 10 Dodge Roger Penske
11 13 Steve Grissom [PC2] TBA 09 Dodge Jennifer Jo Cobb
12 15 Michael Annett No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry 10 Toyota Bob Germain
13 16 Erik Darnell 3M/ACE 10 Ford Jack Roush
14 17 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway 10 Ford Jack Roush
15 18 Kyle Busch Z-LINE DESIGNS 10 Toyota Joe Gibbs
16 20 Joey Logano GameStop 10 Toyota Joe Gibbs
17 21 Clint Bowyer ZAXBY’S 10 Chevy Richard Childress
18 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire 10 Dodge Jodi Geschickter
19 23 Robert Richardson Jr R3 Motorsports 10 Chevy Robert Richardson
20 24 Eric McClure Hefty Odor Block 09 Ford Ed Rensi
21 26 Brian Keselowski K-Automotive Motorsports 10 Dodge Bob Keselowski
22 27 Alex Kennedy TBA 10 Ford Mike Curb
23 28 Kenny Wallace United Labor Benefits, Inc 10 Chevy Jay Robinson
24 30 James Buescher Wolfpack Energy Services 10 Chevy Steve Turner
25 31 Stanton Barrett KidsEmbrace 10 Chevy Rick Ware
26 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General 10 Toyota Todd Braun
27 33 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s 10 Chevy Delana Harvick
28 34 Tony Raines BeAStockCarDriver.com 10 Chevy Bob Jenkins
29 35 Jason Keller TBA 10 Chevy Mark Smith
30 36 Jeff Green [PC1] TBA 10 Chevy Mark Smith
31 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips 10 Toyota Ralph Braun
32 40 Mike Bliss TBA 10 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
33 42 Parker Kligerman GetMoreVacations.com-Adaptive One NAPA Brakes 10 Dodge Eddie Smith
34 49 Mark Green TBA 10 Chevy Jay Robinson
35 52 Kevin Lepage Metro Ministries Operation Holiday Hope 10 Chevy Jimmy Means
36 60 Carl Edwards COPART 10 Ford Jack Roush
37 62 Brendan Gaughan Snap On 10 Toyota Rusty Wallace
38 66 Steve Wallace 5 Hour Energy 10 Toyota Rusty Wallace
39 70 Shelby Howard Foretravel 10 Chevy Mary Louise Miller
40 79 Tim Andrews 2nd Chance Race Parts 10 Ford Rick Russell
41 81 Michael McDowell Red Line Oil-Drive Reply 10 Dodge Pat MacDonald
42 82 Chase Miller MOBILE-Shop.com 10 Dodge Gina MacDonald
43 87 Joe Nemechek Gator.com 09 Chevy Andrea Nemechek
44 88 Aric Almirola GT Vodka 10 Chevy Dale Earnhardt Jr
45 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory in Jesus Racing 10 Chevy Cindy Shepherd
46 90 Danny O’Quinn Jr TBD 09 Chevy Eddie D’hondt
47 91 David Gilliland TBD 09 Chevy Randy Humphrey
48 92 Dennis Setzer K-Automotive 10 Dodge Brian Keselowski
49 94 Carl Long ApostleSports.com 09 Dodge Frederick Bickford II
50 98 Paul Menard RICHMOND/MENARDS 10 Ford Jack Roush
51 99 Martin Truex Jr Out! Pet Care 10 Toyota Michael Waltrip

 

If I kept track of such things, I’d probably tell you that fiftyone cars is the largest entered field not on a Superspeedway.  I may be wrong, but that’s a lot of cars.

First off, we have David Starr returning to the #05 Chevy.  He brings sponsorship from Cash America with him.

RAB Racing has made the switch to Toyota for the remainder of 2010, as well as 2011.

Danica Patrick returns again this week.

David Reutimann is back in the #11 Toyota this week for Turner Motorsports.

Past Champion Steve Grissom makes his first attempt of 2010.  He’s in the Jennifer Jo Cobb owned Ford.  If Jeff Green qualifies for the race on time, Grissom is locked in due to the Past Champions Provisional.  If Green uses it, then Grissom will have to lock in on time.

Erik Darnell returns in the #16 Ford this week.  That means that Trevor Bayne will have to qualify the #17 on time.  It’s a much harder task this week with so many go-or-go-homers.

Alex Kennedy returns to the #27 ride this week.

James Buescher will enter a fifth Toyota for Turner Motorsports.  He will bring his Truck Series sponsorship of Wolfpack Rentals to the #30 car.

Stanton Barrett returns to the #31 for Rick Ware Racing.

Parker Kligerman is back in the #42 Dodge.  Still no word on where Parker will drive next season.

Tim Andrews returns with Second Chance racing this week.

Chase Miller will enter a second MacDonald Motorsports Dodge.

Just a little bit of news:  Justin Allgaier will leave Penske Racing, opening the door for Parker Kligerman possibly.  Allgaier will join Turner Motorsports in 2011 as a full time driver.  No word as to which of the four Turner Toyotas Allgaier will driver or what his sponsorship will be.

Kevin Harvick has announced that the #33 Chevy will yet again have multiple drivers in 2011.  Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and Austin Dillon will pilot the Rheem/Menards #33 Chevy, while Paul Menard (the newest RCR driver) will pilot the Menards/Rheem Chevy.  No word on how many races each driver will run, but expect to see Harvick in the Menards yellow at Phoenix and Bowyer in the Rheem Black and Red at Daytona to start the year.

Harvick has also signed Elliott Sadler to run full time in a second KHI Chevy next year.  Sadler will be a championship competitor.

Tune into ESPN2 Saturday, November 6th at Noon Eastern for the O’Reilly Challenge from Texas Motor Speedway!  Enjoy!