NASCAR Nationwide lineup for Daytona testing revealed

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As part of NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway, the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series are joining the Sprint Cup Series this week.

Nationwide testing is set for Saturday Jan. 11 and Sunday Jan. 12. There’s 26 drivers from 17 teams listed on the entry list below.

Series power teams Richard Childress Racing (Brian Scott, Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan), Roush Fenway Racing (Trevor Bayne, Ryan Reed, Chris Buescher), JR Motorsports (Regan Smith, Chase Elliott, Bill Elliott), Joe Gibbs Racing (Elliott Sadler), Team Penske (Ryan Blaney) and Turner Scott Motorsports (Kyle Larson, Dylan Kwasniewski) have the lions’ share of the entries with 14 of the 26.

Also of note, Billy Boat is listed in the car Chad Boat was announced to drive a partial schedule this year. Gibbs’ No. 54, to be driven by Kyle Busch and Sam Hornish Jr. this year, is not listed.

Car # Team Driver
2 RCR Brian Scott
3 RCR Ty Dillon
6 RFR Trevor Bayne
7 JRM Regan Smith
9 JRM Chase Elliott
11 JGR Elliott Sadler
13 Long Carl Long
16 RFR Ryan Reed
17 Vision Tanner Berryhill
22 Penske Ryan Blaney
23 Ware Racing Ryan Ellis
28 Long Matt Carter/Harrison Rhodes
31 TSM Kyle Larson
32 TSM Dylan Kwasniewski
37 Vision Mike Debenedetto
43 Petty Dakoda Armstrong
52 Jimmy Means Joey Gase
55 Viva Jamie Dick
60 RFR Chris Buescher
62 RCR Brendan Gaughan
73 Cope Derrike Cope
84 Billy Boat Billy Boat
85 Bobby Gerhart Bobby Gerhart
88 JRM Bill Elliott
98 Biagi David Ragan
99 RAB James Buescher

Brown: Dennis would have made same decision on McLaren-Honda split

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Zak Brown believes former McLaren team boss Ron Dennis would have made the same decision to cut ties with struggling Formula 1 engine partner Honda had he still been in charge at the team in 2017.

McLaren executive director Brown helped engineer a deal for the team to split with Honda at the end of the 2017 season after three tough seasons that had seen the Japanese manufacturer offer little in the way of performance or reliability.

The decision split opinion, with McLaren spurning a significant annual financial injection from Honda in order to link up with Renault, believing its on-track fortunes had to be prioritized over its commercial interests.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Brown was asked if he believed Dennis – McLaren’s long-running team chief before stepping down at the end of 2016 – would have made the same decision to cut ties with Honda.

“I think he would have,” Brown said.

“He was here when those conversations were ongoing and I think Ron always has and always will have the best interests of McLaren in his heart.

“He is Mr. McLaren. It burns him inside as much as us not to see us winning races.”

Brown also elaborated on the decision to break off the much-lauded relationship with Honda, saying the first signs of trouble with the 2017 power unit were clear in pre-season.

After a number of attempts to try and rectify the situation, Brown and his fellow team bosses felt there was no alternative but to end the Honda deal for 2018.

“We knew we were in trouble in testing in Barcelona and we worked really hard for six months to try and find solutions that would give us confidence that we’d be much more competitive in 2018,” Brown said.

“Ultimately, after trying many different things and many different ways we felt we couldn’t get there.

“Three years is a long time in Formula 1 and so we needed to change the direction to get our team back at the top.”