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

NHRA Gatornationals: John Force has another spectacular motor explosion

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Legendary NHRA Funny Car driver John Force endured yet another spectacular motor explosion – his third in the NHRA’s first three national event races – during Friday’s qualifying at the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.

It’s the kind of consistency the 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ could do without.

The 68-year-old Force came to Gainesville hoping to break the jinx that saw him endure explosions in both the season-opening Winternationals and the second race of the season in Phoenix.

Both motor explosions sent Force to the hospital for examination before he returned to the race track.

Friday, even though the motor in his Chevrolet Camaro blew up again (in the second round of qualifying), at least this time, Force didn’t wind up in the hospital.

He did have his right hand bandaged from a cut suffered in the explosion, but did not have to go to the hospital this time.

He even joked about not having to add yet another ambulance bill to the nearest Gainesville hospital.

But the explosion still proved costly.

“That was another body and that hurts the financial (bottomline),” Force said. “I was out $500,000 to $600,000, and now we are probably out $800,000, going on a million. In drag racing, you have to be tough.”

He ended the day qualifying 14th, not a very comfortable position with two more rounds of qualifying set for Saturday.

Force continues to be mystified why the motors keep exploding.

“I really thought we had it, I thought we were there,” Force said. “In the first round we drove it 500 feet and shut it off. It looked great. We ran it again that run and I was only going to drive it 800 feet even if we didn’t make The Show.”

Force will attempt to improve his qualifying spot during Saturday’s final two rounds to make Sunday’s eliminations.

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