No Xfinity Race This Weekend For Cup Drivers To Ruin? No Problem Take A Look At The K&N West Entry List

NASCAR is headed west this weekend and while the Truck Series will stop in St. Louis for Saturday Night’s race at Gateway, the Cup series will only be halfway through their journey at that point. Assuming they survive the Donner Pass and traverse it before winter comes they should race in Sonoma on Sunday.

You may have noticed the Xfinity series has the weekend off. After a stand-alone race at Iowa that saw Xfinity regulars battle for the win, the series is off until Chicago next weekend where they’ll join the Cup series. For some reason, they can’t join the Truck series at Gateway.

The good news is without an Xfinity race partnering the Cup race this weekend Cup drivers can’t ruin the support race. Or so you thought until you look at the entry list for this weekend’s K&N West Series race on Saturday at Sonoma. Take a look;

Entry List

1 1   Jim Inglebright   Valerie Inglebright Chevrolet   TBA   Oh Shirt Yea
2 4   TBA   Bob Farmer Ford   TBA   TBA
3 6   Derek Thorn   Bob Bruncati Ford   Bill Sedgwick   Sunrise Ford / Eiback Spring / Lucas Oil
4 7   Will Rodgers   Jeff Jefferson Ford   Jeff Jefferson   Kelly & Assoc. Insurance Group
5 08   Travis Milburn   Mike Holleran Chevrolet   Mike Holleran   Cooks Collision
6 9   Ryan Partridge   Bob Bruncati Ford   Jeff Schrader   Sunrise Ford
7 10   Matt Levin   Jody Levin Chevrolet   Erik Higley   Port of Tucson
8 11   Takuma Koga   John Krebs Chevrolet   Hiroki Miyaji   Ash Thees / CKB JKR
9 13   Todd Souza   Kelly Souza Toyota   Michael Munoz   Central Coast Cabinets
10 16   Derek Kraus   Mike Curb Toyota   John Camiller   NAPA Auto Parts / Curb Records
11 17   David Mayhew   Steve McGowan Chevrolet   Bruce Cook   MMI Services / Madoram
12 18   Bill Kann   Becky Kann Chevrolet   TBA   Interstate Batteries
13 19   Hailie Deegan   Bill McAnally Toyota   Ty Joiner   Mobil 1 / NAPA Power Premium Plus
14 20   Erik Jones   David Gilliland Toyota   Dewalt   Dewalt
15 22   Trevor Huddleston   Bob Bruncati Ford   Clinton Cram   Sunrise Ford / Eiback Spring / Lucas Oil
16 24   Alex Bowman   Bill McAnally   TBA   Axalta / Nationwide
17 25   Tom Klauer   Mike Naake Chevrolet   Mike Naake   iPulluPull Auto Parts
18 27   William Byron   Jerry Pitts Chevrolet   Jerry Pitts   Liberty
19 36   TBA   Shawne Merriman Toyota   TBA   Perfection Hydration / Patriot Motorsports Gr
20 38   Hollis Thackeray   Hollis Thackeray Toyota   TBA   Battle Auto Parts / NAPA / Case Laspe Market
21 40   Jesse Iwuji   Jan Levin Chevrolet   TBA   Perfect Hydration
22 41   Aric Almirola   Tony Stewart Ford   Richard Boswell III   DenBeste Water Solutions
23 43   Kody Vanderwal   John Wood Toyota   Jason Dickenson   Biltrite Signs / LaSalle Oil
24 47   Scott Ivie   Michelle Ivie Toyota   TBA   MSI Development
25 51   Carlos Vieira   Dione Jefferson Ford   TBA   51Fifty Energy Drink
26 54   Daniel Suarez   David Gilliland Toyota   Seth Smith   Arris
27 55   Cole Keatts   Dione Jefferson Ford   Jason Jefferson   Peters & Keatts Equipment
28 68   Rodd Kneeland   Jenise Kneeland Chevrolet   TBA   Florinon Industries / RoddRenovations.com
29 77   Ken Pedersen   Joe Nava Toyota   Roger Bracken   TBA
30 84   Rich Delong III   Cindy Delong Chevrolet   Rich Delong Jr.   Country Girl Saloon / Ames Rubber
31 99   Cole Rouse   Bill McAnally Toyota   Chris Nelle   NAPA Filters

Five Cup Series drivers will be taking the green flag on Saturday at Sonoma and that’s a bummer for everyone else in the series. Chances are a Cup driver will win the race taking away points and a trophy from a K&N regular. Although Will Rodgers just won at NJMP last weekend and could be a legit threat.

Three of the last four K&N West races at Sonoma have been won by Cup drivers. Including Kevin Harvick just last season. This year Alex Bowman, William Byron, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Aric Almirola will be in the field.

Alex Bowman: 4 Cup starts on road courses, average finishes of 30 and 32.5. He did finish 11th at Mid-Ohio in Xfinity. Maybe he could use some road course work because he STINKS.

Lord Byron: Three Xfinity races on road courses including a 6th at Road America. In 2015 he raced the Sonoma K&N race where he started 2nd and finished 5th. In terms of experience, he has the least among the five Cup drivers.

Erik Jones: Two Cup starts on road courses, a 10th at Watkins Glen was his best finish. He has four Xfinity starts on road courses as well.

Daniel Suarez: He finished 16th at Sonoma and 3rd at Watkins Glen last season. He has also raced 6 Xfinity road races and the 2017 K&N race at Sonoma.

Aric Almirola: The hell is he doing here? Almirola has been in enough Cup races to not need the seat time in a car fielded by SHR. Will it be a Gen 4 steel body car? Please be that.

Obviously, Sonoma is going to sell a few more tickets because these guys are going to attract some fans to come to watch. It’s just a bummer that guys in the top tier of stock car racing have to race in the 5th tier to gain “experience.” Meanwhile, the regulars have their championship disrupted because of this.

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