The entry list for the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been released on Monday and the list includes two new teams, which will add drama for Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying session at the facility.
There are 46 entries on the entry list for Sunday’s race. There are also two new teams on the list and they are RAB Racing’s #29 Toyota and the #37 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing. The #29 Toyota is not exactly a new team as they have made one other attempt this season. The team missed the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway with veteran driver Joe Nemechek. This weekend the team has hired, the defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and current points leader Matt Crafton. Crafton will be running his #88 Toyota at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday and then head to Indianapolis to attempt to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut. Crafton will need to qualify 36th or better on Saturday to make his debut.
The other new team on the entry list is the #37 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing with driver Bobby Labonte. Labonte has made two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts in the 2014 season, both of them coming at the Daytona International Speedway. Labonte ran the Daytona 500 for HScott Motorsports and raced in the Coke Zero 400 for Circle Sport Racing. This weekend Labonte and Baldwin will team up with Accell Construction as the sponsor of Labonte’s Chevrolet. Labonte is virtually locked into the race due to his past champions provisional from his 2000 Series championship which means Tommy Baldwin Racing is likely to have three cars race in the Brickyard 400.
Other notables on the entry list include Juan Pablo Montoya who will drive the #12 Ford for Team Penske for the second time this season. Montoya ran in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway back in June and finished in the 18th position. Montoya has a very good record at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a Sprint Cup Series car including a second place finish back in the 2007 season.
All three of those teams will have to qualify 36th or better to make the race except for Labonte who has the option to use his past champions provisional. There are two other part time teams on the entry list and they are the #95 Leavine Family Racing Ford with Michael McDowell behind the wheel and Wood Brothers Racing is fielding the #21 Motorcraft Ford with Trevor Bayne driving. These two teams are the next in line in owner points and are very venerable to miss Sunday’s race.
Other teams venerable to miss the race are the #33 Circle Sport Racing entry with David Stremme behind the wheel, the #83 BK Racing Toyota with driver Ryan Truex and the #66 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota with Brett Moffitt driving.
The Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will start at 1:19 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon on ESPN and knockout qualifying can be seen at 2 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN2.
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