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Nationwide Daytona 500 Entry List: Star Studded Lineup

David PhillipsAnalyst IFebruary 10, 2009

The preliminary entry list for the Nationwide Series kick off event, the Camping World 300 at Daytona International Speedway, has been released—and it's no surprise that its full of Sprint Cup regulars.

So far, 14 Sunday drivers have been added to the list that includes: No. 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 6 David Ragan, No. 10 David Reutimann, No. 16 Greg Biffle, No. 18 Kyle Busch, No. 20 Joey Logano, No. 29 (defending Nationwide champ) Clint Bowyer, No. 33 Kevin Harvick, No. 32 Brian Vickers, No. 60 Carl Edwards, No. 80 Tony Stewart, No. 89 Joe Nemecheck and the No. 99 Michael Waltrip.

If you count the No. 01 of Mike Wallace and/or the No. 88 of Brad Keselowski (both of whom will attempt races in the Sprint Cup Series this year), there would be a total of 16 Cup drivers using Saturday's race as a bonefied test session.

What I'll be watching on Saturday will be the great rookie battle between the No. 09 of John Wes Townley, No. 11 of Scott Lagasse Jr., No. 12 driven by Justin Alligaier, No. 15 of Michael Annett and hte No. 62 of Brendan Gaughan.

The rookie battle should be the better of the day, as a Cup star will probably win the race.

My opinion, when half the field are Cup guys, it's not going to be a good day for racing. I mean, really that's what the Daytona 500 is for!

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