As the old saying goes, “To be the best, you have to beat the best,” so NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers will have their work cut out for them as a number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars have entered Saturday’s Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Nationwide Series regulars will have to outrun the likes of defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and hometown hero Kyle Busch if they hope to take home the lion’s share of the Sam’s Town 300 purse.

Topping the list of Nationwide Series contenders is Austin Dillon, grandson of famed NASCAR team owner Richard Childress. Dillon knows the way to LVMS’s victory lane, having won the 2010 Smith’s 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race here.

Local fans of course will be cheering for another Las Vegas favorite son, Brendan Gaughan. Gaughan also has won in Las Vegas, taking the 2003 Smith’s 350 here.

The race also will sport an international flavor, featuring Juan Carlos Blum of Guadalajara, Mexico, Nelson Piquet Jr. of Brazil and newcomer Dexter Stacey of Quebec.

Tentative Entry List Sam’s Town 300 - March 9, 2013

No. Driver Hometown Car

00 Jason White  Richmond, Va.  Headrush Toyota
01 Mike Wallace  St. Louis, Mo.  TBA Chevrolet
2 Brian Scott  Boise, Id. .  White Tail Chevrolet
3 Austin Dillon  Lewisville, N.C.  Advocare Chevrolet
4 Danny Efland  Irmo, S.C.  TBA Chevrolet
5 Brad Sweet  Grass Valley, Calif.  Great Clips Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne  Knoxville, Tenn.  World Financial Ford
7 Regan Smith  Cato, N.Y.  Fire Alarm Chevrolet
8 Scott Lagasse Jr.  St. Augustine, Fla. B oy Scouts Chevrolet
10 Jeff Green  Owensboro, Ky.  Plaza Hotel Toyota
11 Elliott Sadler  South Boston, Va.  One Main Financial Toyota
12 Sam Hornish Jr.  Defiance, Ohio  Alliance Ford
14 Eric McClure  Abingdon, Va.  Hefty Toyota
15 Juan Carlos Blum  Guadalajara, Mexico  Western Bakery Ford
19 Mike Bliss  Milwaukie, Ore.  Plaza Hotel Toyota
20 Brian Vickers  Thomasville, N.C..  Dollar General Toyota
21 Brendan Gaughan  Las Vegas, Nev.  South Point Chevrolet
22 Brad Keselowski  Rochester Hills, Mich.  Discount Tire Ford
23 Robert Richardson Jr.  McKinney, Texas  NTX Pipe Chevrolet
24 Blake Koch W.  Palm Beach, Fla.  Support Military Toyota
30 Nelson Piquet Jr.  Brasilia, Brazil  Worx Chevrolet
31 Justin Allgaier  Riverton, Ill.  Brandt Chevrolet
32 Kyle Larson  Sacramento, Calif.  Clear Men Shampoo Chevrolet
33 Ty Dillon  Lewisville, N.C.  Westco Chevrolet
40 TBA    eSwisher Chevrolet
42 Josh Wise  Riverside, Calif.  Key Plumbing Chevrolet
43 Reed Sorenson  Peachtree City, Ga.  Pilot/Flying J Ford
44 Hal Martin  Galliano, La.  Plaza Hotel Toyota
46 Chase Miller  Canton, Ga.  Key Plumbing Chevrolet
51 Charles Lewandoski  Stafford Springs, Conn.  TBA Chevrolet
52 Joey Gase  Cedar Rapids, Iowa  TBA Chevrolet
54 Kyle Busch  Las Vegas, Nev.  Monster Toyota
55 Jamie Dick  El Paso, Texas  Viva Auto Group Chevrolet
60 Travis Pastrana  Annapolis, Md..  Roush Fenway Ford
70 Johanna Long  Pensacola, Fla.  Foretravel Chevrolet
74 Mike Harmon  Birmingport, Ala.  MHR Chevrolet
77 Parker Kligerman  Westport, Conn.  KBM Toyota
79 Jeffrey Earnhardt  Kannapolis, N.C.  Uponor/ Ford
87 Joe Nemechek  Lakeland, Fla. AM/FM  Energy Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Kannapolis, N.C.  Tax Slayer Chevrolet
92 Dexter Stacey  Kahnawake, Quebec  Maddie’s Place Ford
98 Kevin Swindell  Germantown, Tenn.  Shelby Motors Chevrolet
99 Alex Bowman  Tucson, Ariz.  TBA Toyota

NASCAR Weekend at LVMS begins on Thursday with a free-to-the-public NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session. Racing at the superspeedway begins on Friday with Stratosphere Pole Day. The NASCAR Nationwide Series takes center stage on Saturday with the annual Sam’s Town 300 at 1:15 p.m. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 is scheduled to start at noon on Sunday.

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