What Cup drivers are racing Bristol dirt in Trucks and who is joining the Cup ranks too

If you may have recently noticed, we’ve been seeing a lot of new drivers coming back to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for next weeks Bristol dirt race. That’s because these drivers are trying to get a leg up on Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race and with both the Trucks and Cup cars running closer together in terms of horsepower and downforce levels, what better way to get some track time than on the actual track itself.

So far, we have six Cup drivers racing in the Truck Series next week.

Kyle Larson will run with Niece Motorsports in the No. 44 Chevrolet. Larson has 2 career Truck wins in 13 starts. The last start came back in 2016.

Martin Truex Jr. will race with Kyle Busch Motorsports in the No. 51 Toyota. Truex, has made just two career Truck starts, with the last coming in 2006. He’s not yet won in the series before.

Kevin Harvick will run the No. 17 Ford for DGR. He’s had the most success. He’s made 123 starts and won 14 of them. He’s actually not raced in the series though since 2015 too.

Ryan Newman will run a new Truck for Brad Means in the No. 39 Ford. He’s had seven career Truck starts with one win (2008). His last Truck appearance was in 2018. The last before that was in 2015.

Chase Briscoe will race the No. 04 Roper Racing Ford. He’s had the most recent Truck success among this group with being full time in 2017 and running at Eldora in 2018 and 2019. He’s had two wins in 25 career starts.

Bubba Wallace will drive the No. 11 Toyota. He’s made 48 past Truck Series starts with the most recent coming in 2019. He’s also won six times to his credit with one of those being on the Eldora Dirt Track in 2014.

For the Cup race, you also have Stewart Friesen in the No. 77 Chevrolet for Spire Motorsports. USAC drivers Chris Windom and Shane Golobic will race for Rick Ware Racing and Live Fast Motorsports respectively while Mike Marlar will run the No. 66 MBM Motorsports car himself.

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