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2020 NASCAR Cup Series

72nd season of NASCAR Cup Series racing

Kevin Harvickwon the Regular Season Championship, but finished fifth in the playoffs.

The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series was the 72nd season for NASCAR professional stock car racing in the United States and the 49th season for the modern era Cup Series. The season began at Daytona International Speedway with the Busch Clash,[1] the Bluegreen Vacations Duel qualifying races, and the 62nd running of the Daytona 500. The regular season ended with the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona on August 29. The NASCAR playoffs ended with the Season Finale 500 on November 8.

Following the second Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway, Kevin Harvick, driving for Stewart-Haas Racing, clinched the Regular Season Championship.[2]Chase Elliott, driving for Hendrick Motorsports, won the 2020 Cup Series Championship following the Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway.[3]William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports and Cole Custer of Stewart-Haas Racing each won their first race in the Cup Series, and by virtue of making the playoffs, Custer also won the Rookie of the Year honors. Ford won the Manufacturers' Championship following the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway.[4]

Background[edit]

This was the first season under NASCAR's new tiered sponsorship model after rejecting Monster Energy's offer to extend its title sponsorship.[5][6] On December 5, 2019, NASCAR announced Busch Beer, Coca-Cola, GEICO, and Xfinity as the Premier Partners of the NASCAR Cup Series, replacing the sole title sponsor of Monster Energy.[7]

This season was scheduled to be the final year for the Gen-6 car, with the Next Gen car (formerly the Gen-7 car) debuting in 2021.[8] However, when the COVID-19 pandemic postponed all NASCAR racing (and therefore, testing) until the month of May, the sanctioning body announced that the debut of the car would be pushed back a year to 2022.[9]

It was announced that 2020 was the last full-time season for seven-time series champion Jimmie Johnson[10][11] and Clint Bowyer,[12] as well as for part-time driver Brendan Gaughan.[13]David Ragan, who retired from racing in NASCAR full-time after 2019, returned this season for the Daytona 500 in the Cup Series (driving for Rick Ware Racing in a partnership with his former team, Front Row Motorsports), as well as in a few Truck Series races (driving for DGR-Crosley). 2020 was also the last season for Germain Racing, after long-time sponsor GEICO announced they would leave the team at the conclusion of the season,[14] and for Bob Leavine's family owned Leavine Family Racing team, as his team experienced enough financial problems during the COVID-19 pandemic that he had to close the team down and sell its assets. A buyer was found on August 4.[15][16]

When the season was put on hold due to the coronavirus, drivers from all NASCAR series, including nearly all Cup Series drivers, participated in the inauguraleNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Chartered teams[edit]

Non-chartered teams[edit]

Complete schedule[edit]

Limited schedule[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^Chastain's first two entries (the Daytona 500 and Coca-Cola 600) were fielded in a collaboration with Chip Ganassi Racing.
  2. ^ abcdefgEntries were fielded in a collaboration with Rick Ware Racing.
  3. ^Entries were fielded in a collaboration with Jonathan Byrd's Racing and Hayward Motorsports.
  4. ^The No. 51 car is officially listed on paper as Petty Ware Racing because they have a long-term partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports to use one of the charters they own. However, RPM is not involved with operating or helping this team out at the races in any way.
  5. ^Entry at Talladega was fielded in a collaboration with Go Fas Racing
  6. ^Team Keller Racing did not have a driver announced when they entered the Texas race. Due to being a new team and not having any owner points and the fact that there were over 40 cars on the entry list, their entry was excluded, so they never announced their driver for that race.[36]

Changes[edit]

Teams[edit]

  • On September 24, 2019, in a Frontstretch article, Rick Ware Racing owner Rick Ware was interviewed and said that he would like to run three cars full-time in 2020.[39] This news was later confirmed by the team on November 14, 2019.[40]
  • On November 1, 2019, Go Fas Racing formed an alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing to receive chassis, data, and technical support from SHR starting in 2020.[41][42]
  • On December 12, 2019, Front Row Motorsports announced they would revert to a two-car operation in 2020, effectively shutting down the No. 36 Ford.[43] Despite this, they will field the No. 36 at the 2020 Daytona 500 in a collaboration with Rick Ware Racing, with David Ragan as its driver.[44] On January 21, 2020, FRM renewed its technical alliance with Roush Fenway Racing.[45] On February 3, Bob Pockrass reported that the No. 36's owner points and charter will be transferred over to the No. 38, while the No. 38's owner points and charter from 2019 will go to the Rick Ware Racing No. 53 (No. 36 at Daytona).[46]
  • On December 12, 2019, it was announced that Felix Sabates, co-owner of Chip Ganassi Racing's NASCAR division, would be retiring in 2020.[47]
  • On December 13, 2019, as part of the team's announcement that they would field two cars in the Daytona 500, MBM Motorsports owner Carl Long said that there is a chance they would field the No. 66 full-time in 2020, with Timmy Hill as the primary driver of that car.[48] On February 3, 2020, Bob Pockrass reported that the MBM Motorsports No. 49 team will use the owner points of the No. 46 from the previous season.[46]
  • On December 14, 2019, when it was announced that James Davison would be running the Daytona 500 this season, it was announced that he will be driving a car fielded together by Jonathan Byrd's Racing and Hayward Motorsports, which will be both teams' first forays into NASCAR. The former is an IndyCar Series team and the latter is a Sprint Car team (and both of whom Davison has previously driven for).[49] However, this did not end up happening because the team was not on the official entry list for the race.[50]
  • On January 10, 2020, Kaulig Racing announced that they would be fielding a Cup Series team for the first time after running only in the Xfinity Series in their four years of operation. Justin Haley, one of their full-time Xfinity drivers and the defending summer Daytona Cup Series race winner, will drive the No. 16 Cup car for Kaulig in the Daytona 500.[35]
  • On March 3, 2020, Bob Pockrass reported that Rick Ware may be in the process of purchasing Premium Motorsports from Jay Robinson. On May 13, Pockrass confirmed that Ware had completed the transaction, acquiring the No. 15 charter. As a result of the acquisition, the RWR No. 52 team was renumbered to the No. 27 due to sponsorship preference. Ware explained that he purchased Premium Motorsports to own two charters (the No. 15 and No. 27), as the ones for the No. 51 and No. 53 are leased from Richard Petty Motorsports and Front Row Motorsports, respectively.[51]
  • On May 11, 2020, Tommy Baldwin Racing announced they would return to the Cup Series at the first of the May Darlington races with Josh Bilicki driving the No. 7 Chevrolet.[37] This is the team's first attempt since the 2019 Daytona 500.
  • On May 11, 2020, it was revealed through the 2020 The Real Heroes 400 entry list that B. J. McLeod would be debuting his team, which currently competes in the Xfinity Series, in the Cup Series with the No. 78 Chevrolet/Ford. He stated the following day that he is set to compete in both Darlington and Charlotte races in May, with the potential of up to 15 events this season after buying equipment from Rick Ware Racing, a team he has driven for in the Cup Series in select races for the last few years.[52]
  • On August 4, 2020, it was announced that for the Michigan doubleheader, the Spire Motorsports No. 77 car would be renumbered to the No. 74. The car will have a paint scheme that will be seen in the Netflix sitcom The Crew, starring Kevin James, and will have "sponsorship" from the fictional company Fake Steak. Camera shots and film of the car competing in the two races will be featured in the TV show.[53][54]

Drivers[edit]

  • On June 7, 2019, Daniel Suárez was reportedly working on extending his one-year contract with Stewart-Haas Racing.[55] On October 5, Suárez stated that he and Stewart-Haas were getting close to an agreement.[56] On November 14, it was officially announced that Suárez would not return to the No. 41 car in 2020.[57] On December 6, it was reported that Richard Childress Racing was interested in hiring Suárez either for a third team or as the driver of the No. 2 Chevrolet in the Xfinity Series.[58] On January 6, 2020, Adam Stern of Sports Business Journal reported that Suárez is still working on a deal for 2020, with the Gaunt Brothers Racing No. 96 car being his top option.[59] On January 28, Suárez officially signed with Gaunt Brothers Racing for 2020.[60][33]
  • On June 10, 2019, Richard Childress Racing was reportedly working on getting Tyler Reddick a full-time Cup Series ride in 2020, either with the team or its alliances.[61] Later, on July 30, team owner Richard Childress said that Reddick would not be in the Xfinity Series next year as long as he stays with his team, and that the Cup Series was the only option.[62] On September 4, it was reported that RCR is unclear if they can afford a third team for Reddick, and that Reddick has been talking to other teams such as Roush Fenway Racing.[63] On October 2, RCR officially announced Reddick as the driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet for the 2020 season. In addition, Reddick will compete for the 2020 NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors.[64][65]
  • On June 28, 2019, Christopher Bell signed a contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing, but had stated he was unsure if he will stay in the Xfinity Series or advance to the Cup Series.[66] On August 15, when asked about the rumors of him replacing Matt DiBenedetto in the Leavine Family Racing No. 95 Toyota in 2020, Bell said that no deals had been signed yet.[67] On September 24, 2019, LFR officially announced Bell as the driver of the No. 95 in 2020. In addition, Bell will compete for the 2020 Rookie of the Year honors.[68][69]
  • On August 13, 2019, it was reported that Matt DiBenedetto may not return to Leavine Family Racing in 2020, with rumors that the No. 95 Toyota will be vacated for either Christopher Bell or Erik Jones, with the other driver in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20.[70] Two days later, DiBenedetto confirmed that he would not be back with LFR after the end of the 2019 season.[71]
  • On August 14, 2019, it was announced that David Ragan would be retiring from full-time competition following the 2019 season.[72] However, it was announced on January 10, 2020 that Ragan would return to run the Daytona 500 in the Front Row's No. 36 car in a collaboration with Rick Ware Racing.[44]
  • On August 16, 2019, Ryan Preece confirmed he would return to JTG Daugherty Racing for the 2020 season.[73] However, this year, he will drive the No. 37, with his new teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (who replaced Chris Buescher) in the No. 47 which Preece drove in 2019.[74]
  • On August 17, 2019, Aric Almirola confirmed that he is signed with the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 Ford for the 2020 season.[75][76]
  • On August 17, 2019, Daniel Hemric stated he was "iffy" about his status for 2020, with Tyler Reddick likely moving to Cup and if Richard Childress Racing is not able to find sponsorship to run a third car full-time, Hemric may lose his ride to Reddick despite having signed a two-year contract with the team last year.[77] On September 17, RCR announced that Hemric would not return to the team following the 2019 season.[78][79]
  • On August 19, 2019, it was reported that Corey LaJoie's status with Go Fas Racing in 2020 is uncertain, as Xfinity driver Cole Custer has been mentioned as an option for the No. 32 Ford while the Front Row Motorsports No. 38 car may be an option for LaJoie with David Ragan not returning to that ride next year. If Custer ends up in the No. 32, the team would start a partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing, the team he competes for currently in the Xfinity Series and where his father serves as a team executive. Specifically, it was reported that SHR discussed the possibility of offloading many of their cars to GFR to make room for the Gen-7 car which will debut in 2021.[80] On November 15, Stewart-Haas Racing announced that Custer will replace Suárez in the No. 41 Ford and compete for the 2020 Rookie of the Year honors.[81] On December 3, 2019, it was confirmed that LaJoie had signed a deal to return to the No. 32 in 2020.[82]
  • On August 21, 2019, it was reported that Rick Ware Racing was considering Garrett Smithley to drive the No. 51 full-time (in every race) in 2020.[83] When asked about his future with RWR, Smithley replied: "I'm going to take it one race at a time."[84] On September 24, Smithley was interviewed about those rumors and he stated that if he could do what he wanted, he would try to do something similar to what Ross Chastain did in 2019 and run as many races as possible in all three series (Cup, Xfinity, and Truck). In the same article, RWR team owner Rick Ware said that he anticipated Smithley would run several races with his team in 2020, whether it was full-time or part-time.[39] On February 18, 2020, RWR announced Smithley's return to the team.[85]
  • On September 6, 2019, Ty Dillon posted a video to his Instagram in which he denied the rumors that he would be retiring after the 2019 season to move into a management role at his grandfather's team, Richard Childress Racing, which has an alliance with the Germain Racing No. 13 team he drives for. The rumor was that either Tyler Reddick would take his place in the No. 13, moving up from the RCR No. 2 car in the Xfinity Series, or that Reddick would bump Daniel Hemric out of the No. 8 car and Hemric would be in the RCR-aligned No. 13 for Germain.[86]
  • On September 10, 2019, Paul Menard announced he will retire from full-time racing after the 2019 season and at the same time, Wood Brothers Racing signed Matt DiBenedetto to drive for the No. 21 Ford full-time for the 2020 season.[87] It was previously reported on July 12, 2019 that Menard had re-signed with WBR and was expected to return to the No. 21 team in 2020 with speculation that he had been considering retiring within the next few years after 2020.[88]
  • On September 13, 2019, it was reported that Chris Buescher and JTG Daugherty Racing were "in progress" in negotiating Buescher's contract renewal.[89] However, on September 25, it was announced that Buescher would be returning to Roush Fenway Racing and would drive the No. 17 Ford, replacing Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who was released from the team despite having signed a contract extension through 2021 on August 1.[90][91][92][93]
  • On October 16, 2019, JTG Daugherty Racing announced that they signed Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to a multi-year deal starting in 2020.[94] Stenhouse replaces Chris Buescher as a driver for JTGD, although he will drive the No. 47 this season, replacing his new teammate Ryan Preece who will be in the No. 37.[74]
  • On November 7, 2019, it was reported that John Hunter Nemechek may be close to signing a deal with Front Row Motorsports for the 2020 season. Nemechek replaced Matt Tifft in the No. 36 Ford for the final three races of the 2019 season.[95] On December 12, Nemechek was announced as the new driver of the No. 38 Ford, replacing David Ragan and competing for the 2020 Rookie of the Year honors.[43]
  • On November 13, 2019, it was announced that Matt Tifft and Front Row Motorsports have mutually parted ways after Tifft started having health issues towards the end of the 2019 season.[96]
  • On November 14, 2019, it was announced that J. J. Yeley would run the full season for Rick Ware Racing in 2020 after running part-time for them last year. The exact car he will drive has not been announced.[97]
  • On November 27, 2019, it was announced that Quin Houff would drive the No. 00 Chevrolet for StarCom Racing full-time in 2020 and 2021, replacing Landon Cassill, who is likely to still remain with the team in some other way. Houff had driven part-time for Spire Motorsports and Premium Motorsports last year in the Nos. 15, 27, and 77 cars. In addition, Houff will compete for the 2020 Rookie of the Year honors.[98][99]
  • On December 11, 2019, it was announced that Brennan Poole would be running the full season in the No. 15 for Premium Motorsports and compete for the 2020 Rookie of the Year honors. In 2019, he drove most of the Truck Series schedule for On Point Motorsports. He has also driven full-time in the Xfinity Series for Chip Ganassi Racing.[100]
  • On December 14, 2019, it was announced that Australian James Davison would make his Cup debut at the Daytona 500 in an entry jointly fielded by Jonathan Byrd's Racing, an IndyCar Series team he has driven for in the past, and Hayward Motorsports, a Sprint Car team he has driven for in the past. The car will come from Rick Ware Racing. He has made four Xfinity Series starts as a road course ringer. Davison primarily drives in IndyCar, and will attempt to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 this year, meaning he will run both marquee races in the same year.[49]
  • On December 20, 2019, Rick Ware Racing announced that Joey Gase will drive one of their cars full-time in 2020. After many years running full-time in the Xfinity Series, this is Gase's first full season in Cup.[101] He ended up driving multiple cars for the team instead of one for the whole year. He drove the No. 51 in the Daytona 500 before moving to the No. 53 for the next few races. He will return to the No. 51 at Darlington.[102]
  • On January 9, 2020, it was announced that Ross Chastain would drive the No. 77 Chevrolet for Spire Motorsports at the Daytona 500 as well as the Coca-Cola 600 in a partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing, the same way how the two teams jointly fielded Jamie McMurray's entry at the 2019 Daytona 500.[103]
  • On January 10, 2020, Justin Haley, a full-time Xfinity Series driver for Kaulig Racing, was announced to pilot Kaulig's new part-time Cup Series car, the No. 16 Chevrolet, in the Daytona 500. He ran three races last year driving the No. 77 for Spire Motorsports, including at the summer Daytona race where he pulled off an upset win in his third series start.[35]
  • On January 17, 2020, Parker Kligerman announced that he has no plans to return to the No. 96 of Gaunt Brothers Racing or in any of NASCAR's three national series.[104]
  • On February 17, 2020, Ryan Newman was injured in a last-lap flip across the finish line at the Daytona 500. After being removed from his car by safety personnel, Newman was taken to the hospital[105] and then released from the hospital on the Wednesday after the race,[106] and continues to recover from the crash. He eventually spoke publicly about his future driving plans, attending the Phoenix race[107] and appearing on the TODAY Show, where he indicated that he will return to driving as soon as he is able to.[108] Ross Chastain substituted for Newman in the No. 6 at Las Vegas,[109] California,[110] and Phoenix. On April 27, 2020, it was announced that Newman was medically cleared to return to competition.[111] In addition, NASCAR granted him a waiver for eligibility in the 2020 playoffs.[112]
  • On April 13, 2020, Chip Ganassi Racing suspended Kyle Larson indefinitely without pay after he was found to use a racial slur during an iRacing event the day before. Shortly after Ganassi's announcement, NASCAR also suspended him indefinitely.[113] The following day, Ganassi outright released Larson.[17] On April 27, 2020, Ganassi announced that Matt Kenseth will drive the No. 42 for the remainder of the season.[114] In addition, NASCAR granted Kenseth a waiver for eligibility in the 2020 playoffs.[112]
  • On July 3, 2020, it was announced that Jimmie Johnson tested positive for COVID-19, forcing him to miss the 2020 Brickyard 400. Justin Allgaier was announced as his replacement for the race.[115] On July 8, 2020, Johnson was cleared to race after testing negative twice that week.[116]
  • On August 15, 2020, it was announced that Austin Dillon tested positive for COVID-19, forcing him to miss the 2020 Go Bowling 235 at Daytona. Kaz Grala was announced as his replacement for the race, making it Grala's Cup debut.[117] On August 20, 2020, Dillon was cleared to race after testing negative twice that week.[118]
  • On September 17, 2020, it was announced that J. J. Yeley would replace Brennan Poole in the Premium Motorsports No. 15 car for the 2020 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol after Pool was unable to secure sponsorship for the race.[119]

Crew chiefs[edit]

  • On September 24, 2019, it was announced that Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Jason Ratcliff will replace Mike Wheeler as the crew chief of the Leavine Family Racing No. 95 Toyota, to be driven by Christopher Bell in 2020. Both Ratcliff and Bell worked together in the Xfinity Series in the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Ratcliff was last a crew chief in Cup Series competition in 2017, with driver Matt Kenseth and the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team. Wheeler will move to the position of LFR's competition director.[68][69]
  • On October 7, 2019, Rodney Childers confirmed that he agreed to a multiyear contract extension with Stewart-Haas Racing as the crew chief of the No. 4 Ford driven by Kevin Harvick.[120]
  • On October 17, 2019, Roush Fenway Racing announced that Brian Pattie would not return as the crew chief for their No. 17 car, which will now be driven by Chris Buescher. He had worked for the team for the past four years, in 2016 with Greg Biffle and then since 2017 with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.[121] On November 5, Luke Lambert was announced as Pattie's replacement at Roush Fenway Racing, moving over from Richard Childress Racing after many years there, most recently as the crew chief for their No. 31/8 car, working with Jeff Burton, Ryan Newman, and Daniel Hemric.[122][123]
  • On October 28, 2019, Danny Stockman announced he will step down as the crew chief of the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 car, driven by Austin Dillon at the end of the 2019 season. Justin Alexander will return as the No. 3 team's crew chief in 2020 after having served that position in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.[124]
  • On November 5, 2019, it was announced that Richard Childress Racing crew chief Randall Burnett would be moving up with Tyler Reddick from RCR's Xfinity Series No. 2 team to the No. 8 Cup car. He replaces Luke Lambert, who on the same day was announced to be leaving to join Roush Fenway Racing in 2020 as the No. 17 crew chief.[125][123]
  • On November 25, 2019, Joe Williams announced that he has left the StarCom Racing No. 00 team. StarCom Racing has yet to announce his replacement for 2020.[126]
  • On December 2, 2019, it was announced that Brian Pattie would move with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to JTG Daugherty Racing, where he will crew chief the No. 47 car, which Stenhouse will drive.[74]
  • On December 4, 2019, Stewart-Haas Racing announced a change in their crew chief lineup. Mike Shiplett will replace Billy Scott as the crew chief of the No. 41 Ford, to be driven by Cole Custer in 2020. Both Shiplett and Custer worked together during the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series. In addition, Johnny Klausmeier and Mike Bugarewicz will switch teams, with Klausmeier going to the No. 14 team of Clint Bowyer and Bugarewicz going to the No. 10 team of Aric Almirola.[127] Scott later tweeted the following day that he had joined Richard Childress Racing as the head of engineering, replacing Justin Alexander, who is returning to crew chiefing at RCR full-time in 2020 with Austin Dillon's No. 3 team.[128]
  • On December 6, 2019, reporter Bob Pockrass tweeted that Mike Kelley has left Front Row Motorsports and started working at JTG Daugherty Racing, overseeing their fabrication shop. He worked a portion of the 2019 season with Matt Tifft's No. 36 team and the remainder with David Ragan's No. 38 team after a swap with Seth Barbour.
  • On December 9, 2019, Cole Pearn announced he had parted ways with Joe Gibbs Racing to pursue opportunities outside of NASCAR. Pearn served as Martin Truex Jr.'s crew chief at Furniture Row Racing from 2014 to 2018 and at JGR in 2019.[129] On December 19, 2019, James Small was announced as Truex's new crew chief for 2020. He previously worked with Truex as an engineer at both JGR and Furniture Row. Small was also interim crew chief for Erik Jones' No. 77 FRR team in 2017 for two races.[130]
  • On January 6, 2020, Team Penske announced that all crew chiefs would be seeing a move to different teams within the organization. Paul Wolfe would be moving from the No. 2 of Keselowski to the No. 22 of Logano, Todd Gordon would be moving from Logano to the No. 12 of Blaney, and Bullins would be moving to join Keselowski.[131]
  • On January 6, 2020, Richard Petty Motorsports announced that Jerry Baxter would be the crew chief for Bubba Wallace in 2020, replacing first-year crew chief Derek Stamets, who worked with the No. 43 team last season.[132] He previously was a crew chief for GMS Racing in the Truck Series, working with drivers Cody Coughlin, Timothy Peters, Tyler Dippel, and Brett Moffitt for the last two years. Baxter worked with Wallace Jr. in 2013 and 2014 in the Truck Series at Kyle Busch Motorsports, earning five wins paired together.
  • On January 7, 2020, Go Fas Racing announced that Ryan Sparks would be the crew chief for the No. 32 car, driven by Corey LaJoie. Sparks previously served as a race engineer at Richard Childress Racing for the No. 3 of Austin Dillon.[133]
  • On January 22, 2020, it was reported that Dave Winston would be the crew chief for the Gaunt Brothers Racing No. 96 car, driven by Daniel Suárez. Winston previously served as a race engineer for Richard Childress Racing.[134]
  • On January 23, 2020, it was announced that Steve Idol would be the crew chief of the MBM Motorsports No. 66 Cup Series team, after previously having been a car chief for the organization.
  • On August 4, 2020, Chip Ganassi Racing announced that Chad Johnston would be replaced as crew chief on the No. 42 car by the team's engineer, Phil Surgen, for the remainder of the season.[135]

Interim crew chiefs[edit]

  • On March 1, 2020, prior to the 2020 Auto Club 400 at Fontana, the No. 37 and No. 47 teams of JTG Daugherty Racing were docked 10 owner and driver points each and crew chiefs Trent Owens and Brian Pattie were suspended for the race after the cars were discovered to have an illegal modification during pre-race inspection. Brian Burns and Eddie Pardue took over the crew chief duties for the No. 37 and No. 47, respectively, for the race.[136]
  • On May 18, 2020, following the 2020 The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 crew chief Chris Gayle was suspended for one race and fined US$20,000 after it was discovered that two lug nuts were not safely secured during post-race inspection. Race engineer Seth Chavka was announced to take over Gayle's duties at the 2020 Toyota 500 at Darlington.[137]
  • On May 25, 2020, following the 2020 Coca-Cola 600, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 crew chief Chris Gabehart, car chief Brandon Griffeth, and engineer Scott Simmons were suspended for four races after a tungsten ballast came loose and fell off the frame rail of the car during the start of the race.[138]
  • On July 21, 2020, it was announced that Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 crew chief Chad Knaus would miss the 2020 Super Start Batteries 400 at Kansas to be with his wife for the birth of their second child. Keith Rodden was announced as his replacement for the race.[139]
  • On August 2, 2020, prior to the 2020 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire, Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 crew chief Jerry Baxter and Go Fas Racing No. 32 crew chief Ryan Sparks were suspended for the race and their respective teams were each penalized 10 driver and owner points after their cars failed pre-race inspection for improperly mounted ballasts.[140] Roy Gangdal, the engineer for the No. 32 team, would substitute for Sparks as LaJoie's crew chief for that race.[23]
  • On August 2, 2020, following the 2020 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 crew chief Johnny Klausmeier was suspended for the 2020 FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan and fined US$20,000 after the car was discovered to have two loose lug nuts during post-race inspection.[141] On September 6, following the 2020 Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington, Klausmeier was suspended for the 2020 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond and fined US$20,000 for the same post-race violation.[142]
  • On September 6, 2020, prior to the 2020 Cook Out Southern 500, Team Penske No. 12 crew chief Todd Gordon was suspended for the race due to the car's ballast being improperly installed. Travis Geisler, Penske's competition director, served as the interim crew chief for the No. 12 in that race.[26]
  • On September 6, 2020, following the 2020 Cook Out Southern 500, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 crew chief Adam Stevens was suspended for the Richmond race and fined US$20,000 after the car was discovered to have two loose lug nuts during post-race inspection.[142]
  • On October 25, 2020, prior to the 2020 Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 crew chief James Small was suspended for the race and fined US$35,000 while the team was docked 20 driver and owner points for an unapproved rear spoiler during pre-race inspection.[28]

Manufacturers[edit]

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  • On June 13, 2019, Nationwide Insurance announced the end of their five-year sponsorship of Hendrick Motorsports' No. 88 Chevrolet driven by Alex Bowman after the 2019 season.[144][145] On January 29, 2020, Hendrick Motorsports announced that Chevrolet Accessories partners will be the primary sponsor of the No. 88 for 26 races. The sponsorship package will consist of the brands Adam's Polishes, NOCO, and Truck Hero.[146] On August 12, Acronis signed a sponsorship deal with HMS that will run through 2023, including primary sponsorship of the No. 88 team for three races in 2020.[147] On October 26, Planters was announced as the primary sponsor of the No. 88 at the 2020 Xfinity 500 at Martinsville.[148]
  • On June 15, 2019, Richard Childress Racing announced Dow would be back for the 2020 season.[149]
  • On August 7, 2019, Team Penske announced Discount Tire renewed and expanded their commitment to the No. 2 car for 2020. Discount Tire who has been associated with Team Penske since 2010 will sponsor 15 races as the main sponsor, including the Daytona 500, Brickyard 400 and the season finale in Phoenix.[150] On January 28, 2020, Miller Lite announced it would sponsor the No. 2 at the Coca-Cola 600 only.[151]
  • On September 3, 2019, it was reported that Monster Energy is considering increasing its sponsorship of the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 1 Chevrolet in 2020, as it will no longer become the title sponsor of the Cup Series after 2019. As Monster Energy has spent an estimated US$5 million on the team in 2019, the deal could give CGR close to US$10 million in the next year.[152]
  • On September 19, 2019, Liberty University reached a two-year agreement to extend the sponsorship of Hendrick Motorsports' No. 24 Chevrolet driven by William Byron. Under the agreement, the No. 24 will carry Liberty University sponsorship in 12 races annually in 2020 and 2021.[153]
  • On September 20, 2019, Cincinnati Inc. signed a partnership deal with Hendrick Motorsports that runs from 2019 to 2028. The deal makes the tool manufacturer an associate sponsor for all four teams and a primary sponsor of the No. 88 Chevrolet driven by Alex Bowman.[154][155]
  • On October 4, 2019, Ally Financial extended its sponsorship of Hendrick Motorsports' No. 48 Chevrolet for three more years through the 2023 season.[156][157]
  • On October 10, 2019, Stewart-Haas Racing announced that they signed a contract extension with Smithfield Foods to sponsor the No. 10 Ford driven by Aric Almirola.[158][76]
  • On October 23, 2019, Hertz extended its sponsorship of the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet driven by William Byron through 2021. This deal includes four primary sponsorships per season and a full-time associate sponsorship.[159]
  • On October 30, 2019, Oscar Mayer extended its sponsorship of the Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 Ford driven by Ryan Newman through 2021.[160] On January 8, 2020, Wyndham Rewards announced a multi-year extension of its sponsorship of the No. 6 team.[161] On January 22, Castrol signed up as the official motor oil of RFR and a primary sponsor of the No. 6 team in select events.[162] A day later, Acorns announced that it will no longer sponsor the team.[163] On August 12, Guaranteed Rate signed a sponsorship deal with the team for the remainder of the season.[164]
  • On October 31, 2019, Mars, Incorporated signed a multi-year contract extension as the official chocolate of NASCAR. The company has sponsored the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota driven by Kyle Busch since 2008.[165]
  • On November 4, 2019, HotelPlanner signed a multi-year deal as the official online booking partner of NASCAR.[166]
  • On December 2, 2019, NASCAR announced that the organization will not allow CBD sponsorships partly due to restrictions from its media rights partners and also because of FIA regulations (cannabinoids, which CBD is part, is a Prohibited Substance in the WADA Code that is used by the FIA; NASCAR is a member of the ASN of the FIA in the United States, the Automobile Competition Committee for the United States).[167]
  • On January 9, 2020, Chip Ganassi Racing announced that AdventHealth would return to the team in 2020 and increase their sponsorship, with two races on the No. 42 of the driver who will replace Kyle Larson, and two races on the No. 77 Spire Motorsports car of Ross Chastain (which will have an alliance with Ganassi in those races). In 2019, they sponsored Jamie McMurray's No. 40 Spire/Ganassi car in the Clash, Larson in the All-Star Race (which he won), and Kurt Busch's No. 1 at Kansas in October.[103]
  • On January 14, 2020, it was reported that NASCAR was in advanced discussions with Verizon Communications on a new partnership, which includes upgrading the tracks with 5G technology.[168]
  • On January 27, 2020, it was announced that UniFirst will sponsor the Hendrick Motorsports No. 9 Chevrolet driven by Chase Elliott for Phoenix, the NASCAR All-Star Race, and Las Vegas.[169]
  • On April 6, 2020, Blue-Emu dropped their sponsorship deal with Bubba Wallace after he decided to cease participating in an eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series event.[170] On July 7, Beats Electronics announced that they have signed a personal services agreement with Wallace and Richard Petty Motorsports.[171] On August 12, Columbia Sportswear signed a multiyear sponsorship agreement with Wallace and [172]
  • On April 13, 2020, McDonald's, Credit One Bank, and Fiserv (Clover) terminated their sponsorship deals with Kyle Larson following his suspension by Chip Ganassi Racing and NASCAR. In addition, Chevrolet suspended their business relationship with Larson indefinitely.[113]
  • On October 13, 2020, Roush Fenway announced Hy-Vee will sponsor Ryan Newman in the Hollywood Casino 400.[173]

Rule changes[edit]

2020 package[edit]

  • On January 28, 2020, NASCAR announced a change in stage lengths for 16 races in the Cup Series. The affected tracks will have the length of their final stages decreased so that only one green-flag pit stop is required instead of two.[174]
  • On October 1, 2019, NASCAR released the 2020 rules package. Among the changes to the rules is the reduction of road crew members from 12 to 10. Teams with three or more cars are limited to three roster spots. Wind tunnel testing is limited to 150 hours per team and will only be permitted at four wind tunnel facilities (three in North Carolina and one in Indiana). Each car number is allowed a maximum chassis quantity of 12 units. Teams must compete with long block and short block sealed engines in a minimum of eight races each.[175][176][177]
  • On January 14, 2020, NASCAR announced a reduced downforce package for short tracks and road courses. The new aero package consists of the following changes:[178]
  • The rear spoiler will be reduced from 8 inches to 2.75 inches in height.
  • The front splitter's overhang will be reduced from 2 inches to a quarter-inch, with its wings trimmed from 10.5 inches to 2 inches.
  • The radiator pan's vertical fencing will be removed to reduce front-end downforce.
  • On June 15, 2020, NASCAR announced in response to Newman's Daytona 500 crash that aeroducts would be removed from the cars for Daytona and Talladega, as well as reduce horsepower from 550 to 520. This, along with slip tape being mandatory, were intended to limit the ability to tandem draft and lower speeds.
  • On August 19, 2020, NASCAR allowed teams to remove a portion of the passenger side window starting with the Dover doubleheader to address the heat exhaustion experienced by drivers during the summer races.[179]

Charter system[edit]

  • On February 14, 2020, NASCAR announced the extension of the charter system through 2024. The charter system was first implemented in 2016 and had a five-year term that ran until 2020.[180]

Schedule[edit]

NASCAR unveiled the 2020 schedule on March 26, 2019.[181]

Due to implications from the COVID-19 pandemic, the schedule was changed significantly during the season as detailed below.

No Race title TrackDate
Busch ClashDaytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FloridaFebruary 9
Bluegreen Vacations DuelFebruary 13
1 Daytona 500February 16–17[a]
2 Pennzoil 400Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NevadaFebruary 23
3 Auto Club 400Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CaliforniaMarch 1
4 FanShield 500Phoenix Raceway, Avondale, ArizonaMarch 8
5 The Real Heroes 400[b]Darlington Raceway, Darlington, South CarolinaMay 17
6 Toyota 500[c]May 20
7 Coca-Cola 600Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North CarolinaMay 24
8 Alsco Uniforms 500[d]May 28[183]
9 Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TennesseeMay 31
10 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GeorgiaJune 7
11 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, VirginiaJune 10
12 Dixie Vodka 400Homestead–Miami Speedway, Homestead, FloridaJune 14
13 GEICO 500Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln, AlabamaJune 22[e]
14 Pocono Organics 325Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PennsylvaniaJune 27
15 Pocono 350June 28
16 Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 powered by Big Machine RecordsIndianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, IndianaJuly 5
17 Quaker State 400Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, KentuckyJuly 12
NASCAR All Star OpenBristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee[184]July 15
NASCAR All-Star Race
18 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TexasJuly 19
19 Super Start Batteries 400Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KansasJuly 23
20 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New HampshireAugust 2
21 FireKeepers Casino 400[f]Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MichiganAugust 8
22 Consumers Energy 400[f]August 9
23 Go Bowling 235[g]Daytona International Speedway (Road Course), Daytona Beach, FloridaAugust 16
24 Drydene 311[f]Dover International Speedway, Dover, DelawareAugust 22
25 Drydene 311[f]August 23
26 Coke Zero Sugar 400Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FloridaAugust 29
NASCAR Cup Championship Playoffs
Round of 16
27 Cook Out Southern 500Darlington Raceway, Darlington, South CarolinaSeptember 6
28 Federated Auto Parts 400Richmond Raceway, Richmond, VirginiaSeptember 12
29 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night RaceBristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TennesseeSeptember 19
Round of 12
30 South Point 400Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NevadaSeptember 27
31 YellaWood 500Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln, AlabamaOctober 4
32 Bank of America Roval 400Charlotte Motor Speedway (Road Course), Concord, North CarolinaOctober 11
Round of 8
33 Hollywood Casino 400Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KansasOctober 18
34 Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TexasOctober 25–28[h]
35 Xfinity 500Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, VirginiaNovember 1
Championship 4
36 Season Finale 500Phoenix Raceway, Avondale, ArizonaNovember 8

Bolded races indicate a NASCAR Major, also known as Crown Jewel race.

Changes[edit]

Further information: History of NASCAR schedule realignments § Realignment 2020

The original 2020 schedule for the NASCAR Cup Series underwent a series of significant changes.[185]

  • The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway moved from the second race to the fifth race of the season behind the West Coast swing to March 15, 2020, returning to its pre-2010 date of mid-March.
  • The Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead–Miami Speedway moved to March 22, 2020, no longer serving as the season finale.
  • After 21 years of being held in proximity to Independence Day weekend, the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway moved to August to become the final race of NASCAR's "regular season". The Brickyard 400, run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, moved to the Independence Day weekend.
  • The Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway was switched to a Saturday night race on May 9.
  • Kansas Speedway's spring race, the Super Start Batteries 400 moved to a Sunday afternoon race on May 31 (vacating the Mother's Day weekend scheduling now held by Martinsville), following the Coca-Cola 600.
  • Pocono Raceway's two races were consolidated into a doubleheader weekend, with the Pocono Organics 325 and Pocono 350 held across two consecutive days. The starting order for the second race would be determined by reversing the order of the lead lap finishers from the first race.[186]
  • Dover International Speedway's second date moves to late August, marking the first time the race has not been in NASCAR's postseason.
  • The Toyota/Save Mart 350 will move one week earlier than 2018.
  • The Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway will be held as the first race of the Playoffs, as the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will move to the first race of the Round of 12.[187]
  • The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway will move from mid-August to mid-September, replacing Charlotte and becoming the final race of the Round of 16.
  • The Championship Round of the Playoffs will be conducted at Phoenix Raceway on November 8. This will be the first Phoenix race to close out the season. Due to this and the consolidation of the Pocono doubleheader, the 2020 season will end one week earlier than in the past. Usually, the season finale had been held on the third weekend in November, falling sometime between November 16–22.
  • The Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway will become the final race of the Round of 12, replacing Kansas.
  • The Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway will be held one week later than 2019, replacing Martinsville and becoming the first race of the Round of 8.
  • The Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond will move back to Sunday afternoon, similar to 2015–2017 when it was run on a Sunday afternoon. This was done because the two Martinsville Speedway races will be night races in 2020, as both races will start in the day and end at night.
  • Two off-weeks between Loudon and Michigan were scheduled to accommodate the (now-postponed) 2020 Summer Olympics (which are broadcast by NBCUniversal networks).

Changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic[edit]

  • In wake of the Rudy Gobert and the NBA situation, on March 12, 2020, NASCAR initially announced that the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead–Miami Speedway would take place as scheduled, but behind closed doors with no spectators admitted. The next day in respect of the NBA 2019-2020 season suspension, NASCAR announced that the two races and all associated events had been postponed.[188]
  • On March 16, 2020, NASCAR announced all race events through May 3, 2020 had been postponed.[189]
  • On April 17, 2020, NASCAR announced that Martinsville Speedway race weekend on May 8–9, 2020 had been postponed, although the sanctioning body affirmed its commitment to running a full 36-race schedule.[190]
  • On April 30, 2020, NASCAR announced a revised schedule for the month of May, with two Cup races at Darlington Raceway and two points-paying races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including the Coca-Cola 600 that will be run with no fans in the stands (Charlotte did allow each owner of a Turn 1 condominium complex overlooking the track five tickets each to the races).[191]
  • On May 8, 2020, NASCAR announced that Sonoma Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway would not host Cup races in 2020, and that Richmond Raceway's postponed spring date would not be rescheduled.[192]
  • With the exception of the Coca-Cola 600, all races starting with NASCAR's return at Darlington through the Homestead race at minimum will feature no practice or qualifying. Teams will unload, have cars inspected, and race. The Coca-Cola 600 featured same-day qualifying but no practice.[193]
  • On May 14, 2020, NASCAR announced the schedule for late-May through June 21, 2020, including Bristol Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, and Talladega Superspeedway. NASCAR also announced that these races would still be held behind closed doors.[194] However, Atlanta, like Charlotte, allowed owners of its Turn 4 condominiums to attend the races with a similar policy to that in place (five tickets for each unit). NASCAR later announced that it would allow spectators at two races as a trial, with the Homestead race inviting a limited audience of 1,000—representing local branches of the U.S. military.[195]
  • At the GEICO 500 at Talladega, NASCAR admitted outside spectators for the first time, capped at 5,000 in the stands, as well as limited campsites open.[195]
  • On June 15, 2020, NASCAR announced that the All-Star Race would be moved to Bristol Motor Speedway so that it could be held with spectators. The speedway admitted a maximum of 30,000 spectators for the All-Star Race (out of a total capacity of 162,000), the largest attendance of any U.S. sporting event held since the beginning of pandemic-related restrictions.[196][197]
  • On July 8, 2020, NASCAR announced the next phase of revisions to the schedule through the conclusion of the regular season in August, this included twin race weekends at Dover and Michigan (with the races shortened to 500 kilometers each), and the Go Bowling at The Glen being replaced by the Go Bowling 235—NASCAR's first ever road course race at Daytona International Speedway. It was reported that the replacement of the Watkins Glen race was necessitated by travel restrictions imposed by the state of New York, which at the time required 14 days self-isolation for anyone entering the state from areas designated as having large numbers of recent COVID-19 cases (including North Carolina, where the majority of NASCAR teams and staff are based). Fans could have been admitted at events on a case-by-case basis depending on local health orders.[198]
  • On July 21, 2020, NASCAR announced that the remaining national series events on the 2020 schedule would be held without practice and qualifying.[199]

Season summary[edit]

Race reports[edit]

Speedweeks 2020

In Daytona 500 qualifying, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the pole with Alex Bowman qualifying second.[200]

In the Busch Clash, Ryan Newman started on pole. Brad Keselowski led the most laps. Joey Logano was leading, but got into the wall after contact with Kyle Busch that also collected Keselowski. On the restart, several drivers spun their tires causing a crash before the start-finish line including Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., and Jimmie Johnson. In overtime, Denny Hamlin had a tire go down and collected several cars. On the next overtime restart, Chase Elliott spun after contact with Kyle Larson. Erik Jones made a last lap pass on Newman with help from Hamlin for the win.[201]

In the Bluegreen Vacations Duel, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led the first Duel. Daniel Suárez got into the wall after contact with Ryan Blaney. Joey Logano held off Aric Almirola to win his second straight Duel. In the second Duel, Alex Bowman led. J. J. Yeley hit the wall after contact with Corey LaJoie. William Byron and Jimmie Johnson drove past Kevin Harvick and Byron held off Johnson to win. Suárez, Yeley, and Chad Finchum failed to make the race.[202]

Round 1: Daytona 500

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. started on pole. After the first 20 laps, the race was red flagged due to rain and the rest was postponed until the following day. William Byron spun and slammed the wall after contact with polesitter Stenhouse as Chase Elliott won the first stage. Stenhouse was hit from behind coming to pit road as Denny Hamlin won the second stage. In the closing laps, Kyle Busch blew an engine as Brad Keselowski was turned into the wall collecting Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola, Bubba Wallace, Justin Haley, Martin Truex Jr., Alex Bowman, Austin Dillon and Matt DiBenedetto. Ross Chastain had a tire go down and collected Joey Logano, Ryan Preece, Ty Dillon, Tyler Reddick, and Christopher Bell. Clint Bowyer and Michael McDowell spun sending the race to overtime. Ryan Newman took the lead from Hamlin on the last lap, but was turned by Ryan Blaney and went airborne and landing on the roof before being plowed into by Corey LaJoie. Hamlin edged Blaney at the line for his third 500 win in five years and his second consecutive Daytona 500 win, becoming the first driver since Sterling Marlin to win back-to-back 500s. Newman was found unresponsive and was removed from the car and was rushed to the hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.[203][204]

Round 2: Pennzoil 400

Kyle Busch won the pole after qualifying was cancelled due to rain. Chase Elliott dominated early and won both stages. Martin Truex Jr. had to return to pit road to tighten lug nuts and later slammed the wall after having a tire go down. Elliott also had a tire go down and slammed the wall. Ryan Blaney, despite a tire rub, took the lead from Joey Logano and was heading to the win until Ross Chastain spun. Blaney and Alex Bowman pitted while Logano stayed out. William Byron had a tire rub and wrecked along with Blaney, Kyle Busch, and John Hunter Nemechek as Logano held off Matt DiBenedetto for his second straight Vegas win.[205]

Round 3: Auto Club 400

Clint Bowyer started on the pole. Alex Bowman won the first stage. Bowyer brought out the caution after having a tire go down. Kyle Larson got into the wall after contact with Denny Hamlin, but was able to keep going. Ryan Blaney won the second stage. Hamlin made contact with the wall. Bowman took the lead from Martin Truex Jr. and continued to lead with Blaney in second. Blaney had to pit for a flat tire with three laps to go. Bowman continued to lead for his second career Cup victory over Kyle Busch.[206]

Round 4: FanShield 500

Chase Elliott started on pole. Ryan Blaney slammed the wall after making contact with Denny Hamlin and collected Brad Keselowski. Kevin Harvick passed Elliott to win the first stage. Erik Jones got into the wall as Keselowski won the second stage. Tyler Reddick ran well until he got loose and got into the wall. Martin Truex Jr. plowed the wall after contact with Aric Almirola. Ross Chastain spun and an accident between John Hunter Nemechek and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sent the race to overtime. Joey Logano held off Harvick for his second win of the season.[207] Kyle Larson finished 4th but unbeknownst to all at the time, this would be his final race with Chip Ganassi Racing.

Season paused for two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The fifth race of the season was supposed to be the 2020 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, the first race at Atlanta since its rescheduling from being the second race of the season (in late February or early March, which it was for 5 years) to mid-March immediately after the west coast swing (the races at Las Vegas, Fontana, and Phoenix) as part of the 2020 schedule changes.

Prior to the Atlanta race, NASCAR announced that no fans would be permitted to attend it due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[208] However, it was announced the following day that the race would instead be outright postponed to sometime later in the season. The same restrictions applied to the following race, the 2020 Dixie Vodka 400, at Homestead-Miami Speedway.[209] It was supposed to be the first Homestead race since its rescheduling from being the season-finale in November (which it was for 18 years) to March as the sixth race of the season as part of the 2020 schedule changes.

Round 5: The Real Heroes 400

This was NASCAR's first race back since the pandemic hit. It was run on May 17 as a one-day show, with no fans in attendance. This additional race at Darlington replaced the race at Chicago in June on the schedule. NASCAR announced that there would be no practice or qualifying held so that teams would not need to bring additional crew members to the track and would not need to bring backup cars.[191][192]

Brad Keselowski was awarded the pole position by a random draw, which was done on the Thursday before the race and televised on NASCAR Race Hub.[210]Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wrecked on the first lap of the race. Jimmie Johnson was leading at the end of the first stage but wrecked after contact with Chris Buescher on the last lap of the stage, with William Byron winning the stage. Keselowski won the second stage of the race. Kevin Harvick led the most laps and won the race, his second win at Darlington and 50th career win.[211]

Round 6: Toyota 500

The second race to air during prime time this season[212] also saw no fans in the stands much like the previous race. Positions 1 through 20 from Sunday's race were inverted, which meant Ryan Preece started on pole by virtue of his 20th-place finish on Sunday.[191][192] Positions 21 through 40 made up the remaining half of the grid. The Tommy Baldwin racing entry driven by Josh Bilicki did not enter this race which meant only 39 cars started. J. J. Yeley and Gray Gaulding started in the rear due to them not participating in Sunday's race. The race saw Preece, the pole sitter, blow a motor during the first stage and fail to finish. Clint Bowyer led the most laps and won the first and second stages, but got into the wall and spun late in the race. Denny Hamlin was leading when the final caution came out with 28 laps to go when Chase Elliott made contact with Kyle Busch. Busch was attempting to fall in line behind Elliott on the front straightaway of the track, but accidentally spun Elliott into the inside wall. Elliott expressed his displeasure under the caution period, when he climbed from his car and extended his middle finger towards Busch in retaliation. During this caution period, rain began to fall, which caused NASCAR to red flag the race. With 20 laps remaining, NASCAR declared Hamlin the winner. This was Hamlin's second victory of the season.[213]

Round 7: Coca-Cola 600

This race occurred on its originally scheduled date of May 24 but was the first race since the COVID-19 pandemic to feature qualifying as part of a one-day show. This would turn out to be the final race in 2020 that would have an actual qualifying session as NASCAR would announce in late July that there would be no further practice or qualifying sessions for any of NASCAR's 3 national touring series for the remainder of 2020. Kurt Busch started on pole for the race. At the beginning of the race, Denny Hamlin lost ballast from his car and was forced to pit, resulting in him starting the race multiple laps down. The race was red-flagged due to rain during the first stage. Alex Bowman won the first stage of the race under caution after Clint Bowyer got into the wall. Bowman also won the second stage of the race. Joey Logano won the third stage of the race. Chase Elliott was leading late in the race when William Byron spun with two laps to go, setting up an overtime finish. Elliott and several cars came to pit road while other drivers stayed out. Brad Keselowski took the lead and won the race in overtime. Jimmie Johnson crossed the finish line 2nd but failed post-race inspection, resulting in him being disqualified and finishing the race in last place meaning he will start in last place in the next race.[214]

Round 8: Alsco Uniforms 500

The race was postponed from Wednesday to Thursday due to rain. The top 20 from the Coca-Cola 600 was inverted, which meant that William Byron started on pole. Joey Gase and Garrett Smithley got into the wall on the first lap and collected Tyler Reddick and Ty Dillon. Byron had to pit after making contact with Corey LaJoie on pit road. Kyle Busch cut a tire after making contact with Aric Almirola. Brad Keselowski cut a tire and got into the wall along with Matt Kenseth. The race was red flagged due to rain. When the race resumed, Joey Logano won the first stage. Alex Bowman won the second stage and led the start of the final stage until he got into the wall and had to pit. Kevin Harvick took the lead, but Chase Elliott passed Harvick for the lead and held off Denny Hamlin for his seventh career win.[215]

Round 9: Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500

A random draw determined the starting lineup with Brad Keselowski starting on pole. After two competition cautions, Chase Elliott won the first stage. Ryan Blaney spun while second and collected Ty Dillon. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun and collected several cars including Alex Bowman, Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick, Ryan Preece, and Matt DiBenedetto, which brought out the red flag. Elliott won the second stage as Kevin Harvick made contact with Erik Jones and got into the wall. Bubba Wallace made little contact with Aric Almirola and collected Martin Truex Jr.Denny Hamlin spun after battling Joey Logano for the lead. Elliott got loose and put himself and Logano into the wall, which allowed Keselowski to take the lead and hold off Clint Bowyer for his second win of the season.[216]

Round 10: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

Chase Elliott won pole from random draw. Kurt Busch had to serve a drive-thru penalty in the first laps due to failing pre-race inspection multiple times. Martin Truex Jr. won both stages as Michael McDowell and John Hunter Nemechek both had spin outs that brought the only incidents of the day. Kevin Harvick will go on to lead the most laps and grab his second win of the season.[217]

Round 11: Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500

The first night race to take place at Martinsville since the implementation of the lights in 2017, and the first race to ban all confederate flags from sports events in response to the murder of George Floyd. Ryan Blaney won pole from random draw as a quick caution on lap 5 came out for debris from Austin Dilion's car. He would eventually retire from the race on the final stage due to overheating inside the car. Many noticeable drivers, including Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones, Brad Keselowski, Blaney, and Matt Kenseth would struggle in the first stage and would already be a lap or two down until the competition caution came out at lap 60. Another caution would come out with 10 to go in stage 1 from Timmy Hill stalling on pit road. Most drivers who were a lap down opted to take the wave around, but Corey Lajoie opted not to pit while on the lead lap, thus trapping all the wave arounds stuck a lap down. Joey Logano will go on to win stage 1 while Jimmie Johnson would win stage 2. Martin Truex Jr. was busted from going over the commitment box while pitting and had to restart at the tail-end. Two more cautions would come out for incidents involving David Starr and Quin Houff. Truex would assume the lead in the latter portion of the race and would win for the second consecutive time at Martinsville, beating second place Ryan Blaney by 4.232 seconds.[218]

Round 12: Dixie Vodka 400

Denny Hamlin won pole as the start of the race was delayed due to lightning in the area, and again on lap 5. Ryan Newman would spin out in the first stage as Hamlin would go on to win both stages. Chase Elliott led late in the race, but was blocked by lapped car Joey Logano due to their incident that happened at Bristol several weeks prior, allowing Hamlin to regain the lead and score his third win of the season.[219]

Round 13: GEICO 500

The race was pushed from Sunday to Monday afternoon due to rain and lightning that washed out the track. Martin Truex Jr. started on pole from random draw. Denny Hamlin would hit the wall late in stage 1 and would have to repair under green. 5 laps before the end of stage 1, a shower damped the track forcing the red flag for almost an hour. Tyler Reddick would win stage 1 under yellow following race resumption. John Hunter Nemechek would spin out in turn four to bring the only incident in stage 2 as Ricky Stenhouse Jr. would win stage 2. Stage 3 would see two minor crashes involving Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon with 50 to go, and Brennan Poole and Joey Gase would crash with 46 to go. This caution would ultimately turn into a fuel mileage race as many would either barely make it while others would be a few laps short. The race would run green until 3 laps to go when Jimmie Johnson got turned by Kevin Harvick at the start/finish line forcing the race into overtime. Drivers up front like Ryan Blaney, Stenhouse, and Harvick would opt not to pit in order to keep track position and save fuel. On the overtime restart, Harvick would get a push from Chris Buescher to the lead. On the final lap, several drivers would crash in turn 3 involving Clint Bowyer, Matt DiBenedetto, and Truex, allowing Blaney to pass Harvick and score his 4th career win in the Cup Series, beating out Stenhouse by 0.007 seconds as Erik Jones, Aric Almirola, and Nemechek crash coming to the finish.[220]

Round 14: Pocono Organics 325

Aric Almirola started the race on the pole. Joey Logano won the first stage of the race while Almirola won the second stage of the race. Almirola led the most laps in the race. During a round of green-flag pit stops, Almirola took four tires while Kevin Harvick took two tires, resulting in Harvick taking the lead. Late in the race, Logano had to make an unscheduled pit stop due to a flat tire. Harvick held off Denny Hamlin to win the race, his third win of the season and first win at Pocono.[221]

Round 15: Pocono 350

Ryan Preece started the race on the pole following an inversion of the top 20 results from the first Pocono race. Kurt Busch won the first stage of the race. Christopher Bell spun and hit the wall. Toward the end of the second stage, Ryan Blaney made contact with Kyle Busch, sending Busch spinning and into the wall. Brad Keselowski won the second stage of the race. Kevin Harvick was leading in the final stage of the race and came to pit road for a green-flag pit stop, giving the lead to Denny Hamlin. Hamlin pitted 15 laps later and retained the lead once green-flag pit stops cycled through. Hamlin would hold off Harvick to win the race. The win was the fourth of the season for Hamlin and his sixth win at Pocono, tying Jeff Gordon for the most wins at Pocono.[222]

Round 16: Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 powered by Big Machine Records

Joey Logano started the race on the pole. On lap 15, a multicar accident occurred on pit road, with a crew member of Ryan Blaney's pit crew suffering injuries. The race was red flagged due to this incident. William Byron won the first stage of the race. Kevin Harvick won the second stage of the race. Several drivers were involved in wrecks due to tire issues, including Byron, Erik Jones, and Alex Bowman. Late in the race, Harvick and Denny Hamlin were battling for the lead. Hamlin cut a tire and hit the wall while leading with 7 laps to go. This caution set up an overtime finish, where Harvick held off Matt Kenseth to win the race, his fourth win of the season.[223]

Round 17: Quaker State 400 presented by Wal-Mart

Kyle Busch started on the pole. Aric Almirola dominated and won the first stage. Matt Kenseth spun after a flat tire while Brad Keselowski won the second stage. On a later restart, Jimmie Johnson was spun after contact with Keselowski. Kenseth spun a second time, setting up a two lap restart. Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. got side by side for the lead and Ryan Blaney made it three wide. Blaney and Harvick made contact and it allowed Cole Custer to take the lead in a four-wide pass on the last lap and hold off Truex for his first career win.[224] Custer's victory marked the first Cup win by a Cup rookie since Chris Buescher

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_NASCAR_Cup_Series

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has lost his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ride for the 2020 season, as Chris Buescher will take over the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, the team announced Wednesday.

Stenhouse has been a part of Roush Fenway since 2008 — that includes his ARCA Series days — and piloted the No. 17 since 2013. During his time in the national series, Stenhouse won two Xfinity Series titles (2011 and 2012) and two Monster Energy Series races (both in 2017). His best finish among the top competitors was 13th in the 2017 final standings.

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“We can’t say enough about Ricky and his contributions to Roush Fenway Racing,” team co-owner and NASCAR Hall of Famer Jack Roush said in the release. “We’re proud to have been a part of Ricky’s development from ARCA to Xfinity and ultimately the Cup Series. He has served as a great representative to our partners, while helping to accumulate numerous accolades, wins and multiple championships on the race track. We wish him well as he enters the next chapter of his career.”

Stenhouse has never been a part of another team — save for one Cup start he made for the Wood Brothers in 2011. He has brought RFR 15 top fives and 33 top 10s at NASCAR’s top level, and the 2019 season isn’t over.

Meanwhile, Buescher is returning to Roush Fenway as a former member of the team’s development driver program. He first joined RFR in 2009 and went on to win the 2012 ARCA Series championship with Roulo Brothers Racing. He made his Xfinity Series debut in 2011 and then became full-time in 2014. The next year, his last at the time with RFR, Buescher won Roush his eighth NASCAR championship, leading the Xfinity Series standings for 24 consecutive weeks.

“We are certainly excited to have Chris back in the fold at Roush Fenway Racing,” Roush said.

“He has a long history with our organization and we’ve always been a big fan of Chris and his racing style. We have watched his progress with great interest over the last couple of seasons and we are looking forward to having him in the No. 17 as we continue to grow our program next season.”

The same year Buescher won the Xfinity Series championship he also made his Monster Energy Series debut. He did six races in 2015 for Front Row Motorsports and was one of the team’s full-time driver in 2016. The next year, though, Buescher switched to JTG Daugherty Racing and has been there ever since.

“We were in the final strokes of the contract when learning that Chris has gone in a different direction,” JTG Daugherty Racing team owner Tad Geschickter said in a statement. “We appreciate all of the efforts from Chris through the past three seasons at JTG Daugherty Racing. When the dust settles, we will begin the process of searching for our next driver to fill the No. 37 seat for the 2020 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.”

During his time in the Monster Energy Series, Buescher has won one race and had a best overall finish of 16th in the final standings — both in 2016. He has accumulated four top fives and 12 top 10s entering this weekend’s race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course.

Buescher released his own statement later Wednesday night.

“Jack Roush and John Henry have emphasized that they believe in my ability to compete at a high level in their race cars; and that is the expectation,” Buescher said. “This is a bit of a homecoming for me and I am very excited to be able to return to Roush Fenway and pick up where we left off in 2015; winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship.

“… This news also brings sadness that my time at JTG Daugherty Racing driving the No. 37 will come to an end in 2019. I am forever grateful to Tad and Jodi Geschickter, Brad Daugherty, and Gordon Smith for giving me the opportunity to drive for them over the past three years.”

Sours: https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2019/09/25/roush-fenway-racing-ricky-stenhouse-chris-buescher-2020/
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NameNo.MakeTeam
Anthony AlfredoAlfredo, Anthony38AnthonyAlfredoFordFront Row Motorsports
Aric AlmirolaAlmirola, Aric10AricAlmirolaFordStewart-Haas Racing
Christopher BellBell, Christopher20ChristopherBellToyotaJoe Gibbs Racing
Josh BilickiBilicki, Josh52JoshBilickiChevroletRick Ware Racing
Ryan BlaneyBlaney, Ryan12RyanBlaneyFordTeam Penske
Alex BowmanBowman, Alex48AlexBowmanChevroletHendrick Motorsports
Chase BriscoeBriscoe, Chase14ChaseBriscoeFordStewart-Haas Racing
Chris BuescherBuescher, Chris17ChrisBuescherFordRoush Fenway Racing
Kyle BuschBusch, Kyle18KyleBuschToyotaJoe Gibbs Racing
Kurt BuschBusch, Kurt1KurtBuschChevroletChip Ganassi Racing
William ByronByron, William24WilliamByronChevroletHendrick Motorsports
Ross ChastainChastain, Ross42RossChastainChevroletChip Ganassi Racing
Cole CusterCuster, Cole41ColeCusterFordStewart-Haas Racing
Matt DiBenedettoDiBenedetto, Matt21MattDiBenedettoFordWood Brothers Racing
Austin DillonDillon, Austin3AustinDillonChevroletRichard Childress Racing
Chase ElliottElliott, Chase9ChaseElliottChevroletHendrick Motorsports
Joey GaseGase, Joey53JoeyGaseChevroletRick Ware Racing
Denny HamlinHamlin, Denny11DennyHamlinToyotaJoe Gibbs Racing
Kevin HarvickHarvick, Kevin4KevinHarvickFordStewart-Haas Racing
Quin  HouffHouff, Quin 00Quin HouffChevroletStarcom Racing
Erik JonesJones, Erik43ErikJonesChevroletRichard Petty Motorsports
Brad KeselowskiKeselowski, Brad2BradKeselowskiFordTeam Penske
Corey LaJoieLaJoie, Corey7CoreyLaJoieChevroletSpire Motorsports
Kyle LarsonLarson, Kyle5KyleLarsonChevroletHendrick Motorsports
Joey LoganoLogano, Joey22JoeyLoganoFordTeam Penske
Michael McDowellMcDowell, Michael34MichaelMcDowellFordFront Row Motorsports
BJ McLeodMcLeod, BJ78BJMcLeodFordLive Fast Motorsports
Ryan NewmanNewman, Ryan6RyanNewmanFordRoush Fenway Racing
Ryan PreecePreece, Ryan37RyanPreeceChevroletJTG Daugherty Racing
Tyler ReddickReddick, Tyler8TylerReddickChevroletRichard Childress Racing
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Stenhouse Jr., Ricky47RickyStenhouse Jr.ChevroletJTG Daugherty Racing
Daniel SuarezSuarez, Daniel99DanielSuarezChevroletTrackhouse Racing Team
Martin Truex Jr.Truex Jr., Martin19MartinTruex Jr.ToyotaJoe Gibbs Racing
Bubba WallaceWallace, Bubba23BubbaWallaceToyota23XI Racing
Sours: https://www.nascar.com/drivers/nascar-cup-series/

2020 NASCAR Cup Series Team / Driver Chart

NOTE: This is an unofficial page compiled by Jayski.com from many different sources. We try to make it as complete as possible and update it as often as needed.

2021 Team / Driver Chart

Previous team charts by season:
2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007,2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998


2020 Cup Series Rookie Of The Year Candidates (ROTY)


Drivers who moved to a new team:

  • Chris Buescher (moved from #37 JTG Daugherty Racing to #17 Roush Fenway Racing)
  • Matt DiBenedetto (moved from #95 Leavine Family Racing to #21 Wood Brothers Racing)
  • Joey Gase (moved  from Motorsports Business Management to Rick Ware Racing)
  • Daniel Hemric (released by Richard Childress Racing, running a partial XFINITY schedule with JR Motorsports)
  • Daniel Suarez (released from #41 Stewart-Haas, moved to #96 Gaunt Brothers Racing)
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (moved from #17 Roush Fenway Racing to #47 JTG Daugherty Racing)

2019 full-time drivers that will not race full-time in 2020:


CHART KEYS
? unknown or a rumor for that section
(i) = not running for Cup Series points
Red= new driver, sponsor, car#, owner, crew chief…etc
Beneath each driver’s name is the year their contract is up (or is believed to be), if known.


2020 FULL-TIME TEAMS


No. 00 StarCom Racing Chevy

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Quin HouffJacob CompaniesGeorge Church
ECR Engines
Victory Weekend
Permatex
Mount-N-Lock / Ashurst Honey
UNITS Moving and Portable Storage
Good Greek Moving and Storage
Mane ‘n Tail
Creek Enterprise Inc
Eagle Rock Wealth Management
Boss Hoss Cycles
Sim Seats

Sim Seats was the sponsor at Charlotte (Oct).
Boss Hoss Cycles was the sponsor at Bristol (Sep).
Eagle Rock Wealth Management will be the sponsor for both Dover races.(8-18-2020)
Creek Enterprise was the sponsor at Kentucky, Kansas (Jul), Daytona road course, Kansas (Oct), Phoenix (Nov).
Mane ‘n Tail will be the sponsor at Bristol in May.(5-29-2020) They were also the sponsor at both Pocono races.
Good Greek Moving and Storage was the sponsor at Darlington (May 20), Charlotte (May 24), Charlotte (May 27).
UNITS Moving and Portable Storage will be the sponsor at Atlanta.(3-10-2020) And was on 6-7.
Permatex will be the primary sponsor in four races.(3-2-2020)
Victory weekend will be the sponsor at Las Vegas (Feb) and Auto Club.(2-21-2020) and Las Vegas (Sep).
Houff will drive the #00 in 2020 and 2021.  The team says it will honor its commitment to Cassill, but did not explain what that was.(11-27-2019)
Cassill says he “plan[s] to be a part of the team”.(11-9-2019)


No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Kurt BuschMonster EnergyMatt McCallHendrick Motorsports
(2021)GEARWRENCH (4 races)
(2004 Champion)Global Poker?

GEARWRENCH will be the sponsor for four races.(1-29-2020)
Busch has signed a multi-year extension (believed to be through 2021) to remain with the team. Monster Energy will also continue as a sponsor.(11-2-2019)
Kurt Busch signed a one year deal with Ganassi for 2019.  He has not made a decision on 2020, but sounds like he is interested in returning.


No. 2 Team Penske Ford

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Brad KeselowskiMiller Lite (1 race)Jeremy BullinsRoush-Yates
(2020)AutoTrader
(2012 Champ)Discount Tire/America’s Tire (2021+) (15 races)
Dent Wizard
Western Star / Alliance Truck Parts
Wabash National
MoneyLion
PPG
Pirtek
Snap-On
Wurth

Wurth was the sponsor at Texas (Jul), both Dover.
MoneyLion was the sponsor at Homestead.
PPG will be the sponsor at Martinsville (May) and Michigan (Jun).(2-12-2020)
Money Lion will be the sponsor at the Clash.
Miller Lite will be the sponsor at Charlotte (May).(1-28-2020)
Team Penske will make crew and crew chief changes to all three teams in 2020.(1-6-2020)
Discount Tire has expanded their sponsorship in a multi-year agreement.  They will be primary sponsor for 15 races in 2020.
No changes are expected. Keselowski and Wolfe signed multi-year renewals in 2018. Miller Lite signed a renewal for 2018 “and beyond” that scaled their sponsorship back to 11 races in 2018. Discount Tire also signed a multi-year agreement beginning in 2018.


No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevy

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Austin DillonDOWJustin AlexanderECR Engines
Kaz GralaBass Pro Shops (11 races)
Symbicort
RigUp
Coca-Cola
RigUp
American Ethanol
Freightliner

Grala drove at the Daytona road course after Dillon testing positive for COVID-19.
Coca-Cola was the sponsor at Charlotte (May 24).
RigUp will be co-primary for the Clash, and primary at “select races during the 2020 season“.(2-8-2020)
No changes are currently expected.  There had been some questions about the status of Dow’s sponsorship, but the they are signed through 2020.


No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Kevin HarvickBusch/Busch LightRodney ChildersRoush-Yates
(2023)Jimmy Johns
(2014 Champ)Mobil 1
Hunt Brothers Pizza

No big changes in 2020. Busch Light will continue to be the largest sponsor.


No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Ryan Newman (2021?)Wyndham Rewards (2021?)Scott GravesRoush-Yates
Ross ChastainOscar Mayer (2021)
Castrol
Koch Industries
Roman
Progressive Insurance
Roush Performance
Acronis
Guaranteed Rate
Coca-Cola
HyVee

HyVee was the sponsor at Kansas (Oct).
Guaranteed Rate will be the sponsor at New Hampshire.(7-23-2020) and also at the Daytona road course.(8-12-2020)
Progressive will be the sponsor at Atlanta.(6-3-2020) and Pocono 1.
Roman will be the sponsor in the Coca-Cola 600.(5-20-2020)
Ryan Newman has been cleared to return to racing at Darlington on May 17.(4-28-2020)
Chastain will substitute for Newman until he is cleared to return to racing.(2-19-2020)
Koch Industries will sponsor Newman in the Clash and Daytona 500.(1-29-2020)
Castrol will be the sponsor in an unknown number of races.(1-22-2020)
Wyndham Rewards has signed a multi-year sponsorship extension.(1-8-2020)
Oscar Mayer has renewed their sponsorship through 2021 for “multiple “races.(10-30-2020)
Newman’s contract length was not announced but was believed to be for three years starting in 2019, but 2021 may be an option year.

No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevy

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Tyler ReddickCaterpillarRandall BurdettECR Engines
(2021?)Okuma
TAME the Beast
I Am Second
Alsco
Roland
Chevy Cares
Realtree
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Food City
KCMG
Feeding America
Chevy Accessories
Childress Vineyards
Cheddars
Clark Pipeline Services
Motor Trend

Motor Trend was the sponsor at Martinsville (Nov).
Clark Pipeline Services was the sponsor at Texas (Oct).
Cheddars was the sponsor at Charlotte (Oct).
Childress Vineyards was on the car at Bristol (Sep).
Feeding America was the sponsor at New Hampshire.
KCMG will be the sponsor for one race.(7-31-2020) – Daytona (Aug).
Food City was the sponsor for the NASCAR Open.
Chevy Cares was the sponsor at Homestead.
Okuma was the sponsor at Charlotte (May 27).
Alsco was the sponsor at Charlotte (May 24), Bristol (May).
Randall Burdett will serve as Reddick’s crew chief.(11-5-2019)
Reddick will drive the No. 8 in 2020.(10-2-2019)
RCR has announced that Hemric will be released at the end of 2019. Reddick is now expected to take over in 2020.
Hemric’s contract runs through 2020.  However, with Childress expressing an interest in moving Reddick to Cup full-time, Hemric could be moved out if sponsorship isn’t found for Reddick and a third team. Hemric says 2020 plans are “iffy”.


No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Chase ElliottNAPA Auto Parts (26 races)Alan GustafsonHendrick Motorsports
(2022)Mountain Dew
Kelley Blue Book
Hooters (3 races)
UniFirst (2 races + All-Star)

NAPA Auto Parts has extended its sponsorship through 2022.  They will sponsor 26 races each year.(2-11-2020)
UniFirst has moved it’s sponsorship from William Byron to Chase Elliott.  UniFirst will be the sponsor at Phoenix (Mar), the All-Star Race, and Las Vegas (Sept).(1-27-2020)
Elliott is signed through 2022. Hooters will sponsor 3 races each year through 2021. NAPA Auto Parts, Kelley Blue Book, and Mtn Dew are signed as sponsors through 2020.


No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Aric AlmirolaSmithfield (25-30 races)Mike BugarewiczRoush-Yates
(2020?)Go Bowling
HighPoint.com

HighPoint.com was the sponsor at Las Vegas (Sep).
Go Bowling was the sponsor at Daytona road course, Darlington (Aug).
Almirola and Bowyer will swap crew chiefs for 2020.(12-4-2019)
Smithfield will return in 2020. (10-10-2019)
Almirola’s contact run through 2020 and he says he will return.


No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Denny HamlinFedEx (2020?)Chris GabehartToyota Racing Development
(2021?)National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum was featured on the #11 at Talladega in June.(6-21-2020)
Hamlin and FedEx are signed through at least 2020 and no changes are expected.


No. 12 Team Penske Ford

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Ryan BlaneyAdvance Auto PartsTodd GordonRoush-Yates
(2022+?)BodyArmour
Menards
DEX Imaging

DEX Imaging was the sponsor at Charlotte (May 24), Kansas (Jul).
Blaney has signed a multi-year extension to remain at Team Penske.(3-6-2020)
Team Penske will make crew and crew chief changes to all three teams in 2020.(1-6-2020)
Advance Auto Parts will be the sponsor at Atlanta, Richmond (Apr), Watkins Glen, Bristol (Sep).(11-21-2019) Was also the sponsor at Kentucky, both Dover, Bristol (Sep).
Blaney signed a multi-year deal before the 2018 season.


No. 13 Germain Racing Chevy

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Ty DillonGEICO (2020)(32 races)Matt BorlandECR Engines

GEICO will not return in 2021 and Germain Racing will shut down at the end of the season.
Dillon has denied retirement rumors and says he will return in 2020 with GEICO.
Ty Dillon and GEICO signed a “multi-year” renewal with Germain Racing in 2017.
Matt Borland also signed a multi-year deal prior to the 2018 season.


No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Clint BowyerRush Truck CentersJohn KlausmeierRoush-Yates
(2020)PEAK / BlueDEF
Mobil 1
Haas Automation
Built Ford Proud
One Cure
Busch Light for the Farmers
Barstool Sports America
DEKALB
Ford Performance Racing School

Bowyer wants to return to SHR in 2021.(7-20-2020)
One Cure was the sponsor at Kentucky, Kansas (Jul), Las Vegas (Sep).
Barstool was on the car at Talladega in June.
Almirola and Bowyer will swap crew chiefs for 2020.(12-4-2019)
SHR announced Bowyer’s 2020 return.(10-18-19)
Bowyer says he’s done a Mobil 1 shoot for next year, which would led to the belief that he will remain with SHR.(9-20-2019)
Bowyer’s contract is up in 2019.  There has been speculation that Bowyer’s contract may not be renewed if SHR wants to move Cole Custer to Cup and does not want to send him to another Ford team. However, the latest rumors have Bowyer returning.


No. 15 Premium Motorsports Chevy

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Brennan PooleSpartan MosquitoPat TrysonECR Engines
J.J. YeleyGoettl
CHOC Children’s Hospital
Remember Everyone Deployed
Thriv5

Thriv5 sponsored Poole at Kansas (Oct), Texas (Oct), Martinsville (Nov).
Yeley drove with Thriv5 sponsorship at Bristol (Sep).
Remember Everyone Deployed was on the car for the NASCAR Open, both Dover.
Goettl will be the sponsor at both Las Vegas races and Phoenix (Nov).(2-21-2020) They were also the sponsor at Phoenix in March.
Spartan Mosquito will be the sponsor in 17 races (15 points races).(1-30-2020)
Poole will drive the full season.(12-11-2019)
Unknown plans. Drivers and sponsors are often race to race. Chastain could return if he doesn’t find a Cup ride elsewhere.


No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Chris BuescherFastenalLuke LambertRoush-Yates
(2021?)Fifth Third Bank
SunnyD
Roush Performance Stage 3

Luke Lambert will serve as Buescher’s crew chief.(11-5-2019)
Team confirms Brian Pattie leaves as crew chief following 2019 season. Buescher ‘s crew chief is TBA. (10-18-19)
Chris Buescher will replace Stenhouse, as Stenhouse will be released at the end of the season.(9-25-2019)
Stenhouse says his contract is through 2021.


No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Kyle BuschM&Ms/Skittles/Snickers/PedigreeAdam StevensToyota Racing Development
(2020+)Interstate Batteries
(2015, 2019 Champion)Sport Clips

Sport Clips will sponsor Busch at Phoenix (Mar).(2-6-2020)
Interstate Batteries renewed a multi-year agreement in 2019.
Mars is signed through at least 2019.
Busch’s contract is believed to run through at least 2022.


No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Martin Truex, Jr.Bass Pro Shops (24 races)James Small
Toyota Racing Development
(2021)Auto-Owners Insurance (8 races) (2021)
(2017 Champion)SiriusXM
Sport Clips

Sport Clips will sponsor Truex at Dover (May).(2-6-2020)
SiriusXM will be the sponsor for 5 races.(2-3-2020)
James Small will serve as Truex, Jr’s crew chief.(12-19-2019)
Cole Pearn has left Joe Gibbs Racing to pursue opportunities outside of NASCAR.(12-9-2019)
Truex, Jr. joined Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019 in a “multi-year” deal.


No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Erik JonesDeWaltChris GayleToyota Racing Development
(2020)Sport Clips (5 races)
Craftsman
Reser’s
Stanley Black and Decker / Irwin
Interstate Batteries
Toyota
Auto-Owners Insurance

Auto-Owners Insurance was the sponsor at Daytona (Aug), Bristol (Sep).
Toyota was the sponsor at Martinsville (Jun), Homestead, Kentucky, Las Vegas (Sep).
Sport Clips will be the sponsor in 5 races.(2-6-2020)
Erik Jones has signed a contract extension to return in 2020.(9-6-2019)
Jones says he is close to a contract extension for 2020 and indications are that he is likely to return.


No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Matt DiBenedettoMenardsGreg ErwinRoush-Yates
(2020)Motorcraft/Quick Lane
Reese / Draw-Tite
RED KAP
#FordStrong Technicians

Reese / Draw-Tite was the sponsor at Bristol (May).
DiBenedetto says Greg Irwin will remain the team’s crew chief.(9-11-2019)
Menard will retire from full-time racing and DiBenedetto will drive the #21 full-time in 2020. DeBendetto’s contract is for one year.  Menards and its associated companies will return to sponsor about the same number of races.


No. 22 Team Penske Ford

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Joey LoganoShell-PennzoilPaul WolfeRoush-Yates
(2023)AAA Southern California
(2018 Champion)Autotrader
MoneyLion
AAA Insurance
PPG

MoneyLion was the sponsor at Talladega in June.
Autotrader was the sponsor at Bristol (May).
Team Penske will make crew and crew chief changes to all three teams in 2020.(1-6-2020)
No changes likely.  Logano is signed through 2023 as is primary sponsor Shell-Pennzoil.


No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
William ByronAxalta (22 races) (14 races each year 2021-2027)Chad KnausHendrick Motorsports
(2021?)Liberty University (12 races in 2020 & 2021)
Hertz (4 races in 2020 & 2021)

HendrickCars.com was the sponsor at Talladega (Oct), Charlotte (Oct) and Kansas (Oct).
Hertz filed for bankruptcy in mid-2020 and terminated their sponsorship agreement. They were primary for two races.
Axalta will sponsor 14 races each year from 2021-2027.(2-10-2020)
Axalta will be the sponsor of the #24 for 22 races in 2020.(1-17-2020)
In 2020, Hertz will be the primary sponsor at Auto Club Speedway and ISM Raceway in March along with the October playoff races at Talladega Superspeedway and Kansas Speedway.(10-23-2019)
Liberty University has extended its sponsorship through 2021.  It will be the sponsor for 12 races each year.
Axalta’s sponsorship runs through 2022.
Unifirst sponsorship runs through 2023.


No. 27 Premium Motorsports Chevy / Ford
Team started out part-time.  Rick Ware Racing has bought Premium Motorsports and changed the #52 to #27.

Figgers Wireless was the sponsor at Martinsville (Nov).
FatBoy Ice Cream was the sponsor at Texas (Oct), Phoenix (Nov).
United Breast Cancer Foundation was on the car at Kansas (Oct).
Ware drove at Talladega (Oct) with Thriv5 sponsorship.
Thriv5 ha been announced as a multi-year, multi-race deal for Rick Ware Racing, but there was no announcement of the team being sponsored or for how many races.(8-18-2020) Thriv5 was the sponsor at both Dover races, Richmond (Sep).
GREENLIGHT was the sponsor at Indianapolis, Kentucky, NASCAR Open.
Bilicki will drive at Atlanta with Insurance King sponsorship. (6-3-2020)
Gaulding also drove at Bristol (May), Texas (Jul), Bristol (Sep), Las Vegas (Sep), Charlotte (Oct).
Yeley drove at Darlington (May 17), Homestead, both Pocono, Indianapolis, Kentucky, NASCAR Open, Kansas (Jul), New Hampshire, Michigan 1, Michigan 2, Darlington (Aug), Richmond (Sep), Kansas (Oct), Texas (Oct), Martinsville (Nov), Phoenix (Nov).
Gaulding will drive at Darlington (May 20) and the Coke 600 (May 27) with Panini sponsorship.(5-13-2020)


No. 32 Go Fas Racing Ford

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Corey LaJoieSchluter Systems (6 races)Ryan Sparks
Roush Yates Engines
(2020)Keen Parts/Corvetteparts.net (8 races)
Drydene Performance Products
Pala Casino (2 races)
RagingBull.com
MotorTrend
Plan B Sales
Enlisted Nine / JDog Brands
Built Bar
Storm Tight Windows
WallStBookie.com
Drydene
Ark.io
Superior Logistics
Patriots of America PAC / Trump 2020
OneNation Coffee

OneNation Coffee will be the sponsor at Charlotte in October.(9-23-2020)
Patriots of America PAC will be on the car for 9 races, beginning at Indianapolis in July.(7-1-2020)
WallStBookie.com will be the sponsor at Talladega in June.(6-16-2020)
Storm Tight Windows was the sponsor at Homestead.
Built Bar will be the sponsor at Atlanta and one additional race.(6-3-2020) They were the sponsor at both Poconos as well.
Superior Logistics will be the sponsor at Charlotte on May 27.(5-25-2020)
Ark.io will be the sponsor for the Coke 600 at Charlotte.(5-21-2020)
Drydene will be the sponsor at Darlington on May 17.(5-13-2020) They were the sponsor for both Dover races.
Plan B Sales will be the sponsor at Kansas in October.(4-24-2020)
MotorTrend was the sponsor at Phoenix (May).(3-4-2020)
RagingBull.com will be the sponsor at Daytona (Feb).(1-30-2020)
Pala Casino will be the sponsor at Auto Club and Phoenix (Nov).(1-12-2020)
Ryan Sparks will serve as crew chief.(1-7-2020)
Lajoie will return in 2020. He will have a new crew chief.(12-3-2019)
There is some speculation that Suarez could move to Go Fas, keeping him affiliated with Stewart-Haas.  He also has sponsorship money affiliated with him that could help the team.(11-17-2019).
LaJoie says he’s working on returning to the team but doesn’t have anything signed.(10-19-2019)
There are rumblings that Go Fas could work more closely with Stewart-Haas in 2019 and that could include bringing on Custer. Team owner Archie St. Hilaire says he is talking to LaJoie about returning.
LaJoie’s contact is believed to only be for 2019.


No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Michael McDowellLove’s Travel StopsDrew BlickensderferRoush-Yates
(2020?)CarParts.com
FR8 Auctions
The Pete Store
Dockside Logistics
Digital Ally
Chicago Pneumatic Compressors
Martin Transportation Systems

Martin Transportation Systems was the sponsor at both Michigan races.
CarParts.com will also be the sponsor at Daytona and Martinsville.(8-5-2020)
Chicago Pneumatic Compressors will be the sponsor at New Hampshire and Daytona (road course).(7-28-2020).
Digital Ally will be the sponsor at both Dover races.(7-22-2020)
The Pete Store was the sponsor at Martinsville (Jun).
Fr8Auctions will be the sponsor at Atlanta.(6-3-2020)
CarParts.com was announced to sponsor both summer Charlotte races.(5-20-2020) Love’s was the sponsor at Charlotte (May 24).
CarParts.com will be the sponsor at Darlington on May 17.(5-13-2020) CarParts.com also was the sponsor at Indianapolis.
Loves will return for “multiple” races.(2-5-2020)
Front Row will cut down to two teams.  McDowell will drive the #34, John Hunter Nemechek the #38.(12-12-2019)
Rumor after the season ended center on Front Row reducing to two teams next year and McDowell possibly being out of  a ride.
At Homestead, McDowell said he expected to return in 2020.(11-15-2019)


No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevy

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Ryan PreeceKrogerTrent OwensHendrick Motorsports
Cottonelle
Velveeta
Bush’s Beans (2020+?)
Natural Light Seltzer
Tide Power Pods
Purina
Slim Jim
Proctor & Gamble
Kleenex
Kingsford
Energizer
Glad
Louisiana Hot Sauce
Honey Nut Cheerios
Slim Jim
Maxwell House

JTG says Stenhouse will drive the #47 with Brian Pattie as crew chief.  Preece will move to the #37 with Trent Owens as crew chief.(12-2-2019)
Stenhouse announced as new driver at JTG, with car # and sponsors TBA. The deal is for 2 years.(10-16-2019)
Buescher will move to the #17 of Roush Fenway in 2020.(9-25-2019)
Buescher is still expected to return in 2020.(9-20-2019)
Buescher signed a “multi-year” deal in 2017.  He says contract negotiations for 2020 are “in progress”.
Kroger is expected to return in 2020.
Bush’s Beans has signed a multi-year extension in 2019.


No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
John Hunter NemechekSpeedy CashSeth BarbourRoush-Yates
(2020?)MDS Trucking
CITGARD (5 races)
Fire Alarm Services
Berry’s Bullets
YANMAR
Scag Power Equipment
Death Wish Coffee
Digital Ally
Mystik Lubricants
ACME
ROMCO

ROMCO was the sponsor at Texas (Oct).
Safeway was the sponsor at Richmond (Sep).
ACME will be the sponsor for both Dover races.(8-20-2020)
Mystik Lubricants will be the sponsor at Michigan (Aug 9) and Bristol (Sept).(8-3-2020)
Digital Ally will be the sponsor at Kansas in July.(7-22-2020)
Death Wish Coffee will be the sponsor for 7 races including Homestead, Talladega, Pocono, Watkins Glen, Michigan, Martinsville.
Scag Power Equipment will also be the sponsor at Charlotte (May) and Bristol (May).(5-25-2020)
YANMAR will be the sponsor in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte.(5-21-2020)
Scag Power Equipment will be the sponsor for both Darlington races in May.(5-12-2020)
YANMAR will be the sponsor at Atlanta.(3-10-2020)
Fire Alarm Services will be the sponsor in 4 races.(2-3-2020)
GITGARD will be the sponsor for five races.(1-28-2020)
Speedy Cash will be the sponsor for “multiple races“.(1-24-2020)
Front Row will cut down to two teams.  McDowell will drive the #34, John Hunter Nemechek the #38.(12-12-2019)
There have been rumors that Front Row will reduce to two teams in 2020, but nothing has been announced.
FRM general manager Jerry Freeze says DiBenedetto and LaJoie are a couple of the drivers under consideration for 2020. DiBenedetto moving to the #21 takes him out of consideration.
Some rumors have Chastain under consideration for this ride.
David Ragan’s contact is up at the end of 2019 and he has decided not to continue racing full time in 2020.


No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Cole CusterHaas AutomationMike ShiplettRoush-Yates
Production Alliance Group
Jacob Companies
AutoDesk

HaasTooling.com will be the sponsor for the May 17 race at Darlington.(5-12-2020) and Darlington (May 20), Charlotte (May 24)
Mike Shiplett will move from XFINITY to crew chief Custer.(12-4-2019)
Daniel Suarez has been released by Stewart Haas and will be replaced by Cole Custer.  Suarez could move to Richard Childress Racing to run XFINITY and a partial Cup schedule.(11-15-2019)
The consensus  seems to be that Suarez will return, but nothing is signed yet.  If Suarez were to leave, Cole Custer would likely be favored to take the ride.
Suarez moved to Stewart-Haas in 2019 in a “multi-year” deal, but the deal has an option at the end of 2019 for either side to get out of it.


No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Matt KensethCredit One BankPhil SurgenHendrick Motorsports
Kyle LarsonAdventHealth
McDonald’s
Clover

Phil Surgen took over as crew chief before Michigan.(8-4-2020)
Clover was the sponsor at Kentucky.
McDelivery was the sponsor at Charlotte (May 24), Darlington (Aug).
Kenseth will drive the remainder of the season.(4-27-2020)
Larson was released from the team on April 14.
Credit One, McDonald’s, and Clover announced on April 13 that they would no longer sponsor Larson.
Larson was indefinitely suspended by NASCAR on April 13.
AdventHealth will sponsor Larson in the Clash and at Kansas (Oct).(1-9-2020)
There had been speculation that Larson could look for another ride, but he says he has a contract with Ganassi for 2020 and will stay.


No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevy

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Bubba WallaceUS Air ForceJerry BaxterECR Engines
(2020)World Wide Technology
Transportation Impact (4? races)
Coke Energy
Victory Junction
McDonalds
Cash App (5 races)
Columbia Sportswear
DoorDash

DoorDash will be sponsor for 7 races; Daytona road course, Dover (Saturday), Richmond, Las Vegas, Texas, Martinsville, and Phoenix.(8-14-2020)
Columbia Sportswear will be the primary sponsor for an unknown number of races.  The only announced one so far is the Dover Sunday race.(8-12-2020)
Cash App has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement.  They will be primary sponsor for 5 races in 2020 – Texas (Jul), New Hampshire, Darlington, Bristol (Sep), and Kansas (Oct).(7-14-2020)
The team ran a special #BlackLivesMatter scheme at Martinsville (Jun).
Bubba Wallace is expected to return to RPM in 2021.(6-9-2020)
McDonald’s was the sponsor at Atlanta.
U.S. Air Force was the sponsor at Charlotte (May 24).
Jerry Baxter has been named the new crew chief.(1-6-2020)
Wallace has a contract through 2020, but the team needs solid sponsorship and that always throws a wrench in any plans.


No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevy

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.KrogerBrian PattieHendrick Motorsports
(2021)
NOS Energy Drink
Hungry Jack

Hungry Jack was the sponsor at Talladega (Oct).
NOS was the sponsor at Atlanta, Talladega (Jun), Kansas (Oct).
JTG says Stenhouse will drive the #47 with Brian Pattie as crew chief.  Preece will move to the #37 with Trent Owens as crew chief.(12-2-2019)
Preece is still expected to return in 2020.(9-20-2019)
Kroger is expected to return in 2020, as well as Preece.


No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Jimmie Johnson (2020)Ally Financial (2023)Cliff DanielsHendrick Motorsports
(2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2016 Champ)
Justin Allgaier

Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the Indianapolis race.(7-3-2020) Allgaier substituted at Indy.
Johnson has announced that 2020 will be his final season.(11-20-2019)
Johnson and Ally will return for 2020.
Ally has extended its sponsorship with Hendrick through 2023, but there is no word on Johnson’s future beyond his 2020 contract.(10-4-2019)


No. 51 Rick Ware Racing Chevy/Ford

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Joey GaseASC Agri SupplyJason HoughtalingRoush Yates Engines?
Garrett SmithleyPage ConstructionPro-Motor Engineering?
James DavisonVictory Lane Quick Oil Change
Josh BilickiTrophy Tractor
Jacob Companies
GunBroker.com
Carolina SIM Works
The Gifted Life Podcast
Adkins Automotive
Red Rock Secured
Donate Life Center
Signing Day Sports
Bare Arms
Rich Mar Florist

Davison drove at both Michigan races, Daytona road course, Daytona (Aug).
Gase drove at Daytona (Feb), Darlington (May 17), Darlington (May 20), Charlotte (May 24), Charlotte (May 27), Bristol (May), Atlanta, Martinsville (Jun), Homestead, Talladega (Jun), both Pocono, Indianapolis, Kentucky, NASCAR Open, Texas (Jul), Kansas (Jul), New Hampshire, Dover 1, Dover 2, Darlington (Aug), Richmond (Sep), Bristol (Sep), Las Vegas (Sep), Talladega (Oct), Kansas (Oct), Texas (Oct), Martinsville (Nov), Phoenix (Nov).
GunBroker.com will sponsor Smithley at Indianapolis (team TBA).(4-3-2020)
AgriSupply will sponsor Gase at Darlington.(4-1-2020)
Smithley drove at Las Vegas (Feb), Auto Club, Phoenix (Mar).
Smithley will run at least a partial schedule for Rick Ware Racing.(2-18-2020)
Joey Gase will drive one of the RWR cars full-time.(12-19-2019)
Rick Ware Racing will field 3 full-time cars in 2020.  J.J. Yeley will be the driver of one.  Full details on driver lineup and car numbers has not been released.(11-14-2019)
Garrett Smithley has been mentioned as a full-time driver for 2020.


No. 53/36 Rick Ware Racing Chevy/Ford

Davison drove at New Hampshire, Darlington (Aug) with Signing Day Sports as the sponsor, Richmond (Sep) with Cruz Associates, Bristol (Sep), Talladega (Oct), Charlotte (Oct), Kansas (Oct), Martinsville (Nov), Phoenix (Nov).
Axele TMS will be the sponsor at Indianapolis.(7-2-2020)
Yeley drove at Talladega (Jun).
Bilicki drove at Homestead with Sun King Fireworks sponsorship & Texas (Jul), Kansas (Jul), Dover 1, Dover 2, Las Vegas (Sep).
Starr drove at Martinsville (Jun).
Currey drove at Bristol (May).
Smithley drove at Darlington (May 17) [Trophy Tractor],  Darlington (May 20) [Trophy Tractor], Charlotte (May 24) [Victory Lane Oil Change], Charlotte (May 27) [DreamGiveaway.com], Atlanta [Hero Box], both Pocono [Rich Mar Florist], Indianapolis [Axele], Kentucky [Victory Lane Oil Change], Michigan 1 [Victory Lane Oil Change], Michigan 2 [Victory Lane Oil Change], Daytona road course, Texas (Oct) [Victory Lane Oil Change].
Gase drove at Las Vegas (Feb), Auto Club, Phoenix (Mar), Daytona (Aug).
David Ragan will run the #36 for Rick Ware Racing in the Daytona 500.(1-10-2020)
The team will run full time the rest of the year as the #53.


No. 66 MBM Motorsports Toyota

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Timmy HillRoofClaim.comSteven IdolMBM Motorsports
MANSCAPED / LasVegas.net
Pit Boss Grills
CrashClaimsR.us
SBC Contractors, Inc.
Patriots PAC / Trump 2020
Dreamworks Motorsports

Dreamworks Motorsports was the sponsor at Martinsville (Nov).
Patriots PAC / Trump 2020 was the sponsor at Talladega (Oct).
The team did not attempt the NASCAR Open.
Pit Boss Grills was the sponsor at Phoenix (Mar), Bristol (May).
Manscaped was the sponsor at Las Vegas (Feb), Auto Club, Dover 1, Dover 2.
RoofClaim.com will be the sponsor for “multiple” races.(1-31-2020)
Team plans to run the full season.(12-14-2019)


No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevy

Marwin Sports was the sponsor at Kansas (Oct), Texas (Oct).
BetterForYourHealth.com was the sponsor at Richmond (Sep).
Barrett drove at Daytona road course.
The team ran as #74 at both Michigan races.
Yeley drove at Texas (Jul), Charlotte (Oct).
Haley drove in the All-Star Race with FOE sponsorship and Talladega (Oct) with Parts Plus sponsorship.
Bilicki drove at Kentucky, Phoenix (Nov).
Davison will drive at Talladega (Jun) with OilFire Rye Whiskey sponsorship.(6-16-2020) UPDATE: He was not approved by NASCAR and drove both Pocono races instead.
McLeod drove at Homestead, Talladega (Jun).
Smithley drove at Bristol (May), Martinsville (Jun), Kansas (Jul), New Hampshire, Martinsville (Nov).
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits  will be the sponsor at both May Darlington races.(5-8-2020)
Sorenson drove at Las Vegas (Feb), Auto Club, Phoenix (Mar), Darlington (May 17), Michigan 1, Michigan 2, Dover 1, Dover 2, Richmond (Sep), Bristol (Sep), Las Vegas (Sep), Kansas (Oct), Texas (Oct).
Team will continue their alliance with Premium Motorsports in 2020 and will use a variety of drivers.
Chastain will drive in the Daytona 500 and Charlotte 600 with sponsorship from AdventHealth.  The deal is in partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing.(1-9-2020) Chastain also drove at Indianapolis and Daytona (Aug), Darlington (Aug) (without Ganassi support).
Quinn Houff will move to StarCom in 2020.(11-27-2019)
Team is run in partnership with Premium Motorsports.


No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Alex BowmanAxalta (2022) (3 races)Greg IvesHendrick Motorsports
(2021)Valvoline (2022) (4 races)
Cincinnati, Inc (2 races)
Llumar (3 races)
Chevrolet Accessories (Adam’s Polishes, NOCO and Truck Hero) (26 races)
Acronis (3 races)

Acronis will be the sponsor for both Dover races and Texas (Oct).(8-12-2020)
Bowman has extended his contract with Hendrick through 2021.(5-16-2020)
Chevrolet Accessories partners will sponsor Bowman in 26 races.(1-29-2020)
Axalta will be the sponsor in three races.(1-17-2020)
Bowman is signed through 2020 and will return.  Axalta and Valvoline are signed through 2020.
Nationwide was signed through 2020 but will not return, so the team will need sponsorship to fill a majority of the season.


No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Christopher BellProcoreJason RatcliffTRD
(2021)Rheem
JBL
Toyota
Germania Insurance

Toyota was the sponsor at Martinsville (Jun).
Bell’s deal is believed to be three years: two years with Leavine and then one year with Gibbs.
Bob Levine has stated on several occasions that LFR will remain a one car team.
Christopher Bell joins Leavine for 2020.  Jason Ratcliff will serve as crew chief. Mike Wheeler will serve as the team’s competition director. Rheem will move up from XFINITY to sponsor an unknown number of races.(9-24-2019)
Matt DiBenedetto has announced he will not return.
Christopher Bell is the expected replacement. Ratcliff will likely move up from XFINITY to continue to serve as crew chief.
Team owner Bob Leavine has not shown much interest in expanding to two cars next season.


No. 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Daniel SuarezCoca-ColaDave WinstonTriad/Toyota Racing Development
CommScope
Toyota
GF Machining Solutions
NASCAR Foundation
Peacock TV

Suarez joins Gaunt Brothers for the full season.(1-28-2020)
All indications are that Suarez will join the team for a full season effort.  Parker Kligerman has confirmed that he will not return.(1-17-2020)
2020 plans are unknown. There has been speculation that Suarez could end up here. Toyota is interested in him, the team could run the full season, and his sponsorship could seal the deal.


2020 Part-time teams

No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy

Smithley drove at Dover 1, Dover 2, Phoenix (Nov).
Gase drove at Michigan1.
Sorenson drove at Atlanta, Martinsville (Jun), Texas (Jul), Kansas (Jul).
Yeley drove at Charlotte (May 24), Bristol (May).
Bilicki drove at Darlington (May 17), Charlotte (May 27), both Pocono, Indianapolis, Michigan 2, Daytona (Aug), Darlington (Aug), Bristol (Sep), Kansas (Oct), Texas (Oct), Martinsville (Nov).
Baldwin expects to run 5-7 races this season.(5-13-2020)
The team will run the May 17 Darlington Race.(5-11-2020)


No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevy

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Justin HaleyFraternal Order of EaglesBilly Scott?

Team will run the Daytona 500 and could run additional races.


No. 49 MBM Motorsports Toyota

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Chad FinchumGarrison HomesDoug RichertRace Engines Plus
LasVegas.net

Team also ran at Las Vegas (Sep), Kansas (Oct), Texas (Oct).
Chad Finchum will drive in the Daytona 500.  The team is expected to run a handful of races the rest of the season.


No. 52 Rick Ware Racing Chevy/Ford

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
B.J. McLeodJacob CompaniesRoush Yates Engines?
J.J. YeleyPro-Motor Engineering?

Team will switch to running the #27 at Darlington on May 17.
Yeley drove at Las Vegas (Feb), Auto Club, Phoenix (Mar).
McLeod drove at Daytona (Feb).
Joey Gase will drive one of the RWR cars full-time.(12-19-2019)
Rick Ware Racing will field 3 full-time cars in 2020.  J.J. Yeley will be the driver of one.  Full details on driver lineup and car numbers has not been released.(11-14-2019)


No. 54 Rick Ware Racing Chevy/Ford

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
J.J. Yeley?Michael HillmanRoush Yates Engines?
Pro-Motor Engineering?

Joey Gase will drive one of the RWR cars full-time.(12-19-2019)
Rick Ware Racing will field 3 full-time cars in 2020.  J.J. Yeley will be the driver of one.  Full details on driver lineup and car numbers has not been released.(11-14-2019)


No. 62 Beard Oil Racing Chevy

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Brendan GaughanBeard OilDarren ShawECR Engines
South Point Resort & Casino

Team also competed at the Daytona road course.
The team has confirmed they will run the superspeedway races.(1-27-2020)
Gaughan says he will run the supserspeedway races for Beard in 2020.(12-20-2019)


No. 78 B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevy

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
BJ McLeodChristensen ArmsTodd ParrotPro-Motor Engineering?
Garrett SmithleyCircle Track Warehouse
Baker Camp Arnold Capital Management
Koolbox
Alexe
Royal Teak Collection

Royal Teak Collection was the sponsor at both Dover races.
Smithley drove at Talladega (Jun), Bristol (Sep).
Team ran at Darlington (May 17), Darlington (May 20), Charlotte (May 24), Charlotte (May 27), Bristol (May), Atlanta, Talladega (Jun), Indianapolis. Texas (Jul), Kansas (Jul), Dover 1, Dover 2.
Team plans to run at least 15 races starting at Darlington on May 17.(5-13-2020)


Teams that will not compete in 2020:


No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevy

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
??Justin AlexanderECR Engines

Team will not run in 2020. Any 3rd car efforts for RCR will be in partnership with Kaulig Racing.
With Hemric’s release, Reddick is expected to be in the No. 8.  In that case, this team isn’t likely to continue.
Childress says Reddick will be in Cup, even if not with RCR, but they are working on finding sponsorship for him.


No. 36 Front Row Motorsports Ford

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Seth BarbourRoush-Yates

Front Row will cut down to two teams.  McDowell will drive the #34, John Hunter Nemechek the #38.(12-12-2019)
Front Row and Matt Tifft have parted ways so that Tifft can focus on his health.  John Hunter Nemechek is believed to be the favorite to take over the ride.


No. 71 Tommy Baldwin Racing

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
Ryan Truex?Tommy Baldwin?

Truex ran only the 2019 Daytona 500 in 2019 after announcing a partial schedule for the season.  Tommy Baldwin now works with Premium Motorsports. This team will not continue.


No. 81 XCI Racing Toyota

DRIVERSPONSOR(S)CREW CHIEFENGINE SUPPLIER
?Xtreme Concepts?Dave RogersToyota Racing Development

Unknown plans.


Sours: https://www.jayski.com/nascar-cup-series/2020-nascar-cup-series-team-driver-chart/

2020 nascar 17 driver

Chris Buescher

American racecar driver

Christopher William Buescher (born October 29, 1992) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 17 Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing. He is the 2012 ARCA Racing Series and 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion and the cousin of 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion James Buescher.

Racing career[edit]

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

Buescher began his professional racing career in 2005, driving Legends cars in Texas for Speedway Legends, Winning over 100 races. (Speedway Legends, worked with several top drivers, David Ragan, Jonathan Davenport etc.) In 2008, Buescher moved to North Carolina to be mentored by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan and signing as a development driver for Roush Fenway Racing,[2] Buescher began competing in ARCA competition in 2009; he went on to win the series championship in 2012, becoming the only driver ever to compete every lap in a season of competition in the series.[3]

Xfinity Series[edit]

Buescher made his debut in NASCAR competition for Roush Fenway Racing in 2011, driving two races in the Nationwide Series;[4] he returned to the series in 2013, driving in seven races for the team, in addition to a limited ARCA schedule with Roulo Bros. Racing.[5]

In 2014, Buescher moved full-time to the Nationwide Series, driving the No. 60 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing.[6] After failing to qualify at Daytona, Buescher had a solid rookie season, finishing ninth at Las Vegas, 7th at Richmond, second at Talladega, ninth at Charlotte, 11th at Dover, tenth at Michigan, and 12th at the July Daytona race. Buescher finished fifth at New Hampshire to earn a spot in the second Nationwide Dash 4 Cash race at Chicagoland;[7] he would finish 8th at Chicago and 11th at Indianapolis. Fastenal returned to sponsor the 60 at Iowa,[8] where Buescher finished 14th. Cup sponsors Kellogg's and Cheez-It sponsored the car at Watkins Glen.[9] Buescher won the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio on August 16, his first career win.

Buescher returned to the No. 60 Ford in the newly renamed Xfinity Series for 2015.[10] Buescher started off the season with a runner-up finish to teammate Ryan Reed at Daytona in the Alert Today Florida 300. Then, Buescher followed up that second-place finish with another top five finish, fourth, in the Hisense 250 at Atlanta giving him a tie for the points lead with fellow competitor Ty Dillon. Buescher scored the second series win of his career at Iowa Speedway after passing Chase Elliott for the lead on the final restart of the race, Elliott had led 114 laps but couldn't hold off a hard charge from Buescher.[11] Two weeks later, Buescher would be back in victory lane at Dover International Speedway for his second win in 2015; However, Buescher made contact with teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. near the end of the race to make the winning pass and Wallace was upset with his teammate as he cut a tire as result of the contact and would go on to say "I would say I am happy Roush won but I’m not."[12]

In the final race of the 2015 season, Buescher won his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship at Homestead Miami Speedway on November 21, 2015. He finished 11th in the race after receiving the Lucky Dog to get back on the lead lap. Kyle Larson won the race. Buescher was able to hold off defending champion (of the then Nationwide Series) Chase Elliott, Ty Dillon, and Regan Smith in points to win the title.

Cup Series[edit]

Buescher made his Cup Series debut in the No. 34 Ford for Front Row Motorsports at Fontana in 2015,[13] filling in for David Ragan, who had been substituting for Kyle Busch, who was out for a fractured leg; Buescher finished 20th. Buescher ran five additional Cup races for FRM in 2015.

On December 10, it was announced that Buescher would move up to Sprint Cup to drive FRM's No. 34 full-time in 2016.[14] Front Row entered an alliance with Roush Fenway.

Superspeedway wrecks plagued the No. 34 team. Buescher started the season with a hard crash at Daytona with Matt DiBenedetto, finishing 39th. He described this accident, by calling it "the hardest hit of my career". At Talladega, on lap 96, Buescher was involved in a crash which sent his car into a barrel roll, flipping three times before landing; he was not injured in the accident.[15] Buescher also wrecked out of the summer Daytona race, finishing last.

Things began to turn around after Daytona, with Buescher finishing 14th in his rookie attempt at the Brickyard 400. One week later at Pocono, Buescher took the lead late in the Pennsylvania 400 by being on a different pit sequence. Buescher took the lead just before a massive cloud of fog moved over the track. After an hour of waiting, NASCAR gave up on trying to wait out the fog due to approaching severe weather and called the race, giving Buescher his first NASCAR Cup Series victory and the second win for Front Row Motorsports. Buescher, with the win, became the first driver since Joey Logano in 2009 to win a race as a Cup Series Rookie of the Year candidate (In 2011, Trevor Bayne won a race during his part-time rookie season but was not running for the Cup Series Rookie of the Year award). Buescher also became the first rookie to win at Pocono since Denny Hamlin in 2006. Buescher also brought Front Row Motorsports its first win in 118 races going back to David Ragan at Talladega in 2013.[16] Despite the win, Buescher was not automatically guaranteed a Chase position because he was outside the Top 30 in driver points, the minimum standing required to qualify for the Chase. At Bristol, Buescher finished 5th to move into the 30th points position, moving past David Ragan. Buescher passed his teammate Landon Cassill for 29th in the standings at Richmond and locked in his place in the Chase.

He began the Chase in the 13th position in points. Buescher would be easily eliminated after the first round though due to underfunded equipment and poor finishes. He finished 28th at Chicagoland, 30th at New Hampshire, and 23rd at Dover.

On November 29, 2016, Roush Fenway announced the sale of their charter for the No. 16 car to JTG Daugherty Racing, with Buescher taking over the new ride.[17] The car was officially announced as No. 37 on December 12.[18]

Buescher began 2017 with a crash in the Daytona 500, finishing 35th. The next week at Atlanta, he finished 24th. The next race, Las Vegas, he finished 23rd. He followed this up with a 27th place outing at Phoenix, and then 25th place at Auto Club. At Martinsville, Buescher scored a season-best 11th-place finish, one spot shy of a third career top 10. He eventually scored his first Top 10, with JTG at Daytona, finishing 10th. The Coke Zero 400 was also the first time that both JTG Daugherty cars finished inside the Top 10, with teammate A. J. Allmendinger finishing 8th.

In 2018, Buescher would get his third career Top 5 at both the February Daytona 500 race, and the July Daytona night race. He would be shy of three top 10 finishes in 2018, finishing in the 11th–13th position four times, and failed to finish thrice, once due to transmission failure. He ended the season 24th in points, two positions behind Allmendinger.

In 2019, Buescher scored the first consecutive Top 10 finishes of his Cup Series career, as he followed up a 10th-place finish at the 2019 Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway with a sixth-place result at the 2019 Coca-Cola 600. On September 25, 2019, Roush Fenway Racing announced that Buescher will replace Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the No. 17 Ford in 2020.[19][20]

Buescher started off the 2020 season with a 3rd place finish in the Daytona 500. Buescher struggled initially when returning from the COVID-19 pandemic, but scored a Top 10 in the Coca-Cola 600. Through the latter half of the regular season, Buescher scored 4 more Top 10s, including a 5th place at the inaugural Daytona Road Course race. Buescher would finish the season 21st in points, with a career-high 8 Top 10's throughout the season, doubling his previous best in a season which was 4.

Buescher displayed more consistency in his finishes during the 2021 season, staying within the top-20 in the points standings. He finished second at the 2021 Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona, but was disqualified when his car failed post-race inspection due to a rear sub-frame assembly violation.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Buescher married in 2018, during the Easter off weekend in the NASCAR schedule.[22]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Cup Series[edit]

Daytona 500[edit]

Xfinity Series[edit]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

References[edit]

  1. ^"Chris Buescher". www.racing-reference.info. Retrieved August 5, 2021.
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Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Buescher
#17 - Chris Buescher - Onboard - Daytona - Round 26 - 2020 NASCAR Cup Series

2020 NASCAR Cup Series Driver Ratings

Driver Rating is formula that combines: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps and Lead-Lap Finish. A driver can score a maximum driver rating of 150 points per race.

After Race 36: Phoenix

RankCarDriverPoints PositionAvg. Rating
14Kevin Harvick5107.4
29Chase Elliott1103.2
322Joey Logano3101.9
411Denny Hamlin4100.8
52Brad Keselowski2100.0
619Martin Truex Jr799.7
712Ryan Blaney996.3
818Kyle Busch893.0
988Alex Bowman690.8
101Kurt Busch1087.2
1110Aric Almirola1586.2
1214Clint Bowyer1285.1
1324William Byron1484.8
1448Jimmie Johnson1883.8
1521Matt DiBenedetto1382.8
1620Erik Jones1781.8
173Austin Dillon1176.0
188Tyler Reddick1974.2
1941Cole Custer1670.3
2095Christopher Bell2070.3
2117Chris Buescher2166.1
2242Matt Kenseth2865.3
236Ryan Newman2564.3
2447Ricky Stenhouse Jr2464.0
2543Bubba Wallace2262.7
2634Michael McDowell2358.9
2738John H. Nemechek2758.8
2837Ryan Preece2958.3
2913Ty Dillon2657.3
3032Corey Lajoie3050.1
3196Daniel Suarez3147.0
3215Brennan Poole3240.5
3354JJ Yeley4637.7
3400Quin Houff3334.1
3566Timmy Hill4232.7
3651Joey Gase4430.5
Sours: https://www.mrn.com/2020-nascar-cup-series-driver-ratings/

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