34 days remaining earlier than the 2021 Daytona 500

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Solely 34 days stay earlier than the inexperienced flag drops to start out the NASCAR Cup Sequence season-opening Daytona 500. Here’s a transient take a look at Cup Sequence Seventh-placed Martin Truex Jr.’s 2020 NASCAR season and snapshots on a number of different drivers who completed within the High-20 throughout NASCAR’s three premium sequence. The tentative listing of 2021 Cup Driver/Group lineups hooked up exhibits solely these groups who plan on coming into all occasions. Since some have but to announce their 2021 plans, observe NASCAR Headlines and “Participant” Information on this web site for the most recent driver/staff updates.

NASCAR Cup Sequence (NCS)

2020: Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing #18 Toyota Camry) – In 36 races, the Las Vegas, Nevada native scored 1 win (Oct. twenty eighth Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway), 14 top-fives, 20 top-tens, had a 9.9 common begin, a 13.83 common end and led 516 laps. On the finish of the common season, Busch was ninth in factors which earned him a spot within the NCS Playoffs Spherical of 16. He superior to the Spherical of 12, additionally into the Spherical of 8 however was lower earlier than the season-ending Championship 4 at Phoenix Raceway. He closed out the season eighth within the NCS standings. Busch additionally entered 5 XFINITY Sequence races scoring one victory (the Alsco 300, Might twenty fifth at Charlotte) and 5 Truck Sequence races successful 3 occasions (Las Vegas, Homestead-Miami and Fort Value).
2021: Busch is signed with JGR by way of no less than the 2022 season. Ben Beshore will change Adam Stevens as crew chief for the #18 staff. M&Ms, Skittles, Snickers, Pedigree and Interstate Batteries are dedicated as major sponsors once more this season.

2020: Martin Truex Jr. (Joe Gibbs Racing #19 Toyota Camry) – In 36 races, the Mayetta, New Jersey native scored 1 win, 14 top-fives, 23 top-tens, had a 9.6 common begin, an 11.69 common end and led 950 laps. On the finish of the common season, Truex’s June tenth victory within the Blue Emu Most Ache Reduction 500 at Martinsville Speedway earned him a spot within the NCS Playoffs Spherical of 16. He superior to the Spherical of 12, additionally into the Spherical of 8 however was lower earlier than the season-ending Championship 4 at Phoenix Raceway. He closed out the season Seventh within the NCS standings.
2021: Truex is signed with JGR by way of no less than the 2021 season. James Small will return as crew chief for the #19 staff. Clayton Hughes has been changed by Drew Herring as spotter. Hughes has been recognizing for Truex since he joined Furnishings Row Racing in 2014 and adopted him to JGR in 2019 after Furnishings Row closed store. He contributed to Truex’s 25 wins and his 2017 Cup Sequence championship. Sponsorship was not introduced up to now.

NASCAR XFINITY Sequence (NXS)

2020: Harrison Burton (Joe Gibbs Racing #20 Toyota Supra) – In 33 races, the Huntersville, North Carolina native scored 4 wins (Auto Membership Speedway, Homestead-Miami, Texas Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway), 15 top-fives, 22 top-tens, had a 7.8 common begin, a ten.0 common end and led 291 laps. On the finish of the common season, his wins (he solely wanted one) earned him a spot within the NXS Playoffs Spherical of 12. He made it by way of the Spherical of 12, superior to the Spherical of 8 however was eradicated earlier than the beginning of the sequence season-ending Championship 4 occasion at Phoenix. Burton closed out the season eighth within the NXS standings. After the four-win rookie marketing campaign, Burton additionally earned the Sunoco Rookie of the 12 months award.
2021: Burton will return to the JGR #20 Toyota full-time. As famous above, his 2020 crew chief Ben Beshore moved as much as the Cup sequence to guide Kyle Busch’s staff. Jason Ratcliff returns to the NXS to take over that spot for Burton’s #20 staff. No agency phrase on sponsors however DEX Imaging will possible cowl some races.

2020: Ross Chastain (Kaulig Racing #10 Chevrolet Camaro) – In 33 races, the Alva, Florida native scored 15 top-fives, 27 top-tens, had a 7.7 common begin, an 8.24 common end and led 553 laps. On the finish of the common season, Chastain was third in factors which earned him a spot within the NXS Playoffs Spherical of 12. He made it by way of the Spherical of 12, superior to the Spherical of 8 however was eradicated earlier than the beginning of the sequence season-ending Championship 4 occasion at Phoenix. Chastain closed out the season Seventh within the NXS standings.
2021: Chastain strikes as much as the CUP sequence changing Matt Kenseth (who determined to return to restricted racing) in Chip Ganassi Racing’s #42 Chevrolet Camaro. Jeb Burton has signed on to pilot the Kaulig Racing #10 Chevrolet in 2021. Chastain’s crew chief and sponsors are but to
be introduced.

NASCAR Tenting World Truck Sequence (NTS)

2020: Christian Eckes (Kyle Busch Motorsports #18 Toyota Tundra) – In 23 races, the Middletown, New York native scored 7 top-fives, 11 top-tens, had a 6.4 common begin, a 12.3 common end and led 179 laps. On the finish of the common season, Eckes was Seventh in factors which earned him a spot within the NTS Playoffs Spherical of 10. He was eradicated from the playoffs earlier than the beginning of the Spherical of 8 and closed out 2020 eighth within the standings. Eckes’ greatest 2020 outcomes have been runner-up finishes; 2nd to CUP common/KBM staff proprietor Kyle Busch on July 18th at Texas Motor Speedway, 2nd to Matt Crafton on July twenty fifth at Kansas Speedway and 2nd to Zane Smith on Aug. Seventh at Michigan Int’l Speedway.
2021: After his first full season within the Truck Sequence, Eckes finds himself with no experience. KBM has changed him with Chandler Smith within the #18 Tundra. Eckes just lately hinted on Twitter that he “may presumably be headed again to Venturini Motorsports” within the ARCA Menards Sequence, however nothing has been introduced presently.

2020: Ben Rhodes (ThorSport Racing #99 Ford F-150) – In 23 races, the Louisville, Kentucky native scored 1 win, 9 top-fives, 14 top-tens, had a 7.2 common begin, a 9.96 common end and led 103 laps. On the finish of the common season, his victory within the Sept. sixth South Carolina Schooling Lottery 200 at Darlington Raceway earned him a spot within the NTS Playoffs Spherical of 10. He made the lower for the Spherical of 8 however was eradicated from the playoffs earlier than the sequence season-ending Championship 4 occasion. Rhodes closed out the season Seventh within the standings.
2021: The one information up to now is that this assertion from ThorSports web site: “In 2021 Ben (Rhodes) as soon as once more joins ThorSport homeowners Duke and Rhonda Thorson with the staff’s No. 99 Ford F-150.”

2021 Tentative NCS Sequence Group Chart

Automotive

Driver

Proprietor

Crew Chief

Sponsor

00 Chevy

Quin Houff

StarCom Racing

George Church

1 Chevy

Kurt Busch

Chip Ganassi Racing

Matt McCall

Monster Vitality

2 Ford

Brad Keselowski

Group Penske

Jeremy Bullins

Low cost Tire

3 Chevy

Austin Dillon

Richard Childress Racing

Justin Alexander

4 Ford

Kevin Harvick

Stewart-Haas Racing

Rodney Childers

Busch Beer, Mobil 1, Hunt Brothers Pizza

5 Chevy

Kyle Larson

Hendrick Motorsports

Cliff Daniels

6 Ford

Ryan Newman

Roush Fenway Racing

Scott Graves

Oscar Mayer, Wyndham Rewards, Castrol, Assured Price

7 Chevy

Corey LaJoie

Spire Motorsports

Ryan Sparks

8 Chevy

Tyler Reddick

Richard Childress Racing

Randall Burdett

Okuma

9 Chevy

Chase Elliott

Hendrick Motorsports

Alan Gustafson

NAPA Auto Elements, Hooters, LLumar

10 Ford

Aric Almirola

Stewart-Haas Racing

Mike Bugarewics

Smithfield

11 Toyota

Denny Hamlin

Joe Gibbs Racing

Chris Gabehart

FedEx

12 Ford

Ryan Blaney

Group Penske

Todd Gordon

14 Ford

Chase Briscoe R

Stewart-Haas Racing

HighPoint

15 Chevy

Rick Ware Racing

Pat Tryson

17 Ford

Chris Buescher

Roush Fenway Racing

Luke Lambert

Castrol

18 Toyota

Kyle Busch

Joe Gibbs Racing

Ben Beshore

M&Ms, Skittles, Pedigree, Interstate Batteries

19 Toyota

Martin Truex Jr.

Joe Gibbs Racing

James Small

Auto House owners Ins.

20 Toyota

Christopher Bell

Joe Gibbs Racing

Adam Stevens

Rheem, Craftsman

21 Ford

Matt DiBenedetto

Wooden Brothers Racing

Greg Erwin

Motorcraft/Fast Lane

22 Ford

Joey Logano

Group Penske

Paul Wolfe

Shell-Pennzoil, AAA, Autotrader, MoneyLion

23 Toyota

Bubba Wallace

23XI Racing

Mike Wheeler

DoorDash, McDonald’s, Columbia Sportswear, Dr Pepper, Root Insurance coverage

24 Chevy

William Byron

Hendrick Motorsports

Rudy Fugle

Axalta, Liberty College

34 Ford

Michael McDowell

Entrance Row Motorsports

Drew Blickensderfer

37 Chevy

Ryan Preece

JTG Daugherty Racing

Trent Owens

Kroger, Bush’s Beans

38 Ford

Anthony Alfredo – R

Entrance Row Motorsports

Seth Barbour

41 Ford

Cole Custer

Stewart-Haas Racing

Mike Shiplett

42 Chevy

Ross Chastain

Chip Ganassi Racing

McDonald’s

43 Chevy

Erik Jones

Richard Petty Motorsports

Jerry Baxter

Victory Junction

47 Chevy

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

JTG Daugherty Racing

Brian Pattie

Kroger, NOS Vitality Drink

48 Chevy

Alex Bowman

Hendrick Motorsports

Greg Ives

Ally Monetary

51 Chevy

Rick Ware Racing

Jason Houghtaling

Biohaven Prescribed drugs’ Nurtec

52 Chevy

Rick Ware Racing

Mike Hillman Sr.

53 Chevy

Rick Ware Racing

Todd Parrott

66 Ford

Timmy Hill

MBM Motorsports

Steven Idol

77 Chevy

Spire Motorsports

Kevin Bellicourt

78 Ford

BJ McLeod

Reside Quick Motorsports

Eager Elements

96 Toyota

Gaunt Brothers Racing

99 Chevy

Daniel Suarez

Trackhouse Racing

Travis Mack

R – Rookie of The 12 months contender



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