Countdown to the 2022 Daytona 500: 88 days

Throughout the off-season, this is a take a look at 2021 chauffeur statistics and what’s ahead for them in the brand-new season. Chase Briscoe and other motorists in the NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Outdoor Camping World Truck Series will be covered. Because numerous groups have yet to tighten their 2022 strategies, follow NASCAR Headlines and “Player” News on this site for the current updates.

With 88 days to precede the green flag drops for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500, here are a couple of short chauffeur wrap-ups followed by a tentative list of 2022 Cup Driver/Team lineups. Groups because list intend on getting in all occasions, some with several motorists.

NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)

2021: Erik Jones (Richard Petty Motorsports #43 Ford Mustang) – The Byron, Michigan native got in all 36 NCS races, scored 6 top-ten surfaces, had a 22.7 typical start, a 19.7 typical surface and led 9 laps. Jones made 641 points and liquidated the season 24th in the NCS chauffeur standings. His finest surface was a 7th location in the August 15th roadway course race on the Indianapolis Grand Prix Circuit.
2022: Jones will return for another season in RPM’s Ford. Dave Elenz, a 7-year Xfinity Series team chief, will go up to Cup because function for the #43 group. Elenz has an overall of 228 NXS starts (5 years with JR Motorsports) and tape-recorded 15 wins and 149 top-ten surfaces. More news (Nov. 23): RPM revealed FOCUSfactor®, a brain health supplement leader, will be a main sponsor of the #43 for 26 occasions throughout 2022. This is a multi-year collaboration.

2021: Chase Briscoe (Stewart-Haas Racing #14 Ford Mustang) – The Mitchell, Indiana native got in all 36 NCS races, scored 3 top-tens, had a 22.2 typical start, a 19.6 typical surface and led 18 laps. His finest surfaces were sixth locations in the Might 23rd Circuit of the Americas and July fourth Roadway America occasions (both roadway courses). He made 655 points and liquidated the season 23rd in the NCS chauffeur standings. Briscoe likewise made the 2021 Sunoco Novice of the Year title. He got in BJ McLeod’s #99 Ford Mustang in the Xfinity Series races at Charlotte (ended up sixth) and Daytona (19th). In the Truck Series, he drove Roper Racing’s #04 Ford F-150 in 3 races with a finest surface of 5th in the Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt at Bristol. Lastly, Briscoe got in 2 ARCA Menards roadway course races in Chad Bryant’s #14 Ford. He had a DNF (Suspension failure) at Watkins Glen but started 3rd in the Sonoma Raceway race, led all 51 laps and won the event.
2022: Briscoe will be back for his sophomore season in SHR’s #14 Mustang.

NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS)

2021: Kyle Weatherman (Mike Harmon Racing #47 Chevrolet Camaro) – The Wentzville, Missouri native got in 30 of the 33 NXS races, had a 26.5 average start, a 25.8 average finish and led three laps. His best finish was a 15th place in the season opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway. He earned 341 points and closed out the season 24th in the NXS driver standings.
2022: Mike Harmon has said he wants Weatherman to continue in the #47 Camaro but will let him move on if he gets a better offer. It just got a little harder to keep him. On November 22nd, Harmon was handed down a penalty from NASCAR for “violating vehicle testing policy”. Harmon used Rockingham Speedway to test cars including the one used in the NXS season finale at Phoenix. Besides a $50,000 fine and a six-race suspension for crew chief Ryan Bell, Mike Harmon Racing has been assessed with a loss of 75 owner points and 75 driver championship points which will be applied to the team at the start of the 2022 season.

2021: Jade Buford (Big Machine Racing #48 Chevrolet Camaro) – The Nashville, Tennessee native entered 32 of the 33 NXS races and scored one top-finish (9th in the August 21st event at Michigan Int’l Speedway), had a 22.0 average start and a 23.8 average finish. He earned 435 points and closed out the season 23rd in the NXS driver standings. Buford entered three ARCA Menards Series races in Andy Hillenburg’s cars and scored 2 top-ten finishes.
2022: Buford will return for another full-time season in the #48 Chevy. What’s new for 2022 is an extended partnership with Richard Childress Racing. RCR will provide Big Machine Racing with chassis and engineering support, along with other key assets. The team has already been receiving horsepower from ECR Engines, which will continue in 2022.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NTS)

2021: Spencer Boyd (Young’s Motorsports #20 Chevrolet Silverado) – The Creve Coeur, Missouri native entered 19 of the 22 NTS races. He scored one top-ten, a 7th at Talladega Superspeedway, where he also logged his lone NTS victory in 2019. Boyd had a 28.3 average start and a 24.7 average finish. He earned 237 points and closed out the season ranked 23rd in the NTS driver standings. Boyd also entered nine Xfinity series races with Jimmy Means Racing (4 races) and DGM Racing (5 races) to gain track experience.
2022: Boyd is expected back in the Young’s Motorsports #20 for his fourth season however no plans are announced yet in either the Trucks or the Xfinity series.

2021: Parker Kligerman (Henderson Motorsports #75 Chevrolet Silverado) – The Westport, Connecticut native is a part-time driver who got in 11 of the 22 NTS races. He scored two top-fives (5th place finishes at both Watkins Glen Int’l and Darlington Raceway), five top-tens, had a 26.5 typical start and a 14.5 typical surface. He made 254 points and liquidated season ranked 23rd in the NTS chauffeur standings. Kligerman is also a regular NASCAR pit reporter during the NBC broadcast coverage of the Cup Series races.
2022: Since Kligerman has actually been driving the #75 truck part-time since 2017 he will most likely continue doing the same in 2022. Unless we hear different, he will likewise be working the pits once again for NBC.

2022 Tentative NCS Series Group Chart

Vehicle

Chauffeur

Owner

Team Chief

Sponsor

1 Chevy

Ross Chastain

Trackhouse Racing

Phil Surgen

To Be Declared

2 Ford

Austin Cindric

Group Penske

Jeremy Bullins

To Be Declared

3 Chevy

Austin Dillon

Richard Childress Racing

Justin Alexander

To Be Declared

4 Ford

Kevin Harvick

Stewart-Haas Racing

Rodney Childers

GearWrench

5 Chevy

Kyle Larson

Hendrick Motorsports

Cliff Daniels

HendrickCars.com

6 Ford

Brad Keselowski

RFK Racing

Matt McCall

Violet Defense

7 Chevy

Corey LaJoie

Spire Motorsports

Ryan Triggers

To Be Declared

8 Chevy

Tyler Reddick

Richard Childress Racing

Randall Burdett

To Be Declared

9 Chevy

Chase Elliott

Hendrick Motorsports

Alan Gustafson

NAPA Automobile Components, Adrenaline Shoc, Kelley Directory

10 Ford

Aric Almirola

Stewart-Haas Racing

Mike Bugarewics

To Be Declared

11 Toyota

Denny Hamlin

Joe Gibbs Racing

Chris Gabehart

FedEx

12 Ford

Ryan Blaney

Group Penske

Jonathan Hassler

Advance Automobile Part, BodyArmour, Menards, DEX Imaging

14 Ford

Chase Briscoe

Stewart-Haas Racing

John Klausmeier

To Be Declared

15 Ford

To Be Declared

Rick Ware Racing

Pat Tryson

To Be Declared

16 Chevy

Justin Haley

Kaulig Racing

Matt Swiderski

To Be Declared

17 Ford

Chris Buescher

RFK Racing

Scott Graves

Fastenal, Castrol, Fifth Third Bank, Violet Defense

18 Toyota

Kyle Busch

Joe Gibbs Racing

Ben Beshore

M&Ms, Skittles, Pedigree, Interstate Batteries, Sports Clips, STANLEY

19 Toyota

Martin Truex Jr.

Joe Gibbs Racing

James Small

To Be Declared

20 Toyota

Christopher Bell

Joe Gibbs Racing

Adam Stevens

To Be Declared

21 Ford

Harrison Burton

Wood Brothers Racing

Brian Wilson

Motorcraft/Quick Lane

22 Ford

Joey Logano

Group Penske

Paul Wolfe

To Be Declared

23 Toyota

Bubba Wallace

23XI Racing

Bootie Barker

To Be Declared

24 Chevy

William Byron

Hendrick Motorsports

Rudy Fugle

Axalta, Liberty University, Valvoline

34 Ford

Michael McDowell

Front Row Motorsports

Drew Blickensderfer

To Be Declared

38 Ford

To Be Declared

Front Row Motorsports

Seth Barbour

To Be Declared

41 Ford

Cole Custer

Stewart-Haas Racing

Mike Shiplett

Haas Automation / HaasTooling.com

43 Chevy

Erik Jones

Richard Petty Motorsports

Dave Elenz

FOCUSfactor

45 Toyota

Kurt Busch

23XI Racing

Billy Scott

Beast Energy

47 Chevy

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

JTG Daugherty Racing

To Be Declared

To Be Declared

48 Chevy

Alex Bowman

Hendrick Motorsports

Greg Ives

Ally Financial

51 Ford

To Be Declared

Rick Ware Racing

Mike Hillman Sr.

Nurtec ODT

52 Ford

To Be Declared

Rick Ware Racing

Jason Houghtaling

To Be Declared

53 Ford

To Be Declared

Rick Ware Racing

To Be Declared

To Be Declared

77 Chevy

To Be Declared

Spire Motorsports

To Be Declared

To Be Declared

78 Ford

BJ McLeod

Live Quick Motorsports

Frank Kerr

To Be Declared

94 Chevy

Ty Dillon

GMS Racing

Jerame Donley

To Be Declared

99 Chevy

Daniel Suarez

Trackhouse Racing

Travis Mack

To Be Declared

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.