Less than a month before the 2021 Daytona 500

High speed action has actually currently begun at the Daytona International Speedway. About 55 ARCA Menards Series (AMS) chauffeurs ran practice laps, some logged as lots of as 85 laps, around the 2.5-mile oval superspeedway throughout a 2-day test session (January 15-16) in preparation for the AMS Feb. 13th season-opener at the track.
Now, just 27 days stay prior to the green flag drops to begin NASCAR’s Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500. Here is a quick take a look at Cup Series 5th-placed Kevin Harvick’s excellent 2020 season and pictures on a couple of other chauffeurs who ended up in the Top-20 throughout NASCAR’s 3 premium series. The tentative list of 2021 Cup Driver/Team lineups connected programs just those groups who intend on going into all occasions. Given that some have yet to reveal their 2021 strategies, follow NASCAR Headlines and “Player” News on this website for the current driver/team updates.

NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)

2020: Alex Bowman (Hendrick Motorsports #88 Chevrolet Camaro) – In 36 races, the Tucson, Arizona native scored 1 win, 6 top-fives, 15 top-tens, had an 8.9 typical start, a 14.72 typical surface and led 440 laps. At the end of the routine season, Bowman’s March 1st success in the Automobile Club 400 at the Fontana, California Automobile Club Speedway made him an area in the NCS Playoffs Round of 16. He advanced to the Round of 12, likewise into the Round of 8 however was cut prior to the season-ending Champion 4 at Phoenix Raceway. He liquidated the season sixth in the NCS standings.
2021: Now that HMS colleague Jimmie Johnson retired from NASCAR and transferred to open-wheel IndyCar racing in 2021, Bowman takes control of the wheel of Johnson’s #48. Greg Ives will continue as his team chief. Ally Financial will stay main sponsor of the #48 group. The #88 will be retired and changed with Hendrick Motorsports’ #5, Rick Hendrick’s initial Cup automobile number, with Kyle Larson driving in 2021.

2020: Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas Racing #4 Ford Mustang) – In 36 races, the Bakersfield, California native scored 9 wins, 20 top-fives, 27 top-tens and led 1,531 laps (all series highs). He had a 7.7 typical start, a series high 7.33 typical surface. With all those “series high” statistics, Harvick certainly made an area in the NCS Playoffs Round of 16. He advanced to the Round of 12, likewise into the Round of 8 however, after a number of bad surfaces, was cut prior to the season-ending Champion 4 at Phoenix Raceway. He liquidated the season 5th in the NCS standings. The National Motorsports Press Association called Harvick the 2020 Richard Petty Motorist of the Year for his supremacy throughout much of the 2020 season. He likewise won the award in 2001, 2014 and 2018.
2021: Harvick is signed through 2023 with Stewart-Haas Racing and will return in the #4 Ford. Rodney Childers continues as team chief. Main sponsors Busch/Busch Light, Mobil 1 and Hunt Brothers Pizza return too.

NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)

2020: Brandon Jones (Joe Gibbs Racing #19 Toyota Supra) – In 33 races, the Atlanta, Georgia native scored 3 wins (March 7th at Phoenix Raceway, July 25th at Kansas Speedway and Sept. 5th at Darlington Raceway), 10 top-fives, 19 top-tens, had a 7.1 typical start, a 12.82 typical surface and led 160 laps. Jones’ wins made him an area in the NXS Playoffs Round of 12. He made it through the Round of 12, advanced to the Round of 8 however was removed prior to the start of the series season-ending Champion 4 occasion at Phoenix. He liquidated the season sixth in the NXS standings. Jones likewise drove Kyle Busch Motorsports #51 Toyota Tundra in 4 Truck Series races. He scored a triumph on June 28th at Pocono Raceway.
2021: Jones returns for another complete season in JGR’s #19 Supra. Jeff Meendering likewise continues as team chief for the group. No statements on sponsorship.

2020: Noah Gragson (JR Motorsports #9 Chevrolet Camaro) – In 33 races, the Las Vegas, Nevada native scored 2 wins (season opener on Feb. 15th at Daytona and June 1st at Bristol Motor Speedway), 17 top-fives, 25 top-tens, had a 6.0 typical start, an 8.79 typical surface and led 622 laps. Gragson’s wins made him an area in the NXS Playoffs Round of 12. He made it through the Round of 12, advanced to the Round of 8 however was removed prior to the start of the series season-ending Champion 4 occasion at Phoenix. He liquidated the season 5th in the NXS standings.
2021: Gragson is signed through 2021 to drive JRM’s #9 Camaro. Dave Elenz continues as team chief. Bass Pro Shops, Real Wood Camouflage and Black Rifle Coffee will sponsor the #9 group. Gragson will likewise try the Daytona 500 in Beard Motorsports #62 Chevrolet. If he makes the field (through certifying or racing in through among the February 11th Daytona “Duels”) it will be his NASCAR Cup Series launching.

NASCAR Outdoor Camping World Truck Series (NTS)

2020: Austin Hill (Hattori Racing #16 Toyota Tundra) – In 23 races, the Winston, Georgia native scored 2 wins (July 24th at Kansas Speedway and Sept. 25th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway), 11 top-fives, 17 top-tens, had a 5.7 typical start, a 9.0 typical surface and led 348 laps. At the end of the routine season, his wins made him an area in the NTS Playoffs Round of 10. He made it for the Round of 8 however was removed from the playoffs prior to the series season-ending Champion 4 occasion. He liquidated the season sixth in the standings. Hill likewise made 9 starts in the XFINITY Series driving the #61 Toyota Supra in a collaboration in between Hattori Racing and MBM Motorsports. His finest surface was a 5th in the Oct. 17th Kansas Lotto 300 at Kansas Speedway.
2021: Hill will return for another complete season driving Hattori Racing’s #16 Tundra. Scott Zipadelli will continue team chief responsibilities for the group. United Rentals have actually signed on as main sponsor once again this season. No word on XFINITY Series races, if any, on Hill’s schedule.

2020: Matt Crafton (ThorSport Racing #88 Ford F-150) – In 23 races, the Tulare, California native scored 1 win, 9 top-fives, 15 top-tens, had a 9.2 typical start, a 10.65 typical surface and led 86 laps. At the end of the routine season, his July 15th win in the E.P.T. 200 at Kansas Speedway made him an area in the NTS Playoffs Round of 10. He made it for the Round of 8 however was removed from the playoffs prior to the series season-ending Champion 4 occasion. He liquidated the season 5th in the standings.
2021: The only news up until now is this declaration on ThorSports site: “In 2021 Matt (Crafton) once again joins ThorSport owners Duke and Rhonda Thorson with the team’s No. 88 Ford F-150.”

2021 Tentative NCS Series Group Chart

Vehicle

Motorist

Owner

Team Chief

Sponsor

00 Chevy

Quin Houff

StarCom Racing

George Church

1 Chevy

Kurt Busch

Chip Ganassi Racing

Matt McCall

Beast Energy

2 Ford

Brad Keselowski

Group Penske

Jeremy Bullins

Discount Rate 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 Benefits, Castrol, Surefire Rate, Kohler Generators

7 Chevy

Corey LaJoie

Spire Motorsports

Ryan Stimulates

8 Chevy

Tyler Reddick

Richard Childress Racing

Randall Burdett

Okuma

9 Chevy

Chase Elliott

Hendrick Motorsports

Alan Gustafson

NAPA Automobile Components, Hooters, Llumar, Adrenaline Shoc

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

John Klausmeier

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

Bass Pro Shops, Automobile Owners Ins., Reser’s

20 Toyota

Christopher Bell

Joe Gibbs Racing

Adam Stevens

Stanley/DeWalt/Irwin,Rheem, Artisan

21 Ford

Matt DiBenedetto

Wood Brothers Racing

Greg Erwin

Motorcraft/Quick 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 University

34 Ford

Michael McDowell

Front Row Motorsports

Drew Blickensderfer

37 Chevy

Ryan Preece

JTG Daugherty Racing

Trent Owens

Kroger, Bush’s Beans

38 Ford

Anthony AlfredoR

Front Row Motorsports

Seth Barbour

MDS Trucking, Rapid Money, Revolve Financing Electronic Banking

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

Triumph Junction

47 Chevy

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

JTG Daugherty Racing

Brian Pattie

Kroger, NOS Energy Beverage

48 Chevy

Alex Bowman

Hendrick Motorsports

Greg Ives

Ally Financial

51 Chevy

Joey Gase

Rick Ware Racing

Jason Houghtaling

Biohaven Pharmaceuticals’ Nurtec

52 Chevy

Rick Ware Racing

Mike Hillman Sr.

53 Chevy

James Davison (tentative)

Rick Ware Racing

Todd Parrott

66 Ford

Timmy Hill

MBM Motorsports

Steven Idol

77 Chevy

Spire Motorsports

Kevin Bellicourt

78 Ford

BJ McLeod

Live Quick Motorsports

Eager Parts

96 Toyota

Ty Dillon (tentative)

Gaunt Brothers Racing

99 Chevy

Daniel Suarez

Trackhouse Racing

Travis Mack

R – Novice of The Year competitor

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.