Silly season scorecard: Falling into place
It’s been a minute, hasn’t it?
When we last examined our Ridiculous Season scorecard for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season, it was early August. Ross Chastain had actually simply signed a multi-year offer to sign up with Trackhouse Racing.
With Trackhouse revealing its purchase of Chip Ganassi Racing’s NASCAR operations back in June, Chastain’s offer moved the spotlight to CGR colleague Kurt Busch and his unpredictable prepare for 2022.
However as summertime relied on fall, Kurt Busch’s strategies – and the strategies of numerous other motorists – were exposed.
Here’s how the NASCAR Ridiculous Season scorecard looks:
Declared Cup flights for 2022
No. 1: Ross Chastain signs up with Trackhouse as it broadens to a two-car Cup program following the purchase of Chip Ganassi Racing.
No. 2: Austin Cindric goes up to the Cup Series at Group Penske as part of the multi-year offer he signed last October.
No. 6: Brad Keselowski signs up with Roush Fenway Racing as a driver/owner.
No. 7: Corey LaJoie will stay with Spire Motorsports.
No. 16: Justin Haley will drive for Kaulig Racing as it goes into the Cup Series.
No. 21: Harrison Burton goes up to the Cup Series, signing up with Penske-aligned Wood Brothers Racing.
No. 27: The brand-new Group Hezeberg will run all 6 roadway course races, however might likewise run some brief track races. 2019 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion Loris Hezemans will be the chauffeur.
No. 43: Erik Jones will stay with Richard Petty Motorsports.
No. 45: Kurt Busch will drive a brand-new 2nd vehicle for 23XI Racing. Group co-owner Denny Hamlin validated last weekend that a prospective offer with Front Row Motorsports to obtain a charter for the 2nd vehicle had actually broken down, however swore “we’re going to race” with the entry.
No. 62: Beard Motorsports will preserve its superspeedway-only schedule.
No. 94: Ty Dillon will drive for GMS Racing as it goes into the Cup Series. At an Oct. 10 interview, Dillon stated GMS owner Maury Gallagher was dedicated to run the complete season, with or without a charter.
Cup chauffeur agreement extensions
No. 5: Kyle Larson and Hendrick Motorsports revealed a one-year extension on July 14.
No. 11: Denny Hamlin and Joe Gibbs Racing revealed a multi-year extension on Feb. 1.
No. 19: Martin Truex Jr. and Joe Gibbs Racing revealed a extension on Feb. 10. Length of agreement unidentified.
No. 47: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and JTG Daugherty Racing validated a one-year extension on Sept. 30.
No. 48: Alex Bowman and Hendrick Motorsports revealed a two-year extension on June 18.
Offered Cup flights for 2022
Kaulig Racing: Kaulig’s 2nd full-time Cup entry will include AJ Allmendinger in choose races, however a complete chauffeur lineup is still to be identified.
Rick Ware Racing: RWR prepares to field 2 full-time Cup entries in 2022 and is mulling over a 3rd entry. RWR will sign up with Ford and line up with both Stewart-Haas Racing and Roush Yates Engines.
Cup notables yet to reveal 2022 strategies
Ryan Newman: Presently drives the No. 6 for Roush Fenway Racing.
Ryan Preece: Presently drives the No. 37 for JTG Daugherty Racing. JTG-D has actually validated it will just run one vehicle – Stenhouse’s No. 47 – next season.
Matt DiBenedetto: Leaving Wood Brothers Racing at end of 2021 season.
Michael McDowell: Presently driving the No. 34 for Front Row Motorsports.
Anthony Alfredo: Presently driving the No. 38 for Front Row Motorsports.
Xfinity Series 2022 significant statements
Huge Maker Racing: Getting in improved collaboration with Richard Childress Racing. Jade Buford and Patrick Donahue will return as chauffeur and team chief, respectively.
JR Motorsports: Josh Berry will drive JRM’s No. 8 entry full-time. … Sam Mayer will likewise drive a full-time entry for the group. … Michael Annett will retire after this season. … Justin Allgaier goes back to the group next season. … Noah Gragson likewise will be back with the group in 2022.
Kaulig Racing: Daniel Hemric will move from Joe Gibbs Racing to drive Kaulig’s No. 11 entry, changing Cup-bound Justin Haley … Jeb Burton will not go back to the group next season.
Richard Childress Racing: Ruling Truck Series champion Sheldon Creed will go up to Xfinity next season with RCR. … Myatt Snider, existing chauffeur of RCR’s No. 2 entry, will stay part of the RCR/GM advancement program.
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