Silly season scorecard: New year, new rides
In approximately one month, NASCAR Cup Series groups will head west to Los Angeles for the exhibit Clash at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. There, the Next Gen cars and truck will make its long-waited for launching in competitors.
Then, less than 2 weeks later on, those groups will be signed up with by their Xfinity and Truck Series brethren at Daytona for the main start of the 2022 season.
As a brand-new year dawns and a brand-new season looms, it’s time to take a look at our upgraded NASCAR ridiculous season scorecard.
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 2 automobiles following in 2015’s purchase of Chip Ganassi Racing’s NASCAR operations.
No. 2: Austin Cindric ends up being a Cup novice at Group Penske.
No. 6: Brad Keselowski has actually signed up with the rechristened RFK Racing as a driver/owner.
No. 7: Corey LaJoie stays with Spire Motorsports.
No. 16: As Kaulig Racing goes full-time in Cup with 2 entries, their No. 16 will be shared by AJ Allmendinger, Daniel Hemric and Noah Gragson.
No. 21: Harrison Burton ends up being a Cup novice 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 its motorist.
No. 31: Justin Haley will be the sole motorist of Kaulig Racing’s other Cup entry. His number, the No. 31, was validated in December.
No. 34: Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell is back for a 5th season with Front Row Motorsports.
No. 38: After 3 complete seasons in the Truck Series, Todd Gilliland goes up to Cup in Front Row Motorsports’ 2nd entry.
No. 42: The merger of Richard Petty Motorsports and GMS Racing’s Cup operations brings Ty Dillon into the fold. Prior to the merger, Dillon was revealed to run the complete 2022 Cup season for GMS.
No. 43: Erik Jones remains on for the brand-new Petty GMS Motorsports.
No. 45: Kurt Busch drives a brand-new 2nd cars and truck for 23XI Racing. The entry will run with a group charter.
No. 62: Beard Motorsports will keep its superspeedway-only schedule. Noah Gragson will sign up with the group to try the Daytona 500.
Cup motorist agreement extensions
No. 5: Kyle Larson and Hendrick Motorsports revealed a one-year extension last July.
No. 11: Denny Hamlin and Joe Gibbs Racing revealed a multi-year extension last February.
No. 19: Martin Truex Jr. and Joe Gibbs Racing revealed an extension last February. Length of agreement unidentified.
No. 47: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and JTG Daugherty Racing validated a one-year extension last September.
No. 48: Alex Bowman and Hendrick Motorsports revealed a two-year extension last June.
Offered Cup flights for 2022
Rick Ware Racing: RWR prepares to field 2 full-time 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: Changed by Brad Keselowski in the No. 6 RFK Racing Ford.
Matt DiBenedetto: Changed by Harrison Burton in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford.
Ryan Preece: Lost his trip at JTG Daugherty Racing as the group downsize to a single cars and truck.
Xfinity Series 2022 significant statements
Alpha Prime Racing: Tommy Joe Martins and Caesar Bacarella have actually partnered to form a brand-new group. Martins and Bacarella belong to its motorist lineup, along with Andy Lally (roadway courses), Ryan Ellis and Rajah Caruth.
Huge Maker Racing: Getting in improved collaboration with Richard Childress Racing. Jade Buford and Patrick Donahue return as motorist and team chief, respectively.
BJ McLeod Motorsports: Josh Williams (previously with DGM Racing) and Stefan Parsons will both run full-time in 2022 for BJ McLeod’s operation.
Emerling-Gase Motorsports: After revealing the development of his own Xfinity Series group in November, Joey Gase has actually given that caused NASCAR Whelen Modified Trip motorist Patrick Emerling as a partner. That’s resulted in the group’s rechristening as Emerling-Gase Motorsports.
Jordan Anderson Racing: Myatt Snider moves from Richard Childress Racing to container in a full-time trip for 2022.
JR Motorsports: Justin Allgaier and Noah Gragson are both going back to JRM … 2021 JRM part-timers Josh Berry and Sam Mayer will both go up to full-time status … Michael Annett has actually retired from full-time racing.
Kaulig Racing: Group veteran AJ Allmendinger is now flanked by beginners Landon Cassill and Xfinity Series champion Daniel Hemric.
Our Motorsports: Fielding three-car lineup with Jeb Burton (previously with Kaulig Racing) and Anthony Alfredo (previously with Front Row Motorsports in Cup) signing up with returnee Brett Moffitt.
Richard Childress Racing: Sheldon Creed and Austin Hill will both go up from the Truck Series to Xfinity with RCR.
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Ridiculous season scorecard: New year, brand-new flights initially appeared on NBCSports.com
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.