The Daytona 500 green flag drops in 74 days

With 74 days to precede the green flag drops for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500, this is a short take a look at 2021 chauffeur statistics and what’s ahead in the brand-new season. Chris Buescher and others in the NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Outdoor Camping World Truck Series will be covered today. Given that numerous groups have yet to tighten their 2022 strategies, follow NASCAR Headlines and “Player” News on this site for the current updates. The tentative list of Cup Driver/Team lineups for those who intend on going into all occasions, consisting of groups with numerous chauffeurs in one cars and truck, is revealed listed below.

NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)

2021: Ross Chastain (Chip Ganassi Racing #42 Chevrolet Camaro) – The Alva, Florida native went into all 36 NCS races, scored 3 top-five and 8 top-ten surfaces, had a 19.8 typical start, an 18.6 typical surface and led 62 laps. He made 729 points and liquidated the season 20th in the NCS chauffeur standings. His finest surface was a second location in the June 20th Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. Chastain likewise went into 4 Truck Series races in Niece Motorsports Chevy Silverados scoring one top-five and 2 top-ten surfaces.
2022: Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) closed store at completion of 2021 and offered all Cup Series lorries, charters, devices and CGR’s race store to Trackhouse Racing. Chastain was employed to drive the #1 Camaro (previously driven by Kurt Busch at CGR). Phil Surgen, Chastain’s #42 team chief, continues with him and the #1 group. Chastain will likewise be a colleague to Trackhouse’s #99 chauffeur Daniel Suarez in 2022.

2021: Chris Buescher (Roush Fenway Racing #17 Ford Mustang) – The Prosper, Texas native went into all 36 NCS races, scored one top-five (a 3rd location in the October 10 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roadway Course), 8 top-tens, had an 18.1 typical start, a 17.3 typical surface and led 93 laps. Buescher made 771 points and liquidated the season 19th in the NCS chauffeur standings.
2022: Buescher will be back in the #17 Mustang however it will be under a brand-new name. Brad Keselowski has actually ended up being a partner with Roush Fenway and the group is rebranded to RFK Racing. Keselowski will likewise drive the groups #6 Ford as Buescher’s colleague. Scott Graves will go back to team chief for Buescher. Sponsors Fastenal, Violet Defense, Fifth Third Bank and Castrol will likewise continue with the #17 group.

NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS)

2021: Tommy Joe Martins (Alpha Prime Racing #44 Chevrolet Camaro) – The Como, Mississippi native went into all 33 NXS races, had a 21.0 typical start, a 22.9 typical surface and led 15 laps. His finest surface was 11th location in the April 24 race at Talladega Superspeedway. Martins made 497 points and liquidated the season 20th in the NXS chauffeur standings.
2022: Martins, owner of Martins Motor Sports, partnered with Caesar Bacarella to form Alpha Prime Racing early in 2021 and will continue into 2022. Strategies are to field 2 vehicles with numerous chauffeurs consisting of Martins, Bacarella, Ryan Ellis, Andy Lally and Rajah Caruth.

2021: Alex Labbe (DGM Racing #36 Chevrolet Camaro) – The St. Albert, Quebec native went into all 33 NXS races and scored 3 top-ten surfaces, had a 21.7 typical start, a 22.4 typical surface and led 2 laps. His finest surface was an 8th location in the October 30th race at Martinsville Speedway. He made 502 points and liquidated the season 19th in the NXS chauffeur standings.
2022: Labbe will likely return for another full-time season with DGM. In the last 4 years, he drove for the group full-time other than for 2019. That season he went into the NASCAR Pinty’s Series in Canada as his main trip however still handled to drive 10 NXS races in the DGM cars and truck.

NASCAR Outdoor Camping World Truck Series (NTS)

2021: Tate Fogleman (Young’s Motorsports #12 Chevrolet Silverado) – The Durham, North Carolina native went into all 22 NTS races. He scored one win (his series initially, in the October second race at Talladega Superspeedway), one top-five, 2 top-tens, had a 25.2 typical start, a 24.6 typical surface and led 2 laps. He made 283 points and liquidated the season ranked 20th in the NTS chauffeur standings.
2022: Fogleman was employed last month to take control of the On Point Motorsports #30 Toyota Tundra changing Danny Bohn. Information on team chief, sponsors and other information have actually not been firmed up at this time.

2021: Chase Purdy (GMS Racing #23 Chevrolet Silverado) – The Meridian, Mississippi native went into 21 of the 22 NTS races. He scored 2 top-tens, had a 20.9 typical start, a 22.6 typical surface and led 8 laps. His finest surface was sixth location in the August 20th race at World Wide Innovation Raceway. He made 311 points and liquidated season ranked 19th in the NTS chauffeur standings.
2022: Chase Purdy signed up with Hattori Racing Enterprises to drive the #61 Toyota Tundra. This is a brand-new full-time truck for HRE to collaborate with the #16 driven by Tyler Ankrum. BAMA Buggies, Purdy’s sponsor considering that 2016, will continue with him on the brand-new trip. Team chief and other information on the brand-new group will be revealed at a later date.

2022 Tentative NCS Series Group Chart




Team Chief


1 Chevy

Ross Chastain

Trackhouse Racing

Phil Surgen

To Be Declared

2 Ford

Austin Cindric R

Group Penske

Jeremy Bullins


3 Chevy

Austin Dillon

Richard Childress Racing

Justin Alexander

To Be Declared

4 Ford

Kevin Harvick

Stewart-Haas Racing

Rodney Childers


5 Chevy

Kyle Larson

Hendrick Motorsports

Cliff Daniels

6 Ford

Brad Keselowski

RFK Racing

Matt McCall

Violet Defense, Fastenal

7 Chevy

Corey LaJoie

Spire Motorsports

Ryan Stimulates

To Be Declared

8 Chevy

Tyler Reddick

Richard Childress Racing

Randall Burdett

To Be Declared

9 Chevy

Chase Elliott

Hendrick Motorsports

Alan Gustafson

NAPA Car Components, Adrenaline Shoc, Kelley Directory, Hooters

10 Ford

Aric Almirola

Stewart-Haas Racing

Mike Bugarewics

To Be Declared

11 Toyota

Denny Hamlin

Joe Gibbs Racing

Chris Gabehart


12 Ford

Ryan Blaney

Group Penske

Jonathan Hassler

Advance Car 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 R

Wood Brothers Racing

Brian Wilson

Motorcraft/Quick Lane, Menards

22 Ford

Joey Logano

Group Penske

Paul Wolfe

To Be Declared

23 Toyota

Bubba Wallace

23XI Racing

Bootie Barker


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

Todd Gilliland R

Front Row Motorsports

Seth Barbour

To Be Declared

41 Ford

Cole Custer

Stewart-Haas Racing

Mike Shiplett

Haas Automation /

42 Chevy

Ty Dillon

Minor GMS Motorsports

Jerame Donley

To Be Declared

43 Chevy

Erik Jones

Minor GMS Motorsports

Dave Elenz

FOCUSfactor, U.S. Flying Force

45 Toyota

Kurt Busch

23XI Racing

Billy Scott

Beast Energy, McDonald’s

47 Chevy

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

JTG Daugherty Racing

To Be Declared

To Be Declared

48 Chevy

Alex Bowman

Hendrick Motorsports

Greg Ives

Ally Financial

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

99 Chevy

Daniel Suarez

Trackhouse Racing

Travis Mack

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.