What’s new in the Cup Series in 2021

Welcome to the 2021 NASCAR season. With the Cup Series starting the season on Sunday at the Daytona 500, here’s whatever brand-new that you require to be familiar with as the season gets underway.

Groups

By now, you understand that Bubba Wallace is going to drive for a group co-owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin this season. Wallace’s No. 23 vehicle will be a 5th Toyota entry behind the 4 vehicles from Joe Gibbs Racing. 23XI Racing efficiently changes Leavine Household Racing as JGR’s satellite entry.

There are other brand-new groups in the Cup Series too, though 23XI is most likely the only one who will run competitively regularly. Daniel Suarez will drive the No. 99 for Trackhouse Racing, a group that revealed Pitbull as a co-owner previously this year. Life Quick Motorsports will likewise field the No. 78 vehicle.

All 3 of those groups have actually charters for ensured entry into every Cup Series race this season. 2 of those charters appeared after Go Fas Racing offered its charter to go to a part-time schedule in 2021 and Germain Racing closed down.

LFR shit down too and its charter was bought by Spire Motorsports. The group is fielding 2 vehicles in 2021 and one will be driven full-time by Corey LaJoie. It’s renting a charter to Trackhouse for the season.

The charter live roulette has actually eventually resulted in JTG-Daugherty not having 2 charters this season. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will drive full-time in the group’s No. 47 vehicle like he carried out in 2020. Ryan Preece is back in the No. 37, however that vehicle doesn’t have a charter and Preece will race part-time this season. He’ll need to get approved for the Daytona 500.

Bubba Wallace participates in the national anthem before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Bubba Wallace will drive for Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin in 2021. AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Motorists

There are simply 2 chauffeurs running for Novice of the Year in the Cup Series. Chase Briscoe takes control of for Clint Bowyer in the No. 14 vehicle at Stewart-Haas Racing. Bowyer will still be a weekly NASCAR component throughout the very first half of the season as he shifts to calling races with Mike Delight and Jeff Gordon for Fox.

Briscoe, 26, won 9 races throughout the 2020 Xfinity Series season though he ended up 4th in the standings after having a hard time in the last race of the season.

The other full-time novice is Anthony Alfredo at Front Row Motorsports. Both chauffeurs will be making their very first Cup Series begins on Sunday and Briscoe need to quickly win Novice of the Year honors.

2 of the most significant vehicle swaps in the Cup Series come at Hendrick Motorsports. Alex Bowman moves over to the No. 48 after Jimmie Johnson’s retirement as his team mainly comes with him in the relocation. That left Hendrick trying to find another motorist to change Bowman what was the No. 88. Which motorist is Kyle Larson.

Larson, who was fired from Chip Ganassi Racing after he stated the N-word throughout a virtual race last spring, will drive the No. 5 vehicle for HMS. Currently, Larson’s vehicle will be sponsored mainly by existing business-to-business business for Hendrick’s automobile group or by business Hendrick owns.

CGR will field Ross Chastain in what was Larson’s No. 42 vehicle. Previous Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth changed Larson for the last 32 races of the 2020 season and Chastain takes control of as the full-time motorist in 2021.

Wallace is driving for 23XI after he invested the last 3 seasons at Richard Petty Motorsports. His replacement at RPM is Erik Jones.

Jones signs up with after Christopher Bell moved over to the No. 20 vehicle at Joe Gibbs Racing following the Leavine Household Racing shutdown. Bell had an agreement with Toyota and the maker and JGR decided to change Jones with Bell.

Ty Dillon was likewise left without a trip when Germain Racing closed down. He drove in Wallace’s vehicle for the exhibit Busch Clash on Tuesday night and will drive for Gaunt Brothers Racing as the group tries the Daytona 500 and other choose races in 2021.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - JANUARY 20: NASCAR driver Kyle Larson poses for a photo during the 2021 NASCAR Production Days at FOX Sports Studios on January 20, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Kyle Larson is driving for Hendrick Motorsports in 2021. (Image by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Tracks

The 2021 season includes a few of the most significant schedule modifications in rather a long time. And the most significant modification is to a track that is still hosting 2 races this season.

The March 28 race at Bristol will be on a dirt track produced on top of the regular concrete track. It’s set to be the very first dirt track race in Cup Series history after the Truck Series has actually performed at Eldora Speedway in the last few years.

There are 4 other tracks brand-new to the Cup Series on the schedule. NASCAR is racing at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, for the very first time in May and the Cup Series is going to Nashville Speedway on June 20 and Roadway America on July 4.

The yearly Brickyard 400 on the Indianapolis oval has actually likewise been changed with a roadway course race on Aug. 15. It’s the very first time the Cup Series has actually raced on the Indy roadway course.

The Daytona roadway course is likewise the website of the 2nd points race of the season. The race changes an early-season journey to Car Club Speedway in California due to the fact that of COVID-19 constraints in the state. NASCAR’s Western swing — which was finished right before the pandemic shut the season down in 2020 — will consist of just Phoenix and Las Vegas in March.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.