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2020 NASCAR Cup Series - Silly season, rumors, and banter

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2020 NASCAR Cup Series - Silly season, rumors, and banter

Post by Microsprinter18 » 11 months ago

CHARTERED TEAMS
Chip Ganassi Racing
1 Kurt Busch
42 Kyle Larson (1-4) / Matt Kenseth (5-36)
Front Row Motorsports
34 Michael McDowell
38 John Hunter Nemechek
Germain Racing
13 Ty Dillon
Go Fas Racing
32 Corey LaJoie
Hendrick Motorsports
9 Chase Elliott
24 William Byron
48 Jimmie Johnson (1-15, 17-36) / Justin Allgaier (16)
88 Alex Bowman
Joe Gibbs Racing
11 Denny Hamlin
18 Kyle Busch
19 Martin Truex Jr.
20 Erik Jones
JTG Daugherty Racing
37 Ryan Preece
47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Leavine Family Racing
95 Christopher Bell
Premium Motorsports
15 Brennan Poole
Richard Childress Racing
3 Austin Dillon
8 Tyler Reddick
Richard Petty Motorsports
43 Bubba Wallace
Rick Ware Racing
27 BJ McLeod (1) / JJ Yeley (2-5, 11-12, 14-17, 19-22) / Gray Gaulding (6-9, 13, 18) / Josh Bilicki (10)
**This team ran races 1-4 wearing no. 52**
51 Joey Gase (1, 5-20) / Garrett Smithley (2-4) / James Davison (21-22)
53 David Ragan (1) / Joey Gase (2-4) / Garrett Smithley (5-8, 10, 14-17, 21-22) / Bayley Currey (9) / David Starr (11) / Josh Bilicki (12, 18-19) / JJ Yeley (13) / James Davison (20)
**This team ran race 1 wearing no. 36**
Roush Fenway Racing
6 Ryan Newman (1, 5-36) / Ross Chastain (2-4)
17 Chris Buescher
Spire Motorsports
77 Ross Chastain (1, 7, 16) / Reed Sorenson (2-5, 21-22) / JJ Yeley (6, 8, 10, 18) / Garrett Smithley (9, 11, 19-20) / BJ McLeod (12-13) / James Davison (14-15) / Josh Bilicki (17)
**This team ran races 21-22 wearing no. 74**
StarCom Racing
00 Quin Houff
Stewart-Haas Racing
4 Kevin Harvick
10 Aric Almirola
14 Clint Bowyer
41 Cole Custer
Team Penske
2 Brad Keselowski
12 Ryan Blaney
22 Joey Logano
Wood Brothers Racing
21 Matt DiBenedetto

FULL TIME UNCHARTERED & PART TIME TEAMS
Beard Motorsports
62 Brendan Gaughan (1, 13, 23)
BJ McLeod Motorsports
78 BJ McLeod (5-10, 14-16, 18-19) / Garrett Smithley (13)
Gaunt Brothers Racing
96 Daniel Suarez (ALL)
Kaulig Racing
16 Justin Haley (1)
MBM Motorsports
49 Chad Finchum (1)
66 Timmy Hill (ALL)
Premium Motorsports
27 Reed Sorenson (1)
Rick Ware Racing
54 JJ Yeley (1)
Team Keller Racing
90 Unknown (18)
Tommy Baldwin Racing
7 Josh Bilicki (5, 8, 14-16, 22) / JJ Yeley (7, 9) / Reed Sorenson (10-11, 18-19) / Joey Gase (21)

SCHEDULE
February 9 - Busch Clash
February 13 - Bluegreen Vacations Duel

1. February 16 - Daytona 500 🏆Denny Hamlin🏆
2. February 23 - Pennzoil 400 🏆Joey Logano🏆
3. March 1 - Auto Club 400 🏆Alex Bowman🏆
4. March 8 - FanShield 500 🏆Joey Logano🏆
5. May 17 - The Real Heroes 400 🏆Kevin Harvick🏆
6. May 20 - Toyota 500 🏆Denny Hamlin🏆
7. May 24 - Coca Cola 600 🏆Brad Keselowski🏆
8. May 27 - Alsco Uniforms 500 🏆Chase Elliott🏆
9. May 31 - Supermarket Heroes 500 🏆Brad Keselowski🏆
10. June 7 - Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 🏆Kevin Harvick🏆
11. June 10 - Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 🏆Martin Truex, Jr.🏆
12. June 14 - Dixie Vodka 400 🏆Denny Hamlin🏆
13. June 21 - Geico 500 🏆Ryan Blaney🏆
14. June 27 - Pocono Organics 325 🏆Kevin Harvick🏆
15. June 28 - Pocono 350 🏆Denny Hamlin🏆
16. July 5 - Brickyard 400 🏆Kevin Harvick🏆
17. July 12 - Quaker State 400 🏆Cole Custer🏆
July 15 - All Star Race
18. July 19 - O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 🏆Austin Dillon🏆
19. July 23 - Super Start Batteries 400 🏆Denny Hamlin🏆
20. August 2 - Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 🏆Brad Keselowski🏆
21. August 8 - FireKeepers Casino 312 🏆Kevin Harvick🏆
22. August 9 - Consumers Energy 312
23. August 16 - Go Bowling 235
24. August 22 - Drydene 311 #1
25. August 23 - Drydene 311 #2
26. August 29 - Coke Zero Sugar 400
27. September 6 - Southern 500
28. September 12 - Federated Auto Parts 400
29. September 19 - Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
30. September 27 - South Point 400
31. October 4 - Alabama 500
32. October 11 - Bank of America Roval 400
33. October 18 - Hollywood Casino 400
34. October 25 - Texas 500
35. November 1 - Xfinity 500
36. November 8 - Cup Series Championship
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Post by John » 11 months ago

Is 2020 the last year with the "current" schedule agreement? I know Pocono got shafted of one of their races. Any rumors flying around regarding new circuits for 2021 onwards?

I'd love to see them add a dirt race and a race at Bowman Gray stadium.
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Post by SB83 » 11 months ago

I'm not sure but it doesn't really matter I think.The bulk of the 'boring' tracks (read, the intermediate tracks) are owned by SMI and ISC and I don't see them growing a big heart and dumping those tracks to replace them with better tracks (read short tracks or road courses) UNLESS they buy some new tracks of that type.

It's why they've been so fervently trying to improve the racing on the aero tracks. The latest package (high downforce and low power) keeps them in a pack longer and leads to more wrecks, which I guess NASCAR management feel is the right way to go.

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Post by Microsprinter18 » 10 months ago

Daniel Hemric will be released from Richard Childress Racing following the 2019 season. Tyler Reddick will drive the 8 car full time. No driver announced for the part-time 31 yet.
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Post by Microsprinter18 » 10 months ago

Chris Buescher will take Ricky Stenhouse's spot in the #17 Roush car.
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Post by DaleJuniorFan » 10 months ago

John wrote:
11 months ago
Is 2020 the last year with the "current" schedule agreement? I know Pocono got shafted of one of their races. Any rumors flying around regarding new circuits for 2021 onwards?

I'd love to see them add a dirt race and a race at Bowman Gray stadium.
2020 appears to be a "transition year" with the fairly significant date swaps in preparation for 2021.

As for new tracks, Gateway has been mentioned as a strong candidate due to this year's impressive IndyCar crowds.

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Post by Cclark22 » 10 months ago

It wouldn't surprise me to see Iowa get a race, given Xfinity comes twice and Indy does as well.

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Post by Microsprinter18 » 7 months ago

Just made the updated edits necessary, my apologies for leaving the thread to collect dust!
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Post by Microsprinter18 » 7 months ago

Kaulig Racing plans to participate in the Daytona 500. Driver unconfirmed.
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Post by acerogers58 » 7 months ago

Leaked images appear to show Spire Motorsports will partner with Ganassi and Advent Health again for the Daytona 500, but they will keep the same number.

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Post by Microsprinter18 » 7 months ago

Looks like David Ragan will be competing at the Daytona 500.
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Post by Microsprinter18 » 7 months ago

Justin Haley will be competing in the Daytona 500 with Kaulig Racing, making their cup debut with car #16.
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Post by Microsprinter18 » 6 months ago

MBM Motorsports had made an impromptu number change to their 2nd team, Chad Finchum will be in the 49 rather than the 46.

This possibly sets James Davison up to drive the 46, especially since he has run Days of Thunder paint schemes in the past.
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Post by acerogers58 » 6 months ago

NASCAR have made significant changes to short track and road course cars, with rear spoilers height shrunk from 8 inches to 2.75 inches, and front splitter overhang will now measure a quarter-inch, down from 2 inches, with approximately 2-inch wings, reduced from 10.5 inches. Along with lower downforce.

In other news, not cup related, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will run his once a year Xfinity series race at Homestead-Miami.

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Post by Microsprinter18 » 6 months ago

Looks like Robby Lyons has began working with Premium Motorsports. Expect him in the 27 for a few races.
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