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Looking Ahead: 91 days to go

Saturday, November 24, 2012


During the off-season, Looking Ahead gives a snapshot of where drivers finished in 2012 and what’s ahead for them in 2013. We will look at drivers who scored at least 250 points in the Cup Series and those who earned at least 200 points in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series.

With 91 days to go until the 2013 season-opening Daytona 500, here are some driver recaps followed by a tentative list of 2013 Sprint Cup Driver/Team lineups.

Sprint Cup:
Brian Vickers finished 35th in the standings and earned 250 points.
2012: Drove the No. 55 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. In eight starts, he had three top five and five top ten finishes; led 158 laps, had an average start of 16.0 and an average finish of 13.2. 
Best start: 2 - Martinsville 10/28/2012
Best finishes: 4 - Sonoma 06/24/2012 and Bristol 08/25/2012
Last Cup Win: Michigan 08/16/2009
2013: Vickers will drive a Dollar General Toyota full-time in the Nationwide Series for Joe Gibbs Racing. Car number has not been determined yet. Vickers is still scheduled to run nine 2013 Cup races in MWR’s No. 55 Toyota.

David Reutimann finished 34th in the standings and earned 373 points.
2012: Drove the No. 10 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing in 21 races and also four races for other teams. In 25 starts, he had an average start of 31.9 and a 29.1 average finish.
Best Cup start: 16 - Kansas 04/22/2012
Best Cup finish: 11 - Daytona 07/07/2012
Last Cup Win: Chicago 07/10/2010
2013: No plans in place at this time.

Nationwide Series:
Travis Pastrana finished 33rd in the standings and earned 204 points.
2012: Drove the No. 99 Toyota for Robby Benton Racing in eight races and one race in the No. 60 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing. In the nine races, he led six laps, had an average start of 22.1 and a 21.4 average finish. He also made one start in the Camping Truck Series driving ThorSport’s No. 98 Toyota Tundra (finished 15th).
Best NNS start: 5 - Richmond 09/07/2012
Best NNS finish: 13 - Indianapolis 07/28/2012
Last NNS Win: None so far.
2013: Pastrana is tentatively working out a deal to drive full-time in the Nationwide Series for Roush Fenway Racing. No details available at this time.

Trevor Bayne finished 32nd in the standings and earned 208 points.
2012: Drove the No. 60 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing in eight races. He scored one pole, led 74 laps, earned one top five and three top ten finishes. He had an average start of 5.5 and a 10.0 average finish. Bayne also drove the Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford in the Sprint Cup Series in 16 races with two top ten finishes.
Best NNS start: 1 - Bristol 08/24/2012
Best NNS finish: 4 - Las Vegas 03/10/2012
Last NNS Win: Texas - 11/05/2011
2013: He will drive full-time for Roush Fenway Racing (either the No. 60 or the No. 6). Bayne will also run a part-time schedule in the Sprint Cup in the Wood Brothers’ No. 21 Ford.

Camping World Truck Series:
Jeff Agnew finished 29th in the standings and earned 204 points.
2012: Drove three races in the No. 70 Chevrolet for Team 7 Motorsports and eight races in the No. 07 Chevrolet for SS Green Light Racing. In the 11 races, he led one lap, had an average start of 23.8 and a 25.5 average finish.
Best NCWTS start: 9 - Martinsville 10/27/2012
Best NCWTS finish: 17 - Kentucky 09/21/2012
Last NCWTS Win: None so far.
2013: No plans in place at this time.

Paulie Harraka finished 28th in the standings and earned 223 points.
2012: Drove the No. 5 Ford for Wauters Motorsports in 11 races. He led two laps, had an average start of 17.2 and a 23.8 average finish. He also made two starts in the Randy Hill Racing No. 08 Ford with a best finish of 21st place.
Best NCWTS start: 2 - Rockingham 04/15/2012
Best NCWTS finishes: 17 at Kentucky 06/28/2012 and Dover 06/01/2012
Last CWTS Win: None so far.
2013: No plans in place at this time.

 

2013 Sprint Cup Lineup - Full-time teams(Tentative)

Car

Driver

Sponsor

Make

Owner

1

Jamie McMurray

McDonald’s/Bass Pro Shops/LiftMaster

Chevrolet

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing

2

Brad Keselowski

Miller Lite

Ford

Penske Racing

5

Kasey Kahne

Farmers Insurance/Quaker State

Chevrolet

Hendrick Motorsports

9

Marcos Ambrose

DeWalt/Stanley Tools

Ford

Richard Petty Motorsports

10

Danica Patrick

GoDaddy.com

Chevrolet

Stewart  Haas Racing

11

Denny Hamlin

FedEx

Toyota

Joe Gibbs Racing

14

Tony Stewart

Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1

Chevrolet

Stewart Haas Racing

15

Clint Bowyer

5-Hour Energy/Peak Motor Oil

Toyota

Michael_Waltrip Racing

16

Greg Biffle

3M

Ford

Roush Fenway Racing

17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Best Buy/Zest/First Third Bank

Ford

Roush Fenway Racing

18

Kyle Busch

M&M’s/Interstate Batteries

Toyota

Joe Gibbs Racing

20

Matt Kenseth

Home Depot/Dollar General

Toyota

Joe Gibbs Racing

22

Joey Logano

Shell-Pennzoil

Ford

Penske Racing

24

Jeff Gordon

Drive to End Hunger/DuPont

Chevrolet

Hendrick Motorsports

27

Paul Menard

Menard’s

Chevrolet

Richard Childress Racing

29

Kevin Harvick

Budweiser/Rheem

Chevrolet

Richard Childress Racing

30

David Stremme

??

Toyota

Inception Motorsports

31

Jeff Burton

Caterpillar/Cheerios/BB&T

Chevrolet

Richard Childress Racing

37

J.J. Yeley

??

Chevrolet

Max Q Motorsports

39

Ryan Newman

Quicken Loans/Haas/ Outback Steakhouse

Chevrolet

Stewart Haas Racing

42

Juan Pablo Montoya

Target

Chevrolet

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing

43

Aric Almirola

Smithfield Foods

Ford

Richard Petty Motorsports

47

Bobby Labonte

Little Debbies/Kroger/Kingsford

Toyota

JTG Daugherty Racing

48

Jimmie Johnson

Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools

Chevrolet

Hendrick Motorsports

55

Mark Martin

Aaron’s (24 races)

Toyota

Michael_Waltrip Racing

55

Michael Waltrip

Aaron’s (3 races)

Toyota

Michael_Waltrip Racing

55

Brian Vickers

Aaron’s (9 races)

Toyota

Michael_Waltrip Racing

56

Martin Truex Jr.

NAPA

Toyota

Michael_Waltrip Racing

78

Kurt Busch

Furniture Row

Chevrolet

Furniture Row Racing

88

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Army National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew

Chevrolet

Hendrick Motorsports

99

Carl Edwards

Fastenal/UPS/Kellogg’s/Best Buy/Subway

Ford

Roush Fenway Racing

 

2013 Sprint Cup Lineup - Part-time/Questionable teams

Car

Driver

Sponsor                                                   

Make

Owner

13

Casey Mears

American Ethanol

Toyota

RAB Racing

21

Trevor Bayne

Motorcraft

Ford

Wood Brothers Racing

23

Robert Richardson

??

Chevrolet

R3 Motorsports

32

Ken Schrader

??

Ford

FAS Lane Racing

33

Stephen Leicht

??

Chevrolet

Joe Falk

34

David Ragan

??

Ford

Front Row Motorsports

36

Dave Blaney

??

Chevrolet

Tommy Baldwin Racing

38

David Gilliland

 ??

Ford

Front Row Motorsports

51

??

??

Chevrolet

Phoenix Racing

52

??

??

Toyota

Hamilton Means Racing

83

Landon Cassill

??

Toyota

BK Racing

87

Joe Nemechek

AM FM Energy LLC

Toyota

NEMCO Motorsports

95

Scott Speed

??  (15 races)

Ford

Leavine Family Racing

98

Michael McDowell

Red Line Oil

Ford

Phil Parsons Racing



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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