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Looking Ahead: 84 days to go

Saturday, December 01, 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 84 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.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS):

Dave Blaney finished 33rd in the standings and earned 417 points.
2012: Drove the No. 36 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing in 32 races, the No. 10 Chevrolet for TBR in one race and the Larry Gunselman No. 37 Chevrolet in one race. In the 34 starts, he led seven laps, had an average start of 35.2 and a 31.8 average finish.
Best NSCS start: 17 - Richmond 04/28/2012
Best NSCS finish: 15 - Daytona 02/27/2012
Last NSCS Win: None so far.
2013: No firm plans at this time.

AJ Allmendinger finished 32nd in the standings and earned 453 points.
2012: Started the season driving the Penske Racing No. 22 Dodge. After 17 races he failed a drug test, was suspended by NASCAR and released from the No. 22. He was reinstated after fulfilling the ‘Road to Recovery’ program and drove four races in the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet. In the 21 races, he scored one pole; had one top five and three top ten finishes; led 99 laps; had an average start of 16.3 and a 22.6 average finish.
Best NSCS start: 1 - Kansas 04/22/2012
Best NSCS finish: 2 - Martinsville 04/01/2012
Last NSCS Win: None so far.
2013: No firm plans but rumors have Allmendinger going to either the Phoenix Racing or to the BK Racing team.

Landon Cassill finished 31st in the standings and earned 598 points.
2012: Drove the No. 83 Toyota for BK Racing. In 36 starts, he led five laps, had an average start of 29.0 and an average finish of 27.5.
Best NSCS start: 9 - Michigan 08/19/2012
Best NSCS finishes: 18 - Michigan 06/17/2012, Charlotte 05/27/2012 and Kansas 10/21/2012
Last NSCS Win: None so far.
2013: No firm plans at this time. Cassill may return to the No. 83 or one of the other BK Racing teams.

NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS):

Blake Koch finished 31st in the standings and earned 230 points.
2012: Drove 12 races for Rick Ware Racing (No. 15, 41 and 75 Chevrolets), eight in the No. 00 and No. 24 Toyotas for SR2 Motorsports, two in The Motorsports Group's No. 42 Chevrolet and one in MacDonald Motorsports' No. 82 Dodge. In the 23 races he had an average start of 29.9 and a 33.7 average finish. Koch also drove in five NCWTS races.
Best NNS start: 9 - Homestead 11/17/2012
Best NNS finish: 17 - Daytona 02/25/2012
Last NNS Win: None so far.
2013: No firm plans at this time.

Joey Gase finished 30th in the standings and earned 236 points.
2012: Drove six races in the Go Green Racing No. 39 Ford and 12 in Jimmy Means Racing No. 52 Chevrolet. In the 18 races he had an average start of 34.8 and a 30.9 average finish.
Best NNS start: 25 - Iowa 08/04/2012
Best NNS finish: 19 - Kansas 10/20/2012
Last NNS Win: None so far.
2013: No firm plans at this time.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS):

Jennifer Jo Cobb finished 27th in the standings and earned 248 points.
2012: Drove her own Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing No. 10 RAM in 14 races and one race in Eddie Sharp Racing’s No. 8 RAM. In the 15 races she had an average start of 31.7 and a 27.5 average finish. She also drove her own car in two NNS races.
Best NCWTS start: 24 - Pocono 08/04/2012
Best NCWTS finish: 16 - Kentucky 09/21/2012
Last NCWTS Win: None so far.
2013: No firm plans in place at this time in either NCWTS or NNS.

Ryan Blaney finished 26th in the standings and earned 258 points.
2012: Drove Brad Keselowski Racing’s No. 19 and 29 RAM trucks in nine races. He had one win, two top five and five top ten finishes. He averaged an 11th place start and an 11.8 average finish. He also made six NNS starts in Tommy Baldwin Racing’s No. 36 Chevrolet and seven in Penske Racing’s No. 22 Dodge. He had an average finish of 13.5 in those 13 NNS races.
Best NCWTS start: 2 - Iowa 09/15/2012
Best NCWTS finish: 1 - Iowa 09/15/2012
Last NCWTS Win: Iowa 09/15/2012.
2013: Blaney is scheduled to run some NNS races in Penske Racing’s No. 22 Ford. No plans in place at this time for the truck series.

 

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/Great Clips

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

Aspen Dental/WIX/Outback/Code 3

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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