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Looking Ahead: Daytona in 77

Saturday, December 08, 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 77 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):

David Gilliland finished 30th in the standings and earned 605 points.
2012:  Drove the No. 38 Ford for Front Row Motorsports. In 36 starts, he led five laps, had an average start of 33.8 and an average finish of 27.3.
Best NSCS start: 18 - Bristol 08/25/2012
Best NSCS finish: 13 - Talladega 05/06/2012
Last NSCS Win: None so far
2013: No firm plans at this time.

Casey Mears finished 29th in the standings and earned 612 points.
2012: Drove the No. 13 Ford for Germain Racing. In 36 starts, he led 41 laps, had an average start of 26.4 and an average finish of 27.2.
Best NSCS start: 1* - Bristol 08/25/2012
Best NSCS finish: 15 - Sonoma 06/24/2012
Last NSCS Win: Charlotte 05/27/2007.
* Mears started the Bristol race on the pole since he was the fastest in practice, qualifying was rained out and the field was set by the order of speeds in practice. He does not get credit for a pole.
2013: No firm plans at this time but Mears will likely return to the No. 13 Ford.

David Ragan finished 28th in the standings and earned 622 points.
2012: Drove the No. 34 Ford for Front Row Motorsports. In 36 starts, he led 13 laps, had one top five and two top 10 finishes, and had an average start of 29.9 and a 27.0 average finish. He also drove the No. 27 Ford in two NNS races with a best finish of sixth place at Fort Worth.
Best NSCS start: 14 - Atlanta 09/02/2012
Best NSCS finish: 4 - Talladega 10/07/2012
Last NSCS Win: Daytona 07/02/2011.
2013: No firm plans at this time.

NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS):

Morgan Shepherd finished 29th in the standings and earned 239 points.
2012:  Drove 21 races in his Faith Motorsports No. 89 Chevrolet. He led three laps, had an average start of 37.5 and a 32.7 average finish.
Best NNS start: 28 - Iowa 05/20/2012
Best NNS finishes: 22 - Darlington 05/11/2012 and Las Vegas 03/10/2012
Last NNS Win: Lucas Oil Raceway (IRP) 08/06/1988
2013: No firm plans at this time.

Robert Richardson Jr. finished 28th in the standings and earned 248 points.
2012:  Drove 16 races in the R3 Motorsports’ No. 23 Chevrolet. He led one lap, had an average start of 38.4 and a 28.6 average finish.  He also drove his family-owned No. 23 Toyota in the two Sprint Cup Talladega Superspeedway races with a best finish of 27th.
Best NNS starts: 34 - Daytona 02/25/2012, Talladega 05/05/2012 and Daytona 07/06/2012.
Best NNS finish: 17 - Daytona 07/06/2012
Last NNS Win: None so far
2013: No firm plans at this time.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS):

Chris Fontaine finished 25th in the standings and earned 271 points.
2012:  Drove the Glenden Enterprises No. 84 Chevrolet Silverado in 15 races. He had one top ten, a 29.7 average start and a 25.9 average finish.
Best NCWTS start: 12 - Talladega 10/06/2012
Best NCWTS finish: 7 - Daytona 02/24/2012
Last NCWTS Win: None so far
2013: No firm plans in place at this time.

Max Gresham finished 24th in the standings and earned 291 points.
2012: Drove Joe Denette Motorsports (JDM) No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado in eight races and five starts in the Eddie Sharp Racing No. 8 Chevrolet. In the 13 races, he had an average start of 20.3 and a 21.6 average finish. Gresham also started the season early at Daytona with a JDM entry in the ARCA race (finished sixth).
Best NCWTS start: 9 - Kentucky 09/21/2012
Best NCWTS finish: 11 - Martinsville 10/27/2012
Last NCWTS Win: None so far
2013: Gresham has signed to drive the full season in Eddie Sharp Racing’s No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado.

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

Swan Energey

Toyota

Swan Racing

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

Ford

Germain 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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