Anthony Ballantoni

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Looking Ahead: 69 to the 500

Sunday, December 15, 2013


 

During the off-season, Looking Ahead gives a snapshot of where drivers finished in 2013 and what’s ahead for them in 2014. We will look at drivers who scored at least 400 points in the Cup Series and those who earned at least 250 points in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series.

With 69 days to go until the 2014 season-opening Daytona 500, here are some driver recaps followed by a tentative list of 2014 Sprint Cup Driver/Team lineups.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS):
Dave Blaney finished 30th in the standings and earned 526 points.
2013: Tommy Baldwin Racing No. 7 Chevrolet. In 35 starts, he led four laps, had a 35.7 average start and a 29.0 average finish. Blaney also drove the Brad Keselowski Racing No. 19 Ford F-150 in the Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway (finished 9th).
Best 2013 NSCS start: 18 - Richmond 4/27
Best 2013 NSCS finish: 16 - Talladega 5/5
Last career NSCS win: None so far.
2014: Replaced by Michael Annett in the No. 7 after Homestead. No firm plans at this time.

Tony Stewart finished 29th in the standings and earned 594 points.
2013: Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Chevrolet. In 21 starts, he had one win, five top-fives, eight top-10s and led 114 laps. He had a 16.0 average start and a 16.1 average finish. He also made one Nationwide Series start in Richard Childress Racing’s No. 33 Chevrolet; started the season opener at Daytona 10th in the lineup and won the race. Stewart broke his leg in a sprint car (dirt-track) race at Southern Iowa Speedway in August and was out for the remainder of the NSCS 2013 season. He expects to be back full-time for the 2014 Daytona 500. Stewart, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing and owner of Eldora Speedway, was presented with the Myers Brothers award for his contributions to the sport. This award is determined by a vote of the National Motor Sports Press Association and was given at the NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon in Las Vegas.
Best 2013 NSCS start: 5 - Indianapolis 7/28
Best 2013 NSCS finish: 1 - Dover 6/2
Last career NSCS win: Dover 6/2/2013.
2014: After recovering from his broken leg, Stewart will return to his No. 14 Chevrolet. Chad Johnston has been named new crew chief for the team.

David Ragan finished 28th in the standings and earned 633 points.
2013: Front Row Motorsports No. 34 Ford. In 36 starts, he had one win, one top five, two top-10s, led 22 laps, a 26.6 average start and a 26.9 average finish.
Best 2013 NSCS start: 7 - Talladega 10/20
Best 2013 NSCS finish: 1 - Talladega 5/5
Last career NSCS win: Talladega 5/5/2013.
2014: Ragan returns to Front Row Motorsports in the No. 34 Ford Fusion.

NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS):
Kevin Swindell finished 26th in the standings and earned 342 points.
2013: Biagi-Denbeste Racing No. 98 Ford Mustang. In 14 races he had two top-10s, led 3 laps, had a 19.8 average start and a 19.8 average finish.
Best 2013 NNS starts: 17 - Auto Club 3/23, Texas 4/12, Charlotte 5/25, Kentucky 6/28, Chicago 9/14 and Charlotte 10/11
Best 2013 NNS finish: 8 - Indianapolis 7/27
Last career NNS win: None so far.
2014: No firm plans at this time.

Blake Koch finished 25th in the standings and earned 349 points.
2013: SR2 Motorsports No. 00 and No. 24 Toyotas (27 races) and one race in the RAB Racing No. 99 Toyota. In 28 races he had a 30.6 average start and a 31.6 average finish. Koch also made one Sprint Cup start in the Leavine Family Racing No. 95 Ford; started 43rd and finished 38th.
Best 2013 NNS starts: 2 - Homestead 11/16
Best 2013 NNS finish: 11 - Homestead 11/16
Last career NNS win: None so far.
2014: No firm plans at this time.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS):
Jeff Agnew finished 23rd in the standings and earned 314 points.
2013: Hillman Racing No. 27 Chevrolet Silverado. In 15 races he had a 23.9 average start and a 23.1 average finish.
Best 2013 NCWTS start: 11 - Martinsville 10/26
Best 2013 NCWTS finishes: 15 - Martinsville 10/26 and Kentucky 6/27.
Last career NCWTS win: None so far.
2014: No firm plans at this time.

Chase Elliott finished 22nd in the standings and earned 315 points.
2013: Hendrick Motorsports No. 94 Chevrolet Silverado. In 15 starts he had one win, five top-fives, seven top-10s, one pole, led 100 laps, and had a 7.2 average start and a 9.7 average finish. Elliott also drove the Bill Elliott Racing No. 9 Chevrolet in five ARCA Racing Series events. He scored one win, three top-fives, four top-10s, led 71 laps and had a 17.2 average start and an 8.1 average finish in that series.
Best 2013 NCWTS start: 1 - Bristol 8/21
Best 2013 NCWTS finish: 1 - Canadian Tire Motorsport Park 9/1
Last career NCWTS win: CTMP 9/1/2013 (became the youngest NCWTS race winner ever at 17 years, 9 months, 4 days)
2014: No firm plans at this time.

2014 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

3

Austin Dillon

Dow/Cheerios

Chevrolet

Richard Childress Racing

4

Kevin Harvick

Budweiser/Jimmie Johns/Outback Steakhouse

Chevrolet

Stewart  Haas Racing

5

Kasey Kahne

Farmers Insurance/Great Clips/Time Warner Cable

Chevrolet

Hendrick Motorsports

7

Michael Annett

Pilot Flying J

Chevrolet

Tommy Baldwin Racing

9

Marcos Ambrose

DeWalt/Stanley Tools/Twisted Tea

Ford

Richard Petty Motorsports

10

Danica Patrick

GoDaddy.com/Aspen Dental

Chevrolet

Stewart  Haas Racing

11

Denny Hamlin

FedEx/Sports Clips

Toyota

Joe Gibbs Racing

13

Casey Mears

Geico

Chevrolet

Germain 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/American Red Cross

Ford

Roush Fenway Racing

17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Nationwide Insurance

Ford

Roush Fenway Racing

18

Kyle Busch

M&M’s/Interstate Batteries

Toyota

Joe Gibbs Racing

20

Matt Kenseth

Dollar General/Home Depot

Toyota

Joe Gibbs Racing

22

Joey Logano

Shell-Pennzoil/AAA/Hertz

Ford

Penske Racing

24

Jeff Gordon

Drive to End Hunger/Axalta/Pepsi

Chevrolet

Hendrick Motorsports

?26

Cole Whitt

(or Parker Kligerman)

Toyota

Swan Racing

27

Paul Menard

Menard’s

Chevrolet

Richard Childress Racing

?30

Parker Kligerman

(or Cole Whitt)

Toyota

Swan Racing

31

Ryan Newman

Caterpillar/Quicken Loans/WIX

Chevrolet

Richard Childress Racing

32

(no driver named)

OxyWater (36 races)

Ford

FAS Lane Racing

34

David Ragan

Taco Bell

Ford

Front Row Motorsports

38

David Gilliland

(no sponsor confirmed)

Ford

Front Row Motorsports

41

Kurt Busch

Haas Automation

Chevrolet

Stewart Haas Racing

42

Kyle Larson

Target

Chevrolet

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing

43

Aric Almirola

Smithfield Foods

Ford

Richard Petty Motorsports

47

AJ Allmendinger

(no sponsor confirmed)

Chevrolet

JTG Daugherty Racing

48

Jimmie Johnson

Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools

Chevrolet

Hendrick Motorsports

51

Justin Allgaier

Brandt

Chevrolet

Phoenix Racing

55

Brian Vickers

Aaron’s

Toyota

Michael_Waltrip Racing

78

Martin Truex Jr.

Furniture Row

Chevrolet

Furniture Row Racing

87

Joe Nemechek

(no sponsor confirmed)

Toyota

NEMCO Motorsports

88

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Army National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew

Chevrolet

Hendrick Motorsports

95

Michael McDowell

(no sponsor confirmed)

Ford

Leavine Family Racing

98

Josh Wise

(no sponsor confirmed)

Chevrolet

Phil Parsons Racing

99

Carl Edwards

Fastenal/Aflac/UPS

Ford

Leavine Family Racing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part-time/Questionable teams

 

 

21

Trevor Bayne

Motorcraft

Ford

Wood Brothers Racing

33

?Landon Cassill

(Cassill not confirmed)

Chevrolet

Joe Falk Racing

35

(no driver named)

(no sponsor confirmed)

Ford

Front Row Motorsports

36

?J.J. Yeley

(Yeley not confirmed)

Chevrolet

Tommy Baldwin Racing

66

Michael Waltrip

(Daytona 500 only)

Toyota

Michael_Waltrip Racing

66

Jeff Burton

(Select races)

Toyota

Michael_Waltrip Racing

83

?David Reutimann

Burger King (Reutimann not confirmed)

Toyota

BK Racing

93

?Travis Kvapil

Burger King (Kvapil not confirmed)

Toyota

BK Racing

??

Brian Keselowski

K-Automotive (Car number not confirmed)

Ford

Brian_Keselowski Racing



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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