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Looking Ahead:The "500" in 48

Sunday, January 05, 2014


 

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 48 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):
Juan Pablo Montoya finished 21st in the standings and earned 894 points.
2013: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet. In 36 starts, he had four top-fives, eight top-10s, led 138 laps, and had a 14.6 average start and a 19.3 average finish.
Best 2013 NSCS starts: 3rd at Atlanta-September 1 and Chicago-September 15
Best 2013 NSCS finish: 2nd at Dover-June 2
Last career NSCS win: Watkins Glen International on August 8, 2010.
2014: Montoya will not drive a NASCAR entry in 2014. He has returned to the IZOD IndyCar Series driving the No. 2 IndyCar for Team Penske. In two IndyCar seasons (1999 and 2000) he earned 11 IndyCar wins, the CART Series title and a victory in the Indy 500.

Jeff Burton finished 20th in the standings and earned 906 points.
2013: Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet. In 36 starts, he had two top-fives, six top-10s, led 19 laps and had a 19.9 averaged start and a 19.0 average finish.
Best 2013 NSCS start: 2nd at Talladega-October 20
Best 2013 NSCS finish: 3rd at Loudon-July 14
Last career NSCS win: Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 11, 2008.
2014: Burton left the RCR team at the end of 2013. (Ryan Newman will take over the No. 31 Chevrolet). Burton will test and drive Michael_Waltrip Racing’s No. 66 Toyota Camry. Burton has also signed a deal with NBC Sports to broadcast their coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup races in 2015.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished 19th in the standings and earned 909 points.
2013: Roush Fenway Racing No. 17 Ford. In 36 starts, he had one pole, one top-five, three top 10s and led 35 laps. He had an 18.3 average start and an 18.9 average finish. He also drove RFR’s No. 16 Ford Mustang in the Nationwide Series race at Fort Worth; started seventh and finished 17th. Stenhouse earned the 2013 NSCS Rookie of the Year title.
Best 2013 NSCS start: Pole at Atlanta-September 1
Best 2013 NSCS finish: 3rd at Talladega-October 20
Last career NSCS win: None so far.
2014: Stenhouse returns to RFR’s No. 17 Nationwide Insurance Ford Fusion. Mike Kelly, who partnered with Stenhouse to win the 2011 and 2012 Nationwide Series championships, will take over as crew chief for the No. 17 team.

NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS):
Eric McClure finished 20th in the standings and earned 482 points.
2013: TriStar Motorsports No. 14 Toyota. In 27 starts, he scored one top-10, led one lap and had a 30.0 average start and a 26.2 average finish. Due to an illness, McClure was replaced by Jeff Green in the other six NNS races.
Best 2013 NNS starts: 20th at Phoenix-March 2 and Chicago-July 21
Best 2013 NNS finish: 8th at Daytona-February 23
Last career NNS win: None so far.
2014: No firm plans at this time.

Joe Nemechek finished 19th in the standings and earned 513 points.
2013: NEMCO Motorsports No. 87 Toyota Camry. In 28 starts he led three laps and had a 26.1 average start and a 25.7 average finish. Nemechek also made 33 Sprint Cup starts in his NEMCO No. 87 Toyota Camry averaging a 36.2 finish.
Best 2013 NNS start: 16th at Las Vegas-March 9
Best 2013 NNS finish: 14th at Auto Club Speedway-March 23
Last career NNS win: Kansas Speedway on October 9, 2004.
2014: No firm plans but Nemechek will most likely be repeating the 2013 schedule of running in as many races in both series as possible in the No. 87 Toyota Camrys. He will only collect driver points in the Nationwide Series events.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS):
Ryan Sieg finished 17th in the standings and earned 500 points.
2013: RSS Racing No. 39 Chevrolet Silverado. In 20 starts he scored two top-10s, led one lap and had a 21.0 average start and a 19.0 average finish. He also made four starts in the Nationwide Series; two in his RSS No. 39 Chevrolet Camaro and two subbing for Jeremy Clements in Clements’ No. 51 Chevrolet while the latter was serving a NASCAR suspension. Sieg averaged a 21st place finish in the NNS events.
Best 2013 NCWTS start: 8th at Phoenix-November 8
Best 2013 NCWTS finish: 8th at Martinsville-April 6
Last career NCWTS win: None so far.
2014: No firm plans at this time but will most likely drive the family-owned RSS No. 39 Chevrolet Silverado in most NCWTS races.

Max Gresham finished 16th in the standings and earned 579 points.
2013: Sharp-Gallaher Racing No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado. In 22 starts he scored one top-five, four top-10s, led three laps and had a 13.8 average start and a 17.7 average finish.
Best 2013 NCWTS start: 2nd at Talladega-October 19
Best 2013 NCWTS finish: 3rd at Charlotte-May 17
Last career NCWTS win: None so far.
2014: No firm plans at this time. Team owners Eddie Sharp and Bill Gallaher have shut down operations due to a dispute. The team may (or may not) reopen under Gallaher’s ownership.

2014 Sprint Cup Lineup - Full-time teams(Tentative)

Car

Driver

Sponsor

Make

Owner

1

Jamie McMurray

Cessna/Textron/McDonald’s

Chevrolet

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing

2

Brad Keselowski

Miller Lite

Ford

Penske Racing

3

Austin Dillon

Dow/Cheerios/Bass Pro Shops

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/PepsiMax

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/Code 3 Associates

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 Filters

Chevrolet

Richard Childress Racing

32

Terry Labonte

(Daytona 500 only)(sponsor unconfirmed)

Ford

FAS Lane Racing

33

Landon Cassill

(sponsor unconfirmed)

Chevrolet

Joe Falk Racing

34

David Ragan

Taco Bell

Ford

Front Row Motorsports

38

David Gilliland

(sponsor unconfirmed)

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

(sponsor unconfirmed)

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 Dream Machine

Toyota

Michael_Waltrip Racing

78

Martin Truex Jr.

Furniture Row

Chevrolet

Furniture Row Racing

87

Joe Nemechek

NP (sponsor unconfirmed)

Toyota

NEMCO Motorsports

88

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Army National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew

Chevrolet

Hendrick Motorsports

95

Michael McDowell

(sponsor unconfirmed)

Ford

Leavine Family Racing

98

Josh Wise

(sponsor unconfirmed)

Chevrolet

Phil Parsons Racing

99

Carl Edwards

Fastenal/Aflac/UPS

Ford

Leavine Family Racing

 

 

NP=Not eligible for points in Sprint Cup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part-time/Questionable teams

 

 

21

Trevor Bayne-NP

Motorcraft

Ford

Wood Brothers Racing

35

(no driver named)

(sponsor unconfirmed)

Ford

Front Row Motorsports

36

?J.J. Yeley

(Yeley unconfirmed)

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 unconfirmed)

Toyota

BK Racing

93

?Travis Kvapil

Burger King (Kvapil unconfirmed)

Toyota

BK Racing

??

Brian Keselowski

K-Automotive (Car number unconfirmed)

Ford

Brian_Keselowski Racing

??

Bobby Labonte

(Car number, sponsor unconfirmed)

Chevrolet

Phoenix Racing

 

 

NP=Not eligible for points in Sprint Cup

 

 

 



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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