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Looking Ahead: The 500 in 34

Sunday, January 19, 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 34 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):
Jamie McMurray finished 15th in the standings and earned 1007 points.
2013: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing No. 1 Chevrolet SS. In 36 starts, he had one win, one pole, four top-fives, nine top-10s and led 71 laps. He had a 17.7 average start and a 16.6 average finish. He also drove JR Motorsports No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro at Richmond; started 14th and finished 10th.
Best 2013 NSCS start: Pole at Sonoma on June 23
Best 2013 NSCS finish: Win at Talladega on October 20
Last career NSCS win: Talladega Superspeedway on October 20, 2013.
2014: McMurray returns to the No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS. Keith Rodden takes over as crew chief for the team. The organization, formerly know as Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, is now called Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.

Brad Keselowski finished 14th in the standings and earned 1041 points.
2013: Penske Racing No. 2 Ford Fusion. In 36 starts, he had one win, one pole, nine top-fives, 16 top-10s and led 476 laps. He had an 11.8 averaged start and a 14.9 average finish. He drove Penske’s No. 22 Ford Mustang (15 races) and one in Penske’s No. 48 Ford Mustang in the Nationwide Series. He won seven of those races averaging an 8.9 finish. Keselowski also piloted his own BKR Nos. 2 and 19 Ford F-Series in five Camping World Truck Series races averaging a 9.6 finish including two second-places.
Best 2013 NSCS starts: 1st at Las Vegas on March 10 (not a Pole, qualifying rained out) and Loudon on June 14 (Pole)
Best 2013 NSCS finish: Win at Charlotte on October 12
Last career NSCS win: Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 12, 2013.
2014: Keselowski returns to the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion. Paul Wolfe also returns as crew chief for the team. Penske Racing teams will now run under the organizational name of Team Penske.

Carl Edwards finished 13th in the standings and earned 2282 points.
2013: Roush Fenway Racing No. 99 Ford Fusion. In 36 starts, he had two wins, two poles, nine top-fives, 16 top 10s and led 524 laps. He had an 11.9 average start and a 13.6 average finish.
Best 2013 NSCS starts: 1st at Talladega on May 5 (not a Pole, qualifying rained out), Michigan on June 16 (Pole) and Fort Worth on November 3 (Pole).
Best 2013 NSCS finishes: Wins at Phoenix on March 3 and Richmond on -September 7
Last career NSCS win: Richmond International Raceway on September 7, 2013.
2014: Edwards returns to the No. 99 Fastenal Ford Fusion. Jimmy Fennig also returns as crew chief for the team.

NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS):
Michael Annett finished 15th in the standings and earned 696 points.
2013: Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford Mustang. Annett was injured in the 2013 season-opener at Daytona and was out for eight races. In the 25 starts, he scored one top-five, four top 10s, led four laps and had an 18.5 average start and a 16.2 average finish.
Best 2013 NNS start: 8th at Atlanta on August 31
Best 2013 NNS finish: 5th at Loudon on July 13
Last career NNS win: None so far.
2014: Annett has moved up to Sprint Cup as full-time driver of the Tommy Baldwin Racing No. 7 Flying J Chevrolet SS. He will be running for Rookie of the Year honors. Tommy Baldwin Jr. is acting as crew chief for the team. Dakoda Armstrong (see below) replaces Annett in the No. 43 Mustang.

Travis Pastrana finished 14th in the standings and earned 751 points.
2013: Roush Fenway Racing No. 60 Ford Mustang. In 33 starts he scored one pole, four top-10s, led five laps and had a 17.0 average start and a 21.3 average finish.
Best 2013 NNS start: Pole at Talladega on May 4
Best 2013 NNS finish: 9th at Richmond on April 26
Last career NNS win: None so far.
2014: Pastrana has decided not to return to NASCAR racing in 2014 but has not ruled out returning at another time. He has been replaced by Chris Buescher in the No. 60 Ford Mustang.

Mike Bliss finished 13th in the standings and earned 814 points.
2013: Tri Star Motorsports No. 19 Toyota Camry. In 33 starts he scored two top-10s, led three laps and had a 20.5 average start and a 19.4 average finish. He also made the field for 11 Sprint Cup races running a ‘start-and-park’ program in the Humphrey Smith Racing No. 19 Toyota. Bliss filled in driving the No. 51 Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing at Atlanta in September; started 38th and finished 33rd.
Best 2013 NNS start: 6th at Dover on September 28
Best 2013 NNS finishes: 10th at Iowa on June 28 and Dover on September 28
Last career NNS win: Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 23, 2009.
2014: No firm plans but Bliss is still listed on Tri Star Motorsports driver lineup.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS):
German Quiroga finished 13th in the standings and earned 625 points.
2013: Red Horse Racing No. 77 Toyota Tundra. In 22 starts he scored one pole, had two top-fives, six top-10s, led 63 laps and had a 13.6 average start and a 15.8 average finish.
Best 2013 NCWTS start: Pole at Iowa on July 13
Best 2013 NCWTS finishes: 3rd at Texas on June 7 and Pocono on August 3
Last career NCWTS win: None so far.
2014: Quiroga will be returning for his second season in the No. 77 OtterBox Toyota Tundra.

Dakoda Armstrong finished 12th in the standings and earned 628 points.
2013: Turn One Racing No. 60 Chevrolet Silverado. In 22 starts he scored one top-five, three top-10s and had an 18.8 average start and a 15.5 average finish. Armstrong also made six Nationwide Series starts; five in Richard Childress Racing’s Nos. 33 and 21 Chevrolet Camaros and one in Humphrey Smith’s No. 19 Toyota Camry. He averaged a 19.5 finish in those events.
Best 2013 NCWTS starts: 8th at Rockingham on April 14 and Charlotte on May 17
Best 2013 NCWTS finish: 5th at Talladega on October 19
Last career NCWTS win: None so far.
2014: Armstrong is moving up to the Nationwide Series driving the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford Mustang. He replaces Michael Annett who moved up to the Sprint Cup Series (No. 7 Chevrolet SS). No word at this time on plans for the No. 60 Chevrolet Silverdo.

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

Car

Driver

Sponsor

Make

Owner

1

Jamie McMurray

Cessna/LiftMaster/McDonald’s

Chevrolet

Chip Ganassi Racing

2

Brad Keselowski

Miller Lite

Ford

Team Penske

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/Snickers/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

Team Penske

24

Jeff Gordon

Drive to End Hunger/Axalta/Pepsi

Chevrolet

Hendrick Motorsports

26

Cole Whitt

Swan Energy/Lean 1/Nutrition53

Toyota

Swan Racing

27

Paul Menard

Menard’s

Chevrolet

Richard Childress Racing

30

Parker Kligerman

Swan Energy/Lean 1/Nutrition53

Toyota

Swan Racing

31

Ryan Newman

Caterpillar/Quicken Loans/WIX Filters

Chevrolet

Richard Childress Racing

32

Terry Labonte

(Daytona 500 only)(sponsor unconfirmed)

Ford

Go Fas Racing

33

Brian Scott

NP (Daytona 500 only) Shore Lodge

Chevrolet

Richard Childress Racing

33

?Landon Cassill

NP (Cassill/Raines may also share 40)

Chevrolet

Joe Falk Racing

33

?Tony Raines

NP (Cassill/Raines may also share 40)

Chevrolet

Joe Falk Racing

34

David Ragan

(sponsor unconfirmed)

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

Chip Ganassi Racing

43

Aric Almirola

Smithfield Foods/STP/U.S. Air Force/GoBowling.com

Ford

Richard Petty Motorsports

47

AJ Allmendinger

Bush’s Baked Beans/Kingsford Charcoal/Clorox

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

77

Dave Blaney

(sponsor unconfirmed)

Ford

Randy Humphrey 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

Roush Fenway Racing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

40

?Landon Cassill

NP (Cassill/Raines may also share 33)

Chevrolet

Joe Falk Racing

40

?Tony Raines

NP (Cassill/Raines may also share 33)

Chevrolet

Joe Falk Racing

52

Bobby Labonte

(sponsor unconfirmed)

Chevrolet

Phoenix Racing

66

Michael Waltrip

(Daytona 500 only)

Toyota

Michael_Waltrip Racing

66

Jeff Burton

(Select races)

Toyota

Michael_Waltrip Racing

83

?Alex Bowman

Burger King (Bowman unconfirmed)

Toyota

BK Racing

92

Brian Keselowski

(sponsor unconfirmed)

Ford

(name change coming)

93

?Ryan Truex

Burger King (Truex unconfirmed)

Toyota

BK Racing

 

 

NP=Not eligible for points in Sprint Cup

 

 

 



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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