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Looking Ahead: The '500' in 20

Sunday, February 02, 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 20 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):
Greg Biffle finished 9th in the standings and earned 2,321 points.
2013: Roush Fenway Racing No. 16 Ford Fusion. In 36 starts, he scored one win, four top-fives, 13 top-10s and led 124 laps. He had a 16.1 average start and a 14.4 average finish.
Best 2013 NSCS start: 2nd at Auto Club Speedway on March 24
Best 2013 NSCS finish: Win at Michigan on June 16
Last career NSCS win: Michigan International Speedway on June 16, 2013.
2014: Biffle returns to the Roush Fenway Racing No. 16 3M Ford Fusion. Matt Puccia also returns as crew chief for the team.

Joey Logano finished 8th in the standings and earned 2,323 points.
2013: Penske Racing No. 22 Ford Fusion. In 36 starts, he had one win, two poles, 11 top-fives, 19 top-10s and led 323 laps. He had a 12.0 average start and a 14.1 average finish. He also drove Penske’s No. 22 Ford Mustang (numbered the No. 48 at Watkins Glen) in 15 Nationwide Series races. He won three times and averaged a 5.9 finish for the 15 events. In the Camping World Truck Series, Logano drove the Brad_Keselowski (his NSCS teammate) Racing No. 19 Ford F-Series in three races scoring top five finishes in two of them.
Best 2013 NSCS starts: Poles at Michigan on August 18 and Chicago on September 15
Best 2013 NSCS finish: Win at Michigan on August 18
Last career NSCS win: Michigan International Speedway on August 18, 2013.
2014: Logano returns to the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion. The team, now racing under the Team Penske banner, will have Todd Gordon in the role of crew chief again this season. No firm plans at this time for Logano to enter any Nationwide Series or Camping World Series events in 2014.

Clint Bowyer finished 7th in the standings and earned 2,336 points.
2013: Michael_Waltrip Racing No. 15 Toyota Camry. In 36 starts, he scored 10 top-fives, 19 top 10s and led 354 laps. He had a 14.2 average start and an 11.9 average finish.
Best 2013 NSCS starts: 2nd at Las Vegas on March 10 and Watkins Glen on August 11
Best 2013 NSCS finishes: 2nd at Martinsville on March 7 and Richmond on March 27
Last career NSCS win: Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 13, 2012.
2014: Bowyer will again pilot the Michael_Waltrip Racing No. 15 5-Hour Energy Drink Toyota Camry with Brian Pattie returning as crew chief for the team.

NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS):
Parker Kligerman finished 9th in the standings and earned 993 points.
2013: Kyle_Busch Motorsports No. 77 Toyota Camry. He scored three top-fives, 13 top-10s, led 45 laps and had an 11.8 average start and a 14.1 average finish. Kligerman also drove the Swan Racing No. 30 Toyota Camry in two Sprint Cup races (best finish 18th) and the George Bragg No. 20 Toyota Tundra in the Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega (led 16 of the 94 laps, finished fourth).
Best 2013 NNS starts: 3rd at Daytona on February 23 and Road America on June 22
Best 2013 NNS finish: 3rd at Road America on June 22
Last career NNS win: None so far.
2014: Kligerman has moved up to the Sprint Cup Series full-time driving the Swan Racing No. 30 Swan Energy Toyota Camry. He will be competing for 2015 Rookie of the Year honors. Steven Lane will head up the crew on the No. 30 again this season.

Kyle Larson finished 8th in the standings and earned 1,001 points.
2013: Turner Scott Motorsports No. 32 Chevrolet Camaro. In 33 starts he scored nine top-fives, 17 top-10s, led 102 laps and had a 14.6 average start and a 13.8 average finish. Larson started the season off in the ARCA Racing Series by finishing 2nd at Daytona in TCM’s No. 4 Chevrolet. He also drove the Phoenix Racing No. 51 Chevrolet in four Sprint Cup races (best finish of 15th at Homestead). In the Camping World Truck Series, he piloted the TCM No. 30 Chevrolet Silverado in two races; Won at Rockingham and finished 2nd in the inaugural Eldora dirt track event.
Best 2013 NNS start: 4th at Mid-Ohio on August 17
Best 2013 NNS finishes: 2nd at Bristol on March 16, Michigan on June 15; Dover on September 28 and Homestead-Miami on November 16
Last career NNS win: None so far.
2014: Larson has moved up to the Sprint Cup Series full-time. He will drive the Chip Ganassi Racing (formerly known as Earnhardt Ganassi Racing) No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS. Larson, who is replacing Juan Pablo Montoya who left the series to return to IndyCar racing, will compete for Rookie of the Year honors. Chris Heroy will serve as crew chief. It looks like Larson will also run some of the companion races in the Nationwide Series driving the Turner Scott Motorsports No. 32 Camaro.

Brian Scott finished 7th in the standings and earned 1,053 points.
2013: Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro. In 33 starts he scored one pole, three top-fives, 13 top-10s, led 254 laps and had a 10.1 average start and a 12.3 average finish. He also made his Sprint Cup Series debut at Charlotte driving the Joe Falk Racing No. 33 Chevrolet SS; started 19th and finished 27th.
Best 2013 NNS start: Pole at Richmond on September 6
Best 2013 NNS finishes: 2nd at Indianapolis on July 27 and Richmond on September 6
Last career NNS win: None so far.
2014: Scott will return to the Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro with Phil Gould as his crew chief. RCR is also preparing the No. 33 Shore Lodge Chevrolet SS for Scott to enter in the Sprint Cup season-opening Daytona 500. He will be part of RCR’s four-car entry in the Great American Race.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS):
Miguel Paludo finished 9th in the standings and earned 697 points.
2013: Turner Scott Motorsports No. 32 Chevrolet Silverado. In 22 starts he scored four top-fives, 11 top-10s, led 72 laps and had a 9.6 average start and a 12.6 average finish.
Best 2013 NCWTS start: 1st at Pocono on August 3 (not a Pole, qualifying rained out)
Best 2013 NCWTS finish: 2nd at Pocono on August 3
Last career NCWTS win: None so far.
2014: Paludo announced on Friday (January 31) that, as of now, he does not have a 2014 ride.

Darrell Wallace Jr. finished 8th in the standings and earned 704 points.
2013: Kyle_Busch Motorsports No. 54 Toyota Tundra. In 22 starts he scored one win, one pole, five top fives, 12 top-10s and led 340 laps. He had an 11.6 average start and a 12.6 average finish.
Best 2013 NCWTS start: Pole at Dover on May 31
Best 2013 NCWTS finish: Win
at Martinsville on October 26
Last career NCWTS win: Martinsville Speedway on October 26, 2013.
2014: Wallace returns to the KBM No. 54 Camping World / Good Sam Toyota Tundra. Jerry Baxter will again lead the crew for the team.

Brendan Gaughan finished 7th in the standings and earned 717 points.
2013: Richard Childress Racing No. 62 Chevrolet Silverado. In 22 starts he scored 10 top fives, 13 top-10s and led 77 laps. He had a 9.1 average start and an 11.6 average finish. In addition, he drove RCR’s Nos. 21 and 33 Chevrolet Camaros in three Nationwide Series races (all top-15 finishes) and one Sprint Cup start in the Phoenix Racing No. 51 Chevrolet SS (finished 33rd).
Best 2013 NCWTS start: 2nd at Michigan on August 17
Best 2013 NCWTS finish: 2nd at Martinsville on October 26
Last career NCWTS win: Texas Motor Speedway on October 11, 2003.
2014: Gaughan has moved up to the Nationwide Series full-time. He will pilot the Richard Childress Racing No. 62 South Point Resort Chevrolet Camaro. Shane Wilson will serve as crew chief for the No. 62 team.

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 / Alliance Truck Parts / Wurth

Ford

Team Penske

3

Austin Dillon

Dow / Cheerios / Bass Pro Shops /

American Ethanol

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 / Charter/

AAA Mid-Atlantic / Kansas Strong

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 / Skittles / DoubleMint /

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

23

Alex Bowman

Dr Pepper / Burger King

Toyota

BK Racing

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 / Kwikset

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

CSX / Farm Rich / Taco Bell

Ford

Front Row Motorsports

38

David Gilliland

Love’s Travel Stops

Ford

Front Row Motorsports

41

Kurt Busch

Haas Automation / State Water Heaters

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 / Clorox /

Kingsford Charcoal / House-Autry Mills

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

83

Ryan Truex

Borla Exhausts / Burger King / Dr Pepper

Toyota

BK Racing

88

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Army National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew

Chevrolet

Hendrick Motorsports

95

Michael McDowell

K-LOVE

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 / Quick Lane

Ford

Wood Brothers Racing

35

Eric McClure

NP Hefty (Daytona 500 only)

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

PEAK BluDEF (Daytona 500 only)

Toyota

Michael_Waltrip Racing

66

Jeff Burton

(6 to 8 races beginning at Las Vegas)

Toyota

Michael_Waltrip Racing

66

Joe Nemechek

NP (remaining 2014 races)

Toyota

Michael_Waltrip Racing

92

Brian Keselowski

(sponsor unconfirmed)

Ford

(name change coming)

 

 

NP=Not eligible for points in Sprint Cup

 

 



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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