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Looking Ahead: 13 days to go!

Sunday, February 09, 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 13 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):
Jeff Gordon finished 6th in the standings and earned 2,337 points.
2013: Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet SS. In 36 starts, he scored one win, two poles, eight top-fives, 17 top-10s and led 434 laps. He had a 12.9 average start and a 14.4 average finish.
Best 2013 NSCS starts: Pole at Richmond on September 7 and Charlotte on October 12
Best 2013 NSCS finish: Win at Martinsville on October 27
Last career NSCS win: Martinsville Speedway on October 27, 2013.
2014: Gordon returns to the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS. Alan Gustafson also returns as crew chief for the team.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 5th in the standings and earned 2,363 points.
2013: Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet SS. In 36 starts, he had two poles, 10 top-fives, 22 top-10s and led 342 laps. He had a 13.9 average start and a 12.6 average finish. He drove his own JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro in four Nationwide Series races scoring three top-fives and earning a 6.8 average finish. Dale Jr. was also awarded his 11th consecutive Most Popular Driver Award, breaking a tie with 16-time winner Bill Elliott.
Best 2013 NSCS starts: Pole at Kentucky on June 30 and Dover on September 29
Best 2013 NSCS finishes: 2nd at Daytona on February 24, Auto Club on March 24, Dover on September 29, Talladega on October 20 and Texas on November 3
Last career NSCS win: Michigan International Speedway on June 17, 2012.
2014: Earnhardt Jr. returns to the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Army National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet SS. Steve Letarte returns as crew chief for the No. 88 but will be leaving at the end of the 2014 season. He has been hired as part of the NBC Sports TV broadcast team covering the second half of the 2015 season.

Kyle Busch finished 4th in the standings and earned 2,364 points.
2013: Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota Camry. In 36 starts, he scored four wins, three poles, four top-fives, 16 top 10s and led 1,227 laps. He had a 9.1 average start and a 12.7 average finish. Busch dominated the Nationwide Series with 12 wins, 10 poles and an average finish of 5.6 in 26 starts driving JGR’s No. 54 Toyota Camry. He made 11 Camping World Truck Series tarts in his own Kyle_Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota Tundra; scored five wins and a 7.0 average finish.
Best 2013 NSCS starts: Pole at Bristol on March 17, Texas on April 13 and Daytona on July 6
Best 2013 NSCS finishes: Win at Auto Club on March 24, Texas on April 13, Watkins Glen on August 11 and Atlanta on September 1
Last career NSCS win: Atlanta Motor Speedway on September 1, 2013.
2014: Busch will again pilot the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry with Dave Rogers returning as crew chief for the team. Busch will also drive JGR’s No. 54 Toyota Camry in 26 Nationwide Series races and share his KBM No. 51 Toyota Tundra for some Camping World Truck events.

NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS):
Trevor Bayne finished 6th in the standings and earned 1,086 points.
2013: Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 Ford Mustang. He scored one win, one pole, seven top-fives, 21 top-10s, led 84 laps and had a 9.9 average start and an 11.5 average finish. Bayne also drove the Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford Fusion in 12 Sprint Cup races averaging a 25.2 finish. His best finish in the ‘#21 Car’ was a 15th at Michigan.
Best 2013 NNS start: Pole at Daytona on February 23
Best 2013 NNS finish: Win at Iowa on June 9
Last career NNS win: Iowa Speedway on June 9, 2013.
2014: Bayne will return to the Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang. Chad Norris has been named new crew chief for the team. Bayne will also run a part-time (at least 12 races, more if sponsorship can be found) Sprint Cup schedule in the Wood Brothers No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion.

Justin Allgaier finished 5th in the standings and earned 1,090 points.
2013: Turner Scott Motorsports No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro. In 33 starts he scored one pole, six top-fives, 16 top-10s, led 102 laps and had a 10.3 average start and an 11.2 average finish. Allgaier also drove the Phoenix Racing (for new owner Harry Scott) No. 51 Chevrolet SS in four Sprint Cup Series races; best finish was a 24th place.
Best 2013 NNS start: Pole at Bristol on March 16
Best 2013 NNS finishes: 2nd at Road America on June 22 and Phoenix on November 9
Last career NNS win: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Montreal) on August 18, 2012.
2014: Allgaier has moved up to the Sprint Cup Series full-time. He will drive the HScott Motorsports (formerly known as Phoenix Racing) No. 51 Brandt Chevrolet SS. Allgaier will compete for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Addington will serve as crew chief.

Elliott Sadler finished 4th in the standings and earned 1,090 points.
2013: Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota Camry. In 33 starts he scored nine top-fives, 20 top-10s, led 150 laps and had a 12.1 average start and an 11.2 average finish. He also made five Sprint Cup Series starts; one in JGR’s No. 81 Toyota Camry (finished 40th) and four in Michael_Waltrip Racing’s No. 55 Camry (best finish of 14th).
Best 2013 NNS starts: 2nd at Auto Club on March 23, Darlington on May 10 and Chicago on July 21
Best 2013 NNS finishes: 2nd at Darlington on May 10 and Kentucky on June 28
Last career NNS win: Iowa Speedway on August 4, 2012.
2014: Sadler will return to the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota Camry with Chris Gayle as his crew chief.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS):
Ryan Blaney finished 6th in the standings and earned 726 points.
2013: Brad_Keselowski Racing No. 29 Ford F-Series. In 22 starts he scored one win, two poles, eight top-fives, 13 top-10s, led 154 laps and had an 11.2 average start and an 11.5 average finish. Penske Racing entered Blaney in three Nationwide Series races (Nos. 22 and 48 Mustangs). He won at Kentucky and had top-10s at Iowa and Phoenix. He also drove the Cunningham Motorsports No. 22 Dodge in three ARCA Racing Series races. He started on the pole in two races and fourth in the other; he had finishes of second, fifth and third.
Best 2013 NCWTS starts: Pole at Kentucky on June 27 and Homestead-Miami on November 15
Best 2013 NCWTS finish: Win at Pocono on August 3
Last career NCWTS win: Pocono Raceway on August 3, 2013.
2014: Blaney will return to the Brad_Keselowski Racing No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-Series with new crew chief Chad Kendrick making the calls. Blaney will enter 15 Nationwide Series races in a Team Penske Ford Mustang and will also make his Sprint Cup Series debut in at least two events driving Team Penske’s No. 12 SKF Ford Fusion.

Jeb Burton finished 5th in the standings and earned 731 points.
2013: Turner Scott Motorsports No. 4 Chevrolet Silverado. In 22 starts he scored one win, seven poles (series best), five top fives, 11 top-10s and led 289 laps. He had a 6.7 average start and an 11.3 average finish. Burton drove TSM’s No. 34 Chevrolet Camaro to an 8th place finish in his Nationwide Series debut. He also piloted the Pete Shepherd Motorsports No. 7 Dodge Charger to a 12th place finish in his lone career start in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.
Best 2013 NCWTS starts: Pole at Martinsville on April 6, Rockingham on April 14, Charlotte on May 15, Michigan on August 17, Chicago on September 13, Talladega on October 19 and Texas on November 1
Best 2013 NCWTS finish: Win at Texas on June 7
Last career NCWTS win: Texas Motor Speedway on June 7, 2013.
2014: Arrowhead, Burton’s sponsor, backed out a couple of weeks ago forcing the Turner Scott Motorsports No. 4 team to shut down. This left Burton without a ride in 2014. ThorSport Racing signed Burton on to drive their No. 13 Carolina Nut Co. Toyota Tundra in the NCWTS season opener at Daytona as well as their No. 13 Toyota Camry in the ARCA Racing Series season opener. If sponsorship is found, Burton will enter more NCWTS races for ThorSport.

Johnny Sauter finished 4th in the standings and earned 732 points.
2013: ThorSport Racing (Mike Curb) No. 98 Toyota Tundra. In 22 starts he scored three wins, one pole, nine top fives, 14 top-10s and led 62 laps. He had a 12.5 average start and a 10.3 average finish.
Best 2013 NCWTS start: Pole at Texas on June 7
Best 2013 NCWTS finishes: Win at Daytona on February 22, Martinsville on April 6 and Talladega on October 19
Last career NCWTS win: Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2013.
2014: Sauter will return to the ThorSport Racing No. 98 Carolina Nut Co./Curb Records Toyota Tundra. He will work with new crew chief Gene Wachtel.

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 / Accell Construction

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

36

Reed Sorenson

(sponsor unconfirmed)

Chevrolet

Tommy Baldwin Racing

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

HScott Motorsports

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

Ambient Edge (Las Vegas only)

Chevrolet

Phil Parsons Racing

99

Carl Edwards

Fastenal / Aflac / UPS

Ford

Roush Fenway Racing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part-time/Questionable teams

 

 

12

Ryan Blaney

NP SKF

Ford

Team Penske

21

Trevor Bayne

NP Motorcraft / Quick Lane

Ford

Wood Brothers Racing

35

Eric McClure

NP Hefty (Daytona 500 only)

Ford

Front Row Motorsports

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

HScott Motorsports

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 LandCastle Tile (27 to 29 races)

Toyota

Michael_Waltrip Racing

87

Joe Nemechek

NP (Daytona 500 and when not in No. 66)

Toyota

NEMCO-JRR Racing

92

Brian Keselowski

(sponsor unconfirmed)

Ford

(name change coming)

93

Morgan Shepherd

NP (Daytona 500 only)

Toyota

Faith Motorsports

 

 

NP=Not eligible for points in Sprint Cup

 

 

 



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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