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NCS racing returns in 34 days

by Anthony Ballantoni
Updated On: January 12, 2020, 12:54 pm ET

Clint Bowyer, who made his 500th career NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) start this past October, was winless all season but the #14 Mustang driver did earn enough points to make the 2019 series playoffs. Here are some brief performance notes on Bowyer and some other drivers who finished in the top 20 in points for the NCS, XFINITY Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Since a few teams are still firming up their 2020 plans, follow NASCAR Headlines and "Player" News on this page for the latest driver updates. With 34 days before the NCS season-opening Daytona 500, a tentative list of NCS Driver/Team lineups is shown below for all full-time teams that plan on entering every event.

                                       NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)

2019: Chase Elliott (Hendrick Motorsports #9 Chevrolet Camaro) - In 36 races, the Dawsonville, GA native scored 3 victories, 4 poles, 11 top-five finishes, 15 top-tens, had a 10.9 average start, a 15.1 average finish and led 601 laps. He made it into the season playoffs Round of 16, the Round of 12 and into the Round of 8 but did not make the final cut heading into the Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami. Elliott closed out the season 10th in the standings. His best NCS starts were the poles at Bristol (4/7), Dover (5/6), Watkins Glen (8/4) and Talladega (10/13). His best finishes were the wins at Talladega (4/28), Watkins Glen (8/4) and the Charlotte Roval (9/29). Elliott also drove JR Motorsports #8 Camaro in the NXS season opener at Daytona; started 7th and finished 10th.
2020: Elliott is contracted through 2022 to drive the #9 Camaro. Crew chief Alan Gustafson will also return to lead the team. NAPA Auto Parts, Mountain Dew, Kelley Blue Book and Hooters will continue sponsorship for Elliott's Chevrolet.
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2019: Clint Bowyer (Stewart-Haas Racing #14 Ford Mustang) - In 36 races, the Emporia, KS native scored 1 pole, 7 top-five finishes, 18 top-tens, had a 10.7 average start, a 15.2 average finish and led 138 laps. He made it into the season playoffs Round of 16, the Round of 12 and into the Round of 8 but did not make the final cut heading into the Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami. Bowyer closed out the season 9th in the standings. His best NCS season start was the pole at Las Vegas (9/15) and his best finish was 2nd at Texas (3/31). Bowyer's last NCS victory was in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan Int'l Speedway on June 10, 2018.
2020: Bowyer is contracted through 2020 to drive the #14 Mustang. SHR shuffled crew chiefs around during the off-season. Mike Burgarewicz will lead Bowyer's team in 2020. Rush Truck Centers, Mobil 1, PEAK and Haas Automation will return as primary sponsors.

                                   NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)

2019: Brandon Jones (Joe Gibbs Racing #19 Toyota Supra) - In 33 races, the Atlanta, GA native scored 1 win, 6 top-five finishes, 16 top-tens, had an 8.7 average start, a 14.6 average finish and led 104 laps. He made it into the season playoffs Round of 12 but was cut before the start of the Round of 8. Jones closed out the season 10th in the standings. His best NXS season starts were 2nd at Texas (3/30), Indianapolis (9/7) and Kansas (10/19). His best finish was the victory at Kansas Speedway (10/19). Jones also drove Kyle_Busch Motorsports #51 Toyota Tundra in 5 GOT events; scored 3 top-fives and averaged a 9.0 finish.
2020: Jones will continue in JGR's #19 Toyota for the full NXS season. Jeff Meendering will also return as his crew chief. Sponsorship has yet to be confirmed.
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2019: Michael Annett (JR Motorsports #1 Chevrolet Camaro) - In 33 races, the Des Moines, IA native scored 1 win, 1 pole, 6 top-five finishes, 19 top-tens, had a 12.8 average start, a 10.0 average finish and led 94 laps. He made it into the season playoffs Round of 12 but was cut before the start of the Round of 8. He closed out the season 9th in the standings. His best NXS season start was the pole at Talladega (4/27) and best finish was the victory at Daytona (2/16).
2020: Annett signed a multi-year contract with JRM to continue driving the #1 Camaro in the NXS. Travis Mack returns as crew chief. Pilot Flying J, TMC Transportation, Northland Oil and Allstate Parts and Service will all continue as primary sponsors this season.

                             Gander Outdoors Truck Series (GOT)

2019: Sheldon Creed (GMS Racing #2 Chevrolet Silverado) – In 23 GOT races, the Alpine, CA native scored 4 top-five finishes, 11 top-tens, had an 8.8 average start, a 12.6 average finish, led 180 laps and closed out the season 10th in the standings. His best truck season start was 2nd at Kentucky (7/11). His best finishes were also 2nd at Eldora (8/1) and Michigan (8/10). Creed has yet to win a GOT race.
2020: Creed will return to GMS piloting the #2 Silverado for another full season. Jeff Stankiewicz will also continue crew chief duties for the team. Sponsorship has not been announced at this time.
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2019: Ben Rhodes (ThorSport Racing #99 Ford F-150) – In 23 GOT races, the Louisville, KY native scored 7 top-five finishes, 13 top-tens, had a 10.9 average start, an 11.3 average finish, led 143 laps and closed out the season 9th in the standings. His best truck starts were 4th at Bristol (8/15) and Phoenix (11/8). His best finishes were 2nd at Martinsville (3/23), Kansas (5/10) and Iowa (6/16). Rhodes' last GOT win was in the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 on July 12, 2018 at Kentucky Speedway. 
2020: ThorSport Racing has yet to announce 2020 plans for any of their 4 truck teams. As of now, Rhodes is still listed in TSR's website as the driver of the #99 Ford truck and has Matt Noyce returning in the crew chief role.

                          2020 Tentative NCS Series Team Chart

Car Driver Owner Crew Chief Sponsor
00 Chevy Quin Houff StarCom ? ?
1 Chevy Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Matt McCall Monster Energy
2 Ford Brad Keselowski Team Penske Jeremy Bullins Miller Lite, Discount Tire, Dent Wizard
3 Chevy Austin Dillon Richard Childress Justin Alexander Dow
4 Ford Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Rodney Childers Busch Beer, Mobil 1, Jimmy Johns
6 Ford Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Scott Graves Oscar Mayer, Wyndham Rewards
8 Chevy Tyler Reddick - R Richard Childress Randall Burdett Caterpillar
9 Chevy Chase Elliott Hendrick Mspt Alan Gustafson NAPA, Mountain Dew, Hooters, Kelley Blue Book 
10 Ford Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Mike Bugarewics  Smithfield
11 Toyota Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Chris Gabehart FedEx 
12 Ford Ryan Blaney  Team Penske Todd Gordon Advance Auto Parts
13 Chevy Ty Dillon Germain Matt Borland Geico
14 Ford Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas John Klausmeier Rush Truck Centers, Haas Automation
15 Chevy Brennan Poole Premium Mspt Pat Tryson ?
17 Ford Chris Buescher Roush Fenway Luke Lambert Fifth Third Bank, SunnyD
18 Toyota Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Adam Stephens M&M’s, Skittles, Snickers,  Interstate Batteries
19 Toyota Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs James Small Bass Pro Shops, Auto-Owners Insurance
20 Toyota Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Chris Gayle DeWalt, Reser’s Fine Foods, Sport Clips, Stanley, Craftsman
21 Ford Matt DiBenedetto Wood Brothers Greg Erwin Menards, Motorcraft, Quick Lane
22 Ford Joey Logano Team Penske Paul Wolfe Shell-Pennzoil, AAA So.Cal.
24 Chevy William Byron Hendrick Mspt Chad Knaus Liberty University, Axalta, UniFirst, Hertz
32 Ford Corey LaJoie GoFAS Racing Ryan Sparks Keen Parts, Corvetteparts.net
34 Ford Michael McDowell Front Row Mspt Drew Blickensderfer ?
36 Chevy David Regan Rick Ware (Daytona 500 only) ? Select Blinds
37 Chevy Ryan Preece JTG Daugherty Trent Owens Kroger, Bush’s Beans
38 Ford John Hunter Nemechek Front Row Mspt Seth Barbour MDS Trucking
41 Ford Cole Custer -R Stewart-Haas Mike Shiplett Haas Automation
42 Chevy Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Chad Johnston Credit One, Advent Health
43 Chevy Bubba Wallace Richard Petty Jerry Baxter ?
47 Chevy Ricky Stenhouse Jr. JTG Daugherty Brian Pattie Kroger 
48 Chevy Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Mspt Cliff Daniels Ally Financial
51 Chevy Joey Gase Rick Ware George Church Jacob Companies
53 Chevy ? Rick Ware ? ?
66 Chevy Timmy Hill MBM Motorsports ? ?
77 Chevy Ross Chastain (Daytona 500, Charlotte 600) Peter Sospenzo Advent Health
88 Chevy Alex Bowman Hendrick Mspt Greg Ives Axalta, Valvoline, Cincinati Inc
95 Toyota Christopher Bell -R Leavine Family Jason Ratcliff Procure, Rheem
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Anthony Ballantoni
Anthony Ballantoni is a Senior Sports Writer at Rotoworld.com.