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NASCAR CUP racing returns in 62 days – Yahoo Sports

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Winless in 2019, Ryan Newman still “pointed” his way into the 2019 CUP Playoffs. Here are a few more brief performance notes on some drivers who finished in the top 20 in points for the NASCAR Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Since many teams are still firming up their 2020 plans, follow NASCAR Headlines and “Player” News on this screen for the latest driver updates. With 62 days before the 2020 CUP season-opening Daytona 500, a tentative list of CUP Driver/Team lineups is shown below for all full-time teams that plan on entering every event.

                              NASCAR Cup Series (CUP)

2019: 2019: Erik Jones (Joe Gibbs Racing #20 Toyota Camry) – In 36 races, the Byron, MI native scored 1 victory, 10 top-fives, 17 top-tens, had a 14.9 average start, a 16.2 average finish, and led 172 laps. He made it into the season playoffs Round of 16 but was cut before the start of the Round of 12. Jones closed out the season 16th in the standings. His best CUP start was 2nd at Texas (11/03) and best finish was the win at Darlington (09/01).
2020: Jones signed an extension to his contract and will return in 2020 driving the #20 Camry. Chris Gayle will return as crew chief. DeWalt, Sport Clips, Craftsman, Resers and Stanley will continue as sponsors.

2019: Ryan Newman (Roush Fenway Racing #6 Ford Mustang) – In 36 races, the South Bend, IN native scored 3 top-fives, 14 top-tens, had a 19.9 average start, a 14.6 average finish and led 19 laps. He made it into the season playoffs Round of 16 but was cut before the start of the Round of 12. Newman closed out the season 15th in the standings. His best CUP season starts were 7th at Auto Club Speedway (3/17) and Kansas (10/20). His best finish was 2nd at Talladega (10/13). Newman’s last CUP win was on March 19, 2017 at Phoenix Raceway.
2020: Newman is contracted through at least 2020 to drive RFR’s #6 Mustang. Scott Graves will continue as crew chief. Oscar Mayer will cover multiple race sponsorships into 2021.

                           NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)

2019: Ray Black Jr. (SS Green Light Racing #07 Chevrolet Camaro) – In 33 races, the Palm Coast, FL native had a 23.8 average start, a 20.5 average finish and closed out the season 16th in the standings. His best NXS season start was 15th at Kentucky (07/12) and best finishes were 11th at Las Vegas (03/02) and Iowa (07/27). Black has yet to win an NXS race.
2020: Black Jr. will return for another full-time season in the #07 Camaro. Crew chief Jason Miller will also continue leading the team. Sponsorship not announced at this time.

2019: Brandon Brown (Brandonbilt Motorsports #86 Chevrolet Camaro) – In 33 races, the Woodbridge, VA native scored 1 top-ten, had a 22.6 average start, a 19.7 average finish, led 2 laps and closed out the season 15th in the standings. His best NXS season starts were 11th at Atlanta (02/23) and Las Vegas (03/02). His best finish was 6th at Daytona (07/05). Brown has yet to win an NXS race.
2020: At this time, no firm plans known but, since this is a family-owned team, Brown will most likely return in the #86 Camaro. Coastal Carolina University will continue as sponsor with Doug Randolph in the role of crew chief for the organization.

                       Gander Outdoors Truck Series (GOT)

2019: Jordan Anderson (Jordan Anderson Racing #3 Chevrolet Silverado) – In 22 GOT races, The Forest Acres, SC native had a 21.1 average start, a 19.5 average finish and closed out the season 16th in the standings. His best truck season start was 12th at Pocono (05/26) and  best finish was 12th at Martinsville (10/27). Anderson has yet to win a GOT race.
2020: No plans announced yet but, since Anderson is the team owner and has entered all events in both 2018 and 2019, he will probably run a full schedule again this season.

2019: Gus Dean (Young’s Motorsports #12 Chevrolet Silverado) – In 23 GOT races, the Bluffton, SC native had an 18.8 average start, a 19.7 average finish, led 9 laps and closed out the season 15th in the standings. His best truck start was 8th at Kansas (05/10) and best finish was 13th at Michigan (08/10). Dean also drove Win-Tron Racing’s #32 Chevrolet in 4 ARCA Menards Series races averaging an 11th place finish with a best of 3rd at Charlotte.
2020: Young’s Motorsports has not announced the driver lineup for their three Chevy trucks. No firm plans for Dean.

                              2020 Tentative CUP Series Team Chart

Car

Driver

Owner

Crew Chief

Sponsor

00 Chev

Quin Houff

StarCom

?

?

1 Chev

Kurt Busch

Chip Ganassi

Matt McCall

Monster Energy

2 Ford

Brad Keselowski

Team Penske

Paul Wolfe

Miller Lite/Discount Tire

3 Chev

Austin Dillon

Richard Childress

Justin Alexander

Dow

4 Ford

Kevin Harvick

Stewart-Haas

Rodney Childers

Busch Beer/Mobil 1

6 Ford

Ryan Newman

Roush Fenway

Scott Graves

Oscar Mayer

8 Chev

Tyler Reddick – R

Richard Childress

Randall Burdett

Caterpillar

9 Chev

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

Jeremy Bullins

Advance Auto Parts

13 Chev

Ty Dillon

Germain

Matt Borland

Geico

14 Ford

Clint Bowyer

Stewart-Haas

John Klausmeier

Rush Truck Centers/Haas Automation

15 Chev

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

?

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

Todd Gordon

Shell-Pennzoil/AAA So.Cal.

24 Chev

William Byron

Hendrick Mspt

Chad Knaus

Liberty University/Axalta/UniFirst/Hertz

32 Ford

Corey LaJoie

GoFAS Racing

?

Keen Parts/Corvetteparts.net

34 Ford

Michael McDowell

Front Row Mspt

Drew Blickensderfer

?

37 Chev

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 Chev

Kyle Larson

Chip Ganassi

Chad Johnston

?

43 Chev

Bubba Wallace

Richard Petty

Derek Stamets 

?

47 Chev

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

JTG Daugherty

Brian Pattie

Kroger 

48 Chev

Jimmie Johnson

Hendrick Mspt

Cliff Daniels

Ally Financial

51 Chev

?

Rick Ware

George Church

Jacob Companies

52 Chev

?

Rick Ware

?

?

66 Chev

Timmy Hill

MBM Motorsports

?

?

77 Chev

?

Spire Mspt

Peter Sospenzo

?

88 Chev

Alex Bowman

Hendrick Mspt

Greg Ives

Axalta/Valvoline/Cincinati Inc

95 Toyota

Christopher Bell -R

Leavine Family

Jason Ratcliff

Procure/Rheem

R-Rookie of The Year

Source: https://sports.yahoo.com/nascar-cup-racing-returns-62-174339174.html

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