2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Team / Driver Chart

NOTE: This is an unofficial page compiled by Jayski.com from many different sources.
Try to make it as complete as possible and update it as often possible, USUALLY daily.
It's a guide to what is heard/found for each team and what has been announced/reported.

Updated quite often...as changes happen
Updated 8-12-2017

an unofficial team chart, compiling news, announcements and rumors about what teams will look like for the upcoming season

Team Charts by Season 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998


  • POTENTIAL Free-Agent Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Regulars AFTER the 2017 season
    #43-Aric Almirola (contract ends 2017)
    Greg Biffle (didn't race in 2017)
    #21-Ryan Blaney (moves to 3rd Penske car in 2018, #12)
    #37-Chris Buescher (on loan from RFR to JTG, expects to stay in #37)
    #41-Kurt Busch (team option for 2018)
    #34-Landon Cassill (contract status unknown)
    #13-Ty Dillon (contract status unknown)
    #77-Erik Jones (moves to JGR #20 car in 2018)
    #5-Kasey Kahne (contract thru 2018 but sponsors leaving)
    #20-Matt Kenseth (contract ends 2017, won't return to JGR)
    #2-Brad Keselowski (re-signed by Team Penske for 2018 and beyond)
    Casey Mears (didn't run Cup in 2017)
    #27-Paul Menard (moves to #21 in 2018)
    #10-Danica Patrick (uncertainty over sponsorship, team option)
    #38-David Ragan (contract status unknown)
    #15-Reed Sorenson (contract status unknown)
    Bubba Wallace (contract status unknown)

  • Drivers not running full-time after 2017
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., will retire after the 2017 season, move to TV with NBC

  • Drivers not running full-time after 2016
    #19-Carl Edwards (left the sport in Jan 2017)
    #24/#88-Jeff Gordon (FOX Broadcaster/semi-retired), ran some 2016 races in the #88 for Dale Jr.
    #44-Brian Scott, retired after 2016 to spend more time with family (did run some 2017 NXS races)
    #14-Tony Stewart, says he will not run CUP races again

  • Charters that were sold / leased / changed for 2017
    #7-Tommy Baldwin Racing has sold Charter to #95 Leavine Family Racing, will run open car part-time
    #15-HScott Motorsports has sold the Charter to Premium Motorsports, which goes to the #98 team, but keeps the #15 and will use it.
    #16-Roush Fenway Racing, Biffle leaves, team to lease the Charter to a 2nd JTG Daugherty team, #37.
    #32-Go FAS Racing, leases their Charter to #21-Wood Brothers Racing and in-turn leases the #44 Charter from Richard Petty Motorsports.
    #33-Circle Sport, was leased to #95 Leavine Family Racing, merged with #30 TMG, will run #33 Chevy.
    #44-Richard Petty Motorsports leased their Charter to #32 Go Fas Racing which also bought 6 cars from RPM, RPM scales back to one car in 2017, the #43.
    #46-HScott Motorsports, team leased Charter from Premium Motorsports who sold it to Furniture Row Racing #77 new team.
    #55-Premium Motorsports (ran #55 & #98 in 2016), leased to #46 HScott Motorsports, then sold it to Furniture Row Racing #77, a new team.
    #83-BK Racing sold their Charter to Front Row Motorsports who leased it to the new #72 TriStar Motorsports team.
    #98-Premium Motorsports, bought the #15 SCott Motorsports Charter and will run the #15, dropping the #98.
    NOTES: Charters can be leased once every five years
    so a team that leased their Charter in 2017, must use it or sell it in 2018
    (leased Charters in 2017: #37 leases #16; #32 the #44; #21 the #32)
    NASCAR can remove a Charter for a team in the bottom 3 of owners standings, looks like none will be removed in 2017


CHART KEYS
? unknown or a rumor for that section
* part time team, or a team that has skipped at least one race, listed below the full-time teams
ROTY = Rookie of the Year Candidate
(i) = not running for Cup Series points
(NC) = full-time team without a Charter, has to qualifying for each race via speed
Red = new driver, sponsor, car#, owner, crew chief...etc
A team in all red = new full time or part time team for this season

FULL TIME TEAMS
(teams that plan on running all 36 point races)
CAR#
(click # for news)
DRIVER
(contract end year..if known)
(champ/roty)
CAR
MANUFACTURER
PRIMARY SPONSORS
(number of races...if known)
(signed thru..)
TEAM / LISTED OWNERS CREW CHIEF
(contract end year..if known)
ENGINE BUILDER / SUPPLIER
NOTES.................
? ?Spencer Gallagher
?Kasey Kahne
?Chevy ? ?GMS Racing
Maury Gallagher
? ?Hendrick Motorsports
GMS Racing is contemplating a move to the Cup Series in 2018. Team owner Maury Gallagher said the organization would like to make a decision in the next month. Hendrick Motorsports could provide the engines and equipment. Supposedly Spencer Gallagher would be the driver and also rumors are attached to Kasey Kahne as the primary driver and a possible 2nd team for GMS
1 Jamie McMurray
(2017?)
Chevy McDonald's
(? races)

Cessna
(? races)

CreditOne
(? race)

Sherwin-Williams
(? races)

Bass Pro Shops
(? race)

GearWrench
(? races)
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
Chip Ganassi
Felix Sabates
Rob Kauffman
Matt McCall Hendrick Motorsports
No word on McMurray's contract status, but Chip Ganaasi said early in July that his two-car team, #1 & #42 would look the same, driver-wise in 2018
2 Brad Keselowski
(2012 Champ)
(2020+)
Ford ?Miller Lite

?Alliance Truck Parts

?Wurth

?AutoTrader

?Fitzgerald
Team Penske
Roger Penske
Paul Wolfe (2018+) Roush-Yates
Keselowski re-signs with Team Penske in what is termed a multi-year deal (usually 3-4 years). Crew chief Paul Wolfe also signed a multi-year deal past 2018. No word on sponsor deals yet for 2018 and beyond. Miller Lite is supposed signed thru 2017 and was the sponsor for 24 races in 2017. No word on AutoTrader, Alliance Truck Parts, Wurth and/or Fitzgerald for 2018. Keselowski was rumored to possible the #88 ride, but HMS filled the opening with Alex Bowman. Rumors were floating around in early 2017 that Carl Edwards could come back to run the Cup series in 2018, possibly with Penske in a third car, the #2 car or Hendrick. But Edwards said in June, he was not planning on coming back. Team Penske could expand to three cars as Roger Penske said in mid-2017 he hopes to move Ryan Blaney to a third (#12?, #99?) team in 2018, depending on sponsorship. Also rumors that Paul Menard and Menard's sponsorship could move to Penske, possibly in a third car or to #21 Wood Brothers
3 Austin Dillon Chevy DOW (~24 races)

American Ethanol

AAA
Richard Childress
Richard Childress Racing
Justin Alexander ECR Engines
No word on any changes with the #3 team. Crew chief Justin Alexander took over as the crew chief in May 2017. New Era Cap and Okuma were new sponsors on 2017, no word on status in 2018
4 Kevin Harvick
(2019)
(2014 Champ)
Ford Busch Beer
(2019)(16 races)

Jimmy Johns
(2017+)(16 races)

Mobil 1
(?4 races)
Stewart-Haas Racing
Tony Stewart
Gene Haas
Joe Custer
Rodney Childers
(2017+)
Roush-Yates
No changes expected for this team in 2018. Not sure of sponsor Jimmy Johns status after 2017. Team co-owner Gene Haas has indicated Stewart-Haas Racing wants to stay at four cars.
5 William Byron Chevy ?LiftMaster

?Quicken Loans

?Mountain Dew

?AARP Drive to End Hunger

UniFirst (2023)
Axalta
Liberty University
Rick Hendrick Keith Rodden Hendrick Motorsports
Byron will drive the #5 starting in 2018 (contact length not disclosed) with majority sponsorship from Axalta and Liberty University. Kahne has been released from his contract. While Kahne was signed thru 2018 (team option), the two major sponsors, Farmers Insurance(12 races) and Great Clips (10 races) are not returning in 2018. UniFirst is signed thru 2023 for a few races a year. No word on plans for crew chief Keith Rodden
6 Trevor Bayne
(2019)
Ford AdvoCare
(2019)

Liberty National Life Insurance Company

Performance Plus
Roush Fenway Racing
Jack Roush
John Henry
Matt Puccia Roush-Yates
Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark said that Roush Fenway Racing will "most likely" be two Cup cars and one XFINITY car in 2018. No word on any changes with this team. AdvoCare and Bayne are signed thru 2019. No word on crew chief changes as Matt Puccia is the crew chief
10 ?Danica Patrick
(2018?)

?Kasey Kahne
?Matt Kenseth
Ford ?Aspen Dental

?TaxACT

?Mobil1

?Code3 Associates
Stewart-Haas Racing
Tony Stewart
Gene Haas
Joe Custer
?Billy Scott Roush-Yates
Unsure plans for Danica Patrick and the team itself. Patrick is signed thru 2018, but it is a team option. Rumors have Patrick not returning to this car in 2018 due to lack of sponsorship/performance. The lawsuit with Nature's Bakery was settled with them being a sponsor for 4 more races on the #10 & #14-Bowyer cars, they will not be back as a sponsor in 2018. Team co-owner Gene Haas has indicated Stewart-Haas Racing wants to stay at four cars. Aspen Dental stepped up and sponsored Patrick in around 10 races in 2017. No word if they or the other sponsors return in 2018 or move to one of the other SHR cars (like the #14). Other drivers rumored to this ride are Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth. Billy Scott was the crew chief for 2017, no word on any changes there.
11 Denny Hamlin
(2020)
Toyota FedEx (2020):
Express, Freight, Ground, Office, Cares

?Sport Clips (2 races)
Joe Gibbs Racing Mike Wheeler Toyota Racing Development (TRD)
JGR re-signed Hamlin and FedEx to a multi-year deal, usually JGR does 3-year deals, so probably thru 2019. No word if Sport Clips will return as a sponsor in 2018. Crew chief Mike Wheeler came aboard at the start of the 2016 season and there are no changes expected there.
12[NC] Ryan Blaney Ford ? Team Penske
Roger Penske
Jeremy Bullins Roush-Yates
Ryan Blaney named to drive the #12 Ford for Team Penske in 2018, signing a multi-year deal (usually 3-4 years). Crew chief Jeremy Bullins will move to the #12 car with Blaney. It'll be the third team for Penske. Blaney had run the #21 Ford for the Wood Brothers for past three seasons. Sponsors will be named at a later date. The team has no Charter for 2018, so look for it to lease or purchase one (7-26-2017)
13 ?Ty Dillon Chevy GEICO
(2018)(32 races)

?Twisted Tea
Germain Racing
Bob Germain
Bootie Barker ECR Engines
Not sure of the plans for this team and or Dillon. If Paul Menard leaves the #27 team, Ty Dillon could move to that car at RCR if sponsorship is found. No word if GEICO or Twisted Tea would move with Dillon or stay with the #13 team and a new driver/ GEICO is signed thru 2018. No word on crew chief Bootie Barker's status
14 Clint Bowyer
(2018)
Ford ?Mobil 1

?Rush Truck Centers

Haas Automation
Stewart-Haas Racing
Tony Stewart
Joe Custer
Gene Haas
Mike Bugarewicz Roush-Yates
No word on any changes with this team with the exception of finding additional sponsorship for Bowyer. Some sponsor could move over from the #10 team if a new driver comes aboard there of the team is disbanded. Mike Bugarewicz was the crew chief in 2017 and no word on any changes there
15 ?Reed Sorenson
?Joey Gase(i)
?Ross Chastain(i)
?Toyota
?Chevy
? Premium Motorsports
Jay Robinson
?Mark Hillman Race Engines Plus
This team had many drivers in it during the 2017 season, starting with Waltrip (in his final Cup race) in the 2017 Daytona 500. No word on the plans for this team, which holds a Charter. Reed Sorenson was the primary driver in this car and for Premium Motorsports (also in the #55) in 2017. No word on his plans either. Premium Motorsports' purchased of the charter from HScott Motorsports, which shut down after the 2016 season.
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
(2017+)
Ford Fastenal
(~15 races)(2018+)

Fifth Third Bank
(5 races)(2017)

SunnyD
(4 races)

Ford EcoBoost
Roush Fenway Racing
Jack Roush
John Henry
Brian Pattie Roush-Yates
Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark said that Roush Fenway Racing will "most likely" be two Cup cars and one XFINITY car in 2018. No plans for any changes with this team as Stenhouse Jr. had a breakout season (thru July 2017) with two wins and making the playoffs. Fastenal is expected to return in 2018 for at least 15 races.
18 Kyle Busch
(2019+)
(2015 Champion)
Toyota M&M's
(2019+)
Skittles
Pedigree Dog Food
Banfield Pet Hospital
Snickers

Interstate Batteries
(6 races)
Joe Gibbs Racing Adam Stevens Toyota Racing Development (TRD)
No word on any changes for this team in 2018. Busch and sponsors are locked in thru at least 2018
19 Daniel Suarez Toyota ARRIS
(22 races)(2019+)

Stanley
(?12 races)

Subway
(4 races)
Joe Gibbs Racing Scott Graves Toyota Racing Development (TRD)
No word on any changes in 2018 after Suarez was named to this ride after the Carl Edwards stepped away from the sport in January 2017, elevating Suarez to the Cup Series maybe a year early. Crew chief Dave Rogers took an indefinite personal leave after Auto Club Speedway in March and Scott Graves moved up from JGR's #18 Xfinity Series team to take over and is expected to remain as the crew chief. All sponsors are expected to return.
20 Erik Jones Toyota ?DeWalt
?Tide Pods
?Circle K
?PEAK / BlueDEF
?Sport Clips
Joe Gibbs Racing ?Chris Gayle Toyota Racing Development (TRD)
Crew chief Jason Ratcliff said he will not be the crew chief of the #20 team in 2018. No word if Ratcliff stays with JGR or moves to another team. Jones crew chief at the #77 Furniture Row Racing team, Chris Gayle, could move to the #20 with Jones. Erik Jones takes over this ride in 2018. No word on Kenseth's 2018 plans or what becomes of the #77 team (7-11-2017). Matt Kenseth announced he would not return to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2018. All indications are that Erik Jones will move from the #77 Furniture Row Racing car back to the #20 JGR car in 2018. 5-Hour Energy has to stay at the #77 can't move with Jones. (7-8-2017).
21 [NC] Paul Menard Ford Motorcraft/Quick Lane
(12/14 races)

Menards
(22 races)
Wood Brothers Racing
Glen Wood
Eddie Wood
Greg Erwin Roush-Yates
Greg Erwin, already in the Penske fold, will be the crew chief for Menard. Paul Menard named as the driver of the #21 Ford as Ryan Blaney was named to drive the #12 Ford for Team Penske in 2018. Menard brings Menards sponsorship for 22 races with Motorcraft / Quick Lane supposedly returning for 12-14 races in 2018. Crew chief Jeremy Bullins will move to the #12 car with Blaney (7-26-2017). #32 Go FAS Racing, leased their Charter to #21-Wood Brothers Racing for the 2017 season, no word if the Charter goes back to the #32, it is sold to WBR or the #21 team leases/buys another Charter for 2018.
22 Joey Logano
(2023)
Ford Shell-Pennzoil
(2023)(32+1 races)

AAA / Automobile Club of Southern California
(3 races)

Autotrader.com (2 races)
Team Penske
Roger Penske
Todd Gordon Roush-Yates
No word on any changes with this team as Team Penske announced at Daytona in February 2017 that they have re-signed Shell-Pennzoil thru 2022 and Logano's contract was extended thru 2023. Rumors were floating around in early 2017 that Carl Edwards could come back to run the Cup series in 2018, possibly with Penske in a third car, the #2 car or Hendrick. But Edwards said in June, he was not planning on coming back. AAA Insurance and AutoTrader are expected to return to sponsor the rest of the races. No word on any crew chief changes with Todd Gordon. Rumors were floating around in early 2017 that Carl Edwards could come back to run the Cup series in 2018, possibly with Penske in a third car, the #2 car or Hendrick. But Edwards said in June, he was not planning on coming back. Team Penske could expand to three cars as Roger Penske said in mid-2017 he hopes to move Ryan Blaney to a third (#12?, #99?) team in 2018, depending on sponsorship. Also rumors that Paul Menard and Menard's sponsorship could move to Penske, possibly in a third car or to #21 Wood Brothers.
23 ?Corey LaJoie
?Ryan Sieg
Toyota ? BK Racing
Ron Devine
Wayne Press
?Randy Cox ?
No word any plans with this team as far as drivers or sponsors in 2018. The team fielded a full-time ride for this team as it has a Charter. It's 2nd team, #83, doesn't have a CHarter and skipped a few races in 2017. Both teams employed many drivers with LaJoie starting out in the #83 and then moved to the #23 mid-season. Things are a crap-shoot with this team
24 Chase Elliott
(2018)
Chevy NAPA Auto Parts (24 races)(2018)

SunEnergy1
(2018)(4 races)

Kelley Blue Book

Mountain Dew

Hooters
Rick Hendrick
Jeff Gordon
Alan Gustafson Hendrick Motorsports
no word on any changes with this team, driver, crew chief or sponsors.
27 ?Ty Dillon
?Kasey Kahne
?Matt Kenseth
Chevy ?Twisted Tea Richard Childress Racing
Richard Childress
?Matt Borland ECR Engines
Paul Menard will leave after 2017 season and take sponsor Menards to the #21 Wood Bothers Racing team in 2018. No word on plans for crew chief Matt Borland. Ty Dillon could move to the #27 after running his rookie year in the #13 Germain Racing Chevy. There have been rumors that RCR could scale back to a two-car team, sell/lease the #27 charter and running just the #3-Dillon and #31-Newman teams and keeping Tyler Dillon in the #13 Germain Racing Chevy for another year. But team onwer Richard Childress said "We will be announcing our plans for a third Cup team and our overall 2018 team lineup at a later date."(7-26-2017)
31 Ryan Newman
(2018+)
Chevy Caterpillar
(22 races)(2017+)

?Grainger
(5 races)

?Kalahari Resorts

?Velveeta (2 races)
Richard Childress
Richard Childress Racing
Luke Lambert ECR Engines
Newman re-signed with RCR, a multiple year deal (usually 2-3 years) probably thru at least 2018. Caterpillar was the main sponsor in 2017, covering 22 races. No word on their status but supposed they are signed for 2018. Grainger is signed thru 2017 and was the sponsor in 8 races during the 2017 season. No word on any crew chief changes with Luke Lambert there.
32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford ?Can-Am

?Keen Parts/Corvetteparts.net

?Visone RV

?E.J Wade
Go Fas Racing
Archie St. Hilaire
Gene Nead Roush-Yates
DiBenedetto and crew chief Gene Nead will return for the full 2018 season. The team says many team sponsors will return but details were not released.(8-12-2017). 2017 was the first season the team used the same driver in all 36 races with Matt DiBenedetto. No word if Can-Am or Keen Parts/Corvetteparts.net return in 2018. Go FAS Racing leased their Charter to #21-Wood Brothers Racing and in-turn leased the #44 Charter from Richard Petty Motorsports. So the team must use their Charter or sell it in 2018 (which will be high up in owners points as the #21 team made the playoffs). PRM will need to take back their Charter and either use it or sell it or put it with the #43 car and lease that Charter. No word on crew chief plans as Nead and DiBenedetto came over as a package in 2017.
33 ?Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevy ?Hulu Circle Sport
Joe Falk
The Motorsports Group (TMG)
Curtis Key
Eddie Pardue ?
No word on plans for 2018. Earnhardt ran most of the races in 2017 with the exception of the road courses, which Boris Said raced (supposed for the final time...as he said last season). Eddie Pardue took over as the crew chief mid-season 2017. Hulu came aboard as a primary sponsor for 19 races in 2017, no word if they return in 2018. Circle Sport and TMG merged and have a Charter. The team could run a second car, the #30 as an open team in 2018 but as of July 2017, it hasn't run. Circle Sport leased its Charter in 2016 to Leavine Family Racing's #95 team can't lease it for another 3 years.
34 ?Landon Cassill Ford ?Love's Travel Stops

?CSX Transportation

?FR8Auctions
Front Row Motorsports
Bob Jenkins
Brad Jenkins
?Donnie Wingo Roush-Yates
No word on plans for Front Row Motorsports in 2018 including drivers or sponsors. FRM ran two cars in 2017, with Landon Cassill in the #34 and David Ragan in the #38. FRM also holds a third Charter, which was leased to the #72 TriStar Motorsports team in 2017 (and purchased for #83 BK Racing after the 2016 season). Supposedly the plan was for FRM to expand to three cars in 2018, but in April 2017 the team said it is still "weighing that out" when it comes to potentially expanding to a third car next season. "Obviously, expanding to another team is a big undertaking, not just in dollars but space, people, all of that. We're certainly not - I think - planning on it right now, today. It's in the back of my mind, for sure." So FRM would have to use or sell the Charter as it cannot be leased again for another four years. FRM has had a technical alliance with Roush Fenway Racing and its engine program with Roush Yates Engines for years and probably will continue that in 2018.
37

Chris Buescher Chevy Scott Products
Cottonelle Mega
Kroger
Bush's Beans
Natural Light
Velveeta
Kleenex
JTG Daugherty Racing
Tad Geschickter
Brad Daugherty
Trent Owens ECR Engines
Chris Buescher said in July 2017 that he anticipates he will be back with JTG Daugherty Racing next season. "It's coming along," Buescher said. "We're in the process, we're trying to get everything ironed out and be able to move forward. The plan right now is to try and do the same thing next year with JTG Daugherty. Buescher is on loan to JTG Daugherty Racing from Roush Fenway Racing. The team is leasing a Charter from Roush's #16 team, which didn't run in 2017. The charter must used or sold by Roush in 2018 or Roush could use it and lease the #6 or #17 Charter to JTG. No word on status of crew chief Trent Owens but he is expected back
38 ?David Ragan Ford ?Camping World / Good Sam Club

?Jacob Companies

?Juice Battery
Front Row Motorsports
Bob Jenkins
Brad Jenkins
?Derrick Finley Roush-Yates
No word on plans for Front Row Motorsports in 2018 including drivers or sponsors. FRM ran two cars in 2017, with Landon Cassill in the #34 and David Ragan in the #38. FRM also holds a third Charter, which was leased to the #72 TriStar Motorsports team in 2017 (and purchased for #83 BK Racing after the 2016 season). Supposedly the plan was for FRM to expand to three cars in 2018, but in April 2017 the team said it is still "weighing that out" when it comes to potentially expanding to a third car next season. "Obviously, expanding to another team is a big undertaking, not just in dollars but space, people, all of that. We're certainly not - I think - planning on it right now, today. It's in the back of my mind, for sure." So FRM would have to use or sell the Charter as it cannot be leased again for another four years. FRM has had a technical alliance with Roush Fenway Racing and its engine program with Roush Yates Engines for years and probably will continue that in 2018.
41 ?Kurt Busch
(2004 Champ)
Ford ?Monster Energy

Haas Automation
?State Water Heaters

?Mobil 1
Stewart-Haas Racing
Gene Haas
Tony Stewart
Joe Custer
Tony Gibson Roush-Yates
Motorsport is reporting Busch's option will not be picked up and he will not be with Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018. But SHR denied it in a tweet, saying Busch would be back in the #41 in 2018 (8-1-2017). Busch is signed thru 2018, which is a team option and indications are that the team could move on from Busch or keep him, depending on sponsorship and if Monster Energy comes back as a primary for half the races in 2018. Monster has to inform NASCAR towards the end of 2017 season if it's picking up the option on its series title sponsorship for 2019-2020. Team co-owner Gene Haas has indicated Stewart-Haas Racing wants to stay at four cars. No word on the status of crew chief Tony Gibson. No word on one race sponsorship's of Mobil 1 or State Water Heaters for 2018
42 Kyle Larson
(2018+)
Chevy ?CreditOne Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
Chip Ganassi
Felix Sabates
Robert Kauffman
Chad Johnston Hendrick Motorsports
CGR says that it already has a multirace sponsor for 2018 that is new to both team and sport that it will be introducing in the coming weeks. CreditOne could step up and sponsor more races in 2018. Target reduced the amount of races it served as primary sponsor of the #42 in 20171 dropping 5-10 races as the primary sponsor in 2017 AND will not return in 2018, leaving motorsports (7-21-2017). in a mutual agreement in order to allow other companies to start working with the team. Larson is signed and not going anywhere. Team owner Chip Ganaasi said early in July 2017 that his two-car team, #1 & #42 would look the same, driver-wise in 2018. Supposedly Target could be out as the sponsor after the 2017 season as it left Ganassi's IndyCar team after 2016 season. Larson is signed thru at least 2018 and supposedly has a multi-year deal with CGR, who never announces contract lengths. No word on the status of crew chief Chad Johnston.
43 ?Aric Almirola Ford ?Smithfield Foods

?U.S. Air Force

?STP

?Fresh from Florida
Richard Petty Motorsports
Richard Petty
Andy Murstein
Doug Bergeron
Drew Blickensderfer Roush-Yates
RPM is working on re-signng Almirola to drive the #43 and with primary sponsor Smithfield for 2018. If RPM could secure sponsorship for a second team, Richard Petty would like to see Darrell "Bubba" Wallace in a 2nd team car (likely the #44, which has a Charter and is being leased to #32 Go Fas Racing in 2017 and has to be used or sold by RPM). Wallace subbed for Almirola in the #43 and has not ride lined up for 2018 after Roush Fenway Racing closed his XFINITY team mid-season 2017. Car owner Richard Petty said that he's confident that Smithfield will return to the #43 team for 2018 and would like to have Darrell Wallace Jr. back if they have a place for him, possibly a 2nd car, the #44, which they hold a Charter for. No word if Fresh From Florida, US Air Force or STP return in 2018 as primary sponsors. RPM CEO, Brian Moffitt said in late 2017 that: "At the conclusion of the 2016 season, we evaluated how to best improve our on-track product. We feel that it's in the best interest of our partners and for Richard Petty Motorsports to focus our resources on the #43 Ford Fusion and Aric (Almirola) in 2017. A concentrated effort on one team will position us for improvement while giving us adequate time to reestablish our two-car team in 2018. For the interim, we will lease one of our two charters". Indications are that crew chief Drew Blickensderfer will return in 2018. The team will remain with Ford as RPM signed a multi-year deal in 2016. RPM will continue to work on a services agreement with Roush Fenway Racing and field Roush-Yates engines.
?44 ?Bubba Wallace Ford ? Richard Petty Motorsports
Richard Petty
Andy Murstein
Doug Bergeron
? Roush-Yates
If RPM could secure sponsorship for a second team, Richard Petty would like to see Darrell "Bubba" Wallace in a 2nd team car (likely the #44, which has a Charter and is being leased to #32 Go Fas Racing in 2017 and has to be used or sold by RPM). Wallace subbed for Almirola in the #43 and has not ride lined up for 2018 after Roush Fenway Racing closed his XFINITY team mid-season 2017. Car owner Richard Petty said that he's confident that Smithfield will return to the #43 team for 2018 and would like to have Darrell Wallace Jr. back if they have a place for him, possibly a 2nd car, the #44, which they hold a Charter for.
47 A.J. Allmendinger
(2020)
Chevy Kroger
Kingsford Charcoal
Clorox
Scott Products
Bush's Beans
Louisiana Hot Sauce
JTG Daugherty Racing
Tad Geschickter
Brad Daugherty
Ernie Cope ECR Engines
No changes for this team and the #37 team is expected to stay intact also. Ernie Cope took over as the crew chief duties in May 2017. Allmendinger is signed thru 2020. Looks like most of the primary sponsors will return in 2018, including Kroger, Scott Products and Bush's Baked Beans.
48 Jimmie Johnson
(2020)
(2006,2007,2008,2009
2010,2013,2016 Champ)
Chevy Lowe's Home Improvement
Kobalt Tools
Lowe's ProServices
Jimmie Johnson Foundation
(2018)
Rick Hendrick
Jeff Gordon
Chad Knaus
(2018)
Hendrick Motorsports
No changes. Johnson signed an extension in JUne 2017 to stay with Hendrick thru at least the 2020 season and sponsor Lowe's signed thru at least the 2018 season as they will remain the sponsor for all the races. Crew Chief Chad Knaus is signed thru 2018.
72 ?Cole Whitt ?Chevy ?RTIC Coolers

?Rinnai

?Standard Plumbing
TriStar Motorsports
Mark Smith
?Frank Kerr Pro-Motor Engineering (PME)
No word on plans for WHitt or the team for 2018. The Charter they used was leased from Front Row Motorsports, who purchased the Charter from BK Racing's #83 team. Supposedly the plan was for FRM to expand to three chartered cars in 2018 but they could also sell the CHarter to the #72 team or another team, but it cannot be leased in 2018. No word if sponsors RTIC Coolers or Rinnai return in 2018
77 ?Matt Kenseth
?Kurt Busch
?Bubba Wallace
?Toyota ?Five Hour Energy
(22 races)(2017)

Sport Clips
(4 races)

SiriusXM
(2 races)

Toyota Service Centers
?Furniture Row Racing
Barney Visser
?Chris Gayle ?TRD
Team owner Barney Visser said after Kentucky that "we have nothing concrete. ... Our hope is to have two cars" concerning the #77 team. Erik Jones will leave after 2017 and take over the #20 JGR ride in 2018. No word yet on plans for the #77 team. 5-Hour Energy has to stay with this team or the #78 and can't move elsewhere due to Monster Energy being the series sponsor. If FRR decides not to run the car, it would have to sell of lease the Charter (7-11-2017). 5-Hour Energy has to stay at the #77 can't move with Jones. So this team will be looking for a driver in 2018 and sponsorship (7-8-2017). The charter that was leased for the #46 HSM team was sold by Premium Motorsports to Furniture Row Racing and the #77 team (12-5-2016).
78 Martin Truex Jr.
(2018)
Toyota Furniture Row

Bass Pro Shops
(16 races)(2018)

Auto-Owners Insurance
(6 races)

?5-Hour Energy

?Wix Filters
Furniture Row Racing
Barney Visser
Cole Pearn TRD
Team owner Barney Visser said after Kentucky that "we have nothing concrete. ... Our hope is to have two cars" concerning the #77 team. Wix Filters was the primary sponsor for one race, at New Hampshire in July, and be an associate sponsor the rest of the races (1-24-2017). Auto-Owners Insurance is signed thru 2018 for 6 races in each of the 2017 and 2018 season (1-17-2017). Truex Jr. signed a two-year deal to stay with FRR thru 2018. Bass Pro Shops will be the primary sponsor in 16 races in each of the 2017 & 2018 seasons. 5-Hour Energy was the primary sponsor for two races in 2017, the Clash at Daytona and the All-Star race in Charlotte, no word if they move over to the #78 car in 2018 or stay on the #77 car, the only two options for the sponsor. Cole Pearn is expected to remain as the crew chief.
88 Alex Bowman
(2019+)
Chevy Nationwide Insurance (21 races)(2017)

Axalta Coatings Systems
(2018)(15 races)

?Mountain Dew
Rick Hendrick Greg Ives Hendrick Motorsports
It was announced in July 2017 that Alex Bowman would replace Earnhardt as the driver in 2018. Nationwide returns as a primary sponsor and Axalta adds two more races as a primary, to 15 races in 2018. No word on Mountain Dew sponsorship. Earnhardt Jr. will retire and move over to TV in 2018, working for NBC. Crew Chief Greg Ives is expected back. Rumors were floating around in early 2017 that Carl Edwards could come back to run the Cup series in 2018, possibly with Penske in a third car, the #2 car or Hendrick. But Edwards said in June, he was not planning on coming back. Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced he will retire at the end of the 2017 season. Carl Edwards has been ruled out. Other candidates could be Alex Bowman or William Bryon (4-25-2017).
95 Michael McDowell Chevy K-LOVE Radio
WRL General Contractors
Leavine Family Racing
Bob Leavine
Todd Parrott ECR Engines
No word on any changes with the team, which ran it's 2nd full-time season in 2017. McDowell and Parrott are expected back, but no announcements have been made for 2018. The team would like to get more sponsorship for 2018. K-LOVE Radio and WRL General Contractors were featured on the car most of the 2017 season. The team purchased a Charter from #7-Tommy Baldwin Racing in late 2016. Casey Mears had been rumored as the driver in 2017 but that never happened

Teams that could run a part time schedule
or have skipped at least one race
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DRIVER
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7* [NC] ?Elliott Sadler(i)
?J.J. Yeley(i)
Chevy ?Golden Corral
?Accell Construction
Tommy Baldwin Racing
Tommy Baldwin Jr.
?Ken Davis ?ECR Engines
Was an Open team after selling its Charter to the #95 team for 2017. Ran a handfull of races. No word if they will run a few races in 2018 or come back full-time. All depends on sponsorship. Sadler and Yeley ran the races in the #7
?51* [NC] ?Timmy Hill(i)
?Cody Ware
?B.J. McLeod
?Josh Bilicki
(road races)
Chevy ? Rick Ware Racing
Rick Ware
?Tony Furr Pro-Motor Engineering (PME)
No word on 2018 plans. The team ran as an open team and ran most of the races with many different drivers including Timmy Hill, Cody Ware, B.J. McLeod and Josh Bilicki./TD>
55* [NC] ? ?Chevy
?Toyota (restrictor)
? Premium Motorsports
Jay Robinson
?Wayne Carroll ?
No word on the plans for this team, an Open (non-Charter) team and sister team to the Chartered #15 team for Premium Motorsports. The team ran most of the races, but skipped a few. Many drivers ran this car including Derrike Cope, Reed Sorenson, Tommy Regan and Gray Gaulding. Premium Motorsports' purchased of the charter from HScott Motorsports after the 2016 season, when it shutdown over the off-season. The organization decided to keep the #15, getting rid of the #98. Having no ties with any manufacturer, the team will run Toyotas at the four superspeedway (Daytona / Talladega) races in 2017, moving to Chevy in the other 32 events.
66* [NC] ?Carl Long(i)
?Timmy Hill
Chevy ? MBM Motorsports ?George Church Race Engines Plus
Joey Arrington
The team ran a few races in 2017, mostly with Hill as the driver. No word on plans for 2018 or if it'll attempt more Cup races. Long had been banned from competing in the NASCAR Cup Series since having an illegal engine during the All-Star race weekend in May 2009 and unable to pay the team's $200,000 fine. NASCAR made me an agreement so Long can drive. Long has been working as a car owner and part-time driver in the Xfinity Series and will continue those efforts as well. The Cup car was purchased from HScott Motorsports.
75* [NC] Brendan Gaughan(i) Chevy Beard Oil
TSS Logistics
Beard Motorsports
Mark Beard
Darren Shaw ECR Engines
No word on 2018 plans. The team and Gaughan attempted ran the restrictor plates races (Daytona/Talladega) in 2017.
83* [NC] ? Toyota ?Dustless Blasting

?BK Graphics

?JAS Expeditited Trucking

?E.J. Wade Construction
BK Racing
Ron Devine
Wayne Press
?Doug Richert ?
No word on 2018 plans. The team ran most of the races in the 2017 season with a few drivers including Cory LaJoie (who also ran the #23) and Ryan Sieg. There were also a few different crew chiefs for this team in 2017. Front Row Motorsports purchased the Charter from BK Racing's #83 team and leased it to the #72 TriStar Motorsports team for 2017 as FRM prepares to expand to three chartered cars in 2018.
96* [NC] ?D.J. Kennington ?Toyota ?Lordco Auto Parts
Castrol
?Gaunt Brothers Racing
Marty Gaunt
RAB Racing
Robby Benton
?Keith Hinkein ?Triad Racing Technologies
No word on 2018 plans. The team attempted and ran the Daytona 500 but didn't qualify for the race in May at Talladega. The team didn't attempt Daytona in July. No word on Talladega in October. Kennington did run the #15 car for Premium Motorsports at Daytona in July. GBR fielded the car in partnership RAB Racing, led by Robby Benton. RAB Racing partnered in supplying cars, shop space and technical support to the GBR effort. Castrol and Lordco Auto Parts were the sponsors

Teams with unknown plans for 2018
or not planning to run
CAR#
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DRIVER
(contract end year..if known)
MANUFACTURER PRIMARY SPONSORS
(number of races...if known)
LISTED OWNERS / TEAM CREW CHIEF ENGINE BUILDER / SUPPLIER
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16* [NC] X Ford X Roush Fenway Racing
Jack Roush
John Henry
X Roush-Yates
Didn't run at all in 2017 and Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark said that Roush Fenway Racing will "most likely" be two Cup cars and one XFINITY car in 2018.
30* [NC] ? Chevy ? Curtis Key
The Motorsports Group (TMG)
? TMG
Has not yet made any attempts in 2017 (7-24-2017). No word if the team will run at all in 2018. Circle Sport and TMG merged and have a Charter from #33 team which was leased to #95 Leavine Family Racing in 2016.
?35* [NC] ? Ford ? Front Row Motorsports
Bob Jenkins
Brad Jenkins
? Roush-Yates
Didn't run at all in 2017 as an Open team. Front Row Motorsports purchased the Charter from BK Racing's #83 team after the 2016 season and leased it to the #72 TriStar Motorsports team for 2017. FRM prepares to expand to three chartered cars in 2018, which could be the #35 in 2018

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