(the silly season chart)

THIS CHART SHOWS THE TEAMS/DRIVERS as of just before the 2005 Daytona 500

to see the updated chart for the season see my 2005 Team Chart page

Updated 2-18-2005

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01 Joe Nemechek
Chevy U.S. Army MB2 Motorsports
Nelson Bowers
Ryan Pemberton Hendrick
Nemechek and U.S. Army signed thru 2005, USG goes to the #17 car.
07 Dave Blaney Chevy Jack Daniel's

Richard Childress Philippe Lopez Childress
Was the #30 team/car, switches to #07 for 2005. Philippe Lopez is the new crew chief. Jeff Burton moves over to the #31 and take the crew with him. #31 crew move over in a crew swap of sorts, former #31 crew chief Chris Andrews left RCR for Evernham. Robby Gordon leaves to start his own team, the #7.
0 Mike Bliss
Chevy NetZero
Best Buy

Haas Automation
Gene Haas
Haas Automation
Robert "Bootie" Barker Hendrick
Bliss will be the driver. Ward Burton let go after Phoenix in 2004. Supposedly NetZero will stay after being rumored to be going to BANG Racings new Cup team...supposedly with Ward Burton.
2 Rusty Wallace
Dodge Miller Lite

Mobil One, Mead, PPG, Snap On, Mazak, Lennox, Bosch, Hugo Boss, Amtrak, Utz Quality Foods
Roger Penske Larry Carter Penske Jasper
Wallace to retire after the 2005 season. No word who will take over the #2 after 2005.
4 ?Mike Wallace Chevy Lucas Oil Morgan-McClure
Larry McClure
Tim Morgan
Chris Carrier Ron Puryear
Lucas Oil signs on for the full 2005 season. Wallace will test the car at Daytona and probably be the full-time driver.
5 Kyle Busch
Chevy Kelloggs

Delphi, Quaker State, GMAC, Haas
Rick Hendrick Alan Gustafson Hendrick
Gustafson will be the crew chief. Former #5 crew chief, Jim Long to oversee Hendrick's Busch program. Busch takes over for Terry Labonte in the #5, Labonte will run part-time in the #44 Kellogg's Chevy. Kelloggs is good thru 2005.
6 Mark Martin
Ford Viagra/Pfizer Jack Roush Pat Tryson Yates/Roush
Martin to retired after 2005, looks like he will end up in the Truck Series. If eligible, may still run in the 2006 Bud Shootout and Nextel Challeng All-Star race. Carl Edwards or Jon Wood could end up in the car. Viagra is supposedly signed thru 2005, after that...?
7 Robby Gordon Chevy Harrah's
Fruit of the Loom
(9 races)
Robby Gordon
Jim Smith
John Menard
Bob Temple Menards
Fruit of the Loom will be the primary sponsor for 9 races, first one at Bristol in April. Gordon leaves the #31 RCR team to start his own team
8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr
Chevy Budweiser

Outlaw, Remington, Snap On, Ritz,Menards
Dale Earnhardt Inc/DEI Pete Rondeau DEI
Pete Rondeau comes over from the #15 to be the new crew chief, and the crew will follow. Former crew chief, Tony Eury Sr. takes over as DEI's Director of Competition. Tony Eury Jr. goes from #8 Car Chief to #15 Crew Chief. Dale Jr. is officially signed thru 2007 with DEI.
9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers

UAW, Stihl, Valvoline, Siemens,Mountian Dew,Stanley Tools
Ray Evernham Tommy Baldwin Jr.
(team director)
Evernham Motorsports
(for restrictor plates)
No word on any changes
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10 Scott Riggs Chevy Valvoline MBV Motorsports
Nelson Bowers.
Doug Randolph Hendrick
no word on any changes.
12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL

Mobil One, Wega, Sony, Turtle Wax, Timberland
Roger Penske Matt Borland Penske Jasper
No word of any changes.
11 Jason Leffler Chevy Federal Express Joe Gibbs Dave Rogers Joe Gibbs Racing
The third Joe Gibbs Racing team for 2005, Leffler will drive for at least 2005. Does J.J. Yeley take over in 2006?
13 Greg Sacks Dodge ? Daytona Speed Inc.
Greg Sacks
James Wilsberg
Paul Sacks Mike Ege
Ed Raabe split from Sacks to form own team [#73] and took sponsor, may end up in a legal battle. Tested at Datona for the Daytona 500. Attempted ten races in 2004, plans to run full time in 2005 and supposedly run a 2nd team, #73 but no driver/sponsor named. In 2002, Sacks announced the #05 Chevy team, but the car never was entered or saw the track.
14 John Andretti
Ford APlus/Victory Brand

Airplus Footcare, Bear Creek Soups
ppc Racing
Greg Pollex
Dave Charpentier Yates/Roush
The new ppc Racing Cup team, ran six races in 2004 under the ownership of A.J. Foyt [for provisionals]
15 Micheal Waltrip
Chevy NAPA

Coca Cola, Klaussner, Ritz, Domino's Pizza, Best Western
Dale Earnhardt Inc Tony Eury Jr. DEI
Eury Jr. takes over in a crew swap with the #8 team, Eury Jr. was the car chief there. Waltrip and NAPA are signed thru 2005, after that....? DEI reportedly says Waltrip has to finish in the top 10 in 2005 to keep the ride. Rondeau took over for Slugger Labbe after Talladega in Oct.
16 Greg Biffle
Ford Army National Guard
(10 races)

Charter Communications
, Travelodge, Jackson Hewitt
Jack Roush Doug Richert Yates/Roush
Post-It will be the primary for 10 races: California (Feb), Atlanta (Mar), Texas (Apr), Darlington, Pocono (June), Sonoma, Chicago, Talladega (Oct), Phoenix (Nov). National Guard re-up for 2005. Biffle says he is staying at Roush thru 2005.
17 Matt Kenseth Ford DeWalt Tools

Carhartt, Lexan, Trex, USG
Mark Martin
Jack Roush
Robby Reiser Yates/Roush
USG Sheetrock will be the primary for three races, Carhartt for three races and Trex for 1. Kenseth and Reiser are signed thru 2006, DeWalt thru ?.
18 Bobby Labonte
Chevy Interstate Batteries

MBNA, GM, Coca-Cola, Fieldcrest Cannon, Cintas, Champion, ConAgra Foods, Banquet Frozen Foods, Food Lion, Mac Tools, Sherwin Williams, EDS, Daewoo, 3M, Aeroquip, EasyCare, Wix, Advair
Joe Gibbs Steve Addington Gibbs Racing
Brandon Thomas took over mid-season, but supposedly the team is looking for a new crew chief.
19 Jeremy Mayfield
Dodge Dodge Dealers

UAW, Mountain Dew, Stihl, Valvoline, Siemens,Stanley Tools
Ray Evernham Kenny Francis
(team director)
Evernham Motorsports
(for restrictor plates)
Mayfield signed thru 2005. The team runs under a management system consisting of a team director, a lead mechanic and a race engineer.
20 Tony Stewart
Chevy Home Depot

GM, Coke-Cola, Glidden, Old Spice, Champion, EDS, Daewoo, Wix, Advair
Joe Gibbs Greg Zipadelli Joe Gibbs Racing
Stewart is signed thru 2009 as is Home Depot. Zipadelli is supposedly signed to long term deal. No changes known.
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21 Ricky Rudd
Ford Motorcraft

U.S. Air Force, Rent-A-Center
Wood Brothers Michael 'Fatback' McSwain Yates/Roush
Rudd signed thru 2005. Motorcraft also extends out to 2005. Not sure if the Air Force or Rent-A-Center will be back.
22 Scott Wimmer Dodge Caterpillar

Pro-Cert, Hobas Pipe, Mountain Dew, Tempstar
Bill Davis Derrick Finley Bill Davis Racing
Derrick Finley takes over the full time crew chief job starting in 2005. Wimmer is signed thru 2005. Frank Stoddard released as crew chief, late in 2004. Supposedly Philippe Lopez interviewed for the job. Caterpillar is signed thru 2007. Dodge stopped supporting the team but supposedly the team will continue to run Dodges in 2005
24 Jeff Gordon
Chevy DuPont Finishes

Pepsi, Quaker State, SDRC, AC Delco, Rain-X, Slick 50, Haas, GMAC, Delphi Automotive, Lowe's
Rick Hendrick
Jeff Gordon
Robbie Loomis Hendrick
No word of any changes. Gordon is signed to a longterm deal with Hendrick, DuPont signed up thru 2005, Loomis is on a 2-3 year deal
25 Brian Vickers Chevy GMAC

Carquest, DiTech, Quaker State, Garnier Fructis, Ore-Ida
Rick Hendrick Lance McGrew Hendrick
Garnier Fructis will be the primary sponsor at Texas in April and Indy in August. McGrew moved up from #5 Busch team to be Vickers crew chief again.
was #72
Kirk Shelmerdine Ford ?

Wabash Motorsports, JCMECI Environmental Consultants, Freddie B's, Midas Spring Water, Promotional Xpressions
Kirk Shelmerdine Phil Harris ?
attempted all the Cup races in 2004 and plans to do so in 2005, changed from #72 to #27.
29 Kevin Harvick
Chevy GM Goodwrench

Hershey Foods, Oreo, Realtree, AC Delco, Snap-On, Bass Pro Shops, Coca-Cola, Tracker Boats, Perdue,SKF
Richard Childress ?Todd Berrier Childress
May change crew chief's. This team was the #3 with Dale Earnhardt before he was killed, Childress has no plans to run the #3
31 Jeff Burton Chevy Cingular,SKF Richard Childress Kevin Hamlin Childress
Crew Chief Kevin Hamlin moves back to the #31 with Jeff Burton with former #31 crew chief Chris Andrews leaving RCR. The #30 [07?] swap crews with the #31. Cingular and Burton sign thru 2007. Cingular can only stay as a sponsor if with RCR and the #31.
32 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Chevy Tide

Downy, Kenmore, Mattel, Super 8, Craftsman, Diamond Cut Jeans
Cal Wells
PPI Motorsports
Harold Holly RCR
Hamilton Jr. takes over for Craven mid-season in 2004. Crew chief Holly comes over with Hamilton Jr. PPI closes up engine shop and will use RCR engines in 2005. Tide is signed thru 2006.
34 Randy LaJoie Ford Dimension Films Chris Edwards Mike Steurer Tri-Star
Changed from #98 to #34 for the 2005 season. Plans to run the full 2005 schedule with LaJoie driving and is looking for a sponsor
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37 Kevin Lepage Dodge ? John Carter
RJ Motorsports
Billy Poindexter Ernie Elliott
plans to run full 2005 season, looking for a sponsor
38 Elliott Sadler Ford M&M's

Shell Lubricants, ROTELLA T, Pedigree, Combos, CitiFinancial
Robert Yates Todd Parrott Yates/Roush
no chnages except the paint scheme.
40 Sterling Marlin Dodge Coor's Light

Target, Snap-On, Kennametal, Microsoft, Dell, EMC, Syntel, Avaya, Prilosec
Chip Ganassi
Felix Sabates
Steve Boyer Ernie Elliott
Boyer named crew cgief in Dec 04. Crew chief Lee McCall takes another position within Ganassi Racing, Glover is acting crew chief as of Charlotte in Oct. Prilosec comes aboard as a major assoc. sponsor, will have a full car paint scheme at Charlotte in Oct. Marlin signed thru 2005 as is Coors.
41 Casey Mears Dodge Target

Energizer (1 race a primary), FugiFilm, Snap-On, STP, Kleenex, Cheerios, Gillette, Microsoft, Dell, EMC, Syntel, Avaya, Nicorette
Chip Ganassi
Felix Sabates
Jimmy Elledge Ernie Elliott
Nicorette comes aboard as an assoc sponsor and will be the primary sponsor at Atlanta in March. Engergizer will be the primary sponsor for one race [Las Vegas] and FujiFilm usually is a primary for a race or two.
42 Jamie McMurray
Dodge Havoline

Microsoft, Dell, EMC, Syntel, Avaya
Chip Ganassi Donnie Wingo Ernie Elliott
McMurray was rumored to a few rides in 2005, but is with the #42 thru 2005. Is rumored to be replacing Rusty Wallace in the #2 when he retires, but that hs been denied and supposedly Gasassi has options on McMurray thru 2007.
43 Jeff Green Dodge Cheerios

Pop Secret, Betty Crocker, Hot Wheels, Ferguson, Sprint, OMP, Red Lobster, Southern Pride Trucking
Petty Enterprises Greg Steadman Evernham
Will run Evernham engines in 2005
45 Kyle Petty Dodge Georgia Pacific

Brawny, Wells Fargo Financial
Petty Enterprises Paul Andrews Evernham
Andrews is the new crew chief for 2005. Bill Henderson left as crew chief in Jan 2005. Will run Evernham engines in 2005
48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy Lowe's Home Improvent

Quaker State
Rick Hendrick
Jeff Gordon
Chad Knaus Hendrick
No word of any changes
49 Ken Schrader
Dodge Schwan's

Federated Auto Parts
BAM Racing
Beth Ann Morganthau
Tom Morganthau
David Hyder Joey Arrington
Schrader says 2006 will be his last season in Cup. Hyder named new crew chief just after Talladega in Oct. Schwan's comes aboard as the primary sponsor, signing a mulit-year deal. Red Baron's Pizza scheme for Chicago and Kansas.
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was 62*
Derrike Cope Chevy Year One [Daytona]
S.W.A.T. Fitness Club
Larry Hollenbeck
Quest Motor Racing
Derrike Cope
Joe Dan Bailey Morgan-McClure
(Daytona 500)
Year One and Morgan-McClure at the Daytona 500. Plans are to run the full season with Cope and Hollenbeck at the wheel. This team is the merger of the #62 SWAT team and #37 Quest Motor Racing of Cope.
was #02
Hermie Sadler Ford Peak Fitness

Midas Spring Water
Score Motorsports
Hermie Sadler
Angela Sadler
Bryant Stith
Jeff Stec
Peak Fitness
James Ince Roush-Yates
Changes from #02 to #66. Peak Fitness bought into the team and will be the sponsor, Ince will be the crew chief and the team will run Fords with Roush-Yates engines. Selling Busch Series team to concentrate on Nextel Cup
73 Eric McClure
Chevy Arc Dehooker Raabe Racing Enterprises
Ed Rabbe
Tim Brewer Ron Puryear
Shares info with the #4 Morgan-McClure team. Split from Greg Sacks and the #13 team
77 Travis Kvapil
Dodge Kodak

Jasper Engines, Mobil 1
Doug Bawel
Mark Harrah
Roger Penske
Shane Wilson Penske Jasper
Travis Kvapil takes over in 2005 after Brendan Gaughan ran in 2004 and was released. Shane Wilson stays as crew chief. Gaughan will supposedly go to a Pensek Truck. Kvapil ran a 4th Penske Racing car [#06] in 2004 in a few races.
88 Dale Jarrett
Ford UPS

CitiFinancial, Coca-Cola, Fleetwood, Shell Lubricants/ROTELLA T
Robert Yates Mike Ford Yates/Roush
Ford Credit will not be back in 2005, new paint scheme
89 Morgan Shepherd Dodge ?

Racing with Jesus
Morgan Shepherd Troy Kelly Arrington
plans to attempt the Daytona 500, not sure of the rest of his 2005 plans
92 Stanton Barrett Chevy First Trust Portfolios

Master Spas
Front Row Motorsports
Bob Jenkins
(not from ESPN)
Jimmy Means
? Pro-Motors
First Trust Portfolios to sponsor the car at Daytona. Plans to attempt the first 5 races and see if they can get in the top 35 in owners points and take it from there. Jeff Fuller tested the car at Daytona
97 Kurt Busch Ford Sharpie, Irvin Tools, Rubbermaid
Crown Royal
Georgetta Roush
Roush Racing
Jimmy Fennig Yates/Roush
Sharpie and Irvin Tools to split the sponsorship again. Crown Royal to run as primary in six Cup races and one exhibition race.
99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot
8 races
3 races
World Financial Group
2 races
9 races
Robert Corn
Roush Racing
Bob Osborne Yates/Roush
Has a few companies on as primary sponsors, Scotts (9), Office Depot (8), AAA (3) and World Financial Group (2). Edwards will also run the #60 in the Busch Series full-time. Crown Royal/Diageo will do a limited deal on the #97 with Kurt Busch. Edwards took over at MIS in August when Jeff Burton went to #30 RCR. Since he ran in 13 races in 2004, he cannot run for Rookie of the Year.
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00* Kenny Wallace Chevy Aaron's Rents Michael Waltrip Racing Gere Kennon DEI
Wallace will run the gold car at both Daytona and Talladega races. Gere Kennon is the new MWR crew chief.
00* Ryan McGlynn
Carl Long

Buyer's Choice Auto Warranty, Howes Lubricator
Raynard McGlynn Dom Turse ?
plans to run a limited schedule starting at Califronia in Feb 2005. Long and McGlynn will split the driving duties.
08* Shane Hmiel Chevy WinFuel
Todd Braun Todd Lohse DEI
will run eight races in 2005
09* Johnny Sauter Dodge Miccosukee Indian Gaming James Finch Jerry Pitts ?Ganassi
Sauter takes over Finch's Busch team driving duites and supposedly will run some Cup races in 2005.
1* Martin Truex Jr. Chevy Bass Pro Shops Dale Earnhardt Inc ? DEI
Truex Jr. will run up to seven races in 2005 and full-time in 2006 for Rookie of the Year.
23* Mike Skinner Dodge Argent Mortgage
Gail Davis ? Bill Davis Racing
Skinner tested the car at Daytona in Jan. Davis supposedly is looking for a full-time sponsor for 2005 in hopes of running Shane Hmiel full time and for ROTY, but looks like Skinner will get some seat time in the car since he runs for Davis' #5 Truck Series team.
33* Kerry Earnhardt Chevy Bass Pro Shops Richard Childress/RCR ? RCR
Plans to the restrictor plate tracks, Daytona and Talladega
36* Boris Said Chevy Centrix Financial MB2 Motorsports
Bob Sutton
Frank Stoddard Hendrick
Stoddard named crew chief in Dec 2004. Will run 10-12 races in 2005
39* Scott Pruett
Bill Elliott
Dodge ?
Chip Ganassi
Felix Sabates
Tony Glover Ernie Elliott
Bill Elliott will run the Bud Shootout for Ganassi in this car. FitzBradshave Busch driver, David Stremme, a Ganassi driver, tested the car in Daytona. Not sure if Elliott will run ny more then just the Bud Shootout. Assuming Pruett will run road course and possibly Indy race, but have not heard
44* Terry Labonte
Chevy Kelloggs Rick Hendrick Peter Sospenzo Hendrick
Labonte asked the Petty's to use the #44 for 2005 and 2006. Labonte will run 10 races in 2005 and 2006, then retire
46* Carl Long
Ryan McGlynn

RacingMetal.com, Liquid Salvation, Buyer's Choice, Howes Lubricator
Danielle Long ? ?
teaming up with the #00 McGlynn team to run some races in 2005. Danielle Long [wife] takes over as owner, buying the Glenn's out.
50* Jeff Fuller Dodge ? Arnold Motorsports
Don Arnold
Mike Hillman Bill Davis Racing
Supposedly will run a limited schedule in 2005 and will skip the Daytona 500. Chad Chaffin takes over the truck ride that Todd Bodine won in 2004, #30 Toyota, seems the team will concentrate more on the truck team in 2005.. The team will run full time in the Truck Series with Toyota after running some late 2004 season races and winning.
51* ?Tony Raines Chevy ?Marathon Oil Joe Auer Buddy Sisco ?
ran some races in 2004, not sure of 2005 plans
52* Larry Gunselman Chevy ? Rick Ware ? ?
listed on the sntry list for the 2005 Daytona 500
59* Klaus Graf Dodge ?DHL BAM Racing
Beth Ann Morganthau
Tom Morganthau
? Joey Arrington
Will supposedly run 10-12 races in 2005
80* ? Ford ? Stan Hover Stan Hover Carl Wagner
attempted and ran many races in 2005 with many different drivers, no idea what plans are for 2005
80* ?J.J. Yeley Chevy ? Joe Gibbs ? Joe Gibbs Racing
Probably a 4th team for JGR as an R&D car, Yeley could get some runs in the car.
91* Bill Elliott Dodge Stanley Tools
(6 races)
Auto Value /Bumper to Bumper
(MIS-June; Texas-Nov)
Ray Evernham Chris Andrews Evernham Motorsports
Andrews come over from RCR. Elliott will run at least six races in 2005 with Stanley Tools as the sponsor, could run up to 15 races if a sponsor is found or turn full time with sponsorship and another driver filling in the races Elliott doesn't run. Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper to sponsor the team for two races. Plan is to run this team full-time in 2006.
96* ?Brendan Gaughan Chevy ? Cal Wells
PPI Motorsports
Looks like the long rumored 2nd PPI team may finally run, with Gaughan as the driver, no word on a sponsor.
HOF?* ? ? ?Pizza Hut
?Radio Shack
?Acme Brick
Hall of Fame Racing
Troy Aikman
Roger Staubach
? Hendrick
Per a late 2004 post on the aikman.com site, the team is still planning on starting a team, may push it back to 2006 now. Hendrick would be supplying engines and cars. Last I heard, Bill Saunders is managing the team.
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? ?Dodge
? BANG Racing
Alex Meshkin
? ?
BANG has suspended operations and let all the help go. No word on if they will ever race again. Now it looks like this deal is dead and that BANG will not run a full time Cup team in 2005. NetZero is staying with the #0 team. BANG Racing moves up from the Truck Series to Busch with Travis Kvapil and Nextel Cup, supposedly with Ward Burton. Looks like Dodge. NetZero was rumored to be coing with Burton, but supposedly will stay with Haas CNC Racing.
35* ? ?Chevy ? ?Gary Keller ?Ted Kennedy ?
attempted some 2004 races, not sure if the team will attempt any in 2005
37* ? ? ? Quest Motor Racing
Derrike Cope
? ?
Cope's #37 team and the #62 Larry Hollenbeck team merged into the #55 team
46* Brandon Ash Ford SAS, Fuji Film, Little Tree Jon Perreton
Scott Yeaman
Track Access
Joey Knuckles ?
may attempt Sonoma in 2005, otherwise, no idea.
57* ? Chevy ?

CLR, LD Mechanical, OTW Racing, SpeedwayBag
Ted Campbell Joey Cudmore ?
no idea what is up with this team
90* ? Ford ? Junie Donlavey ? ?
no idea of 2005 plans
93* ? Chevy Quality Plus Services GIC-Mixon Motorsports
Pat Whitener
Teddy Brown ?
not sure of 2005 plans
94* ? Chevy
? David Watson Terry Allen Carl Wagner
not sure of 2005 plans
94* Rich Bickle Chevy ? Fred Bickford ? T&L Motors
planned to run some races in 2003, unsure of 2005 plans.
95* ? Ford?
? Sadler Bros Nick Harrison Rahmoc
unsure of 2005 plans, team runs limited races in the Busch and ARCA series.
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