2008 SPRINT CUP
TEAM/DRIVER CHART
(the silly season chart)

Updated 11-12-2008
See the mew 2009 Silly Season Team Chart page

2008 Nationwide Series Chart

2008 Truck Series Chart

To See what the Teams/Drivers Chart looked like just before the 2008 Daytona 500
see my Beginning of the season 2008 Team/Driver Chart.


TEAM PAGES: I have a links to past news for each ACTIVE team in Cup.
Go to the chart below and click on the # (number) of the car, which is a link now.
Links to the Teams, Drivers and Sponsors are also on the TEAM PAGES

NOTE: This is a totally unofficial page compiled by Jayski from many different sources.
I try to make it as complete as possible and update it as often possible, sometimes each day.
It's a guide to what I hear is happening and what has been announced.


2008 Rookie of the Year
Candidates (ROTY)

Patrick Carpentier, ? [out of #10 ride]
Dario Franchitti, #40 [team closed down after Daytona in July, Dario back to IRL in 2009]
Sam Hornish, #77
Michael McDowell, #00 [started his season in the #00 at Martinsville in March]
Regan Smith, #01
Jacques Villeneuve [attempted Daytona, team closed down]

rules and info about the Rookie of the Year program can be found on my 2008 Rookie of the Year Page
(sometimes a driver not up for the award, may have yellow stripes on tracks they have not competed on before)

Drivers without a full time ride in any of the three National Series
(Cup/Nationwide/Trucks)
who are looking for a full-time Cup ride in the current season

(see latest news and links on my MISC Drivers page)

Ward Burton [retired?]
Patrick Carpentier
Ricky Craven [writes for Yahoo]
Dario Franchitti [will go back to IRL in 2009]
Jeff Green
Kevin Lepage
Jeremy Mayfield
Steve Park [running East series]
Tony Raines [in #70 part time]
Ken Schrader [#96 part time]
Jacques Villeneuve [looking to come back full time in 2009]
Kenny Wallace [full Nationwide]
J.J. Yeley


Anyone or any company interested in contacting the above teams concerning sponsorship
see my Sprint Cup Team Address page for contact information


Unofficial Full-time Rides by Manufacturer
43 Full Time Teams

Chevy: 14 Teams 01,07,1,5,8,15,24,29,31,48,66,70,78,88
Dodge: 11 Teams - 2,7,9,10,12,19,41,42,43,45,77
Ford: 8 Teams - 6,16,17,21,26,28,38,99
Toyota: 10 Teams - 00,11,18,20,22,44,55,83,84,96

#88 is Dale Jr. new #, the #88 Yates team goes to #28
#36 changed to #27 then suspended operations
#49 started full time and scaled back to part time
#4 suspended operations, doubtful they will run in 2008

Some Part-Time Teams by car # that may attempt a race in 2008:
Chevy: 4,09,33,34,37,50,57,87
Dodge: 02,08,40,46,75,98
Ford: 47,60
Toyota: 03,27,46,49.82

Unassigned Numbers for 2008

0,3,13,14,23,25,30,32,35,36,51,52,53,54,56,59,61,62
63,64,65,67,68,69,76,79,81,85,86,89,90,91,92,93,94,95,97
04,05,06
Numbers are owned and assigned by NASCAR, teams can request a number and hold the license

THERE are NO PLANS for the #3 to be used this season

(NO numbers are retired in NASCAR)


KEYS

* after the # means the team is part time
? after a subject means rumor/unknown
? by itself means unknown
ROTY = Rookie of the Year Candidate
Red Type means new for this season (first full season)
A team in all red means it is a new team for this season
2008 SPRINT CUP TEAM CHART
FULL TIME TEAMS
CAR#
(click #
for news)
DRIVER
signed thru
(if known)
MANU SPONSOR LISTED
OWNER
CREW CHIEF ENGINES
NOTES.................
00/47 Michael McDowell
ROTY
Mike Skinner
Kenny Wallace
(Talladega/Oct)
A.J. Allmendinger
(Charlotte/Oct)
Mile Bliss
(Martinsville/Oct)
Marcos Ambrose
(Oct/Atlanta/#47)
Toyota Aaron's
Champion Mortgage
Little Debbies

Microsoft Small Business
Michael Waltrip Racing
Michael Waltrip
Robert Kauffman
Johnny Harris
Peter Sospenzo TRD
Ambrose to run at Atlanta in the re-numbered #47 with Little Debbies (10-17-2008). Bliss to run the car at Martinsville (10-11-2008). Allmendinger to run at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Oct (10-6-2008), Kenny Wallace ran at Talladega in Oct (9-30-2008). Skinner will run the car at Michigan, Bristol and California in August, McDowell supposedly will return at Richmond in Sept. Sospenzo replaces Bill Pappis after Daytona in June. McDowell will get the #00 ride after Reutimann heads to the #44 [Jarrett will also run the All-Star race in the #44 at LMS]. Aaron's sponsored 10-11 races, MSBS sponsored a race and is an assoc, Champion Mortgage will sponsor the car for 10 races. Ryan Pemberton took over as crew chief and moved to the #44 with Reutimann when Jarrett retired after Martinsville and Pappis moved from the #44 when the switch occurred
01 Regan Smith
ROTY
Ron Fellows
Chevy Principal Financial Services
(2 races)
Coors Light
(2 races)
Steak-umm
(1 race)
DEI
Teresa Earnhardt
Dan Stillman Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies
Ron Fellows will run the car in the road courses. Dan Stillman is the new crew chief as of Dover in June. Kevin Buskirk took over as interim crew chief as of the Coca-Cola 600 in May replacing Doug Richert, who left. Coors Light sponsored at Calif [Feb] and Las Vegas. Steak-umm was the sponsor for Richmond in May. Richert had taken over for Ryan Pemberton who left to go to MWR. Tony Gibson was to move to the #01, but he stayed at the #8. DEI will keep the #01 for the team and Smith. Martin/Almirola moved to the #8 with Smith taking over full-time at the #01. DEI and Ginn Racing merged in July 2007. RCR and DEI combined engine shops
07 Clint Bowyer
2011
Chevy Jack Daniel's
DIRECTV

SKF, Shell
Richard Childress Gil Martin Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies
Bowyer moves to the #33 in 2009, Bowyer re-signed thru 2011. No known changes for 2008. Jack Daniel's is signed thru 2009. RCR and DEI combined engine shops.
1 Martin Truex Jr.
2008
Chevy Bass Pro Shops
Cub Cadet
(1 race)
Dale Earnhardt Inc
Teresa Earnhardt
Kevin Manion
Mike Greci
(interim)
Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies
Mike Greci to assume crew chief duties from Indy thru Calif while Manion is on a 6-race suspension. Cub Cadet was the primary sponsor at Chicago and an assoc the rest of the season. Bass Pro Shops and Manion are signed thru 2010. RCR and DEI combined engine shops.
2 Kurt Busch
2009
Dodge Miller Lite

Mobil 1, Bosch, Jasper, Lennox, Mazak, NewPage, PPG, Snap-On, Bombardier Aerospace, Sirius Satellite Radio
Roger Penske Pat Tryson Penske Jasper
Tryson took over after Michigan in June 2007. Some rumors had Penske switching to Toyota but have been denied and seem unlikely.
5 Casey Mears
2009
Chevy Carquest, Kellogg's
Cheez-It (4 races)
Delphi Automotive, Quaker State
Rick Hendrick Alan Gustafson Hendrick
Mears moved over from the #25 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy, with Dale Jr. and Tony Jr. going to the #25 team using the #88. AMP, Mountain Dew and National Guard as the sponsors there. Gustafson stayed with the #5 car as does sponsors Kellogg's and Carquest
6 David Ragan
2008
Ford AAA, AAA Travel, AAA Insurance

Valvoline
Roush Fenway Racing
Jack Roush
John Henry
Jimmy Fennig Yates/Roush
AAA will leave after the 2008 season, so the team will need another sponsor in 2009. Roush Racing and Fenway Sports Group partnered up in early 2007, each owning 50% of the team, Jack Roush to run the team.
7 Robby Gordon Dodge Jim Beam
Menard's
Mapei
RVs.com (4 races)
Robby Gordon
RGM
Kirk Almquist Penske Jasper
After the lawsuit by GEM was dropped, Gordon announced he would lease Penske Racing engines for the rest of the season. The new crew chief is Kirk Almquist. Giles left the team in September. Walter Giles replaced Frank Kerr as crew chief after Talladega in April. On Feb 1st, it was announced Gordon would team up with Gillett Evernham Motorsports for technical, marketing and engine support and switch from Ford to Dodge.
8 Mark Martin
(~24 races)
Aric Almirola
(~12 races)
Chevy U.S. Army
Steak-umm
(2 races)
Dale Earnhardt Inc
Teresa Earnhardt
Tony Gibson Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies
Steak-umm will be the sponsor for Pocono in June and August. Crew chief Ryan Pemberton left DEI at end of season, Richert named to take over #01 team, Gibson stayed at the #8. Martin and Almirola will share duties in the #8 with Martin running 24-26 races and Almirola the remainder, U.S. Army and crew moves over as the sponsor from the #01.
9 Kasey Kahne
2010
Dodge Budweiser

Allstate, Dodge Dealers, LifeLock, Cintas, UAW, Valvoline, Siemens, Stanley Tools, Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper
Gillett Evernham Motorsports
George N. Gillett, Jr.
Ray Evernham
Kenny Francis
(team director)
GEM
GEM to support Robby Gordon Motorsports who also switches to Dodge. Budweiser will be Kahne's sponsor. Allstate could be on the car as a primary for a couple races and has been pictured on the images of the #99 Bud car.
CAR#
(click #
for news)
DRIVER MANU SPONSOR LISTED OWNER CREW CHIEF ENGINES
NOTES.................
10 Mike Wallace
(LMS in Oct)
A.J. Allmendinger
(final 6 races)
Terry Labonte
(Sonoma)
Dodge Valvoline
(? Races)
Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper
(2 races)
Cintas
(Atlanta/March)
Charter
(? races)
Lifelock
(10 races)
Gillett Evernham Motorsports
George N. Gillett, Jr.
Ray Evernham
Mike Shiplett
(team director)
GEM
Patrick Carpentier released after Talladega with Mike Wallace in at LMS and Allmendinger in for ther final six races, Sorenson takes over in 2009 (10-7-2008). Carpentier will skip Pocono in August to run the Nationride race in Montreal, Terry Labonte will run at Pocono. Cintas was the primary sponsor for Atlanta in March. GEM to support Robby Gordon Motorsports who also switches to Dodge. Auto Value will sponsor 2 races. Valvoline will be the primary sponsor in 13-15 races or so. Stanley Tools moves over to GEM's #19 car. Mike Shiplett assumes the crew chief/Team Director position as of Homestead in 2007. Carpentier signed to take over the ride. Scott Riggs left and headed to Haas CNC Racing and the #66 ride. GEM will NOT merge with Petty Enterprises, as one car would have to be dropped
11 Denny Hamlin
2010
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing Mike Ford Joe Gibbs Racing
JGR will switch from Chevy to Toyota in 2008. No other known changes for the #11 team.
12 Ryan Newman
2008
Dodge alltel
Kodak
(6 races)

Mobil 1,Bosch, Mazak, PPG, Snap-On, Bombardier Aerospace, Freightliner, Gillette
Penske Racing South Roy McCauley Penske Jasper
Alltel will likely leave after 2008 as Verizon bought Alltel and will do away with the brand. Kodak the primary sponsor at Pocono (June), Chicago, Watkins Glen, Calif (Aug), New Hampshire (Sept) and Atlanta (Oct). McCauley took over the crew chief job for 2008, Mike Nelson will oversee the Cup program. Newman was rumored to Richard Childress Racing 4th team [#33] but Newman is signed thru 2008.
15 Paul Menard
2008
Chevy Menard's
Peak Antifreeze, Energizer, Pittsburgh Paints, Sylvania, Turtle Wax
Dale Earnhardt Inc
Teresa Earnhardt
Doug Randolph Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies
Menard and sponsor head to Yates Racing in 2009. Doug Randolph moved over from Petty Enterprises for 2008, Charpentier becomes the DEI Team Director. Ginn Racing and DEI merged in July 2007.
16 Greg Biffle
2008
Ford 3M
(23 races)
DISH Network
(11 races)
Roush Fenway Racing
Jack Roush
Greg Erwin Yates/Roush
DISH Network to sponsor for 11 races. 3M will be the sponsor for 23 races in 2008. Biffle is signed thru 2008 and hopes to re-sign with Roush by mid 2008. Roush Racing and Fenway Sports Group partner up in early 2007, each owning 50%, Jack Roush to run the team. Biffle is not signed past 2008 and could leave, DEI #8 is rumored for 2009, Biffle says he will wait until mid-2008 and see how the #16 is running before deciding on 2009 plans.
17 Matt Kenseth
2009
Ford DeWalt Tools
R&L Carriers
(4 races)
Carhartt
(4 races)
USG
(3 races)
Dish Network
(1 race)

Lexan, Valvoline
Roush Fenway Racing
Jack Roush
John Henry
Chip Bolin Yates/Roush
Robbie Reiser moves to Roush Racing GM post in 2008, Chip Bolin is the new crew chief.
18 Kyle Busch
2010
Toyota M&M's (24 races)
Snickers (2 races)
Pedigree (3 races)
Combos (1 races)

Interstate Batteries (6 races)

Banquet, Food Lion, Mac Tools, Sherwin Williams, Doosan Infracore, Wix, Fire-Dex
Joe Gibbs Racing Steve Addington Gibbs Racing
M&M's is the new sponsor and will run some other Mars brands like Snickers, Combos and Pedigree. Kyle Busch was named the new driver on August 14, 2007, signed thru 2010. JGR switched from Chevy to Toyota in 2008. Interstate Batteries will return will return in 2008 to sponsor the team for six races
19 Elliott Sadler
2010
Dodge Best Buy
(15 races)
Stanley Tools
(13 races)
McDonald's
(6 races)
Garmin
(2 races)
Siemens
(1 race)

Dodge Dealers, UAW, Cintas, Valvoline, Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper
Gillett Evernham Motorsports
George N. Gillett, Jr.
Ray Evernham
Rodney Childers
(team director)
GEM
GEM to support Robby Gordon Motorsports who also switches to Dodge. Stanley Tools to be the primary for 13 races [including all-star race]. Best Buy will be the primary sponsor for 15 races, moving from the #66. The #10 and #19 swapped crew chiefs late in 2007 with Scott McDougall going to the #10 and Childers to the #19.
20 Tony Stewart
2009
Toyota Home Depot

Coca-Cola, Old Spice, Doosan Infracore, Wix
Joe Gibbs Racing Greg Zipadelli Joe Gibbs Racing
Stewart could leave and buy into another team to be part-owner and return to Chevy in 2009 or stay with JGR. JGR will switch from Chevy to Toyota in 2008. Stewart is signed thru 2009 as is Home Depot and both are working on extensions. Zipadelli is signed thru 2009 and looking to extend with Stewart
CAR#
(click #
for news)
DRIVER
signed thru
(if known)
MANU SPONSOR LISTED OWNER CREW CHIEF ENGINES
NOTES.................
21 Bill Elliott
(17 races)
Jon Wood
(? races)
Marcos Ambrose (8 races)
Johnny Sauter
(Las Vegas)
Jeff Green
(Martinsville)
Ford Little Debbie's (14 races)
US Air Force (9 races)
Motorcraft (? races)
Wood Brothers Racing
Glen Wood
David Hyder Yates/Roush
Hyder comes back to the #21 after stints at BAM Racing and #00 MWR. crew chief Gene Nead left after Bristol in March, Mike Smith took over on an interim basis. Jeff Green was to attempt Bristol, but the rained washed out the attempt and the team missed the race. Sauter attempted Las Vegas but crashed on his qualifying attempt and missed the race, Wood was supposed to run it, but felt he was not ready. Team needs sponsorship for six races. The Wood Brothers and JTG Racing split their stock-car operation, Wood Brothers will run the #21 full time in the Cup series and the #21 in the Truck Series. JTG Racing will run the #47 car in four races with Ambrose, run in the Nationwide Series in the #59 and #47 and the #20 in the Truck Series. Elliott will run the Daytona 500 and Bud Shootout and 16 other races. Jon Wood supposedly will run the 9 races the Air Force sponsors the car. No word on Ken Schrader's plans with the team but he will run at Daytona in the #49 and could drive more races for that team. Little Debbie's will return for 14 races in 2008, Ambrose will run 12 of the 14 races sponsored by Little Debbie's [4 in the #47]. Crew chief Michael 'Fatback' McSwain stepped down as crew chief at the end of 2007, could take another spot with the team or move on. Gene Nead came over from the #7 RGM team late in 2007
22 Dave Blaney
2008
Toyota Caterpillar

Pro-Cert, Hobas Pipe, Tempstar
Bill Davis Tommy Baldwin Jr. Bill Davis Racing
No changes past Baldwin being the full time crew chief on the car. Caterpillar signed a new deal with the team in late 2007 thru 2008, no word if they will return afterwards
24 Jeff Gordon
lifetime
Chevy DuPont Finishes
Pepsi
(2 races)
Nicorette
(6 races)

Quaker State, SDRC, AC Delco, Rain-X, Haas, GMAC, Delphi Automotive, Georgia-Pacific
Rick Hendrick
Jeff Gordon
Steve Letarte Hendrick
DuPont signed thru 2010. No known changes. Gordon is signed to a long term deal with Hendrick.
26 Jamie McMurray
2009
Ford Crown Royal
(27 races)
Irwin Tools
(11 races)

Valvoline
Roush Fenway Racing
Jack Roush
John Henry
Larry Carter Yates/Roush
Roush Racing and Fenway Sports Group partnered up in early 2007, each owning 50%, Jack Roush to run the team.
28
was 88
Travis Kvapil Ford Lumber Liquidators
Lafayette Ford
Ford Driven
Northern Tool + Equipment
K&N Engineering
Zaxby's Restaurant
Discount Tire
Yates Racing
Doug Yates
Max Jones
Todd Parrott Yates/Roush
Many one race sponsorships. Parrott moves over from the #38 and Cully Barraclough will crew chief the #38. Switched to #28 from #88. Jones comes over from Roush Fenway and is part owner. Crew chief Butch Hylton left after Kansas in 2007. Snickers [Mars/M&M's] left after 2008 with M&M's going to the #18 JGR team and Kyle Busch. #88 goes over to Hendrick Motorsports and Dale Earnhardt Jr. with this team changing to Yates old number 28. Robert Yates retired after 2007 season with son Doug taking over, the team is now know as Yates Racing. Kvapil named the 2008 driver at Richmond in Sept. when it was announced the letter of intent with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing will not proceed. Ricky Rudd retired for good at the end of 2007. In July 2007 Yates merged with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and hoped to expand to a 3rd or 4th team in 2008 or 2009 but the deal fell thru.
29 Kevin Harvick
2009
Chevy Shell/Pennzoil
(36 races)
Reese's/Hershey Foods
(2 races)

GM Goodwrench, Realtree, Snap-On, Bass Pro Shops, Coca-Cola, SKF, Emerson, RoadLoans, Rheem
Richard Childress Todd Berrier Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies
RCR and DEI combined engine shops in 2007, No word on any changes, RCR could add a 4th team. Harvick is signed with RCR thru 2009. This team was the #3 with Dale Earnhardt before he passed away, Childress has no plans to run the #3 any time soon.
31 Jeff Burton
2010
Chevy AT&T Mobility [thru 2008]
Lenox Industrial Tools
(1 races)
Prilosec
(1 race)

Shell, SKF
Richard Childress Scott Miller Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies
AT&T / NASCAR / Sprint lawsuit settled, with AT&T allowed to stay in the Cup Series until the end of 2008, then the team needs a new sponsor and AT&T can stay in the sport in a lower series. AT&T Burton re-signed just after Michigan in June 2007, each for 3 years but AT&T will have to leave at end of 2008. RCR and DEI combined engine shops in 2007. RCR will add a 4th team in 2009. Prilosec and Lenox will be primary sponsors in a few races
CAR#
(click #
for news)
DRIVER MANU SPONSOR LISTED OWNER CREW CHIEF ENGINES
NOTES.................
38 David Gilliland
2009
Ford FreeCreditReport.com

Wix Filters, Mac Tools, Raybestos
Yates Racing
Doug Yates
Max Jones
Cully Barraclough Yates/Roush
Free CreditReport.com sponsored for the first 6 races, then extended that to an unannounced number of races starting at Talladega in April. Todd Parrott moved over to crew chief the #28 [was #88] and Cully Barraclough is the crew chief of the #38. Jones comes over from Roush Fenway and is part owner. M&M's to the #18 and Kyle Busch. Robert Yates retired after 2007 season with son Doug taking over. Kvapil named the 2008 #28 driver at Richmond in Sept. when it was announced the letter of intent with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing will not proceed. In July 2007 Yates merged with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and hoped to expand to a 3rd or 4th team in 2008 or 2009 before the deal fell thru.
41 Reed Sorenson
2008
Dodge Target
Polaroid
(? races)


?Tums, ?Energizer
Discount Tires, FugiFilm, Snap-On, STP, Kleenex, Cheerios, Gillette, Microsoft, Dell, EMC, Syntel, Avaya
Chip Ganassi
Felix Sabates
Donnie Wingo Ernie Elliott
Wingo switches from #42 team and Jimmy Elledge heads there after Phoenix in April. Target is rumored to be leaving, but denied by the team. Ganassi has been rumored to possibly be going to Toyota, but that rumor has been denied.
42 Juan Pablo Montoya Dodge Texaco/Havoline
Big Red Gum/Wrigley

Microsoft, Dell, EMC, Syntel, Avaya
Chip Ganassi
Felix Sabates
Brian Pattie Ernie Elliott
Elledge parts ways with team before Coca-Cola 600 in May. Pattie takes over for now. Elledge switches from #41 team and Donnie Wingo heads there after Phoenix in April. Texaco/Havoline will be primary co-sponsors with Wrigley [Big Red and Juicy Fruit]. Ganassi has been rumored to possibly be going to Toyota, but that rumor has been denied. Texaco is supposedly signed thru 2007.
43 Bobby Labonte
2012
Dodge Cheerios

Pop Secret, Betty Crocker, Bugles, Hamburger Helper, Chex, Ferguson, Sprint, OMP, Olympia Steel Bldgs
Boston Ventures
David Zucker
Petty Enterprises
Jeff Meendering GEM
Boston Ventures buys into PE and becomes a partner. Labonte re-signs in June 2008 thru 2012. CAT is one rumored sponsor. General Mills/Cheerios will leave at end of 2008 and head to 4th RCR car. Jeff Meendering, former car chief of the #24, is the new crew chief as of Nov 2007. PE moved to Mooresville in 2008 to the old Yates Racing shop. Crew chief Doug Randolph heads to DEI's #15 team in 2008.
44 Dale Jarrett
6 races
David Reutimann
32 races
2008
Toyota UPS

Dow Automotive
Michael Waltrip Racing
Michael Waltrip
Robert Kauffman
Johnny Harris
Ryan Pemberton TRD
All indications are that UPS will leave at the end of this season and could head to teams with Martin Truex Jr, Tony Stewart or Clint Bowyer. Pemberton took over after Jarrett retires and Pappis will take over the #00 crew chief job when Jarrett retires. Crew chief Jason Burdett left at end of 2007, heads to the #24 Jeff Gordon team as the car chief. Jarrett ran the first five races of the 2008 season (Daytona, Calif, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Bristol, plus the All-Star race in May) and then retire. Reutimann and team from #00 moves over from the #00. Jarrett will have the past champ provisional to use, but Kurt Busch has the first shot at it if needed. UPS is signed thru 2008
45 Kyle Petty
Chad McCumbee
(1 race)
Terry Labonte
(7 races)
Dodge Marathon Oil
(14 Races)
Wells Fargo
(12 races)
Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA.org)
(2 races)

Coca-Cola, Olympia Steel Bldgs
Boston Ventures
David Zucker
Petty Enterprises
Stewart Cooper GEM
Boston Ventures buys into PE and becomes a partner. McCumbee ran at Dover in June and Texas in April. Terry Labonte ran from seven races Pocono in June thru Indy in July [and an extra race for Labonte] when Petty does the TNT coverage. Cooper takes over as crew chief after Texas in April. Billy Wilburn to head up Petty test team. McCumbee attempted Texas but failed to make the race. Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA.org) will be the primary sponsor for two races [Richmond in May and Pocono in June]. PE moved to Mooresville, NC in 2008 to the old RYR shops.
48 Jimmie Johnson
2010
Chevy Lowe's Home Improvement
Kobalt Tools

Quaker State
Rick Hendrick
Jeff Gordon
Chad Knaus Hendrick
No changes known for 2008. Johnson, Knaus and Lowe's signed thru 2010.
CAR#
(click #
for news)
DRIVER
signed thru
(if known)
MANU SPONSOR LISTED OWNER CREW CHIEF ENGINES
NOTES.................
55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA

Coca Cola, Klaussner, UPS, Best Western
Michael Waltrip Racing
Michael Waltrip
Robert Kauffman
Johnny Harris
Bobby Kennedy TRD
NAPA is rumored to be leaving and could end up as the sponsor of the Truck Series. Kennedy takes over for Andrews after Bristol in March, Andrews stayed on in a manager role for a while, then split with the team. Paul Andrews takes over crew chief job for 2008 season, taking over for Buddy Sisco. Sponsor and Waltrip return in 2008.
66 Scott Riggs Chevy State Water Heaters
(15 races)

Haas Automation
Joe Custer
Gene Haas
Haas CNC Racing
Bootie Barker Hendrick
Barker will head to MWR to crew chief the #55 in 2009 (10-1-2008). Tony Stewart will leave JGR and buy into Haas CNC Racing, which will be re-named Stewart Hass and the #66 will be the #4, the #70 will become the #14 with Stewart. Indications are that Riggs will not be back in 2009. Riggs moved to the #66 from the #70 and Barker and crew move with him. State Water Heaters will be the sponsor for 15 races or so. Mayfield moved over to the #70 team with crew chief Dave Skog but was released after the fifth race with many drivers in that car. Crew Chief Harold Holly and the team parted ways, Skog named the 2008 crew chief. 2007 sponsor Best Buy headed to the #19 and Elliott Sadler. Mayfield took over after Martinsville in Oct 2007 then moved to the #70 in 2008. Scott Riggs signed with Haas CNC Racing in Sept. Owner Haas was jailed, but the team says it will not have an effect or change plans
70 Tony Raines
Jason Leffler
Ken Schrader
Johnny Sauter
Max Papis
Chevy Haas Automation
Junior Johnson's Midnight Moon
(Daytona 500)
Atlas Copco Compressors
(1 race)
Hunt Brothers Pizza
(1 race)
Joe Custer
Gene Haas
Haas CNC Racing
Dave Skog Hendrick
Raines to run the car at Pocono and Michigan in August. Max Papis will run at the road courses. Tony Stewart will leave JGR and buy into Haas CNC Racing, which will be re-named Stewart Hass and the #66 will be the #4, the #70 will become the #14 wuth Stewart. Sauter and Leffler are off and on in the car. Schrader to run Talladega in April. Sauter ran at Phoenix in April. Jeremy Mayfield and team part ways after Texas in April. Hunt Brothers Pizza sponsored the car at Talladega in April. Mayfield moves to the #70 from the #66 and Slog and crew move with him. Riggs moves over to the #66 team with crew chief Dave Skog. Atlas Copco Compressors will be the sponsor for New Hampshire. Johnny Sauter is out at end of 2007. Riggs signed with Haas CNC Racing in October 2007. Owner Haas was jailed, but the team says it will not have an effect or change plans
77 Sam Hornish
ROTY
Dodge Mobil 1 Penske Racing South Travis Geisler Penske Jasper
Travis Geisler replaces Carrier after Michigan in August. Chris Carrier comes over from the #4 Morgan McClure Motorsports team. The Ryan Pemberton as crew chief was false. Gimbel will be the interim crew chief until a permanent one is named. Hornish will make the move to NASCAR, and switch from #06 to #77, a number last used by Penske in 2005. Plans to attempt at up to seven Cup races in 2007 and run full time in 2008.
78 Joe Nemechek
2010
Chevy Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
Barney Visser
Jay Guy Hendrick
The team will scale back to a limited schedule in 2009 (11-11-2008). Nemechek will be back full time in 2008 and is signed thru 2010. The team will have Hendrick engines after closing its own engine shop. Kenny Wallace stepped out after Watkins Glen in Aug 2007. The team may run a 2nd team part time 2nd team using the #87
83 Scott Speed
(Homestead)
Brian Vickers
2009
Toyota Red Bull Energy Drink Red Bull Racing
Dietrich Mateschitz
Dany Bahar
Kevin Hamlin TRD
Vickers and Speed swap rides for the season finale at Homestead in an effort to get the #84 back in the top-35 of owners points for first 5 races of 2009 (11-12-2008). Jay Frye named General Manager Jan 14th. Hamlin named crew chief Jan 2008, replaces Randy Cox, who took over after Martinsville in Oct 2007. Doug Richert released as the crew chief after Martinsville in Oct 2007. Red Bull Officials say they are staying with Toyota and not switching to Chevy, no word on any other changes in 2008
84 Brian Vickers
(Homestead)
Scott Speed
(4 races)
Mike Skinner
(2 races)
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
Dietrich Mateschitz
Dany Bahar
Jimmy Elledge TRD
Vickers and Speed swap rides for the season finale at Homestead in an effort to get the #84 back in the top-35 of owners points for first 5 races of 2009 (11-12-2008). A.J. Allmendinger released after Kansas in Sept. Skinner to run the car at Talladega and Charlotte in Oct, Scott Speed runs the #82 at Charlotte, then the #84 from Martinsville thru end of the season. Elledge took over for Ricky Viers after Daytona in July. Skinner took over from Atlanta in March thru Phoenix in April, then Allmendinger was back in. The silver scheme will stay for the rest of the season. Jay Frye named General Manager Jan 14th. Red Bull Officials say they are staying with Toyota and not switching to Chevy, no word on any other changes in 2008
88
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Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2012
Chevy Mountain Dew AMP Energy Drink
Army National Guard

Quaker State, GMAC, Wrangler, Adidas, GoDaddy
Rick Hendrick Tony Eury Jr. Hendrick
Yates agrees to sell #88 to Hendrick, so the team will change from #25 to #88 for 2008. Looks like the trademark thing was a smokescreen. Mears goes over to the #5 car, with Dale Jr. and Tony Jr. come over from the DEI #8 team. Former #25 Crew chief Darian Grubb will move to more of a management role. Looks like Mountain Dew and Amp will be the co-primary sponsors to be announced later in Sept. Hendrick applied for trademarks with the US Patent & Trademark Office for five numbers -- 81, 82, 51, 58 and 38, so one of those could be it. All are available except the #38 which would have to be ok'd by NASCAR and given up by RYR which runs the car with Gilliland or they could keep the #25. Will not bring Budweiser with him. DEI and Hendrick could not work out a deal for Earnhardt Jr. to keep the #8, so DEI keeps it and Dale Jr. will have a new car number in 2008
96 Ken Schrader
Brad Coleman
(1 race)
Joey Logano
(2 races)
P.J. Jones
(1 race)
Toyota Texas Instruments DLP Products

AER
Hall of Fame Racing
Jeff Moorad
Tom Garfinkel
Steve Boyer Joe Gibbs Racing
Logano ran two races in the car at New Hampshire and Kansas, then it was decided not to run him in the other races. Looks like Schrader will driver for the rest of 2008, no word if Brad Coleman will make any more starts. Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach, Bill Saunders and Mark Griege are no longer part of the ownership group (9-30-2008). Schrader ran the car at Bristol in August and will at Richimond and Talladega. J.J. Yeley released after Pocono in August. Jones will run the car at Watkins Glen. Coleman takes over at Michigan in August for some races of the season. Boyer takes for Brandon Thomas as crew chief after Bristol in March. HOF will move to Toyota and continue to get support from Joe Gibbs Racing. Yeley will be the new driver in 2008 with Raines looking elsewhere. Plans to starts a 2nd team in 2008 with Brad Coleman driving up to 7 races and go full time in 2009. New majority owners joined in late 2007, owners of the MLB Arizona Diamondbacks, Jeff Moorad and Tom Garfinkelno buy into the team, Saunders, Aikman and Staubach are now minority owners. Will switch to Toyota and maintain support from Joe Gibbs Racing
99 Carl Edwards
2011
Ford Office Depot
Aflac
(8 races)
Claritin
(? races)
DISH Network
(3 races)



Valvoline
Roush Fenway Racing
Jack Roush
John Henry
Bob Osbourne Yates/Roush
Aflac will be the primary sponsor in 2009, Office Depot is looking elsewhere and could end up at MWR. Edwards re-signs long term deal in May 2008, three additional years thru 2011. Osbourne was suspended for races 4 thru 9 (Atlanta thru Talladega), Reiser and Chris Andrews stepped in. Claritin will be the primary for a few springtime races. Dish Network will be the primary at Calif in Feb and two other races. Aflac joins as a primary sponsor for 8 races in 2008. Roush Racing and Fenway Sports Group partnered up in early 2007, each owning 50%, Jack Roush to run the team.
KNOWN PART TIME TEAMS
CAR#
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DRIVER
signed thru
(if known)
MANU SPONSOR LISTED OWNER CREW CHIEF ENGINES
NOTES.................
02* Joey Logano
2010+
Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing ? Joe Gibbs Racing
Logano scheduled to run two races in this car, Richmond in Sept and Atlanta in Oct. to get ready for full-time Cup in 2009 in the #20 car. Ran two races in the #96 HOF Toyota but JGR decided not to run him there anymore..
08* Johnny Sauter
Tony Raines
Burney Lamar
Carl Long
Dodge FUBAR E&M Motorsports
John Carter
Tony Furr
Charles Swing
Ernie Elliott
Boris Said was run for the team at Talladega but withdrew. Sauter to run at Chicago and Indy in July. Raines attempted but failed to make the Martinsville race in March. Carl Long tested, attempted to make and failed to make the Daytona 500. Long was scheduled to run at Bristol [in March] but did not. Lamar attempted a few races but missed all so far [rained out at Calif and wasn't fast enought at Atlanta, Texas] the team withdrew from Las Vegas.
09* Sterling Marlin Chevy Miccosukee Indian Gaming James Finch
Phoenix Racing
Marc Reno Hendrick
Marlin is scheduled to run 7-9 races, Max Papis was rumored to be driving at the road courses but ended up with the #70 team instead. The team will use Hendrick engines in 2008 and run a full time Nationwide team
13* Max Papis
2012
Toyota GEICO Germain Racing Randy Goss TRD
Will run at Texas and Homestead in November. Plans to run 18 races in 2009
25* Brad Keselowski Chevy GoDaddy.com Hendrick Motorsports Lance McGrew Hendrick
Scheduled to attempt two races, at Lowe's Motor Speedway in October and Texas in November.
33* Mike Wallace
Scott Wimmer
Ken Schrader
Chevy Realtree
Camping World
Richard Childress/RCR Shane Wilson Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies
Wallace ran Talladega in October with Realtree as the sponsor. Schrader ran at Lowe's Motor Sppeway in May with Camping World. The team will move up to full time in 2009 with General Mills/Cheerios as the sponsor, Bobby Labonte is the rumored driver. Shelmerdine tested at Daytona and was supposed to attempt the Daytona 500 but the deal fell thru. Holiday Inn will return as a full time Nationwide Series sponsor and may run some Cup races with Wimmer in 2008. RCR was planning on starting a 4th team in 2008 but Childress said at Kansas, the right oppurtunity did not present itself. RCR and DEI combined engine shops in 2007.
34* Chad Chaffin
Tony Raines
Jeff Green
John Andretti
Chevy ? Brad Jenkins
Front Row Motorsports
Jimmy Means
Bob Jenkins
Scott Eggleston JGR
Attempted to make some races for the rest of 2008. After missing New Hampshire in June, the team skipped Daytona and plans to run at Indy, looks like Raines is the driver for now.(7-17-2008). Raines made the race at Dover and will attempt Pocono and Michigan in June, after that...? Jeff Green attempted Darlington and Lowe's Motor Speedway while Andretti ran the Indy 500. Andretti attempted and made the Daytona 500 the made 9 more attempts with 2 starts. Jeff Green tested at LMS in May and attempted Darlington in May. Andretti tested at Las Vegas and California in Jan-Feb and supposedly will start the season in the car. Will use old Chevy engines from Joe Gibbs Racing and gas two Chevy's bought from DEI. FRM plans to run the #34 team full time in 2007, looking for a sponsor. FRM plans to run the #37 in a few races with Eric McClure. Team changes from Dodge to Chevy in 2008. NO, the owner, Bob Jenkins is not the broadcaster Bob Jenkins.
37* Eric McClure Chevy Hefty Bob Jenkins
[not the broadcaster]
Brad Jenkins
Front Row Motorsports
Cal Boprey JGR
Kenny Wlalace attempted to race the car in the Sprint Showdown in May, but wrecked and didn't have a back up. Lepage is scheduled to attempt Calif in Feb bit withdrew. McClure attempted to make the Daytona 500 but failed to make it. McClure could run a few mores races and runs full time for FRM in the Nationwide Series. Will use old Chevy engines from Joe Gibbs Racing and gas two Chevy's bought from DEI. FRM plans to attempt the full season with the #34 team
40* Bryan Clauson Dodge Target Chip Ganassi
Felix Sabates
Steve Lane Ernie Elliott
Clauson tested at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Sept and will attempt to make the October race there (10-6-2008). Dario Franchitti will go to the IRL in 2009 with Ganassi and not drive anymore 2008 NASCAR race, in either Cup or NNS (9-2-2008). The team suspended operations after the June race in New Hampshire citing no sponsorship, supposedly 70 employees were laid off, no word if/when the team will return. Franchitti will run the Nationwide Series full time (7-1-2008). No permanent sponsor. Run one-two race sponsorship deals. When Franchitti was hurt and missed four races, four drivers raced the car: Talladega [Stremme], Sterling Marlin [Richmond and Darlington], Ken Schrader [Charlotte] and Jeremy Mayfield [Dover], Franchitti came back at Pocono in June. David Stremme will not be back in 2008 and Dario Franchitti replaced him. Coors Light did not return in 2008 and became a NASCAR sponsor and will sponsor the Pole Award and became the Official Beer of NASCAR. Ganassi has been rumored to possibly be going to Toyota, but that rumor has been denied.
47* Marco Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie's, Kingsford, Clorax JTG Racing
Tad Geschickter
Brad Daughtery
Frank Kerr Yates/Roush
Will run at Atlanta, and possible a few other races in the #47 Toyota [using #00 owners points] in preparation for 2009 (10-17-2008). Will run full time in 2009 and switch to Toyota. Scheduled to run four races with Ambrose: Indianapolis, Kansas, Atlanta & Homestead. Ambrose is also scheduled to run the #21 in 8 races. The Wood Brothers and JTG Racing split their stock-car operation, JTG will run the #47 Cup car in some race, run in the Nationwide Series in the #59 and #47 and the #20 in the Truck Series
50* Stanton Barrett Chevy NOS Energy Drink SKI Motorsports
Chris Lencheski
Ricky Pearson RCR/DEI
Also attempted to make the race at New Hamphshire in Sept but didn't qualify. Made attempts to run the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, Indy and Bristol in August but failed to qualify for any
60* Boris Said Ford 7-Eleven Slurpee
(Daytona 500)
SoBe No Fear Energy Drink
Boris Said
Mark Simo
Frank Stoddard
No Fear Racing
Frank Stoddard Roush-Yates
Didn't run at Talladega as sponsorship didn't come thru. 7-Eleven Slurpee will be the sponsor for the Daytona 500. Plans to attempt at least five races in 2008, depending on sponsorship; Daytona 500, Sonoma, Daytona in July, Watkins Glen and Talladega in Oct.
82* Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull Energy Drink Red Bull Racing
Dietrich Mateschitz
Dany Bahar
Slugger Labbe TRD
Tested at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Sept and was to make his Cup debut there in the #82 but qualifying rained out qualifying and he did make the race, so he will make his debut at Martinsville in the #84 and finish out the season there and full-time in 2009
87* Kenny Wallace Chevy Denver Mattress Furniture Row Racing
Barney Visser
Ed Nathman Hendrick
Tested at Daytona in January with Fuller, Wallace made the Daytona 500 but didn't make another attempt in 2008. Tested at Pocono in May, but didn't make an attempt in June.
TEAMS WITH UNKNOWN STATUS
or CLOSED/SUSPENDED OPERATIONS
CAR#
(click #
for news)
DRIVER
signed thru
(if known)
MANU SPONSOR LISTED OWNER CREW CHIEF ENGINES
NOTES.................
02* Brandon Ash Dodge Sprinter Trucking Ed Ash Kenneth Wood ?
Not sure on 2008 plans, typically runs the west coast races like Las Vegas, Phoenix, Infineon Raceway and California but has not so far in 2008 as of June.
4* ? Chevy ? Morgan-McClure
Larry McClure
Tim Morgan
? Ron Puryear
Team has suspended operation, did not test or attempt the Daytona 500, but could attempt races later in the season if sponsorship is found. The team fought for and kept the #4 sought to be used by Stewart Haas Racing in 2009, Stewart took the high road and will use the #39 for Ryan Newman instead. Laid off most of the employees on Jan 12, 2008. State Water Heaters left and headed to Haas CNC Racing #66 team. Crew chief Chris Carrier left and went to Penske Racing's #77 but left later in the season
27*
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Johnny Benson
?Jacques Villeneuve
ROTY
Mike Skinner
Toyota Toyota Certified Used Vehicles
?
Bad Boy Mowers
Gail Davis
Bill Davis Racing
? Bill Davis Racing
Crew chief Richard 'Slugger' Labbe left after the team suspended operations in March. Suspends operations after missing Atlanta in March, may run Talladega in April, if a sponsor can be found. Skinner went over to the #84 Red Bull team for about 4 races starting at Atlanta at March. After missing the Daytona 500, BDR announced that Skinner and Benson would run the next few races [starting with Skinner at Calif and Vegas and Benson at Atlanta...then?] until Villeneuve tested and ran a few truck series race in 2007 and is scheduled to drive the #27 for at least the first five races in 2008 and see where they stack up in owners points. The is no sponsor and Villeneuve split with long term manager Craig Pollock in Jan 2008. Pollock had been rumored as buying into the team with Villeneuve somehow. This team was the #36 360 OTC team with driver Jeremy Mayfield in 2007. Mayfield left and headed to the #70 Hass CNC Racing ride and the team will run the #27 in 2008 with Richard 'Slugger' Labbe as the crew chief
49* ? Toyota ?Microsoft Small Business, ?Qtrax.com
(Bud Shootout)
Diamond Driven
BAM Racing
Beth Ann Morgenthau
Tony Morgenthau
? BDR
Owners says the team will run late in the season. Microsoft Small Business left and went to MWR's #00 car in April. After skipping Texas and Phoenix in April, the team decided to go to a part time schedule due to a lack of a sponsor, no word when the team will run again. Schrader will run thew #70 at Talladega in April, unknown after that. Switches to Toyota after Bristol in March and Microsoft comes in to sponsor at Martinsville in March. Qtrax.com will be the sponsor for the Bud Shootout and a few other races. The team is using a different sponsor concept called Diamond Driven where they sell logo's for a smaller price. Schrader is scheduled to run the full season with the team. Andretti was announced as signing to run the full 2008 season late in 2007, but that changed
65* Chad McCumbee Chevy ? Joe Custer
Gene Haas
Haas CNC Racing
? Hendrick
a possible third team for Haas CNC Racing. Tested at Las Vegas in January. McCumbee could run some races for Petty Enterprises also. Owner Haas was jailed, but the team says it will not have an effect or change plans
57* Norm Benning Chevy ? Norm Benning Racing ? ?
Planned to attempt the Daytona 500 nut withdrew, could run at Pocono races in conjunction with the ARCA races
89* Morgan Shepherd Dodge Victory in Jesus Racing Ministries Cindy Shepherd John Graham Barnes & Reese Racing Engines
Is running the full Nationwide Series, no word on any Cup plans
?90* ?Colin Braun ?Ford ? ?Yates Racing
?Doug Yates
Max Jones
? ?
Braun [pronounced Brown] was rumored to be making Sprint Cup race attempt in a Yates car, but it was denied by all involved



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