2009 NASCAR SPRINT CUP
TEAM/DRIVER CHART
(the silly season chart)

LAST Updated 2-15-2009
NOT UPDATED since the Daytona 500, this page shows what the teams looked like at the beginning of the 2009 season with no changes since

2009 Sprint Cup Team Chart - updated thru out the season

2009 Nationwide Series Chart

2009 Camping World Truck Series Chart

2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Team 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.


2009 Rookie of the Year
Candidates (ROTY)

Joey Logano, #20
Max Papis, #13 [18 races scheduled]
Scott Speed, #82

#8-Aric Almirola and #47-Marcos Ambrose both ran over seven Cup races in 2008
seven is the most a driver can run in a season and still run for ROTY

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)

POTENTIAL 'BIG' FREE AGENTS for 2010

Top 30 drivers who contracts are supposedly up after 2009
Kevin Harvick
Jamie McMurray
Juan Pablo Montoya?
David Ragan
David Reutimann
Martin Truex Jr.
Brian Vickers


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)

Patrick Carpentier
David Gilliland
Jeff Green
Kevin Lepage
Steve Park [back in the East Series in 2009]
Kyle Petty
Ken Schrader
Jacques Villeneuve
Mike Wallace
Scott Wimmer
J.J. Yeley

Crew Chiefs Looking
Chris Carrier
Walter Giles
James Ince
Brad Parrott
Buddy Sisco
Rick Viers


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
44 Full Time Teams

Chevy: 14 Teams 07,1,5,8,14,23,24,29,31,33,34,39,42,48,88
Dodge: 7 Teams - 2,9,12,19,43,44,77
Ford: 8 Teams - 6,16,17,26,28,96,98,99
Toyota: 15 Teams - 00,7,11,18,20,27,36,41,47,55,64,66,82,83,87
Chevy/Dodge: 1 Team - 09

Team without sponsorship for ALL the 2009 races that plan to run the full season:
#'s 09,7,8,28,39,43,44,64,66

Some Part-Time Teams by car # that may / will attempt a race or races in 2009:
Chevy: 25,50,57,71,78
Dodge: 08,51,73,75
Ford: 21,60
Toyota: 02,13,15,22,49

Unassigned Numbers for 2009

0,3,4,10
30,32,35,37,38
40,45,46
52,53,54,56,58,59
61,62,63,65,67,68,69
70,72,74,76,79
80,81,84,85,86,89
90,91,92,93,94,95,97
01,02,03,04,05,06
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
2009 SPRINT CUP TEAM CHART
FULL TIME TEAMS
CAR#
(click #
for news)
DRIVER
signed thru
(if known)
MANU PRIMARY
SPONSORS
LISTED
OWNER
CREW CHIEF ENGINES
NOTES.................
00
[was #44]
David Reutimann
2009
Toyota Aarons Michael Waltrip Racing
Michael Waltrip
Robert Kauffman
Johnny Harris
Rodney Childers TRD
Aarons will sponsor for the full season (2-5-2009). Rodney Childers moves over from the #19 GEM team to be the new crew chief (12-2-2008). Crew chief Ryan Pemberton left at end of 2008 season for Red Bull Racing(11-18-2008). Reutimann will move back to the #00 in 2009 and move the #44 owners points to the #00 team, the #00 team will become the #47 for Marcos Ambrose and get the #00 owners points. MWR will give the loaned #44 back to Petty Enterprises (10-17-2008). If the #00 doesn't get back in the top-35, would expect the #44 owners points to move over. Aaron's will sponsor the team for 18 races in 2009. UPS will leave at the end of this season and looks headed to the #6 of Roush or the #39 of Stewart Haas. UPS will not return to MWR. Reutimann is signed thru 2009 after MWR picks up the option.
07 Casey Mears
2011
Chevy Jack Daniel's Richard Childress Gil Martin Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies
Mears takes over this ride and is the 4th RCR driver. Clint Bowyer moves to the #33 RCR General Mills team. Childress said they would NOT move the #07 points to the #33(8-23-2008)
09 Brad Keselowski
Sterling Marlin
Ken Schrader
Chevy
Dodge
Miccosukee Indian Gaming
(10 races)
?
James Finch
Phoenix Racing
Marc Reno Hendrick
Ernie Elliott
Keselowski will run the Daytona 500 and nine other races in a Chevy. Bliss, Marlin & Schrader supposedly will run the other races in a Dodge (1-23-2009). Team plans to run the full 2009 season and has sponsorship from Miccosukee Indian Gaming for 10 races, supposedly Hendrick will be back as at least a part-time engine supplier in 2009 (1-22-2009). Supposedly Hendrick will not supply engines to the team in 2009.
1 Martin Truex Jr.
2009
Chevy Bass Pro Shops
(? races)
Activision
(? races)
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Teresa Earnhardt
Chip Ganassi
Kevin Manion Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies
Activision comes aboard to sponsor a unspecified number of races (2-5-2009). Supposedly Bass Pro Shops will only sponsor a limited number of races, supposedly 23, so the team would need a sponsor for 15 races (1-12-2009). Reports have DEI and Ganassi Racing merging, being called Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, with four teams, #1-Truex Jr., #8-Almirola, #41-TBA and #42-Montoya, with the team using Chevy's. No word on what happens to the #01, #15 or #40 teams, the #01 and #15 will probably sell owners points to Yates [#15] and/or RCR [#01] (11-12-2008). Truex Jr. and DEI agree on one-year deal to stay at DEI, so Truex will be a free-agent after 2009 and unless he signs an extension will go thru this process in a year (8-8-2008). Rumors have Teresa Earnhardt is looking to sell DEI or find a partner but they were denied (7-7-2008). Truex Jr. could re-sign with DEI or move to one of many rumored teams including Penske with UPS [which looks unlikely], Haas CNC Racing if Stewart buys that team, or RCR's 4th team. No drivers rumored if Truex leaves. Supposedly Bass Pro Shops and crew chief Manion are signed thru 2010.
2 Kurt Busch
2010+
(2004 Champion)
Dodge Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
Roger Penske
Pat Tryson Penske
no changes known or rumored. Busch says he is signed for many more years, no word on exactly how many
5 Mark Martin
2010
Chevy Carquest, Kellogg's, Cheez-It Rick Hendrick Alan Gustafson Hendrick
Martin will run all the Cup races in 2009 and 26 races in 2010, sharing the ride with an un-named driver. Mears was signed thru 2009 but he and HMS decided to part ways after 2008. Kellogg's and Carquest will return in 2009.(7-4-2008)
6 David Ragan
2009
Ford UPS Roush Fenway Racing
Jack Roush
John Henry
Jimmy Fennig Yates/Roush
UPS is the new sponsor, signing a multi-year deal with Roush to sponsor the #6 starting in 2009 (9-12-2008). Ragan has supposedly re-signed with Roush for at least 2009 (7-7-2008). AAA will leave after the 2008 season, so the team will need another sponsor in 2009. Roush needs to trim down to four teams from five AFTER the 2009 season.
7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam
(13 races)
Menard's
?Mapei
Robby Gordon
RGM
Kirk Almquist TRD
Will run a Dodge for the Bud Shootout then run Toyota the rest of the season and Almquist returns as crew chief (1-19-2009). Moves from Dodge to Toyota in 2009 (12-16-2008). Jim Beam signs up for 13 races as the primary sponsor (12-13-2008). Rumor has it that RGM will switch to Toyota from Dodge (12-11-2008). Rumors had Gordon possibly merging with DEI in some form for 2009 and going to Chevy but was denied. RGM used Penske engines after the lawsuit was dropped after using GEM engines all of 2008. GEM sued Gordon over not going thru with the sale of RGM to GEM, then the suit was dropped in late Sept 2008 (9-21-2008). It seems the GEM buying RGM was true, but Gordon decided not to do it and as of September 2008, GEM is suing Gordon (9-8-2008) Gordon could take on a partner and expand, or stay a one-car team. Rumor had Gillett's son buying into the team somehow but have heard nothing. No word on if the sponsors will return
8 Aric Almirola Chevy Activision Guitar Hero
(? races)
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Teresa Earnhardt
Chip Ganassi
Doug Randolph Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies
May end up being a part-time ride unless a sponsor can be found (1-17-2009). Almirola could move over to the #41 and Labonte or another driver could end up in this ride (1-11-2009). Supposedly Randolph moves over from the defunct #15 team to crew chief Almirola (12-30-2008). Reports have DEI and Ganassi Racing merging, being called Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, with four teams, #1-Truex Jr., #8-Almirola, #41-TBA and #42-Montoya, with the team using Chevy's. No word on what happens to the #01, #15 or #40 teams, the #01 and #15 will probably sell owners points to Yates [#15] and/or RCR [#01] (11-12-2008). Gibson could be headed to Newman's #39 (10-21-2008). U.S. Army goes to the #39 of Ryan Newman, so the #8 will be looking for a sponsor for this car as will the the #01 (9-12-2008). Rumors have Teresa Earnhardt looking to sell DEI or find a partner but they were denied (7-7-2008). Almirola is to take over the ride full-time with Mark Martin heading to the #5 HMS team full time. The US Army, which works on one year deals, could stay or move on to another team, rumored teams include Bill Davis Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing or Red Bull Racing. No word if Steak-Umm returns or becomes a longer term sponsor.(7-4-2008)
9 Kasey Kahne
2010
Dodge Budweiser Richard Petty Motorsports
George N. Gillett, Jr.
Ray Evernham
Richard Petty
Kenny Francis
(team director)
RPM
Gillett Evernham Motorsports changes name to Richard Petty Motorsports (1-19-2009). GEM and Petty Enterprises officially merge, with the #43 coming to GEM. No known changes to this team, but All State Insurance will supposedly NOT be back with Kahne in 2009 (1-9-2009)
CAR#
(click #
for news)
DRIVER MANU SPONSOR LISTED OWNER CREW CHIEF ENGINES
NOTES.................
11 Denny Hamlin
2010
Toyota FedEx Express
FedEx Freight
FedEx Ground
FedEx Office
Farm Bureau Insurance
(2 races)
Joe Gibbs Racing Mike Ford Joe Gibbs Racing
No changes known
12 David Stremme Dodge Verizon
(with no logos)
Penske Championship Racing
Roger Penske
Roy McCauley Penske
Verizon will continue to sponsor the team thru 2010, but will not be allowed to use its logos on the car, Verizon will also sponsor the Penske's #12 Nationwide team in 2009 (1-19-2009). Stremme named to drive the car in 2009, Alltel styas for at least 2009 (9-3-2008). Brad Keselowski supposedly turned down this ride (8-24-2008). McMurray could end up here, supposedly he is out at Roush and the #26 ride. Newman's contract is done after 2008 and in July, Penske and Newman agreed to part way and Newman will go to Stewart-Haas in the #39 Chevy. Alltel could be back for 2009 if the deal with Verizon takes longer to close, no word if Kodak will be back in 2009.
14
was 70
Tony Stewart
(2002,2005 Champion)
Chevy Office Depot
(17 races)
Old Spice
(17 races)
Burger King
(2 races)
Stewart Haas Racing
Tony Stewart
Joe Custer
Gene Haas
Darien Grubb Hendrick
Burger King will be primary sponsor at Daytona in July and Dover in Sept. (1-21-2009). Grubb will be Stewart's crew chief in 2009, coming over from Hendrick Motorsports. UPS goes to Roush Fenway Racing's #6 in 2009 (9-12-2008). Tony Stewart was released from his Joe Gibbs Racing contract after 2008 on July 9, 2008 and will run the #14 with Office Depot [60%] and Old Spice [40%] as co-primary sponsors. Stewart will run #14 in honor of his hero, AJ Foyt. The 2nd team will run the #39, with Ryan Newman as the driver (8-14-2008). The the #14 will be the old #70 team and the #4 will be the #66. Stewart would have the use of the past champions provisional to use for the first five races. The team will be called Stewart Haas Racing. Stewart says the team will not expand to three in 2009. The team will get cars and engines from Hendrick Motorsports.(7-25-2008)
16 Greg Biffle
2011
Ford 3M
(? races)
?DISH Network
(? races)
Roush Fenway Racing
Jack Roush
Greg Erwin Yates/Roush
Biffle signed a 3-year extension with Roush in June. 3M will be back for three years, no word on how many races. No word if DISH Network will return in 2009. Roush needs to trim down to four teams from five AFTER the 2009 season.
17 Matt Kenseth
2010+
(2003 Champion)
Ford DeWalt Tools
R&L Carriers
(? races)
Carhartt
(? races)
USG
(? races)
Dish Network
(? race)
Roush Fenway Racing
Jack Roush
John Henry
Drew Blickensderfer Yates/Roush
Drew Blickensderfer will be the new crew chief in 2009, former crew chief Chip Bolin moves back to an engineering position (12-16-2008). Kenseth re-upped in November 2008, a multi-year deal to stay at Roush, no word how long, his deal was due up at the end of 2009 (11-21-2008). Spotter Mike Calinoff returns in 2009. Roush needs to trim down to four teams from five AFTER the 2009 season.
18 Kyle Busch
2010
Toyota M&M's (? races)
Snickers (? races)
Pedigree (? races)
Combos (? races)
Interstate Batteries (6 races)
Joe Gibbs Racing Steve Addington Gibbs Racing
No word on any changes, looks like M&M's/Snickers/Combos/Pedegree will be back for 32 races and Interstate Batteries will be back for six races in 2009
19 Elliott Sadler
2010
Dodge Best Buy
(19 races)
Stanley Tools
(19 races)
Richard Petty Motorsports
George N. Gillett, Jr.
Ray Evernham
Richard Petty
Kevin Buskirk
(team director)
RPM
Gillett Evernham Motorsports changes name to Richard Petty Motorsports (1-19-2009). Kevin Buskirk comes aboard as the new crew chief (team director)(1-11-2009). Sadler and GEM solved their differences and Sadler will be back in the car for 2009, Allmendinger heads to the #10, possibly part-time. GEM officially merges with Petty Enterprises (1-9-2009. Sources have Allmendinger replacing Salder in the car, even thou Sadler was signed thru 2010, one of the sponsors could be leaving if so (12-27-2008). crew chief Rodney Childers will leave and is headed to the #00 MWR team (12-2-2008). Rumor has GEM buying Bill Davis Racing and switching from Dodge to Toyota (10-21-2008). Sadler signed thru 2010. Diecast images indicate that Best Buy and Stanley Tools will return as sponsors
20 Joey Logano
ROTY
Toyota Home Depot
Farm Bureau Insurance
(1 race)
Joe Gibbs Racing Greg Zipadelli Joe Gibbs Racing
Logano named the 2009 driver August 25th, Home Depot and Zipadelli [signed thru 2009 as is Home Depot] will return (8-25-2008). Stewart released from his JGR contract and will leave after the 2008 season to buy into Haas CNC Racing and form Stewart Haas Racing and drive the #14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevy.
CAR#
(click #
for news)
DRIVER
signed thru
(if known)
MANU SPONSOR LISTED OWNER CREW CHIEF ENGINES
NOTES.................
23 Mike Skinner
(Daytona 500)
Robert Richardson Jr.
Chevy Mahindra R3 Motorsports
Robert Richardson Sr.
Robert 'Slugger' Labbe Hendrick Motorsports
Plans to attempt the Daytona 500 with Skinner and attempt the first five races of the season to try to get in the top 35 of owners points (1-20-2009). Has bought five Cup cars from DEI Richardson Jr. is approved to run on tracks 2 miles or less, the team is talking to veteran drivers for the Daytona 500 (1-9-2009)
24 Jeff Gordon
lifetime
(1995,1997,1998,2001
Champion)
Chevy DuPont Finishes
Pepsi
(? races)
National Guard
(? races)
Rick Hendrick
Jeff Gordon
Steve Letarte Hendrick
Nicorette will not be back as an associate sponsor, National Guard will be an associate sponsor of the car and be the primary for 6-8 races. Pepsi will be the primary for 2-3 races (10-18-2008). New black based paint scheme in 2009. DuPont signed thru 2010. Gordon is signed to a long term deal with Hendrick.
26 Jamie McMurray
2009
Ford Crown Royal
Irwin Tools
Roush Fenway Racing
Jack Roush
John Henry
Donnie Wingo Yates/Roush
Larry Carter moves over to Yets Racing and Paul Menard in the #98, Wingo moves over from Ganassi Racing (10-18-2008). Rumor had a team owner buying out McMurray's contract but it was denied (8-18-2008). At Indy, Jamie McMurray was rumored to be leaving for the #33 RCR ride, but it was denied (7-26-2008) After rumors that McMurray was looking to leave, both he and Roush refutes those rumors and both said McMurray and Crown Royal will be back in 2009. No word on Irwin Tools. Roush needs to trim down to four teams from five AFTER the 2009 season.
27 Kirk Shelmerdine Toyota ? Kirk Shelmerdine ? ?
Kirk Shelmerdine plans to attempt all the 2009 races, he bought a few Toyota's from Bill Davis Racing (1-21-2009)
28 Travis Kvapil Ford Golden Corral
(Daytona 500)
Yates Racing
Doug Yates
Max Jones
Ben Leslie Yates/Roush
Kvapil will run the first five races of the season with no owners points as the #98 team got the #28 owners points, if not back in the top 35, the team may not run many races after the 5th. Leslie comes over from Ford to be the crew chief [but is still with Ford and is on loan] with Parrott heading to the #96 team of Bobby Labonte (1-21-2009). The news reversed, Todd Parrott will stay as the crew chief (12-10-2008). Crew Chief Todd Parrort and the team parted ways at end of 2008 season, no word on a replacement ir where Parrott will end up (11-18-2008). Looks like Kvapil will return to the #28 and Gilliland to the #38, no word on sponsors for those teams yet (10-18-2008). Menard will DEI and come to Yates, could be in the #38 or #28 or as a third team (10-6-2008). Kvapil is signed thru 2008, no word if he returns in 2009, but indications are he will. No word on sponsorship after using one-off race sponsorships in 2008
29 Kevin Harvick
2009
Chevy Shell/Pennzoil
(? races)
Reese's/Hershey Foods
(? races)
Richard Childress Todd Berrier Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies
No word on any changes. Harvick is signed with RCR thru 2009 and could be a hot free agent for 2010. This team was the #3 with Dale Earnhardt before he was killed, Childress has no plans to run the #3 any time soon.
31 Jeff Burton
2010
Chevy Caterpillar
Lenox Industrial Tools
(? races)
Prilosec
Richard Childress Scott Miller Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies
Caterpillar takes over for AT&T who has to leave after 2008 when the AT&T NASCAR / Sprint lawsuit was settled in 2007. Caterpillar moves over after a long-time sponsorship of the #22 Bill Davis Racing team. RCR adds a 4th team in 2009. No word on Prilosec and Lenox sponsorships
33 Clint Bowyer
2011
Chevy General Mills/Cheerios
BB&T
(11 races)
Richard Childress
Richard Childress Racing
Bobby Ginn
Shane Wilson Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies
Bobby Ginn comes aboard as a minority owner [in name] so the #33 team gets the #01 owners points to start off the 2009 season and be guaranteed the first 5 races (2-5-2009). BB&T will be the primary sponsor for 11 races (11-12-2008). Wilson named crew chief for 2009, Gil Martin will stay with the #07 and Mears. Childress has said, they will NOT transfer #07 owners points to the #33 (10-21-2008). Clint Bowyer will move over from RCR's #07 with Mears going to the #07, Bowyer re-signed with RCR for another three years thru 2011 (8-23-2008). Truex re-signed with DEI for 2009 and Ryan Newman will be with Stewart Hass Racing.(8-3-2008). At Indy, Jamie McMurray was rumored to be coming to this ride, but it was denied. The team will move up to full time in 2009 with General Mills/Cheerios as the sponsor. Bobby Labonte was the rumored driver but he re-signed with the Petty's. Many rumored drivers
34
[was 15]
John Andretti Chevy Window World
(Daytona 500)
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Teresa Earnhardt
Chip Ganassi
Bob Jenkins
Steven Lane
Scott Eggleston?
Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies
Andretti will run the 4th EGR car, using the #34 in an alliance between EGR and Front Row Motorsports. Getting owners points from one of the merged DEI/Ganassi teams [#01, #15, #41] and having Window Wizard for a sponsor at the Daytona 500. Lane will be the crew chief for Daytona, but unsure how the alliance will work out after Daytona (1-30-2009). Target moves over to the #42, good chance this car will not run in 2009 and will be parked (1-20-2009). Bobby Labonte went to the #96 HOF Racing team (1-17-2009). Almirola could move over to the #41 and Bobby Labonte could end up in the #8 ride (1-11-2009). Petty and GEM merged, Bobby Labonte and the team parted ways before the merger and he could end up in the #41 ride (12-5-2008). Reports have DEI and Ganassi Racing merging, being called Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, with four teams, #1-Truex Jr., #8-Almirola, #41-TBA and #42-Montoya, with the team using Chevy's. No word on what happens to the #01, #15 or #40 teams, the #01 and #15 will probably sell owners points to Yates [#15] and/or RCR [#01] (11-12-2008). Could merge with DEI, and move to Chevy in 2009. either Almirola or Montoya could get the Target sponsorship (11-11-2008) Bobby Labonte could move to this ride with Target or Target to the #43, IF Ganassi and Petty's merge (10-21-2008). Hearing Wingo could be headed to the #26 Roush Fenway Racing team (10-17-2008), Dario Franchitti will head back to the IRL in 2009 and not run in NASCAR. No word who may take over the ride, some guesses could include Jeremy Mayfield since he ran well in the #40 for a race, young Ganassi drivers Bryan Clauson or Kevin Hamlin could be considered, but sources tell me no. Dan Wheldon, who was replaced by Franchitti in the 2009 ride at Ganassi, was rumored in the past to come to Cup with Ganassi, but the PR says they parted ways, so seems unlikely. The ride is locked in the top-35, so it is a coveted ride (9-2-2008). Target is expected back in 2009. Sorenson left after 2008 and headed to GEM (8-26-2008).
36 Scott Riggs Toyota Red Bank Ale & Quail Outfitters
(Daytona 500 & Calif)
Tommy Baldwin Racing
Tommy Baldwin
Tommy Baldwin Joey Arrington Engines
Red Bank Ale & Quail Outfitters to be primary sponsor at Dayrtona 500 and Calif (2-12-2009). Riggs named to drive the car for the 2009 season (1-19-2009). Baldwin announced the formation of a new Sprint Cup Series race team under the existing Tommy Baldwin Racing banner. The team will run Toyota's, plans to compete full-time and get engines from Arrington Manufacturing (1-6-2009)
CAR#
(click #
for news)
DRIVER MANU SPONSOR LISTED OWNER CREW CHIEF ENGINES
NOTES.................
39
[was 66]
Ryan Newman Chevy U.S. Army
(23 races)
Stewart Haas Racing
Tony Stewart
Joe Custer
Gene Haas
Tony Gibson Hendrick
Tony Gibson will come over from DEI and be the new crew chief, bring along the pit crew (11-14-2008). U.S. Army will be a co-primary sponsor in 2009 and be the full sponsor for 22 races plus the All Star race, the Army supposedly signed a 3-year deal with Stewart-Haas Racing (10-9-2008). UPS, a rumored sponsor, will go to Roush Fenway Racing's #6 with David Ragan in 2009 (9-12-2008). It was announced on Tony Stewart Live radio show that Newman would use the #39 NOT the #4 (8-19-2008). Newman was announced as the driver at Michigan on August 14th, no word how long the contract is for but it is a multi-year agreement (8-14-2008). Tony Stewart was released from his Joe Gibbs Racing contract after 2008 on July 9, 2008 and will run the #14 with Office Depot [60%] and Old Spice [40%] as co-primary sponsors. Stewart will run #14 in honor of his hero, AJ Foyt. The 2nd team will run the #39. The #14 will be the old #70 team and the #39 will be the #66. Stewart would have the use of the past champions provisional to use for the first five races. The team will be called Stewart Haas Racing. Stewart says the team will not expand to three in 2009. The team will get cars and engines from Hendrick Motorsports.(7-25-2008)
41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota All Sport
Big Red Soda
Mayfield Motorsports
Jeremy Mayfield
Gary Smith
Tony Furr Triad Racing Technologies
All Sport will be the sponsor for 2009 and the team will be co-owned by Gary Smtih with Tony Furr as the crew chief (2-3-2009). Has registered the #41 but will NOT get the owners points from Earnhardt Ganassi Racing (1-30-2009). Mayfield bought a Toyota and plans to attempt the Daytona 500, no word on car number or future plans (1-22-2009)
42 Juan Pablo Montoya
2009+
Chevy Target
(? races)
?Big Red/Juicy Fruit Gum/Wrigley
(? races)
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Teresa Earnhardt
Chip Ganassi
Brian Pattie Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies
Target will move over from the #41 to sponsor Montoya, no word if Wrigley stays or goes to #1-Truex Jr. (1-20-2009). DEI and Ganassi Racing merged, being called Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, with four teams, #1-Truex Jr., #8-Almirola, #41-TBA and #42-Montoya, with the team using Chevy's. The #01, #15 or #40 teams will no longer exist and the owners points go away (11-12-2008). Could merge with DEI, and move to Chevy in 2009. either Almirola or Montoya could get the Target sponsorship (11-11-2008). Rumors have Ganassi merging with a couple different teams: GEM, Petty, DEI, BDR, no word if any will come to fruition. Texaco/Havoline will leave at the end of 2008. Wrigley will return for 19-20 races as they were in 2008. So the team needs a sponsor for half the season (8-20-2008). Montoya was rumored in mid 2008 as wanting to leave, but he said he was with Ganassi long term, the #20 car was one rumored ride, but seems unlikely. The #40 Ganassi team closed up in July 2008, no word if it will come back in 2009.
43 Reed Sorenson Dodge U.S. Air Force
(2 races)
PVA.org
(2 races)
Valvoline
(? races)
McDonalds
(? Races)
Super 8
(4 races)
Richard Petty Motorsports
George N. Gillett, Jr.
Ray Evernham
Richard Petty
Mike Shiplett
(team director)
RPM
Gillett Evernham Motorsports changes name to Richard Petty Motorsports (1-19-2009). GEM-Petty Enterprises officially merge, Sorenson named to drive the #43, supposedly the Air Force moves over from the #10 with Sorenson as does crew chief Mike Shiplett. Gillett says the team has sponsors for most of the full slate of 2009 races (1-9-2009). Bobby Labonte and Petty part ways after 2008 season, Labonte could be headed to Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and the Petty Enterprises looks like it will merge with GEM and the #43 will go there and the #44/45 team would cease to exist (12-11-2008). Crew Chief Jeff Meendering will leave after 2008 and head to Stewart-Hass in 2009 as a car chief (11-10-2008). Boston Ventures bought into PE and becomes a partner in June 2008. Labonte re-signs in June 2008 thru 2012. CAT was one rumored sponsor but went to RCR and the #31. General Mills/Cheerios leaves at end of 2008 and head to 4th RCR car.
44
[was 10]
A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Valvoline Richard Petty Motorsports
George N. Gillett, Jr.
Ray Evernham
Richard Petty
Sammy Johns
(team director)
RPM
Allmendinger signed thru 2010, for 2009, plans are to run the Bud Shootout, the first 8 races and Daytona in July with hopes to run the full season (1-28-2009). The car number will change from #10 to #44, with Allmendinger running at least the first five races of 2009 and at least 7 total, more if a sponsor is found, Gillett Evernham Motorsports changes name to Richard Petty Motorsports (1-19-2009). Sammy Johns takes over as the crew chiewf (team director), Mike Shiplett moves to the #43 car (1-13-2009). GEM & Petty Enterprises official merge. Sadler stays in the #19, Reed Sorenson goes to the #43. Allmendinger is scheduled to run this car part time unless a full sponsor is found, then it could be full-time (1-9-2009). With Petty and GEM mergeing, Reed Sorenson heads to the #43, no word if there will be another driver in the #10 or if it will be run in 2009, much depends on finding a sponsor (12-31-2008). If Petty and GEM merge, Labonte could leave and come the the #41 ride with Sorenson going to the #43 and Allmendinger in the #10 (12-5-2008). Rumor has GEM buying Bill Davis Racing and switching from Dodge to Toyota (10-21-2008). Carpentier released in Oct after Talladega (10-7-2008). Patrick Carpentier told he will not be back in the #10 in 2009 (9-21-2008). Sorenson was signed by GEM on Aug 26, 2008, looks like he will take over the #10 car, the Army could be Sorenson's sponsor in 2009 (8-26-2008). GEM was supposed to decide by Aug 15th if Carpentier will return to the ride but asked for a few more weeks to decide, then Sorenson is now rumored to the ride for 2009 (8-23-2008). Newman had to been rumored to be talking to GEM but he went to Stewart Haas. McMurray looks to be out of #26 ride and could end up here. No word on sponsorship
47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbies
Clorox
Kingsford Charcoal
(6 races)
Bush's Baked Beans
(2 races)
JTG Daugherty Racing
Tad Geschickter
Brad Daugherty
Frank Kerr TRD
This team was the #00 of MWR and took over the owners points as of Atlanta in Oct 2008 with the goal to get back in the top 35 of owners points JTG Daugherty Racing formed a technical alliance with MWR and switched from Ford oto Toyota as of Atlanta in Oct 2008.(10-17-2008). JTG Daugherty Racing signed a "technical alliance" with MWR and will run Toyota's in 2009. The alliance includes the #47 team being housed under the MWR roof. Marcos Ambrose will drive the #47 Toyota, with sponsorship from Little Debbie Snack Cakes and Clorox and Kerr will be the crew chief.(10-1-2008). Plans to move up to full time in 2009.
48 Jimmie Johnson
2010
(2006,2007,2008
Champion)
Chevy Lowe's Home Improvement
Kobalt Tools
Rick Hendrick
Jeff Gordon
Chad Knaus Hendrick
No changes known for 2009. Johnson, Knaus and Lowe's signed thru 2010.
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55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Michael Waltrip Racing
Michael Waltrip
Robert Kauffman
Johnny Harris
Robert "Bootie" Barker TRD
Robert "Bootie" Barker will be the crew chief in 2009, taking over for Bobby Kennedy who moves back to a management role (10-1-2008). NAPA will return for at least another full season with Waltrip. MWR could merge with Ganassi Racing and form a 4 car team, but it seems unlikely. Waltrip plans to run for a few more seasons. Office Depot was one rumored sponsor, but it went to Stewart Haas #14 car
64 Todd Bodine
Larry Gunselman
Geoff Bodine
Toyota ? Todd Bodine
Larry Gunselman
Geoff Bodine
Doug Richert ?
Plans to run a full season. Unsure who will run at Daytona, Todd Bodine will be in the car at California and Las Vegas (1-29-2009)
66 Terry Labonte
Dave Blaney
Toyota Window World
(Daytona 500)
Prism Motorsports
Phil Parsons
Randy Humphrey
Bill Henderson Joey Arrington Engines
Labonte will run the Daytona 500 with Window World as the sponsor, then Dave Blaney takes over. The team plans to run the full 2009 Cup season (1-26-2009). Parsons said on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio that he intends to put a car in the Daytona 500, no word on any plans on Cup races after that (1-11-2009)
77
[was 22]
Sam Hornish Dodge Mobil 1
Penske Trucking
(? Races)
AAA/Auto Club
(2 races)
Penske Championship Racing
Roger Penske
Bill Davis
Travis Geisler Penske
Bill Davis is now majority owner as Penske bought the #22 and will use the owners points to guarantee the first five races of 2009 (2-3-2009). Travis Geisler replaced Chris Carrier after MIS in August 2008.
82
was 84
Scott Speed
ROTY
Toyota Red Bull Red Bull Racing
Dietrich Mateschitz
Jimmy Elledge TRD
The team switched from #84 to #82 in 2009 (12-1-2008). Allmendinger left the team on Oct 2008 and Speed took over the ride for the final five races of 2008. Jimmy Elledge took over as crew chief after Daytona in July 2008. Bill Davis Racing and Red Bull could also merge but that looks unlikely
83 Brian Vickers
2009
Toyota Red Bull Energy Drink Red Bull Racing
Dietrich Mateschitz
Ryan Pemberton TRD
Kevin Hamlin replaced by Pemberton for 2009 (12-1-2008)
87 Joe Nemechek Toyota ? Joe Nemechek Philippe Lopez Triad Racing Technologies
Nemechek bought a Toyota and plans to attmept the Daytona 500 and run the full Cup season and also a Chevy to run the full Nationwide Season
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2012
Chevy Mountain Dew AMP Energy Drink
Army National Guard
Rick Hendrick Tony Eury Jr. Hendrick
Looks like Army National Guard will be on the #24 Hendrick car for eight races, no word how that effects sponsorship on the #88 (11-25-2008)
96
[was 38]
Bobby Labonte
(2000 Champion)
Ford Ask.com
(29 races)
Academy Sports + Outdoors
(5 races)
Texas Instruments/DLP
(? races)
Hall of Fame Racing
Jeff Moorad
Tom Garfinkel
Max Jones
Todd Parrott Yates/Roush
Todd Parrott will be Labonte's crew chief, coming over from the #38 Ford along with the #38 Owners Points. Ask.com will be the sponsor 29 races, supposedly DLP will sponsor the other 7 races. Labonte signs to drive the car for 2009 (1-13-2009). HOF aligns with Yates Racing and will switch to Ford and run the full 2009 season, no word on a driver (1-13-2009). Rumors have the team selling equipment, cars and may not be running in 2009 (1-6-2009). Coleman was released from his contract and is no longer the HOF (11-1-2008). Coleman was supposed to get this ride in 2009, but after Yeley was released, he was named to drive the #96 for the rest of the season, but after one race at Michigan in August 2008, he never returned to the ride and Ken Schrader and Joey Logano ran the final races so no word if Coleman fits in HOF Racing's plans. No word if HOF Racing will still expand with a 2nd team [#97] in 2009 as rumored, looks unlikely. Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach, Bill Saunders and Mark Griege are no longer part of the ownership group, no word if they will change the team name
98
[was 28]
Paul Menard Ford Menard's Yates Racing
Doug Yates
Max Jones
Larry Carter Yates/Roush
The new team will use the #98 and the crew chief will be Larry Carter, moving over from Roush Fenway Racing's #26 team. The team will have no Owners points unless Yates moves them from the #28 or #38 or buys a team, such as DEI's #01 or #15 (11-15-2008). Looks like Kvapil will return to the #28 and Gilliland to the #38, no word on sponsors for those teams yet (10-18-2008). Menard will DEI and come to Yates, could be in the #38 or #28 or as a third team (10-6-2008)
99 Carl Edwards
2011
Ford Aflac
?Subway
(? races)
?Claritin
(? races)
Roush Fenway Racing
Jack Roush
John Henry
Bob Osbourne Yates/Roush
Subway could be primary sponsor for 3-4 races (8-20-2008). Office Depot leaves after 2008. Aflac takes over as the full time sponsor. Office Depot plans on staying in the sport and move to Stewart-Haas's #14. No word if DISH Network or Claritin will return to sponsor a few races. Edwards is signed thru 2011.
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02* ? Toyota Farm Bureau Insurance Joe Gibbs Racing ? JGR
Scheduled to run in three races: Martinsville in Oct, Texas in Nov, Homestead in Now. with Farm Bureau Insurance as sponsor and driver TBA (1-19-2009)
08*/60* James Hylton Dodge ? E&M Motorsports
John Carter
Jeremy Lafaver ?
Teamed up with No Fear Racing and Boris Said, Said will run the #08 Ford at Daytona 500, Hylton will be in the #60 Dodge (2-1-2009). 74-year old Hylton plans to attempt the Daytona 500, no word on 2009 plans for the team after that
13* Max Papis
ROTY
Toyota GEICO Germain Racing Randy Goss TRD
Plans to run 18 races in 2009. Attempted to make two races in late 2008 but failed to qualify
15* Marc Davis Toyota BOB-CAT, Howard University, WHUR Marc Davis Motorsports ? ?
Plans to debut at Infineon Raceway, some short tracks and possibly Watkins Glen
21* Bill Elliott
(1988 Champion)
Ford Motorcraft
(9 races)
Wood Brothers Racing
Glen Wood
Eddie Wood
David Hyder Yates/Roush
The team will scale back and run a partial schedule in 2009, planning on running in 12 races. Bill Elliott had planned to retire for good after the 2008 season but will run in 12 races for the Wood Brothers and looks like Hyder will be back as crew chief (12-6-2008). Marcos Ambrose will move up to Cup with his Nationwide team, JTG Daughty Racing and switch to Toyota and form an alliance with MWR.
25* Brad Keselowski Chevy GoDaddy.com Hendrick Motorsports Lance McGrew Hendrick
Also will run 10 races in the #09 Chevy of Phoenix Racing (1-30-2009). Scheduled to attempt seven races in the #25: Las Vegas, Texas [Apr], Darlington, Dover [May], Chicago, Michigan [Aug] and Kansas
46* Carl Long
Dennis Setzer
Dodge Romeo Guest Danielle Long ? Ernie Elliott
Long plans to attempt the Daytona 500 and the All Star Race in May, Setzer plans to run Martinsville in March (1-27-2009)
51* Kelly Bires
(Daytona 500)
Dexter Bean
Dodge FAB Grills Black Jack Racing Gere Kennon ?
Plans to debut attempt the Daytona 500, Bires will drive at Daytona and Bean plans to debut at Las Vegas once he is approved by NASCAR. Team plans to attempt the 1st five races and get into the top 35 of owners points (1-21-2009)
57* Norm Benning Chevy ? Norm Benning Racing Mark Tutor ?
Plans to debut attempt the Daytona 500 after that, no idea
60*/08* Boris Said Ford ScottsMiracle-Gro
U.S. Chrome
(both for Daytona 500)
Boris Said
Mark Simo
Frank Stoddard
No Fear Racing
Frank Stoddard Roush-Yates
Teamed up with No Fear Racing and Boris Said, Said will run the #08 Ford at Daytona 500, Hylton will be in the #60 Dodge (2-1-2009). Plans to attempt the Daytona 500, but has no sponsor as No Fear will not return in 2009. No word on other 2009 races, if any. Said wants to run full time and attempted five races in 2008 (1-29-2009)
71* Mike Wallace Chevy ? TRG Motorsports
Kevin Buckler
Butch Hylton Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies
Looks like a one-race deal for Wallace to run the Daytona 500
73* Mike Garvey Dodge Jani King Barry Haefele Buddy Sisco ?
Plans to attempt Daytona 500, no word on further plans
75* Derrike Cope Dodge Limu Company/Blu Frog Energy Drink Derrike Cope
Gary Keller
Rich Markle ?
Plans to attempt the Daytona 500 and hopes to run a limited schedule
78* Regan Smith Chevy Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
Barney Visser
Jay Guy Hendrick Motorsports
Regan Smith will drive the car in 2009, for 12 races, more if a sponsor is found (12-28-2008). Joe Nemechek had been signed thru 2010, but was bought out after the 2008 season as the team goes to a part time [12 race] schedule (11-21-2008). Plans to run a limited scheduled in 2009, the race planned have not been announced and may week race-to-race
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or CLOSED/SUSPENDED OPERATIONS
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DRIVER
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01 X Chevy ? DEI
Teresa Earnhardt
X Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies
Owners pts go to the #33 RCR team with Bobby Ginn listed as owner (2-5-2009). Former crew chief Dan Stillman heads to Roush Fenway Racing to crew chief Edwards in the Nationwide Series (12-18-2008). DEI and Ganassi Racing will merge and become Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, with four teams, #1-Truex Jr., #8-Almirola, #41-TBA and #42-Montoya, with the team using Chevy's. The #01, #15 and #40 teams will go away and supposedly NASCAR will NOT allow the #01 and #15 owners points to be sold or moved to another team (11-12-2008). Rumors have Teresa Earnhardt is looking to sell DEI or find a partner (7-7-2008). Unsure of plans with the team or Smith. Rumors had it being shut down without a sponsor in 2008, but those rumors were refuted.
02* Brandon Ash Dodge Sprinter Trucking Ed Ash Kenneth Wood ?
Nor sure on 2009 plans, typically runs the west coast races like Las Vegas, Phoenix, Infineon Raceway and California
4* ? Chevy ? Morgan-McClure
Larry McClure
Tim Morgan
? Ron Puryear
no word on 2009 plans with Larry McClure legal problems - taxes.
15 closed Chevy X Dale Earnhardt Inc
Teresa Earnhardt
x Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies
Owners points will go to the #34 Fron Row Motorsports team in 2009 (1-30-2009). DEI and Ganassi Racing will merge and become Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, with four teams, #1-Truex Jr., #8-Almirola, #41-TBA and #42-Montoya, with the team using Chevy's. The #01, #15 and #40 teams will go away and supposedly NASCAR will NOT allow the #01 and #15 owners points to be sold or moved to another team (11-12-2008). Paul Menard leaves DEI and takes sponsor Menard's to Yates Racing (9-29-2008). No word who would take over the #15 or if it will close up. Rumors have Teresa Earnhardt is looking to sell DEI or find a partner (7-7-2008).
22* closed Toyota ? Marty Gaunt
Mike Held
Bill Davis
Triad Racing Technologies
? Triad Racing Technologies
Davis sold the #22 to Penske and the owner points will be used for the #77 Dodge. Looks like TRT has no plans to run any races in 2009 (2-3-2009). The team may opt not to run the Daytona 500 or any races in 2009 and concentrate on their engine and chassi business (1-19-2009). Looks like Dave Blaney is headed to the new Tommy Baldwin team, no word who will drive the #22 (1-7-2009). Triad Racing Development, with Marty Gaunt and Mike Held are the new majority owners buying Bill Davis Racing Cup and Truck teams, Bill Davis will be available as a consultant, no word on the fate of driver Dave Blaney (12-21-2008). Rumor has GEM buying Bill Davis Racing and switching from Dodge to Toyota (10-21-2008). U.S. Army was rumored, but went to the #39 Stewart Haas Racing team. Caterpillar leaves to go to the #31 RCR team and Jeff Burton in 2009. No word on a new sponsor or if Blaney will return. BDR could also merge with Red Bull Racing
38 ?David Gilliland Ford ? Yates Racing
Doug Yates
Max Jones
? Yates/Roush
The #38 owners points go to the #96 team with Bobby Labonte, crew chief Todd Parrott also goes over. Looks like this team will not run in 2009 and Gilliland needs a ride (1-19-2009). Crew Chief Cully Barraclough left at end of the season, he goes back to Roush, as a car chief on the #26 (12-9-2008). Looks like Kvapil will return to the #28 and Gilliland to the #38, no word on sponsors for those teams yet (10-18-2008). Menard will DEI and come to Yates, could be in the #38 or #28 or as a third team (10-6-2008). Gilliland is supposedly signed to stay thru 2009, no word on sponsorship. Supposedly Yates wants to start another team or two and may absorb the 5th Roush team after 2009, no word which team that may be
40* closed x x ?Chip Ganassi
Felix Sabates
x ?Ernie Elliott
The team closed down after New Hamsphire in June 2008 and after DEI and Ganassi mergered, nothing mentioned about the #40 team, but they have fours teamsnow, so the #40 looks to be done (11-13-2008). Franchitti will go back to the IRL with Franchitti.(7-1-2008)
45* closed Dodge X Boston Ventures
David Zucker
Petty Enterprises
X X
Team merges with GEM and becomes Richard Petty Motorsports, this ride goes away and Petty is looking for a part time ride elsewhere (1-19-2009). With the Petty and GEM merger, this team will go away and no longer run. No word on Kyle Petty's or Chad McCumbee's 2009 plans. Crew chief Stewart Cooper is no longer with the team. Looks like Kyle Petty is not in Petty Enterprises plans for 2009 unless it is a part time deal, but Petty seems pretty bitter about the situation. Supposedly sponsor Wells Fargo could stay with Petty and move to DEI or another team in a part time ride. PE has been rumored to numerous mergers, DEI, Ganassi, BDR, but nothing has been secured (10-23-2008)
49* ? Toyota ? BAM Racing
Beth Ann Morgenthau
Tony Morgenthau
? ?
After six races in 2008, the team suspended operations, was supposed to run some late 2008 races but never did, supposedly will return full-time in 2009
50* Stanton Barrett Chevy NOS Energy Drink SKI Motorsports
Chris Lencheski
Ricky Pearson ?
Barrett plans on running the full 18 IRL season in indy Cars and plans to run 21 Nationwide Series race, no word on and 2009 Cup plans



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