2017 Charter Information
Rick Ware Racing acquires Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series charter for 2018: Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today that they have acquired a charter from a current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) team to utilize during the 2018 season. The acquisition of the charter signifies that RWR will compete full-time in the Cup Series next season with the No. 51 entry beginning with the 60th annual Daytona 500 on Sun, Feb. 18, 2018. The Thomasville, N.C.-based team also plans to field an “open” car throughout the season with the No. 52 entry.[More](12-15-2017)
JTG Daugherty buys charter from Furniture Row #77 team: Another key piece to 2018 that still needs to be announced is which teams will have the 36 guaranteed positions for each race. Those go to teams with NASCAR-issued charters. The Furniture Row #77 team charter has been sold to JTG Daugherty Racing for its #37 car.[More](11-25-2017)
Team charters currently selling for millions: Charters belonging to smaller NASCAR Cup teams have, on average, been sold or leased for between $2-3 million, according to a report by the Sports Business Journal. Eight charters were sold or leased during the last offseason.[More](4-4-2017)
NASCAR Announces 2017 Charter teams UPDATED: NASCAR revealed in February 2016 a landmark new ownership structure, awarding 36 Charters that guarantee entry into every points event in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Since then, some leasing and buying of Charters has occurred. The table below shows the Charters (which were awarded following the 2015 season) for 2017. Teams listed alphabetically.
2017 NASCAR Charters
|2016 Car #||2017 Car #||Organization with charter for 2017|
|1||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|42||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|95||33||Circle Sport w/The Motorsports Group (G)|
|34||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|38||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|46||77||Furniture Row Racing (A)|
|78||78||Furniture Row Racing|
|44||32||Go Fas Racing (B)|
|11||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|18||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|19||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|20||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|16||37||JTG Daugherty Racing (C)|
|47||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|7||95||Leavine Family Racing (D)|
|15||15||Premium Motorsports (E)|
|3||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|27||27||Richard Childress Racing|
|31||31||Richard Childress Racing|
|43||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|6||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|17||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|83||72||TriStar Motorsport (H)|
|32||21||Wood Brothers Racing (F)|
(A) Premium Motorsports sold this Charter to Furniture Row Racing for its second team, the #77. In 2016, the Charter was leased by the #46 team of HScott Motorsports.
(B) Richard Petty Motorsports is leasing the #44 Charter to the #32 team of Go Fas Racing in 2017.
(C) Roush Fenway Racing will lease the #16 Charter to JTG Daugherty Racing’s newly formed second team (#37) in 2017.
(D) Near the end of the 2016 season, Tommy Baldwin Racing sold its Charter to Leavine Family Racing.
(E) HScott Motorsports’ #15 Charter was sold to Premium Motorsports.
(F) Go Fas Racing is leasing the #32 Charter to the #21 team of Wood Brothers Racing.
(G) Circle Sport and The Motorsports Group merged operations to field the #33 team with the Charter Circle Sport had.
(H) BK Racing’s #83 charter was sold to Front Row, who leased it to TriStar.