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2012 NASCAR SPRINT CUP TEAM / DRIVER CHART

 

(the silly season chart)

Updated 11-6-2012

Team charts by season: 201820172016201520142013201220112010200920082007,200620052004200320022001200019991998

TEAM PAGES: 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


2012 Rookie of the Year Candidates (ROTY)

Timmy Hill started the season in the #37, but after missing a few races, went back to the NNS
#26-Josh Wise
#33-Stephen Leicht
current rules:

seven is the most Sprint Cup races 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:
Jayski’s 2012 Rookie of the Year Page

NOTE on YELLOW STRIPES:
sometimes a driver not up for the ROTY award may run the yellow stripes on the
back bumper of the car if running on a race track the driver has never competed on before

For how the Team looked at the beginning of the season – see the 2012 Team Chart – beginning of season


Potential Free Agents for 2013
      • A.J. Allmendinger [running a few races in the #51 at end of 2012 season, BK Racing in 2013?]
      • Aric Almirola [one year deal in the #43 but close to re-signing]
      • Marcos Ambrose [contract runs out at end of 2012 but close to re-signing]
      • Kurt Busch [moves to the #78 at CMS in Oct 2012 and for 2013]
      • Matt Kenseth [going to Joe Gibbs Racing #20 in 2013]
      • Joey Logano [going to Penske Racing #22 in 2013]
      • Ryan Newman [re-signed with SHR for 2013]
      • David Ragan [contract ends after 2012 season]
      • David Reutimann [one year deal with TBR, no word on 2013]
      • Regan Smith [runs NNS 2013 season for JR Motorsports #5 team]
      • Martin Truex Jr. [re-signed to stay at MWR thru 2015]
      • Brian Vickers [part time in the #55, eight races, retruns to MWR in 2013]


      • Unofficial Full-time Rides by Manufacturer and Car# Assignments
        40 Full Time Teams
        Chevy: 16 Teams 1,5,10,14,24,27,29,31,33,36,39,42,48,51,78,88
        Dodge: 2 Teams – 2,22
        Ford: 11 Teams – 9,13,16,17,26,32,34,38,43,98,99
        Toyota: 11 Teams – 11,15,18,20,30,47,55,56,83,87,93
      • Some Part-Time Teams by car # that may / will attempt a race or races in 2012:
        Chevy: 23,37,44,50,74,91,92
        Dodge: 7,12
        Ford: 6,21,79,91,95
        Toyota: 09,0,19,23,40,49,52,73,91,97
      • Unassigned Numbers for 2012
        00,01,02,03,04,05,06,07,08
        3,4,8,25,28,35,41,
        45,46,53,54,57,58,59,60,61,
        62,63,64,65,66,67,68,69,70,71,
        72,75,76,77,80,81,82,84,85,
        86,89,90,94,96
        Numbers are owned and assigned by NASCAR, teams can request a number and hold the license



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.

CHART KEYS

(X) starts 2012 season – NOT in the top 35 of owners points, only full-timer teams marked with (X)
* part time team
? unknown or a rumor for that section
ROTY = Rookie of the Year Candidate
Red Font = new driver, sponsor, car#, owner, crew chief..etc
A team in all red = new full time or part time team for this season

2012 NASCAR SPRINT CUP TEAM CHART
Teams Scheduled to run Full Time
CAR#
(click # for news)
DRIVER
(contract end year..if known)
MANUFACTURER PRIMARY SPONSORS
(number of races…if known)
LISTED OWNERS / TEAM CREW CHIEF ENGINE BUILDER / SUPPLIER
NOTES……………..
1 Jamie McMurray 2013+ Chevy Bass Pro Shops


McDonald’s (13 races)


LiftMaster (1 race)


Belkin (1 race)


Banana Boat (1 race)

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Teresa Earnhardt
Chip Ganassi
Kevin Manion Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines
McMurray supposedly signed a multi-year extention in May to stay at EGR (8-15-2012). Belkin will be the sponsor at Martinsville in April; Banana Boat scheduled to be the sponsor at Pocono in June; LiftMaster scheduled to be the sponsor at New Hampshire in Sept (1-24-2012). McDonald’s and Bass Pro Shops return in 2012 as primary sponsors, each about 15 races or so (10-28-2011). Ganassi re-signs McMurray to multi-year contract, no terms discussed (1-19-2011)
2 Brad Keselowski 2015 Dodge Miller Lite 2015 Penske Racing
Roger Penske
Paul Wolfe 2015 Penske Racing
Penske Racing will switch to Ford in 2013 (3-1-2012). Miller Lite, Keselowski (2015 is an option year) and Wolfe extended to 2015 (1-26-2012)
5 Kasey Kahne 2015 Chevy Farmers Insurance (22 races)


Quaker State Oil (4 races)


Hendrickcars.com (12 races)


Trina Solar (?9 races)

Rick Hendrick Kenny Francis Hendrick Motorsports
Trina Solar, a Chinese solar panel manufacturer, is rumored to become a new sponsor for 9 races (3-6-2012). Francis signed in 2011 to come over to Hendrick and with Kahne from Red Bull Racing, starting in 2012, Former crew chief Lance McGrew will return to R&D after 2011 (7-29-2011). Farmers Insurance will sponsor the car for 22 races in 2012 thru 2014 with Kahne as the driver. Quaker State Oil will be the primary fours races a season thru 2013. Looks like Carquest will not return in 2012. Martin was signed thru 2011 with Hendrick and moves to Michael Waltrip Racing in 2012 & 2013.
9 Marcos Ambrose
2012
Ford Stanley Black & Decker
DeWalt
Stanley
Mac Tools (4 races)
Richard Petty Motorsports
Richard Petty
Andy Murstein
Doug Bergeron
Drew Blickensderfer Yates/Roush
Drew Blickensderfer moves over from Richard Childress Racing’s #31 team after Martinsville in October. Former crew chief Mike Ford may head to BK Racing [#83 & #93](10-29-2012). Mike Ford and crew from #43 car replace crew chief Todd Parrott and #9 crew, who swap places and head to #43 car (9-10-2012). Ambrose is not signed for 2012 but hopes to return in 2013. Team may stay with Ford in 2013 or switch to Chevy (9-8-2012)
10 [was 36] Danica Patrick (10 races)


J.J. Yeley (Indy)
David Reutimann (most of the others)


Dave Blaney (Pocono – June)


Tomy Drissi
(Sonoma)

Chevy GoDaddy.com


Accell Construction
Tradebank


Ice Age: Continental Drift

Tommy Baldwin Racing
Tommy Baldwin
Stewart Haas Racing
Tony Stewart
Joe Custer
Gene Haas
Tony Gibson


Tommy Baldwin Jr.

Hendrick Motorsports


Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines

Tony Gibson takes over as Patrick’s crew chief starting at Martinsville in October and for 2013 (10-19-2012). J.J. Yeley ran the car at Indy with TMone as the sponsor, Reutimann is scheduled back in at Pocono in August (7-30-2011). Tomy Drissi ran the car at Sonoma in June (6-19-2012). Dave Blaney drove at Pocono in June, as Reutimann ran the #51 Chevy while Kurt Busch served his one-race suspension (6-7-2012). Stewart-Haas Racing partners with Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) where TBR will field the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevy for all 10 of Patrick’s Cup Series races in 2012. The alliance guarantees a starting spot for Patrick in her Sprint Cup debut – the Daytona 500. TBR’s #36 car, which finished the 2011 season 33rd in owners points, becomes the #10 for 2012. For the 26 races where Patrick is not scheduled to drive, David Reutimann will pilot the #10 car. TBR has sponsorship inventory available for these 26 races. Patrick’s 10-race Sprint Cup schedule is as follows: Daytona in Feb; Darlington in May, Charlotte in May; Bristol in Aug; Atlanta, Chicago and Dover in Sept; Texas and Phoenix in Nov; one race is TDC (1-31-2012). Longtime JGR #20 crew chief Greg Zipadelli named Competition Director for Stewart-Haas Racing (12-16-2011). Patrick’s Sprint Cup schedule was announced in Texas on Nov. 4th. Patrick will attempt 10 Sprint Cup races, with the first being the Daytona 500, then attempt races at Darlington and Charlotte in May; Bristol in August; Atlanta, Chicago and Dover in September; and Texas and Phoenix in November and one TBD. Patrick will run the #10, which she ran in her early racing career in karting (11-4-2011). The car will not use the #7 as Robby Gordon said he is not giving up the car number (9-1-2011). Stewart looking for another driver to run part time and allow the team to run full time schedule. (9-1-2011). Patrick will run full time in the Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports and run a limited schedule in Sprint Cup for Stewart-Haas Racing (8-28-2011)
11 Denny Hamlin 2014 Toyota FedEx Express
FedEx Freight
FedEx Ground
FedEx Office


Sport Clips (Darlington)

Joe Gibbs Racing Darian Grubb Toyota Racing Development (TRD)
Hamlin signed an extension thru 2014 in June 2012 (6-30-2012). Darian Grubb named the new crew chief on Dec 9th (12-9-2011). Crew Chief Mike Ford was released on Dec 6th, no word on his plans. Grubb is rumored to be the new crew chief for Hamlin (12-6-2011). JGR and will merge its engine dept with Toyota Racing Development starting in 2012 (8-11-2011). No word on any changes, supposedly a contract year with FedEx, they returned in 2011 and no indication FedEx will not be back in 2012, no word when Hamlin’s contract ends, but no rumors of him looking or being a free agent in 2012 or 2013 (7-31-2011)
13 Casey Mears 2014 Ford GEICO
2014


Valvoline NexGen (2 races)

Germain Racing Bootie Barker Yates/Roush
Valvoline NexGen sponsored the car for two races at Michigan and Kentucky in June (6-13-2012). The team switches to Ford for 2012. GEICO and Mears are signed thru 2014. Car will have a new GEICO paint scheme in 2012 (1-6-2012). Mears and GEICO will return in 2012 but the team will change from Toyota to another manufacturer. GEICO was the primary sponsor for 18-20 races the past few years
14 Tony Stewart


(2002, 2005, 2011 Champion)

Chevy Office Depot (22 races)


Mobil 1 (15 races)


Bass Pro Shops (1 races)

Stewart Haas Racing
Tony Stewart
Joe Custer
Gene Haas


Steve Addington Hendrick Motorsports
Longtime JGR #20 crew chief Greg Zipadelli named Competition Director for Stewart-Haas Racing (12-16-2011). Steve Addington named the crew chief for Stewart, Grubb looks like he will leave SHR and go to another team (11-29-2011). Grubb was told after Charlotte in Oct that he would not return as Stewart’s crew chief. He could be promoted within the team, move over the SHR’s 3rd team with Danica Patrick or leave and go to another team such as Hendrick Motorsports or Michael Waltrip Racing. Steve Addington is rumored to be the new crew chief (11-20-2011). All indications are that Grubb stays as the crew chief in 2012. #20 JGR crew chief Greg Zipadelli was rumored but JGR expects to retain him in 2012 (10-26-2011). Supposedly Mobil 1 signed a long term deal starting in 2011. No word on plans for Office Depot or Burger King. Rumors have Gibbs Racing crew chief, Greg Zipadelli, could move to the #14 team with current crew chief Darien Grubb moving into a Team Manager role, replacing Bobby Hutchins, released in June 2011
15 [was 00] Clint Bowyer 2014 Toyota 2014+ Five Hour Energy Drink (35 races) Michael Waltrip Racing
Michael Waltrip
Robert Kauffman
Johnny Harris
Brian Pattie Toyota Racing Development (TRD)
MWR signed with Toyota at least thru 2014 (5-30-2012). Five Hour Energy Drink upped thir commitment to 35 races, all but Talladega in May (5-5-2012). Will use owners points from the #00 MWR car and be guaranteed the first five races of the 2012 season (2-13-2012). Pattie named the crew chief on Dec 5th. Supposedly some crew guys will be from Red Bull Racing (12-5-2011). Bowyer named as the driver for the third MWR team, with 5-hour Energy as the sponsor for around 20 races. No word on a crew chief for Bowyer. No word if Waltrip will still run a few races in 2012 like he has the past few seasons. Bowyer signed a 3-year deal, 2012-2014.(10-7-2011).
16 Greg Biffle 2014 Ford 3M (29 races) 2014


Red Cross (2 races)


Meguiars (Las Vegas)

Roush Fenway Racing
Jack Roush
Matt Puccia Yates/Roush
Puccia took over as crew chief after Kentucky in July for Greg Erwin (7-11-2011). Biffle and 3M re-sign thru 2014.
17 Matt Kenseth 2012


(2003 Champion)

Ford Valvoline NextGen (? races)


Best Buy (9 races)


Zest (5 races)


Fifth Third Bank (4 races)


Ford EcoBoost (? races)

Roush Fenway Racing
Jack Roush
John Henry
Jimmy Fennig Yates/Roush
Kenseth will leave after 2012 and drive the #20 JGR Toyota in 2013 (3-4-2012). Ricky Stenhouse takes over the ride in 2013, supposedly the car will retain the #17 (6-26-2012). Fifth Third Bank signs up to sponsor four races. Zest will be the sponsor for five races. The team is still unsponsored for 8-9 races in 2012. Kenseth’s contract is up at the end of 2012 but Roush expects to re-sign him (5-14-2012). Best Buy moves over from the #43 RPM Ford to the #17 for 9 races and the #99 for 2 races in 2012 (12-20-2011). Looks like Valvoline will sponsor Kenseth in a few 2012 race (10-29-2011). Crown Royal announced on June 28th that they would not return to sponsor the #17 in 2012 and is leaving NASCAR. Affliction Clothing sponsored the car for four races in 2011 (6-28-2011). Kenseth is signed thru 2012.
18 Kyle Busch 2013 Toyota M&M’s (26 races)


Snickers (2 races)


Double Mint (4 races)


Interstate Batteries (6 races)

Joe Gibbs Racing Dave Rogers Toyota Racing Development (TRD)
Busch and JGR are talking about extending Busch’s contract, which runs out at the the end of the 2013 season (9-30-20120. JGR and will merge its engine dept with Toyota Racing Development starting in 2012 (8-11-2011). JGR signed Busch to a new multi-year contract good thru at least 2012, but no end year was mentioned. Supposedly M&M’s / Mars will return as primary sponsor. No word on Interstate Batteries, but they are expected back (7-31-2011).
20 Joey Logano 2012 Toyota Home Depot (26 races)


Dollar General
(12 races)

Joe Gibbs Racing Jason Ratcliff Toyota Racing Development (TRD)
Joey Logano will leave after 2012 and take the #22 Penske Racing ride. Matt Kenseth will drive the #20 in 2013 (9-4-2012). Ratcliff named the crew chief Dec 16th replacing longtime crew chief Greg Zipadelli who left to become Competition Director for Stewart-Haas Racing (12-16-2011). Dollar General to come aboard to sponsor in 10-12 races with Home Depot taking the remainder (10-11-2011). All indications are that Home Depot will stay at JGR in some capacity and Logano in the #20 after rumors of Carl Edwards coming over to JGR before re-signing with Roush Fenway Racing. JGR expects Greg Zipadelli to stay as the crew chief (8-5-2011). JGR and will merge its engine dept with Toyota Racing Development starting in 2012 (8-11-2011). Carl Edwards was rumored to this ride with Logano possibly going in to a 4th JGR ride in 2012 with a different sponsor BUT Edwards re-signed with Roush Racing. No word if JGR would bring another driver in or expand if Edwards is not available (8-4-2011). Crew chief Greg Zipadelli could leave and head to Stewart Haas Racing as Stewart’s crew chief in 2012 (6-16-2011)
22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Shell-Pennzoil


AAA / Southern California Auto Club


SKF

Penske Racing
Roger Penske
Todd Gordon Penske Racing
SKF was the sponsor at Talladega, was supposed to be with Hornish Jr. on the #12 before Allemdinger was suspended (10-5-2012). Joey Logano will take over this ride in the 2013 season. No word on Hornish Jr. plans for 2013 (9-4-2012). Penske Racing announced on August 1st that AJ Allmendinger has been released as driver of the #22 Dodge Charger in the NASCAR Cup Series. Allmendinger was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR last week for a positive drug test. “Penske Racing fully supports NASCAR’s substance abuse policy and we are disappointed with AJ’s positive drug test results,” said Roger Penske. Sam Hornish Jr., will drive the #22 Dodge at Pocono and for the foreseeable future. Penske Racing will evaluate its options for a driver of the #22 car for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season (8-1-2012). Allmendinger suspended indefinitely from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy after a positive B sample test. Hornish Jr, will be in the car at Indy in July and Pocono in August. Penske Racing will evaluate its course of action as it pertains to Allmendinger over the coming week (7-24-2012). Hornish ran the car at Daytona and New Hampshire in July after Allmendinger was suspended for failing NASCAR’s drug test and is scheduled to run at New Hampshire in July (7-9-2012). Penske Racing will switch to Ford in 2013 (3-1-2012). A.J. Allmendinger named the driver for 2012 on Dec 21 (12-21-2011). Todd Gordon named the new crew chief on Dec 14th. Gordon was the crew chief for the #22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger in the Nationwide Series for Penske and Brad Keselowski in 2011 (12-14-2011). Penske Racing announced that it has reached a mutual agreement with driver Kurt Busch to end its driver/race team relationship, effective immediately. Busch had been signed thru at least 2014. The team will evaluate its options for the driver of the #22 Sprint Cup Series car in the future while Busch will seek new opportunities with another race team. Rumors have David Reagan, formerly of the #6 Roush Fenway Racing team signing on for a one-year deal. No word where Busch may end up (12-5-2011). Rumors broke Sunday night, Dec 4th, that Penske was going to release Busch, suppsoedly a decision will be on Monday Dec 5th (12-4-2011). Steve Addington left at end of the season and signed on to be the new crew chief for #14-Tony Stewart. No word on any candidates for the crew chief job on the #22 (11-28-2011). Shell-Pennzoil moved over to Penske Racing in 2011 for a long term deal, supposedly thru at least 2014.
24 Jeff Gordon 2013/lifetime


(1995,1997,1998,2001
Champion)

Chevy Drive to End Hunger
(22 races – 2013)


DuPont 2013


Pepsi Max (2 races)

Rick Hendrick
Jeff Gordon
Alan Gustafson
2014
Hendrick Motorsports
Drive to End Hunger will be the majority sponsor on the #24 team each season thru 2013, with primary paint schemes in 22 Sprint Cup races annually. DuPont and Pepsi return in 2012, but expect both to return. Gordon is signed to a long term ‘lifetime’ deal with Hendrick, says he plans to drive at least thru 2013.
26 (X)
[was #55]
Josh WIse (ROTY)


Tony Raines (Daytona 500)

Ford 1-800LoanMart (5 races)


MDS Trucking


Rick Santorum for President (Daytona 500)

Front Row Motorsports
Bob Jenkins
Charles Dickey Jr. Yates/Roush
1-800LoanMart to be the sponsor for five races, Las Vegas, Auto Club, Infineon, Chicago and Phoenix in November (3-8-2012). Team plans to run Wise in most of the 2012 races, going for rookie of the year and trying to get the tema in the top 35 of owners points (2-29-2012) Raines qualified and made the Daytona 500, Rick Santorum for President was the sponsor at Daytona (2-25-2012). Tony Raines is listed as the driver for the Daytona 500 attempt (2-16-2012). Plans to attempt to make the Daytona 500 with sponsorship from MDS. Landon Cassill was named as the driver but that has changed as Cassill announced he took another un-named ride [ended up being the #83 BK Racing ride]. The team ran some races in 2011 using the #55 with Travis Kvapil and J.J. Yeley and is not in the top-35 of owners points. No word of plans after the Daytona 500 or who the crew chief will be (2-2-2012). No word if this team returns in 2012 after running 15 races in 2011 with Yeley, Kvapil and Jeff Green. The #55 will be run by MWR in 2012, so if the team returns, it’ll need a new car number (11-29-2011). Ingersoll Rand sponsored the car and Kvapil at Charlotte in Oct (10-13-2011). A 4th Front Row Motorsports started as of New Hampshire in July where Jeff Green made the race. J.J. Yeley will run the car for the remainder of the 2011 season and a few races in FRM’s #38 and need to qualify on speed each week. Derrick Finley, their competition director, is listed as the crew chief. FRM’s 4th car, the #37, is being leased by Larry Gunselman, with support for FRM (7-16-2011). HP Racing ran the #55 in 2010 but is not in 2011, running just the one car, #66 Toyota.
27 Paul Menard 2013 Chevy Menard’s 2013

Sylvania, Zecol, Serta, Nibco, Certainteed, Pittsburgh Paints, Peak

Richard Childress Racing
Richard Childress
Slugger Labbe Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines
Labbe suspended after Michigan in August for 6 races, but team is appealing, then Labbe accepted the suspension and returned at CHarlotte in October. Shane Wilson was the crew chief for those six races (10-13-2012). Ran a special blue Peak scheme at Daytona in February (2-6-2012)
29 Kevin Harvick 2012+ Chevy Budweiser – 2013
(20 + 3 races)


Jimmy Johns
(6 races)


Rheem
(10 races)

Richard Childress
Richard Childress Racing
Gil Martin Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines
Shane Wilson replaced as crew chief before Bristol in August, Gil Martin named interim crew chief and could end up staying as the full-time crew chief in 2013 (8-20-20102). Shane Wilson moves from RCR’s #33 team, to be the crew chief for Harvick. Gil Martin was named the director of team operations, reporting to director of competition Kent Day (11-23-2011). Rheem returns in 2012 to be the primary sponsor for 10 races (11-3-2011). Jimmy John’s will return in 2012 as a primary for 5-6 races and Budweiser will be the primary for 20-22 races
30 (X) David Stremme


Brian Simo
(Sonoma)


Patrick Long
(Watkins Glen)

Toyota Jegs (Daytona 500) Inception Motorsports Steven Lane Triad Racing Technologies
Brian Simo drove the car at Sonoma in June (6-19-2012). Jegs will sponsor the car in the Daytona 500 which Stremme qualified for (2-24-2012). Switched to Toyota for the 2012 season and using Triad Racing Development engines this season (1-15-2012). Plans are to run in all but the two road course races in 2012, that could change with sponsorship Could be changing manufactuers for 2012 (11-29-2011). Stremme ran select races in 2011 and the team plans to make a full run in 2012, looking for a sponsor. Inception Motorsports is based in Mooresville, N.C., and is privately funded through the Inception Investment Group (6-20-2011)
31 Jeff Burton 2014+ Chevy Caterpillar (24 races)


Wheaties (6 races)


BB&T (6 races)


Rain-X (Indy)


EnerSys/ODYSSEY Batteries (2 races)

Richard Childress
Richard Childress Racing
Shane WIlson Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines
Shane Wilson takes over as interim crew chief for the final three races of 2012 as Drew Blickensderfer left after Martinsville and heads to the #9 Richard Petty Motorsports team. Luke Lambert will be the crew chief in 2013 (10-29-2012). EnerSys/ODYSSEY Batteries to be the primary at Pocono in August and Martinsville in Oct (7-31-2012). Rain-X was the sponsor at Indy in July (7-26-2012). BB&T to be primary sponsor for fives races (1-24-2012). Drew Blickensderfer comes over from Roush Fenway Racing’s #6 team to crew chief for Burton (11-22-2011). #33 crew chief Shane Wilson will move over the RCR’s #29 team and be the crew chief for Kevin Harvick, with former crew chief Luke Lambert moves to RCR’s Nationwide team, but Wilson could end up at the #29 team (11-3-2011). Wheaties moves over from RCR’s #33 team to sponsor for 6 races. Caterpillar will sponsor the car for 24 races in 2012 (10-5-2011). Luke Lambert took over as crew chief after NHMS in July 2011 (7-25-2011). Caterpillar & Burton re-sign a multi-year deal, probably 2-3 years (4-19-2011)
32 [was 6] Ken Schrader
(10 races)


Mike Olsen (NHMS – Sept)
Terry Labonte (1984,1996 champ)
(4 superspeedway races)


T.J. Bell(i)


John Wes Townley
Jason White


Boris Said (road courses)


Reed Sorenson (i)


Mike Bliss (i)

Ford Federated Auto Parts


Northern County Ford


C & J Energy Services


Green Smoke


Zaxby’s


Hendrickcars.com


Southern Pride

Frank Stoddard
FAS Lane Racing
Jack Roush
Frank Stoddard Jr Yates/Roush
Olsen ran the car at New Hampshire in September (9-9-2012). John Wes Townley was to drive the car at Pocono with Zaxby’s but crashed and gave up the ride to Jason White (8-3-2012). Schrader added a race to his sched, running the #32 at Indy with SOFA as the sponsor, a noe race deal (7-27-2012). Boris Said will drive the car in the two road course (Sonoma and Watkins Glen) with sponsorship from Hendrickcars.com (6-4-2012). Sorenson ran at Texas and Kansas in April (4-16-2012). Mike Bliss will run at Phoenix and some other races (3-2-2012). T.J. Bell will run the car in a few races with Green Smoke as the sponsor (3-1-2012). Starting at Phoenix in March, the team got owners points from the #6 Roush Fenway Racing team and is locked in for race 2-5. Labonte is scheduled to run the Superspeedway races at Daytona and Talladega (2-25-2012). Labpnte is in the Daytona 500 and is locked in per champ provisional. Made points deal with MWR, so the #55 MWR team gets the #32 ownersa points. Terry Labonte will run the car in the Daytona 500 and use his Champions provisional if needed. Then SUPPOSEDLY, the team made a deal to get the owners points from the #6 RFR team, so it would be guaranteeded spots in the first five races (2-14-2012). Ken Schrader scheduled to run in at least nine races during the season with Federated Auto Parts as the sponsor, with the first one being Las Vegas, although the Daytona 500 could still be a possibility. The team has no plans to run the Bud Shootout unless a sponsor comes aboard who wants to. No word if Terry Labonte will run any races, the team is talking to himLabonte to run some races in 2012. No word on other dirvers. But the team plans to run the same type of varied lineup in 2012 that it did in 2011 (1-12-2012). T.J. Bell, Mike Bliss, Ken Schrader, Terry Labonte were among the drivers for the team in 2011 (11-25-2011). After starting the team in 2011 and getting in the top 35 after five races, the team used many different drivers with different sponsors. So expect the team to return, no word on the plans or sponsorship
33 (X) Stephen Leicht (ROTY)
Cole Whitt(i)
Tony Raines


Elliott Sadler


Brendan Gaughan (4 races)


Hermie Sadler


Austin Dillon (RCR)

Chevy ?


Lift-Belt


Kroger, General Mills


South Point Hotel & Casino


Anderson’s Maple Syrup


American Ethanol

Richard Childress
Richard Childress Racing
Joe Falk
Tony Glover (Falk)


Gil Martin (RCR)

Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines
Cole Whitt will run the car at Chicago in September, supposedly Leicht will return at NHMS the following week (9-11-2012). Looks like Leicht will run the majority of the races and run for Rookie of the Year honors (5-25-2012). Attempting the races with different drivers. Leicht at Richmond, Raines at Tecxas and Talladega. No word when Falk takes over fully, a driver schedule or plans past 2012 (5-1-2012). Joe Falk bought in to the team around Martinsville in April. Plans to put the Sadlers, Raines and Dillon in the car. Sisco takes over as the crew chief (4-16-2012). The team ran the first five races with Elliott Sadler (1) and Brendan Gaughan (4). Hermie Sadler will run at Martinsville. The team is barely in the top-35 of owners points. Looks like Joe Falk will take over ownership of the team after Martinsville and before Texas in April. No word if Sadler will driver or if Falk will get another driver (3-30-2012). Elliott Sadler to run the Daytona 500 with Kroger and Genral Mills as the sponsr. Gaughan will run the 2nd thru 5th races: Phoenix, Las Vegas, Bristol & Auto Club with South Point Hotel & Casion as the sponsor. Gill Martin will be the crew cheif for all five races (1-25-2012). Scheduled to run one race in 2012 with American Ethanol as the sponsor and Austin Dillon driving, no word which race or which car number will be used for the Cup race (1-21-2012). Crew Chief Shane Wilson moves over to RCR’s #29 and driver Kevin Harvick (12-14-2011)
34 David Ragan 2012 Ford Maximum Human Performance (MHP)
(Bud Shootout)


Scorpion Bed Liners / Al’s Liners


Taco Bell

Front Row Motorsports
Bob Jenkins
Jay Guy Yates/Roush
Crew chief Peter Sospenzo left at the end of the seaon (1-15-2012) Ragan take over the #34 Ford with Daid Gilllialnd moving to the #38. No word if Travis Kvaplil or Yeley will return to the team at all in 2012
36 [was 35] Dave Blaney


Tony Raines
(Sprint Showdown & Pocono in June)

Chevy Ollie’s Bargin Outlet (Daytona 500)


SealWraps (8 races)


Accell Construction (? races)

Tommy Baldwin Racing
Tommy Baldwin Jr.
Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines
Crew Chief Ryan Pemberton left after Richmond in September and headed to JR Motorsports. No word who will be the crew chief at Chicago (9-12-2012). Raines back in the car at Pocono in August as Blaney will once again be in Iowa with his son Ryan, who will run the Nationwide race there (7-31-2012). J.J. Yeley announced on Twitter he was leaving the #49 team and heading to TBR, he will drive the #37 with an alliance with TBR (7-20-2012). Tony Raines drove at Pocono in June and the Sprint Showdown at Carlotte. Blaney had committed to work with his son, Ryan, at the Iowa NNS race in May and in June Blaney ran the #10 Chevy as Reutimann was in the #51 as Kurt Busch was suspenseded for a race and missed Pocono (6-8-2012). Pemberton comes aboard as the crew chief for Blaney (2-6-2012). Crew chief Philippe Lopez left to take the Richard Petty Motorsports Nationwide Series team job (2-3-2012). Blaney will drive this car, which is not in the top-35 of owners points full time in 2012. David Reutimann and Danica Patick will share the #10 Chevy ride, which will use the #36 owners points and gaurantee the car in the first five races of 2012, including Patrick in the Daytona 500. Blaney will run the #36 using 2011 #35 Owners Points (1-31-2012). Looks like Philippe Lopez will stay with Blaney, Reutimann is set for 26 races so far. TBR has re-signed to get engines from Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines in 2012 (1-3-2011). Attempted and ran a few races in 2011 with Steve Park, Stephen Leicht and Geoff Bodine. Was the 2nd TBR team to the #36 Chevy in 2011.
38 David Gilliland Ford ModSpace (a few races)


Maximum Human Performance (Daytona 500)


Long John Silver’s


A&W All American

Front Row Motorsports
Bob Jenkins
Derrick Finley Yates/Roush
Pat Tryson left early in the season and was a consultant at JTG-Daugherty Racing’s #47 until he left and went to BK Racing, Derrick Finley is now the crew chief (10-1-2012). Pat Tryson named crew chief, Derrick Finley was the interim crew chief and this allows Finley to return full-time to his role of Director of Competition (2-8-2012). Crew chief Peter Sospenzo left at the end of the seaon (1-15-2012) Ragan take over the #34 Ford with David Gilllialnd moving to the #38. No word if Travis Kvaplil or Yeley will return to the team at all in 2012. No word if the third FRM team which ran the #55 will return in 2012, running a different car number (11-28-2011)
39 Ryan Newman 2013 Chevy U.S. Army (12 races)


Haas Automation (6 races)


Tornados (2 races)


WIX Filters (4 taces)


Quicken Loans (9 Races)


Outback Steakhouse (2 races)


Aspen Dental (2 races)


Bass Pro Shops (1 race)

Stewart Haas Racing
Tony Stewart
Joe Custer
Gene Haas
Matt Borland Hendrick Motorsports
Matt Borland returns to be the crew chief for Newman starting at Martinsville in Oct 2012 and for the 2013 season, Tony Gibson moves to Danica Patrick’s #10 team for the last four races, Patrick is scheduled to run Martinsville & Phoenix (10-19-2012). Newman re-signed with SHR thru 2013 (9-4-2012). Army will leave as sponsor after the 2012 season. Aspen Dental will be the primary sponsor at Daytona in July and NHMS in Sept (1-23-2012). Longtime JGR #20 crew chief Greg Zipadelli named Competition Director for Stewart-Haas Racing (12-16-2011). U.S. Army returns in 2012 for 13-15 races [diecast scheme images are out], and Tornadoes returns for around 5 races. Quicken Loans signs up to sponsor Newman for 9 races and Outback Steakhouse for 2 races. Newman supposedly is in a contract year and no word if he will return in 2012 or look elsewhere but he seems to want to stay at SHR. No word on Gibson’s plans but looks he will return also (11-1-2011)
42 Juan Pablo Montoya 2012+ Chevy Target Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Teresa Earnhardt
Chip Ganassi
Chris Heroy Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines
Chris Heroy named crew chief, comes over from Hendrick Motorsports where he was an engineer. Former interin crew chief Jim Pohlman will be re-assigned within EGR (11-23-2011). All reports have Montoya and Ganassi agreeing on a new deal / extention, and looks like Target will return as the sponsor (10-25-2011)
43 Aric Almirola 2012 Ford Smithfield Foods (15 races)


STP (Kansas 4/22)


Verifone (Talladega 5/6)


Transportation Impact (Pocono)


JaniKing


U.S. Air Force (2 races)

Richard Petty Motorsports
Richard Petty
Andy Murstein
Doug Bergeron
Todd Parrott Yates/Roush
Todd Parrott and crew from #9 car replace crew chief Mike Ford and #43 crew, who swap places and head to #9 car (9-10-2012). Almirola is not signed for 2012 but hopes to return in 2013. Team may stay with Ford in 2013 or switch to Chevy (9-8-2012). Mike Ford took over as crea chief after Richmond in May. No word on plans for former crew chief Greg Erwin (4-31-2012). Aric Almirola named the 2012 driver. Sponsorship suppoed to come from Smithfield and the U.S. Air Force (1-4-2012). Almirola looks to be the front runner with Smithfield Foods and the U.S. Air Force as the sponsors (12-30-2011). A.J. Allmendinger left to take the #22 Penske Racing ride in 2012. Looks like David Ragan will end up in the #43 as it was mentioned that Kurt Busch is no longer an option (12-21-2011). Best Buy left and will sponsor the Roush Fenway Racing car #17 for 9 races and the #99 for 2 races in 2012 (12-20-2011). No word on Valvoline or the U.S. Air Force (12-15-2011). Kurt Busch is rumored to be replacing Allmendinger in this ride to keep sponsor Best Buy. No word where Allmendinger would go if replaced (12-13-2011)
47 Bobby Labonte
2000 Champ
Toyota Bush’s Baked Beans (? races)


Clorox (? races)


Kingsford Charcoal (? races)


Kimberly-Clark (? races)


Lance Snacks (? races)


Kroger / USA (Daytona 500)


Reese Towpower (? races)


RainEater (? race)


BUBBA Burger (2 races)

JTG Daugherty Racing
Tad Geschickter
Brad Daugherty
Brian Burns (interim) TRT
Brain Burns seems to be the interim crew chief (9-2-2012). Interim crew chief David Hyder is fulfilling his normal role at Iowa Speedway with the K&N Pro Series East team that JTG Daugherty Racing prepares for Cale Conley. Team engineer Brian Burns will step up to call the shots for the #47 team at Pocono in August (8-1-2012). David Hyder was named interim crew chief after Todd Berrier left after Indy in 2012 to go to the #78 team. No word who the full time crew chief will be. Bobby Hutchens was named the new General Manager of the team (7-24-2012). Labonte returns in 2012 as does all the sponsors. Berrier took over as crew chief, Frank Kerr will move over to the shop foreman position. The team will move back to it’s own shop, get engines from TRT
48 Jimmie Johnson 2015


(2006, 2007
2008, 2009,
2010 Champ)

Chevy Lowe’s Home Improvement
Kobalt Tools
2013


Jimmie Johnson Foundation (Auto Club)

Rick Hendrick
Jeff Gordon
Chad Knaus
2014
Hendrick Motorsports
Gets a new all blue and white paint scheme in 2012 (11-2-2011).
51 Kurt Busch 2012 (2004 Champ)


David Reutimann (Pocono – June)


Regan Smith (Phoenix & Homestead – Nov)


A.J. Allmendinger (4 races)

Chevy Monster Energy (All-Star Race)


TAG Heuer (Bud Shootout)


Hendrickcars.com (Daytona 500)
Phoenix Construction Services

James Finch
Phoenix Racing
Nick Harrison Hendrick Motorsports
Allmendinger in the car at Charlotte thru Texas (4 races) then Smith is scheduled to run the #51 at Phoenix and Homestead in November (10-25-2012). Allendinger in the car at Charlotte after Smith took over the #88 Chevy at Charlotte and Kansas as a sub for Dale Earnhardt Jr who suffered a concussion at Talladega (10-11-2012). Smith will run the car at Charlotte in October, no word after that, the team could use different drivers for the remainder of the season (10-7-2012). Furniture Row Racing & Busch announced at Dover that Busch would leave the #51 team and head to the #78 starting at Charlotte for the final five races. No word who will drive the #51 for the rest of 2012. Regan Smith could move over from the #78 or Reutimann could take over (9-28-2012). Busch announced he has signed with the #78 team to run that car starting in 2013 (9-24-2012). Busch was suspended for one race, Pocono in June after an altercation with a reporter at Dover. David Reutimann drove the race at Pocono. Finch and Busch met and decided to continue with Busch in the car (6-12-2012). It was announced that Kurt Busch signed a one-year deal to run for Phoenix Racing (12-22-2011). Ragan was close to signing with this team until Kurt Busch got released from the #22. Ragan was a front runner for the #22 job, but the ride went to A.L. Allmendinger. Ragan could end up in the #51 or go to the #43 Ford (12-21-2011). Changed to #51 after Charlotte in 2011 after running the #09 for years (6-3-2011). Martin could end up with the team, moving over from Hendrick Motorsports #5 team or the team could keep Cassill, who had a good season in his first full time season, helping Bill Elliott get the team in the top-35 in owners points and staying there
55
[was 32]
Mark Martin 2013 (25 races)
Michael Waltrip (5 races)


Brian Vickers (8 races)

Toyota
2014+
Aaron’s Dream Machine
(30 races)


Myclassiccar.com, RK Motors

Michael Waltrip Racing
Michael Waltrip
Robert Kauffman
Johnny Harris
Rodney Childers Toyota Racing Development (TRD)
Vickers will also run the road courses at Watkins Glen and Sonoma (3-30-2012). Vickers named Sadler’s replacement, and also added another race. Vickers will run six races: both Bristol races, both Martinsville and both New Hampshire. The team still has not named a driver for the two road course races (3-8-2012). Sadler was to run five races, but it was nixed by RCR and Chevy (3-5-2012). Secured owners points from the #32 FAS Lane Racing team to lock the team in for the first five races of the 2012 season (2–19-2012). Changed from #00 to #55 for 2012 (11-23-2011) Martin to run 25 races in each of the 2012 & 2013 seasons, with Waltrip running five races and Aaron’s re-signing to sponsor the car for 30 races in rach of the 2012 & 2013 seasons. Martin will run the Daytona 500. Waltrip will run the remaining restrictor plate races plus the race in his home state of Kentucky. MWR plans to run a combination of drivers and sponsor partners (Tums? Best Western?])to fill the remaining races when Martin and Waltrip are not behind the wheel (11-4-2011). David Reutimann had signed a 3-year deal to stay at MWR and in the #00 car in June 2010 but was told he will not return in the car or with MWR after the 2011 season. (11-3-2011) Aaron’s sponsored the car in 2011 for at least 18 races, supposedly will be about the same in 2012. MWR signed with Toyota at least thru 2014
56 Martin Truex Jr. 2015 Toyota
2014+
NAPA Auto Parts, Filters, Brakes
2015
Michael Waltrip Racing
Michael Waltrip
Robert Kauffman
Johnny Harris
Chad Johnston Toyota Racing Development (TRD)
NAPA and Truex Jr. re-signed thru 2015 (9-5-2011). Johnston named the crew chief after Kansas in 2011 (6-17-2011). MWR signed with Toyota at least thru 2014
78 Regan Smith


Kurt Busch (2004 Champ)( finla 6 races)

Chevy Furniture Row
Farm America
Furniture Row Racing
Barney Visser
Todd Berrier Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines
Busch takes over starting at Charlotte in October thru end of the season. FRR will honor contract for Smith, who is free to look elsewhere, ran the #88 at Charlotte & Kansas when Dale Jr. was out with a concussion. Smith to run the #51 car at Phoneix & Homestead in Nov (10-25-2012). Smith will not be back with the team in 2012, Kurt Busch named as the driver for 2013. Busch signed a one-year deal with Furniture Row. He didn’t rule out staying with the organization beyond next season (9-23-2012). Todd Berrier took over as the crew chief after New Hampshire in July, Berrier had been with the #47 JTG Daughtery Racing team (7-23-2012). Former crew chief Pete Rondeau will stay with the team in another capacity (7-25-2012). Smith is signed thru 2012.
83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper BK Racing
Ron Devine
Wayne Press
Thomas Ueberall
Doug Richert Triad Racing Technology
Cassill said in an interview that he has a full-time ride with a new team owned by former TRG minority owner, Ron Devine. Doug Richert will be the crew chief. Travis Kvapil could be Cassill’s teammate in the team 2nd car, suppsedly will change from #4 to #93 (2-9-2012). Could return in a two car format with TRG owners other then Buckler buying the Red Bull Racing assets and getting the owners points from the #4 and #83 with Landon Cassill and another driver (2-3-2012). Red Bull Racing shut down December 1st, no word on any nuyers or what will happen to the team, all workers laid off (12-1-2012).
87 (X) Joe Nemechek Toyota AM FM Energy Joe Nemechek Steven Gray Triad Racing Technologies
Attempted and made the Daytona 500 and plans to run the full season. NEMCO ran a 2nd car, the #97 car at Daytona for Bill Elliott, but failed to make the race (2-23-2012)
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2017


Regan Smith

Chevy Army National Guard
Diet Mountain Dew
AMP Energy
Rick Hendrick Steve Letarte
2013
Hendrick Motorsports
Earnhardt Jr. back in the car starting at Martinsville after being cleared from the concussion (10-24-2012). Regan Smith takes over at Charlotte and Kansas in October as Earnhardt Jr, recovers from a concussion suffered at Talladega on Oct 7th (10-11-2012). Diet Mountain Dew takes over as the Pepsi sponsor in 2012 instead of AMP Energy Drink and the 2012 National Guard diecast images have been released (9-30-2011). Hendrick Motorsports and Earnhardt Jr. extended their deal to 2017 (9-1-2011). Letarte is signed thru at least 2013 with HMS.
93 [was 4] Travis Kvapil


David Reutimann

Toyota Burger King BK Racing
Ron Devine
Wayne Press
Thomas Ueberall
Todd Anderson Triad Racing Technology
Pat Tryson came over from JTG-Daugherty Racing’s #47 team as a consultant (10-1-2012).Kvapil will be in the #93 for the rest of the season and Reutimann will run a third BK Racing car, #73 in 8 races that Danica Patrick is in the #10 car (5-23-2012). Reutimann ran the car at Darlington, Kvapil was in the 3rd BK Racing car #73 (5-10-2012). David Reutimann will drive the car in the Daytona 500 then Kvapil will take over the ride from there (2-14-2012). Was the #4 car with Kahne in 2012, supposedly will change to #93. Kvapil and Vickers are rumored as drivers (2-10-2012). Cassill said in an interview that he has a full-time ride with a new team owned by former TRG minority owner, Ron Devine. Doug Richert will be the crew chiet. Travis Kvapil could be Cassill’s teammate in the team 2nd car, suppsedly will change from #4 to #93 (2-9-2012). Could return in a two car format with TRG owners other then Buckler buying the Red Bull Racing assets and getting the owners points from the #4 and #83 with Landon Cassill and another driver (2-3-2012). Red Bull Racing shut down December 1st, no word on any nuyers or what will happen to the team, all workers laid off (12-1-2012).
98 [was 46] (X) Michael McDowell


David Mayhew
(Sonoma)


Mike Skinner

Ford K-Love, Curb Records
Presbyterian Hosptial
(Charlotte – May)


Traqm

Phil Parsons Racing
Phil Parsons
Dusty Whitney
Mike Curb
Gene Nead Roush / Yates
Skinner in the car at Pocono with Traqm as the sponsor (7-31-2012). David Mayhew will run the car at Sonoma in June (6-20-2012). Merged with Whitney Motorsports and renamed Phil Parsons Racing. Will run Fords with engines from Roush-Yates. The team will switch to #98. HP Racing, Parsons team ran #66 in 2012 and Whitney, who is still involved, ran #46. Plans to run the full season, could be a start-and-parker (2-2-2012)
99 Carl Edwards 2013+ Ford Fastenal (15+3 races)


Best Buy (2 Races)


UPS (Kentucky)


Subway (6 races)


Aflac (? races)


Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes (2 races)


Cheez-It (2 races)


Ford EcoBoost (? races)

Roush Fenway Racing
Jack Roush
John Henry
Chad Norris Yates/Roush
Norris replaced Bob Osbourne as crew chief on July 17, 2012. Osbourne cited health and family reasons (7-17-2012). Subway will be the sponsor for six races in 2012 (2-8-2012). Scott’s / Ortho will not return in 2012, Aflac will, no word how many races (1-25-2012). Will not run the fill NNS series, but could run a few races in 2012 in NNS (1-15-2012). Best Buy moves over from the #43 RPM Ford to the #17 for 9 races and the #99 for 2 races in 2012 (12-20-2011). UPS will move from the #6 RFR team to the #99 as an associate sponsor and one-race sponsor at Kentucky. The #6 team could close and RFR downsize to a three car team with Ragan out of a ride (10-27-2011). Fastenal moves up from the NNS series to sponsor Edwards for 17races a year for the next few seasons. Aflac is likely back in a smaller role with less primary races. No word on Subway or Scotts/Ortho. UPS, which is scaling back its primary sponsorship on the #6, could stay there for 4-8 races or move to the #99 for 4-8 races (9-2-2011). Edwards re-signs a multi-year contract starting in 2012 to stay at Roush Racing. RFR tends to do 3-4 year deals. No word on what sponsors will stay or if UPS will move to the #99 from the #6 in 2012 (8-2-2011).

NASCAR SPRINT CUP TEAM CHART
Team that plan to run a part-time schedule
CAR#
(click # for news)
DRIVER
(contract end year..if known)
MANUFACTURER PRIMARY SPONSORS
(number of races…if known)
LISTED OWNERS / TEAM CREW CHIEF ENGINE BUILDER / SUPPLIER
NOTES……………..
0* Mark Green Toyota Blue Ox SS Motorsports
SJ Scharr
Brad Smales Pro Motors
Supposedly the team plans to try again at Martinsville in Oct (10-1-2012). Attempted to make Richmond in September with Mark Green as the driver but failed to make the race (9-7-2012)
09* Kenny Wallace Toyota American Ethanol RAB Racing
Robby Benton
Brack Maggard
Scott Zippadelli Triad Racing Technologies
Attempted to run the Daytona 500 but failed to qualify or race into the race, looks doubtful the team will make any other attempts (2-23-2012)
6* Ricky Stenhouse Ford Ford EcoBoost (Daytona – Feb)
Cargill / Safeway (Dover – Sept)
Best Buy (Charlotte – Oct)
Fifth Third Bank (Homestead)
Roush Fenway Racing
Jack Roush
John Henry
Scott Graves Yates/Roush
Stenhouse is scheduled to run three Cup races in the last 8 races: Dover, Charlotte and Homestead. Scott Graves will be the crew chief (9-22-2012). Stenhouse may run some races late in 2012 season in this car before replacing Matt Kenseth in the #17 Ford full time in 2013 (6-25-2012). Ran the Daytona 500, afterwards the #6 owners points went to the #32 FAS Lane team (2-28-2012). Stenhouse will run the car in the Daytona 500 and may run a few other races, but Roush will not run the car unsponsored past the Daytona 500. The team is locked in the top-35 of owners points for the first five races of 2012. If a sponsor is found, the car could run more races in 2012 (1-6-2012). Ragan released frrom Roush Racing and missed out on the #22, #43 and #51 Cup rides as well as the #88 NNS Chevy ride (1-5-2012). Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer heads to RCR as the crew chief for Jeff Burton in the #31 (11-21-2011). UPS will move to the #99 RFR team and Carl Edwards as an associated sponsor and one-race sponsor at Kentucky. This team could close and RFR downsize to a three car team with Ragan out of a ride (10-27-2011). If a sponsor cannot be found, Roush has stated he could drop to a 3-car team in 2012 but seems doubtful that he would shutter the team (10-7-2011). UPS could move to the #99 for 4-8 races or stay on the #6 for 4-8 races, but will not return as the full time sponsor in 2012 (9-2-2011). Ragan is signed thru 2014. UPS is signed thru 2011 and the team is working with them to extend that (2-1-2011). Team president Geoff Smith and owner Jack Roush both have said Ragan and UPS will return to the #6 car in 2011 and both are signed thru 2011 (5-31-2010)
7* Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy Drink
MAPEI
Robby Gordon
Robby Gordon Motorsports
Shane Bourgeois RGM / Arrington
Gordon did not attempt to make the road course at Watkins Glen in August, no word on any future NASCAR plans (8-15-2012). After running Sonoma in June 2012, Gordon said it could be his last 2012 start and hopes to at least run the Daytona 500 in 2013 (6-24-2012). Gordon will attempt to make the race in Sonoma, Shane Bourgeois is now listed as the crew chief (6-19-2012). After missing Bristol and Auto Club, Gordon parked the car/team and has no plans to race until Sonoma in June (3-27-2012). Attempted and made the Daytona 500. Says he plans to run the full 2012 season (2-24-2012). Will attempt to run the Daytona 500 with MAPEI as the sponsor. RGM now builds the engines in house with Joey Arrington heading that program (2-15-2012). Didn’t test at Daytona in January and has not announced any 2012 plans for the team (1-23-2012). Gordon says he plans to run some 2012 races, depending on sponsorship and has no plans to give up the car #7 for Stewart Haas Racing’s 3rd team and Danica Patrick (8-26-2011).
12* Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge SKF Penske Racing
Roger Penske
Chad Walter Penske Racing
Hornish Jr. took over the #22 ride at Daytona in July after Allemdinger was suspended, so SKF was the sponsor on the #22 at Talladega and Penske didn’t run a 3rd car there (10-4-2012). Hornish Jr. is scheduled to run two races: Kansas in April and Talladega in October (3-29-2012)
19* Mike Bliss (i)


Jeff Green
Jason Leffler (i)


Chris Cook (Sonoma)

Toyota
Ford
Plinker Tactical Humphrey Smith Racing
Randy Humphrey
Mike Smith
Paul Clapprood
Skip Pope
Pro Engineering
Paul Clapprood are listed on and off as the crew chief of the team (9-24-2012). Skip Pope is now shown as the crew chief as of Michigan in June. Paul Clapprood had been listed as the crew chief (6-13-2012). Showed up at Bristol in March and is attempting many of the races, seems Bliss is in the car for now (5-12-2012)
21* Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane (12 races)


Good Sam / Camping World (4 races)

Wood Brothers Racing
Glen Wood
Eddie Wood
Donnie Wingo Yates/Roush
Good Sam / Camping World will sponsor the team for four races, All-Star race, Atlanta, Chicago and Charlotte in Oct (5-2-2012). Bayne named to drive the car in 2012. Motorcraft/Quick Lane will be the sponsor for 12 races. The team plans to run 16-18 races in 2012, more is possible if sponsorship is found (1-5-2012). The team ran a part-time schedule again in 2011 and unless sponsorship is found, will likely do the same in 2012. Bayne won the 2011 Daytona 500 with the team (6-20-2011)
23 (X)* Robert Richardson Jr.(Daytona & Talladega)


Scott Riggs

Toyota (Daytona 500)


Chevy

North Texas Pipe R3 Motorsports
Robert Richardson Sr.
Greg Conner Pro Motors
Skipped Sonoma road course in June after attempting the first 15 races of the season and also skipped Watkins Glen (8-12-2012). Scott Riggs will run the races after Daytona with Richardson running at Talladega in May. The team plans to evaluate after five races to see how close it is to the top-35 and if it will continue to run all the races in 2012 (2-12-2012). Plans to attempt the full Sprint Cup Series schedule in 2012 and run a partial schedule in the Nationwide Series. Robertson Jr. is scheduled to run the Daytona 500 with North Texas Pipe as the sponsor in a Toyota, after that, the team will run Chevy. The team purchased Chevy’s from Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.(1-3-2012)
37* J.J. Yeley Chevy ? Larry Gunselman
Max Q Motorsports
Tony Furr Pro Motors
Max Q Motorsports (MQM) Owner Larry Gunselman announced that MQM and Tommy Baldwin Racing have formed a technical alliance. J.J. Yeley will be the driver of the MQM #37 entry effective immediately, switching to Chevy (7-20-2012). After Martinsville Ware and Gunselman spilt and the team is looking for a sponsor, has not been to a race since. Hill went back to the Nationwide Series and the sponsor left (4-23-2012). Raines will run the car at Martinsville, no word when/if Hill will return (3-29-2012). Hill failed to qualify for the races at Phoenix, Bristol and Auto Club. Hill made his debut at Las Vegas (3-25-2012). Failed to make the Daytona 500 (2-23-2012). Plan to run full season with Mike Wallace at Daytona on Feb. Timmy Hill will take over the ride a few races in, likely at Martinsville, Auto Club or Texas. Rick Ware Racing joined forces with Mex Q and Gunselman (2-15-2012). Undecided on driver for 2012, supposedly will employ a few drivers in 2012. Had announced Josh Wise would run for rookie of the year, but supposedly is looking at other drivers to run some races in 2012 (1-23-2012). Team plans to run the full 2012 season with Josh Wise running for rookie of the year (10-19-2011). Gunselman took over ownership of the team in August 2011. Larry Gunselman leased the car / team in 2011. The team fell out of the top 35 in owners points and missed some races in 2011 as a start-and-parker.
40* Michael Waltrip (Daytona 500) Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine Hillman Racing
Mike Hillman
Joe Falk
Buddy Sisco TRD
Team attempted Daytona 500 with Waltrip, then Falk bought the #33 team from Richard Childress and will merge this team with that one, running many drivers and running Chevy (4-12-2012). Looks like a one-race deal for Michael Waltrip to attempt to make the Daytona 500.(2-13-2012)
44* David Reutimann Ford No Label Watches Johnathan Cohen
Xxxtreme Motorsports
Frankie Kerr Yates/Roush
Attempting Phoenix in Novemeber and plans to attempt the final 2012 race at Homestead. Plans to run the series full-time in 2013 with a possible 2nd team (11-5-2012)
49* CLOSED Toyota x Jay Robinson
Troy Blakeney
Robinson-Blakeney Racing
Scott Eggleston Race Engines Plus
Team went up for auction on Oct 30th, to sell all its assets. No comment by anyone with the team, looks like it is done and closed (10-30-2012). After taking Indy and Pocono off, the team ran at Watkins Glen with Leffler listed as the driver and the crew chief as Scott Eggleston, but skipped Michigan and will run Bristol (8-19-2012). Tony Fur is no longer listed as the crew chief, goes over to the #37 (7-23-2012). J.J. Yeley announced on Twitter July 18th that he was heading to Tommy Baldwin Racing, no word if it is the #10 ir #36 car, the TBR NNS team or a third car (7-18-2012). Failed to make the Daytona 500 (2-23-2012). J.J. Yeley named as the driver and Tony Furr as the crew chief (1-25-2012). Nationwide Series team owner Jay Robinson has partnered with Troy Blakeney of Houston, TX to form Robinson-Blakeney Racing, LLC and will field a Sprint Cup Series car with Toyota as its manufacturer.”We have all of the cars and equipment in place. We will be running engines prepared by Race Engines Plus and are hoping to hire a driver very soon”, said team owner Jay Robinson. The team will soon be announcing their drivers, crew chiefs and sponsorships.(1-16-2012).
50* Bill Elliott
1988 Champ
Chevy Walmart Steve Turner
Turner Motorsports
Trent Owens Hendrick Motorsports
Elliott ran the Daytona race in July for this team after attempting to make the Daytona 500 in Nemechek’s 2nd car, the #97 Toyota and making the race at Talladega in the #87 (7-7-2012). Elliott ran one race at Daytona in July in the car. Walmart will be the sponsor. Team fielded by Turner Motorsports, no word on any other races or plans for this team
52* Mike Skinner


Scott Speed

Toyota Crusader Staffing Jimmy Means
Dell Hamilton
Arash Khorsandi
Kelly Owen
Scott Eggleston Pro Motor Engineering
Mike Skinner named the driver for the 2012 races the team will attempt. Skinner made the race at Darlington in May and then attempted Kentucky in June but failed to make the race (6-29-2012). Scott Speed attempted Martinsville but failed to make the race in its Sprint Cup debut (3-31-2012). Crusader Staffing, owned by team owner Dell Hamilton will be the sponsor (3-30-2012). Plans to make debut at Martinsville in April (3-16-2012). Was not on the entry list at Phoenix, so looks like it may be Bristol (2-28-2012). New plans call for the first attempt at either Phoenix in March or Bristol in March (1-30-2012). The team announced it plans to attempts all the races in 2012. Will run a Toyota per their twitter feed. No driver yet named (1-27-2012). No driver, crew chief or cars yet, but supposedly plans to run some races in 2012
73* David Reutimann (8 races)
Travis Kvapil (1 race)
Toyota Dr. Pepper / Burger King BK Racing
Ron Devine
Wayne Press
Thomas Ueberall
Ben Leslie Triad Racing Technology
A third car from BK Racing [#83 & #93]. Kvapil ran it at Darlington in May as David Reuitmann was in the #93 car. Reutimann attempted to make the Coca Cola 600 in the #73 car but failed to make the race but will run the #73 in the seven races he is not in the #10 car when Danica Patrick is in the #10 Chevy the rest of the season (5-22-2012).
74* Cole Whitt
Stacy Compton
Reed Sorenson
Chevy ? Turn One Racing
Stacy Compton
Vickie Compton
?Peter Sospenzo EGR
After attempting 12 races, stopped attempting races (7-25-2012). Sospenzo is now listed as the crew chief for the #91 Ford as of Indy in July (7-25-2012). Looks like Whitt is now the main driver, making 3 races before failing to qualify at Dover in Jume. Sorenson debuted with the team at Bristol and two more starts at ACS and Martinsville before moving to the #32 Ford for most races. Compton attempteds to make the Texas race as the driver but failed to make the race (6-1-2012). The team made it’s debut at Bristol in March and made the race as well as the race at Auto Club Speedway with Sorenson driving. Looks to be a start and park operation for now (3-26-2012). Turn One Racing planned to make debut at Phoenix but withdrew the #74 Chevy, no word on next planned race (2-29-2012). Compton’s team has purchased five cars from Richard Childress Racing and plans are in the works to race eight to ten events in 2012.(1-20-2012)
79* Mike Skinner
Kelly Bires


Scott Speed


Tim Andrews

Ford BBI / Bestway Disposal Go Green Racing
Archie St. Hilaire
Steve Meehan
Mike Abner


Paul Andrews

Roush/Yates
Bires ran at New Hampshire and will attempt Dover in Sept (9-24-2012). Skinner will run the car at Indy in July (7-23-2012). Bires attempted and made his Cup debut at New Hampshire in July (7-13-2012). Speed ran the car at Darlington in May and Dover in June (6-1-2012). Andrews attempted to make Kansas in April but failed to make the race , changing to the #79 (4-16-2012). Go Green Racing had planned to debut at Bristol, but those plans were put on hold. No word when the team will attempt a race (3-14-2012). Go Green Racing plans to make its first start at Bristol in March and run 10-12 races in 2012. Tim Andrews is slated as the driver with his father, Paul Andrews, serving as the crew chief. Go Green Racing has purchased their NSCS cars from Roush Fenway Racing and will run the Roush/Yates FR9 motor at all 2012 Cup races.(1-20-2012)
91* Reed Sorenson (i) Toyota
Chevy
Ford
? Humphrey Smith Racing
Randy Humphrey
Mike Smith
Peter Sospenzo Pro Engineering
As of Sept has attempted 8 races, with Ford, Chevy or Toyota (9-24-2012). WIll try again at Pocono in August (7-31-2012). Attempted to make Indy but failed to make the race, no word on long term plans or if this is just a one-off deal for Indy (7-28-2012)
95* Scott Speed 2013 Ford WRL, TWD Drywall, Cannon Steel, B&D Electrical Contractors, Jordan Truck Sales Leavine Family Racing
Bob Leavine
Wally Rogers Roush-Yates
Speed was re-signed thru 2013 with the plans to run at least 28 races in 2013 (8-8-2013). Speed named the driver for 2012 (12-13-2011). Plans to run 14 Sprint Cup races in 2012, starting at Texas in April. David Starr was the driver in 2011 but will not return in 2011 (12-7-2011)
97* Bill Elliott (1988 Champ) Toyota ? Joe Nemechek Scott Eggleston Triad Racing Technologies
Elliott ran this car at Talladega and parked after a few laps (5-6-2012). Elliott will drive the #50 Walmart Chevy for Turner Motorsports in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona in July (2-24-2012). Bill Elliott attempted to make the Daytona 500 in this 2nd NEMCO car but failed to make the race, no word on future plans (2-26-2012). Elliott was announced to drive the car in the Daytona 500. No word on a sponsor or other races (2-15-2012). Kevin Conway plans to run more races in 2012, unsure which series or what team. Conway ran three races for NEMCO in 2011 in a 2nd car, that started and parked

NASCAR SPRINT CUP TEAM CHART
Teams with unknown plans or have not responded to inquiries
CAR#
(click # for news)
DRIVER
(contract end year..if known)
MANUFACTURER PRIMARY SPONSORS
(number of races…if known)
LISTED OWNERS / TEAM CREW CHIEF ENGINE BUILDER / SUPPLIER
NOTES……………..
?* ? Toyota ? Winfield Motorsports
Robert Winfield
? TRD
Winfield Motorsports announced in October that they would switch to Toyota, run full-time Nationwide and Truck teams and a part-time Sprint Cup team.(10-20-2011)
50* ?T.J. Bell ?Toyota ?Green Smoke
(3 races)


Bandit Chippers
(2 races)

?Joe Falk
LTD Powersports
?Jeff McClure ?
Team ran a limited schedule in 2011, no word on 2012 plans
60* ? Ford ? Germain Racing ? Yates/Roush
Mike Hillman started his own team and is running the Daytona 500 with Michael Waltrip in the #40 Toyota (2-14-2012). The #13 team of Germain Racing has switched to Ford and doesn’t plan to run the truck team, cutting ties with Todd Bodine and Mike Hillman Jr. If the team runs additional teams in 2012, it would be a Cup team (1-10-2012). Skinner ran most of the races in 2011 until the team shut down with a few races to go in the season. The team was the 2nd team to the #13 GEICO team. No word if it will return in 2012, was mostly a start and parker in 2011. Supposedly Germain will switch to another manufacturer in 2012
75* Derrike Cope Dodge ? Derrike Cope
Mike Jankowski
?Gary Keller
Dave Fuge ?
Announced in November the formation of Creation-Cope Racing, no word on 2012 Cup races or plans. Gary Keller was listed as an owner with the old Stratus Racing Group which had big plans but never came to fruition.
84* ? Chevy ? Sinica Motorsports Allen Wellman ?
Has not made an attempt or any news as of June 1 (6-1-2012). Sinica mentioned on their Facebook page that they would use the #84 in 2012, no word of a driver or race plans (2-20-2012). Was announced as using the #93, but the new BK Racing team, switched from #4 to #93. Team has not announced a new number or driver (2-1-2012). Plans to run 10-15 races and run in the Nationwide and Truck Series
92* ?Brian Keselowski Chevy ? Brian Keselowski
K-Automotive
? ?Ernie Elliott
Will run an ARCA Team and hopes to run some Sprint Cup races in 2012 (12-15-2011). Attempted and made the Daytona and attempted some other races in 2011 and ran for rookie of the year, dropped out, and made attempts with some other drivers, no word on 2012 plans

NASCAR SPRINT CUP TEAM CHART
Teams that have suspended operations or closed
CAR#
(click # for news)
DRIVER
(contract end year..if known)
MANUFACTURER PRIMARY SPONSORS
(number of races…if known)
LISTED OWNERS / TEAM CREW CHIEF ENGINE BUILDER / SUPPLIER
NOTES……………..
35 x Chevy x Tommy Baldwin Racing
Tommy Baldwin Jr.
x Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines
Could run this team for Reutimann if races that Danica Patrick runs if sponsorship is found. Stewart-Haas Racing partners with Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) where TBR will field the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevy for all 10 of Patrick’s Cup Series races in 2012. The alliance guarantees a starting spot for Patrick in her Sprint Cup debut – the Daytona 500. TBR’s #36 car, which finished the 2011 season 33rd in owners points, becomes the #10 for 2012. For the 26 races where Patrick is not scheduled to drive, David Reutimann will pilot the #10 car. TBR has sponsorship inventory available for these 26 races. Patrick’s 10-race Sprint Cup schedule is as follows: Daytona in Feb; Darlington in May, Charlotte in May; Bristol in Aug; Atlanta, Chicago and Dover in Sept; Texas and Phoenix in Nov; one race is TDC (1-31-2012). Dave Blaney will run TBR’s #36, using 2011 owners points from TBR’s #35, full-time in 2012 (1-31-2012).. TBR has re-signed to get engines from Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines in 2012 (1-3-2011). Golden Corral will not return in 2012 as the sponsor, no word if Big Red Soda or Accell Construction will return in 2012 (12-1-2011). Philippe Lopez came aboard as Blaney’s crew chief mid-season, moving over from the #87 NEMCO team (9-1-2011). After finally getting a full time sponsor, the start and park team started running full races and moved in to the top-35 of owners points.
46 ? Ford ?Red Line Oil Dusty Whitney ? Ernie Elliott
Merged with Phil Parsons Racing [formerly HP Racing] #66 team. The team will use #46 owners points and run the #98, not the #46 or the #66 in 2012 (1-18-2012). Crew Chief Tony Furr and the team parted ways (12-15-2011). Scott Speed will drive the #95 Ford in 2012 in 15 races, no word on plans for this team or who will drive in 2012 (12-13-2011). Switched from Chevy to Ford before Indy in 2011. Erik Darnell ran some 2011 races mid season before being replaced by Scott Speed, no word if he will return in 2012 (8-24-2011)
64* ? Ford ? Larry Gunselman ? ?
Gunselman bought the #37 team from FRM and then merged with Rick Ware Racing at the start of the 2012 season (2-10-2012). Cope to run the Sprint Showdown in this car, now a Ford (5-19-2011). Gunselman is now leasing the #37 Front Row Motorsports team, no word if this team will run any more races (3-26-2011). Derrike Cope ran the car at Daytona in the Bud Shootout with Sta-Bil as the sponsor and attempted to make the Daytona 500 but failed to qualify for the race, no word if Cope will run anymore races in the car (2-18-2011). Started running some 2010 Sprint Cup races just before the mid-point in the season to the end
71 ? Ford ? TRG Motorsports
Kevin Buckler
? Roush Yates
Closed up, minority owners bout the old Red Bull Racing team [#83 & #93] and took much of the crew with them (2-15-2012). Could return in a two car format with TRG owners other then Buckler buying the Red Bull Racing assets and getting the owners points from the #4 and #83 with Landon Cassill and another driver (2-3-2012). Suspended operations in late 2011. May attrempt to run some races later in 2012 or come back in 2013 (1-1-2012). 2011 Sprint Cup rookie of the year Andy Lally left the team before Homestead and moves back to Grand-Am Series with another team. No word who would drive but Reutimann, Ragan or Vickers could be candidates (11-22-2011). Lally won the rookie of the year award after running uncontested for most of the season, and ran most of the races with the team. No word on 2012 plans, but team owner Kevin Buckler seems to be in the sport for the long haul, needs sponsorship. Changed to Ford from Chevy early in the season at Texas
77* ?Steve Wallace ?Toyota ? ?Rusty Wallace Racing
Rusty Wallace
Roger Penske
? ?Triad Racing Technologies
Rusty Wallace Inc announced the team has suspended operations of its Nationwide teams and released the drivers to look for other rides, due to lack of sponsorship (1-10-2012). Wallace ran the 2011 Daytona 500 for his father’s team, Rusty Wallace Racing, using the #77 Penske Racing owners points. The team nor Wallace made any other Cup starts in 2011 and no word on any plans for the team to run Cup races in 2012
81* ? Ford ? Dusty Whitney ? Ernie Elliott
Whitney merged his #46 team with Phil Parsons and the #66 to form the #98 team for 2012 (2-1-2012). Attempted and made some races in mid 2011 as a start-and-parker then stopped coming to the track, no words on plans for 2012. Was a 2nd team to help fun the fist team, #46 Whitney Motorsports
2012 Crew Chief Silly Season Chart
Car# 2012 Driver 2011 Team Crew Chief 2012 Plans 2012 Team Crew Chief 2011 Team
5 Kasey Kahne Lance McGrew Chase Elliott, K&N Pro Series Kenny Francis #4 Red Bull Racing, closed
6 Ricky Stenhouse (Daytona 500) Drew Blickensdefer #31 RCR – Jeff Burton Chad Norris RFR NNS team
11 Denny Hamlin Mike Ford #43 RPM Aric Almirola Darian Grubb #14-SHR – Tony Stewart
won championship
14 Tony Stewart Darian Grubb #11-JGR – Denny Hamlin Steve Addington #2 Penske Racing – Kurt Busch
15 Clint Bowyer new team new team Brian Pattie #42-EGR, Montoya – mid season
20 Joey Logano Greg Zipadelli SHR Competition Director Jason Ratcliff #18 JGR Nationwide team
22 A.J. Allmendinger Steve Addington #14 SHR-Stewart Todd Gordon Penske Racing #22 NNS Team
29 Kevin Harvick Todd Berrier #47 JTG Daugherty – BLabonte Shane Wilson
(has since been replaced)
#33 RCR team/closed
31 Jeff Burton Luke Lambert RCR NNS team Drew Blickensdefer #6 Roush Fenway Racing – Ragan
42 Juan Pablo Montoya Jim Pohlman re-assigned within EGR Chris Heroy Hendrick Motorsports Engineer
47 Bobby Labonte Frank Kerr Shop Foreman Todd Berrier
(has sinced moved to the #78)
#31 RCR Crew Chief

Born on Date: May 29, 2011