NOTE: This is an unofficial page compiled by Jayski.com from many different sources. We try to make it as complete as possible and update it as often as needed.
NOTE: It’s too early to know how things will shake out for 2022. However, a sizeable number of changes are expected. Currently this is more of a “lay of the land” collection of info rather than a standard team/driver chart.
One thing is for certain…nothing is certain. Drivers can retire, teams can buy out contracts, sponsorship can disappear, things will change….
Drivers changing teams?
- Matt DiBenedetto: Team Penske announced they will move Austin Cindric into the #21 for 2022, but plans changed and he will move into the #2, as Keselowski will leave Penske. Harrison Burton will join the Wood Brothers next season, replacing DiBenedetto.
- #1-Kurt Busch – Signed a multi-year deal in 2019 that expires this year. He brings Monster Energy sponsorship to the team. The Athletic has reported that he is a candidate to drive a second car for 23XI Racing, if they can obtain a charter.
- #2-Brad Keselowski – Signed a one year renewal with Penske in 2020. He will move to Roush Fenway and take an ownership role with the team, in addition to driving the #6 in place of Ryan Newman
- #42-Ross Chastain – Contract length was not announced but believed to be one year. The sale of Chip Ganassi Racing makes him a free agent, although he is believed to be a leading candidate for the second Trackhouse Racing team.
Drivers with contracts ending in 2021
- #3-Austin Dillon – He’s not expected to go anywhere.
- #6-Ryan Newman – Believed to have signed a three-year contract in 2019, expiring at the end of 2021. Keselowski’s move to Roush could push Newman out if he wants to continue racing full-time, but RFR has said they have offered Newman a part-time opportunity to remain with the team that he is still pondering.
- #10-Aric Almirola – His seat is probably safe as long as Smithfield likes him.
- #17-Chris Buescher – Contract ends after 2021 but RFR says they expect him to remain with the team for “the next three years…but well beyond that”.
- #34-Michael McDowell – Believed to have a year-to-year contract. He says he wants to stay with the team.
- #37-Ryan Preece – Sponsorship and the lack of a charter has the status of this driver / team combo up in the air.
- #43-Erik Jones – Richard Petty Racing holds an option for Jones at the end of the season. Jones says he would like to return.
- #47-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – JTG announced a “multi-year” agreement starting in 2020.
- #48-Alex Bowman – He has now signed a two-year extension with Hendrick.
Drivers with an unknown contract status:
- #00-Quin Houff – Likely year-to-year deal.
- #8-Tyler Reddick – No solid information on his contract status. He announced in August 2020, that he was returning to RCR in 2021.
- #20-Christopher Bell – JGR only announced that he was joining the team for 2021. However, he’s not expected to move.
- #38-Anthony Alfredo – Likely year-to-year deal.
- #41-Cole Custer – He’s not expected to move.
- #51-Cody Ware – Likely year-to-year deal.
- #52-Josh Bilicki – Likely year-to-year deal.
- #78-BJ McLeod – He’s part owner so he’s staying unless a driver comes to the team with sponsorship.
New teams in 2022. These teams would want to secure a charter.
- GMS Racing announced that it will run Cup in 2022, but has not released any details for schedule, driver, etc. They may run part-time as an open team.
- Kaulig Racing has purchase two charters and will run two-full time teams. Justin Haley will run one of the cars full-time. Team has announced that A.J. Allmendinger will run a partial schedule, but that could be with a third team. Another driver could be in the second team car full-time if sponsorship is secured.
- There is speculation that 23XI Racing would like to expand to a second team. Kurt Busch has been linked to the ride.
- Trackhouse Racing has purchased Chip Ganassi Racing and will operate two teams. Suarez will drive one of the cars. The other driver has not been named.
- JR Motorsports is considering the possibility of adding a Cup team, but says the cost of a charter is a stumbling block.
Full-time teams with charters in 2021:
Leased charters in 2021: #7- Spire Motorsports, #99-Trackhouse Racing. Teams can only lease a charter for one year, so they will need to lease another or buy one in 2022.
2021 Teams without a charter (does not include one-off teams)
|Number||Team||Primary Driver(s)||2022 Notes
|16||Kaulig Racing||Kaz Grala||Moving to full-time in 2022|
|33||Team Penske||Austin Cindric||Not likely to run, unless Penske gets sponsorship for a 4th team.|
|37||JTG Daugherty Racing||Ryan Preece||Unknown plans|
|66||Motorsports Business Management||Timmy Hill||Unknown plans|
|62||Beard Motorsports||Noah Gragson||Unknown plans|
|96||Gaunt Brothers Racing||Ty Dillon / Harrison Burton||Unknown plans|
Teams that will not compete in 2022
- While nothing is official, Rick Ware says he’s currently planning on running 3 full-time teams in 2022 and will likely lease one charter.
Unknown plans (don’t count on these teams entering until you see the car at the track)
|?||Tommy Baldwin Racing|
|32||GO FAS Racing|
|44||NY Racing Team|
|50||The Money Racing Team|