2018 Rookie of the Year Candidates

Points after Talladega:


#02 Austin Hill Chevy United Rentals
Randy Young Chad Kendrick Collins Engine Works
Austin Hill will complete full-time.

#1 BJ McLeod
Clay Greenfield
Tommy Regan
Chevy Motorsports Safety Group/Clyde May’s Tracy Lowe Teddy Brown ?
McLeod at Daytona. Greenfield at Atlanta.(2-24-2018) Regan in at Las Vegas.(3-1-2018)

#2 Cody Coughlin
Spencer Gallagher
Chevy JEGS Maurice Gallagher Jr. Jerry Baxter ECR Engines
Grala left the team for NXS competition following the finale in Homestead. Coughlin and sponsor JEGS joins the team for 2018.(1-17-2018)
Coughlin and team announced their separation prior to Talladega with Spencer Gallagher filling in.

#3 Jordan Anderson
Ryan Newman
Toyota Jacob Companies
Jordan Anderson Dylan Corum ?
Anderson running the entire season under his own banner with support from Niece Motorsports. (1-31-2018)
Newman named the driver on the dirt at Eldora.

#4 Todd Gilliland
David Gilliland
Kyle Busch
Toyota Pedigree
Kyle Busch Marcus Richmond TRT
Bell moves full-time to NXS with JGR. Gilliland announced for 2018 ROTY effort. Gilliland will make his 2018 debut at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway March 24 and then race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway May before running the remainder of the schedule starting at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway May 18 after he becomes eligible to compete on larger tracks when he turns 18 on May 15.(1-17-2018) David Gilliland at Daytona. Kyle Busch at Atlanta.

#8 John Hunter Nemechek
Joe Nemechek
Chevy D.A.B. Constructors Inc. Joe Nemechek Gere Kennon ECR Engines
John Hunter Nemechek to move to XFINITY, but will make select starts.(12-11-2017) John Hunter at Daytona, Joe at Atlanta.

#10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Chevy Think Realty Jennifer Jo Cobb Tim Silva TBA

#13 Myatt Snider Ford Liberty Tax Service
Louisiana Hot Sauce
Duke Thorson Rich Lushes TRT
Snider joins the team for 2018.(2-7-2018)
Louisiana Hot Sauce will be the sponsor at Dover.

#15 Robby Lyons Chevy Troptions Corporation Jay Robinson Scott Eggelston ?
Lyons to start the season the first four races with sponsorship from with the possibility of more.(1-25-2018)

#16 Brett Moffitt Toyota AISIN Group
Ibaraki Toyopet
Destiny Homes
FR8 Auctions
Shigeaki Hattori Scott Zipadelli JGR
Truex moving to full-time NXS competition. Moffitt named as driver.

#18 Noah Gragson Toyota Safelite Auto Glass Kyle Busch Rudy Fugle TRT
Returning for second full season with KBM(1-12-2018)

#20 Scott Lagasse
Austion Dillon
Ty Dillon
Daniel Hemric
Tanner Thorson
Michel Disdier
Reid Wilson
Tate Fogleman
Chevy American Cancer Society
Ohio Logistics
Randy Young Andrew Abbott Collins Engine Works
Team Dillon announced venture with the team to run Austin, Ty Dillon, Daniel Hemric, and developement driver Tanner Thorson for 17 races.(2-24-2018)
Disdier in at Las Vegas.(3-1-2018)
Reid Wilson in at Martinsville.(3-12-2018)
Tate Fogleman at Kentucky.

#21 Johnny Sauter Chevy Allegiant Travel
ISM Connect
Maurice Gallagher Jr. Joe Shear ECR Engines
Sauter hopes to return for 2018, but nothing has been finalized. (10-30-2017)

#22 Austin Wayne Self Chevy Don’t Mess With Texas
AM Technical Solutions
Al Niece Joey Cohen ?
Self announced as driver, with crew chief and sponsors TBA.

#24 Justin Haley Chevy Fraternal Order of Eagles Maurice Gallagher Jr. Kevin Bellicourt ECR Engines
Haley returning for full season.(1-17-2018)

#25 Dalton Sargeant
Spencer Gallagher
Timothy Peters
Chevy Performance Plus Motor Oil
Kingman Chevrolet Buick
Maurice Gallagher Jr. Doug Randolph ECR Engines
Sargeant and Randolph join the team for 2018 run.(1-12-2018)
Sargeant out prior to Canada in August. Gallagher to fill-in.(8-22-2018) Gallagher was replaced by Peters in Canada and for remaining races. Peters won in Talladega.

#33 Josh Reaume
Braden Mitchell
Robby Lyons
Chevy R-Coin
Green Heart Partners
Josh Reaume Danny Glad ?
Lyons joined the team at Talladega

#41 Ben Rhodes Ford Alpha Energy Solutions
Ride TV
Duke Thorson Eddie Troconis TRD
Rhodes returns to the team, switches number from 27 to 41.
Troconis suspended a race after failing post race at Daytona.

#45 Justin Fontaine Chevy ProMatic Automation
Superior Essex
Al Niece Darrell Morrow ?
Fontaine announced as driver full-time as teammate to Self in 2018, with sponsors TBA. Darrell Morrow will serve as crew chief

#49 Wendell Chavous Chevy SobrietyNation.org C Jay Robinson Brian Keselowski ?
Chavous announced he will step away from racing following Talladega in October.

#50 Travis Kvapil
BJ McCleod
Timmy Hill
Mike Harmon
Chevy Rhino Rush Energy
Motorsport Safety Group
Mark Beaver Rob Winfield ?
Kvapil starts season at Daytona, Atlanta. DNQ at Atlanta.(2-24-2018) McCleod in at Las Vegas.(3-1-2018)
Hill at Kentucky
Harmon at Eldora

#51 Harrison Burton
Brandon Jones
Spencer Davis
Riley Herbst
Logan Seavey
David Gilliland
Toyota Toyota
Kyle Busch Mike Hillman, Jr. TRT
Burton to return. 9 races planned for 2018 – both races at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the November race at Texas Motor Speedway, Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway and the season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.(1-11-2018) Jones, Davis, Herbst added to driver lineup for 2018.(1-24-2018)
Davis at Daytona, Atlanta to start the season.(2-24-2018)
Seavey at Eldora.

#52 Stewart Friesen <chevy< td=””></chevy<> We Build America Chris Larsen
Stewart Friesen
Trip Bruce ?
Friesen returns and team continues GMS partnership.

#54 Bo LeMastus
Justin Marks
Chris Eggleston
Chris Windom
Toyota Crosley Brands/DGR Crosley
Baldwin Bros.
David Gilliland/Crosley Sports Group Kevin “Bono” Manion TRT
Team forms with plans to run the Truck season after buying trucks from the closed red Horse Racing team. Eggleston named first driver for the team at time of announcement.(1-25-2018)
LeMastus at Daytona, Atlanta.(2-24-2018)
Justin Marks in at Las Vegas.(3-1-2018)
Windom at Eldora.

#63 Bobby Gerhart
Akinori Ogata
Kyle Strickler
Chevy Lucas Oil
G-Style Transportation/Cedar Peaks
Mike Mittler Robbie Freeman
Rick Ren
Gerhart at Daytona (DNQ), Ogata at Atlanta.(2-24-2018)
Strickler at Eldora.

#83 Scott Stenzel
Bayley Currey
Nick Hoffman
Joey Gase
Chevy E2 Northeast Motorsports
Fr8 Auctions
DJ Copp Jerry Kennedy ?
Stenzel announced for Daytona (2-7-2018)
Currey in at Las Vegas.(3-1-2018)
Hoffman at Eldora. Gase debuted with the team at Talladega.

#88 Matt Crafton Ford Menards Duke & Rhonda Thorson Carl Joiner TRT
Crafton set to return for a full season.(10-30-2017)

#98 Grant Enfinger Ford Champion Power Equipment
Curb Records
Mike Curb Jeff Hensley TRT
Returns full-time.



#0 Joey Gase
Mike Senica

Ray Ciccarelli
Chevy Driven2Honor.org Jennifer Jo Cobb Joe Cobb
Gase in Atlanta(2-24-2018)
Senica in at Las Vegas.(3-1-2018)
Ciccarelli for multiple events, including Eldora.

#6 Norm Benning Chevy Zomongo/H&H Transport Norm Benning Dan Sheffer Pro Motor Engines
No plans announced.

#7 Korbin Forrister Toyota Tru Clear Global Ken and Karen Forrister Doug George TRT
Newly formed team will run part-time: Daytona, Dover, Charlotte, Iowa, Chicagoland, Eldora, Michigan, Bristol, Talladega and ISM Raceway.(1-31-2018)

#27 Chase Briscoe/font> Ford Ford Duke Thorson Vance Haefele TRT
Briscoe extra ThorSport entry at Eldora.

#28 Bryan Dauzat Chevy FDNY Racing Jim Rosenblum John Delvito RAHMOC Racing Engines
Daytona announced as last race for the team after 30 years in NASCAR.(2-24-2018)

#34 Jeffrey Abbey Chevy Don Wilde Racecraft Josh Reaume Rob Winfield ?

#68 Clay Greenfield Chevy AM VETS /Please Stand Clay Greenfield Danny Gill ?
Ran the opener at Daytona.(2-24-2018)

#74 Cody Ware
Tim Viens
Trevor Collins
Chevy Solid Rock/Southern National Mike Harmon Timothy Goulet PME
Ware at Daytona. Viens at Atlanta.
Collins at Eldora.

#75 Parker Kligerman Chevy Food Country USA Charlie Henderson Chris Carrier PME
Kligerman to return again for part-time effort.(1-10-2018)

#87 Joe Nemechek Chevy D.A.B. Constructors Inc./Fleetwing Chevrolet Joe Nemechek Jim Mazza ECR Engines
Ran Daytona, was not entered in Atlanta as Joe ran the #8 team truck.

#92 Timothy Peters Ford BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors
Black’s Tire Service
Advance Auto Parts
Goodyear Commercial Tire
Service Network
Ricky Benton Michael Hester Roush-Yates
Peters for multiple events, including MENCS with Benton.

#97 Jesse Little
Ray Otto Jr.
Ford Wings Over North Georgia Air Show
S&S Express
JJL Motorsports Matt Noyce ?
Part-time effort. First race of 2018 Atlanta.
Otto in at Eldora.

#99 Sheldon Creed Chevrolet United Rentals Chevrolet Matt Miller Shane Huffman ECR
Creed at Eldora


#7 Brett Moffitt Toyota ? Tom DeLoach Butch Hylton Joe Gibbs Racing
Team shut down following Charlotte in 2017 due to lack of funding.

#17 Timothy Peters Toyota Red Horse Racing Tom DeLoach Chad Kendrick TRT
Team shut down following Charlotte in 2017 due to lack of funding.

#19 Austin Cindric Ford Draw Tite
LTi Printing
Brad Keselowski Doug Randolph Roush-Yates
Team to shut down at the end of 2017.

#29 Chase Briscoe Ford Cooper Standard
Careers for Veterans
Brad Keselowski Mike Hillman Jr. Roush-Yates
Team to shut down at the end of 2017.