81 days to NASCAR’s season opener in Daytona

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  • Bubba Wallace
    Bubba Wallace
    American stock car racing driver

With 81 days to go before the green flag drops for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500, this is a brief look at 2021 driver stats and what’s ahead in the new season. Bubba Wallace and others in the NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series will be covered this week. Since many teams have yet to firm up their 2022 plans, follow NASCAR Headlines and "Player" News on this website for the latest updates. The tentative list of Cup Driver/Team lineups for those who plan on entering all events, including teams with multiple drivers in one car, is shown below.

NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)

2021: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (JTG Daugherty Racing #47 Chevrolet Camaro) - The Olive Branch, Mississippi native entered all 36 NCS races, scored one top-five and two top-ten finishes, had an 18.4 average start, a 19.7 average finish and led 35 laps. Stenhouse earned 699 points and closed out the season 22nd in the NCS driver standings. His best finish was a 2nd place in the March 29th Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track race.
2022: Stenhouse returns for another year in the #47 Camaro but will not have a teammate next season. JTG does not have a NASCAR charter (which guarantees a race start) for their #37 Chevy so they are scaling back to a single team. Stenhouse will also work with Tad Boyd as his new full-time spotter. Boyd was spotter for William Byron for the last three seasons.

2021: Bubba Wallace (23XI Racing #23 Toyota Camry) - The Mobile, Alabama native entered all 36 NCS races, scored one win (rain-shortened October 4th race at Talladega Superspeedway), three top-fives, three top-tens, had a 19.9 average start, a 19.7 average finish and led 62 laps. Wallace earned 699 points and closed out the season 21st in the NCS driver standings.
2022: Wallace will be back in the 23XI #23 Toyota. His 2021 interim crew chief Bootie Barker also returns but, since they did well together since September (including the win at Talladega) Barker is now full-time in that role. Another change: 23XI is now a two-car team. Wallace will have Kurt Busch as a teammate in the #45 Monster Energy Toyota Camry.

NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS)

2021: Landon Cassill (JD Motorsports #47 Chevrolet Camaro) - The Cedar Rapids, Iowa native entered 32 of the 33 NXS races, had a 24.8 average start and a 22.8 average finish. His best finishes were (all 12th place) at the Feb. 20th Daytona Road Course, May 8th at Darlington Raceway and the Oct. 30th race at Martinsville Speedway. He earned 465 points and closed out the season 22nd in the NXS driver standings. Cassill also drove the Gaunt Brothers’ #96 Toyota Camry in two Cup Series superspeedway races. He got caught up in a multi-car wreck at Daytona in August and finished 24th in the October event at Talladega.
2022: Cassill just announced that the Cryptocurrency platform Voyager, his sponsor for 19 of the 32 NXS starts in 2021, has extended coverage for the upcoming season. Looks like he will return for another full season in JDM’s #47 Camaro.

2021: Brett Moffitt (Young’s Motorsports #02 Chevrolet Camaro) - The Grimes, Iowa native entered 31 of the 33 NXS races and scored one top-five finish (2nd in the season-opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway) and 10 top-tens, had a 15.9 average start, a 17.7 average finish and let 22 laps. He earned 495 points and closed out the season 21st in the NXS driver standings. Moffitt also entered eight Truck races (6 for Niece Motorsports) with a best finish of 9th in Al Niece’s #45 Chevrolet Silverado.
2022: Moffitt will likely return for his third season in the Young’s #02 Camaro but no plans have been announced at this time.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NTS)

2021: Danny Bohn (On Point Motorsports #30 Toyota Tundra) - The Freehold, New Jersey native entered 20 of the 22 NTS races. He scored two top-tens, had a 24.3 average start and a 24.0 average finish. He earned 263 points and closed out the season ranked 22nd in the NTS driver standings. Bohn also entered one Xfinity series race, the season-opener at Daytona, in Scott Borchetta’s #48 Chevrolet Camaro. He started 28th, completed all laps and finished 19th.
2022: On Point Motorsports just announced (Nov. 30th) that the #30 Tundra will be driven by Tate Fogleman (formerly Young’s Motorsports #12 Chevrolet driver in the NTS) full-time in 2022. This leaves Danny Bohn without a ride at this time.

2021: Christian Eckes (ThorSport Racing #98 Toyota Tundra) - The Middletown, New York native split the full-time #98 ride with Grant Enfinger. He entered 10 of the 22 NTS races. Eckes scored one win (his first series career win, Sept. 24th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway), two top-fives, five top-tens, had a 13.3 average start, a 13.2 average finish and led 10 laps. He earned 263 points and closed out season ranked 21st in the NTS driver standings.
2022: Grant Enfinger has already accepted a full-time Truck ride with GMS Racing for the next two seasons. Eckes’ ride may be determined by sponsorship for the #98. ThorSport Racing has yet to announce their plans for the #98 team.

2022 Tentative NCS Series Team Chart

Car

Driver

Owner

Crew Chief

Sponsor

1 Chevy

Ross Chastain

Trackhouse Racing

Phil Surgen

To Be Announced

2 Ford

Austin Cindric R

Team Penske

Jeremy Bullins

Menards

3 Chevy

Austin Dillon

Richard Childress Racing

Justin Alexander

To Be Announced

4 Ford

Kevin Harvick

Stewart-Haas Racing

Rodney Childers

GearWrench

5 Chevy

Kyle Larson

Hendrick Motorsports

Cliff Daniels

HendrickCars.com

6 Ford

Brad Keselowski

RFK Racing

Matt McCall

Violet Defense

7 Chevy

Corey LaJoie

Spire Motorsports

Ryan Sparks

To Be Announced

8 Chevy

Tyler Reddick

Richard Childress Racing

Randall Burdett

To Be Announced

9 Chevy

Chase Elliott

Hendrick Motorsports

Alan Gustafson

NAPA Auto Parts, Adrenaline Shoc, Kelley Blue Book

10 Ford

Aric Almirola

Stewart-Haas Racing

Mike Bugarewics

To Be Announced

11 Toyota

Denny Hamlin

Joe Gibbs Racing

Chris Gabehart

FedEx

12 Ford

Ryan Blaney

Team Penske

Jonathan Hassler

Advance Auto Part, BodyArmour, Menards, DEX Imaging

14 Ford

Chase Briscoe

Stewart-Haas Racing

John Klausmeier

To Be Announced

15 Ford

To Be Announced

Rick Ware Racing

Pat Tryson

To Be Announced

16 Chevy

Justin Haley

Kaulig Racing

Matt Swiderski

To Be Announced

17 Ford

Chris Buescher

RFK Racing

Scott Graves

Fastenal, Castrol, Fifth Third Bank, Violet Defense

18 Toyota

Kyle Busch

Joe Gibbs Racing

Ben Beshore

M&Ms, Skittles, Pedigree, Interstate Batteries, Sports Clips, STANLEY

19 Toyota

Martin Truex Jr.

Joe Gibbs Racing

James Small

To Be Announced

20 Toyota

Christopher Bell

Joe Gibbs Racing

Adam Stevens

To Be Announced

21 Ford

Harrison Burton R

Wood Brothers Racing

Brian Wilson

Motorcraft/Quick Lane, Menards

22 Ford

Joey Logano

Team Penske

Paul Wolfe

To Be Announced

23 Toyota

Bubba Wallace

23XI Racing

Bootie Barker

To Be Announced

24 Chevy

William Byron

Hendrick Motorsports

Rudy Fugle

Axalta, Liberty University, Valvoline

34 Ford

Michael McDowell

Front Row Motorsports

Drew Blickensderfer

To Be Announced

38 Ford

Todd Gilliland R

Front Row Motorsports

Seth Barbour

To Be Announced

41 Ford

Cole Custer

Stewart-Haas Racing

Mike Shiplett

Haas Automation / HaasTooling.com

43 Chevy

Erik Jones

Richard Petty Motorsports

Dave Elenz

FOCUSfactor, U.S. Air Force

45 Toyota

Kurt Busch

23XI Racing

Billy Scott

Monster Energy

47 Chevy

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

JTG Daugherty Racing

To Be Announced

To Be Announced

48 Chevy

Alex Bowman

Hendrick Motorsports

Greg Ives

Ally Financial

51 Ford

To Be Announced

Rick Ware Racing

Mike Hillman Sr.

Nurtec ODT

52 Ford

To Be Announced

Rick Ware Racing

Jason Houghtaling

To Be Announced

53 Ford

To Be Announced

Rick Ware Racing

To Be Announced

To Be Announced

77 Chevy

To Be Announced

Spire Motorsports

To Be Announced

To Be Announced

78 Ford

BJ McLeod

Live Fast Motorsports

Frank Kerr

To Be Announced

94 Chevy

Ty Dillon

GMS Racing

Jerame Donley

To Be Announced

99 Chevy

Daniel Suarez

Trackhouse Racing

Travis Mack

To Be Announced

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