Clint Bowyer, who made his 500th career NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) start this past October, was winless all season but the #14 Mustang driver did earn enough points to make the 2019 series playoffs. Here are some brief performance notes on Bowyer and some other drivers who finished in the top 20 in points for the NCS, XFINITY Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Since a few teams are still firming up their 2020 plans, follow NASCAR Headlines and "Player" News on this page for the latest driver updates. With 34 days before the NCS season-opening Daytona 500, a tentative list of NCS Driver/Team lineups is shown below for all full-time teams that plan on entering every event.
NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)
2019: Chase Elliott (Hendrick Motorsports #9 Chevrolet Camaro) - In 36 races, the Dawsonville, GA native scored 3 victories, 4 poles, 11 top-five finishes, 15 top-tens, had a 10.9 average start, a 15.1 average finish and led 601 laps. He made it into the season playoffs Round of 16, the Round of 12 and into the Round of 8 but did not make the final cut heading into the Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami. Elliott closed out the season 10th in the standings. His best NCS starts were the poles at Bristol (4/7), Dover (5/6), Watkins Glen (8/4) and Talladega (10/13). His best finishes were the wins at Talladega (4/28), Watkins Glen (8/4) and the Charlotte Roval (9/29). Elliott also drove JR Motorsports #8 Camaro in the NXS season opener at Daytona; started 7th and finished 10th.
2020: Elliott is contracted through 2022 to drive the #9 Camaro. Crew chief Alan Gustafson will also return to lead the team. NAPA Auto Parts, Mountain Dew, Kelley Blue Book and Hooters will continue sponsorship for Elliott's Chevrolet.
2019: Clint Bowyer (Stewart-Haas Racing #14 Ford Mustang) - In 36 races, the Emporia, KS native scored 1 pole, 7 top-five finishes, 18 top-tens, had a 10.7 average start, a 15.2 average finish and led 138 laps. He made it into the season playoffs Round of 16, the Round of 12 and into the Round of 8 but did not make the final cut heading into the Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami. Bowyer closed out the season 9th in the standings. His best NCS season start was the pole at Las Vegas (9/15) and his best finish was 2nd at Texas (3/31). Bowyer's last NCS victory was in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan Int'l Speedway on June 10, 2018.
2020: Bowyer is contracted through 2020 to drive the #14 Mustang. SHR shuffled crew chiefs around during the off-season. Mike Burgarewicz will lead Bowyer's team in 2020. Rush Truck Centers, Mobil 1, PEAK and Haas Automation will return as primary sponsors.
NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
2019: Brandon Jones (Joe Gibbs Racing #19 Toyota Supra) - In 33 races, the Atlanta, GA native scored 1 win, 6 top-five finishes, 16 top-tens, had an 8.7 average start, a 14.6 average finish and led 104 laps. He made it into the season playoffs Round of 12 but was cut before the start of the Round of 8. Jones closed out the season 10th in the standings. His best NXS season starts were 2nd at Texas (3/30), Indianapolis (9/7) and Kansas (10/19). His best finish was the victory at Kansas Speedway (10/19). Jones also drove Kyle_Busch Motorsports #51 Toyota Tundra in 5 GOT events; scored 3 top-fives and averaged a 9.0 finish.
2020: Jones will continue in JGR's #19 Toyota for the full NXS season. Jeff Meendering will also return as his crew chief. Sponsorship has yet to be confirmed.
2019: Michael Annett (JR Motorsports #1 Chevrolet Camaro) - In 33 races, the Des Moines, IA native scored 1 win, 1 pole, 6 top-five finishes, 19 top-tens, had a 12.8 average start, a 10.0 average finish and led 94 laps. He made it into the season playoffs Round of 12 but was cut before the start of the Round of 8. He closed out the season 9th in the standings. His best NXS season start was the pole at Talladega (4/27) and best finish was the victory at Daytona (2/16).
2020: Annett signed a multi-year contract with JRM to continue driving the #1 Camaro in the NXS. Travis Mack returns as crew chief. Pilot Flying J, TMC Transportation, Northland Oil and Allstate Parts and Service will all continue as primary sponsors this season.
Gander Outdoors Truck Series (GOT)
2019: Sheldon Creed (GMS Racing #2 Chevrolet Silverado) – In 23 GOT races, the Alpine, CA native scored 4 top-five finishes, 11 top-tens, had an 8.8 average start, a 12.6 average finish, led 180 laps and closed out the season 10th in the standings. His best truck season start was 2nd at Kentucky (7/11). His best finishes were also 2nd at Eldora (8/1) and Michigan (8/10). Creed has yet to win a GOT race.
2020: Creed will return to GMS piloting the #2 Silverado for another full season. Jeff Stankiewicz will also continue crew chief duties for the team. Sponsorship has not been announced at this time.
2019: Ben Rhodes (ThorSport Racing #99 Ford F-150) – In 23 GOT races, the Louisville, KY native scored 7 top-five finishes, 13 top-tens, had a 10.9 average start, an 11.3 average finish, led 143 laps and closed out the season 9th in the standings. His best truck starts were 4th at Bristol (8/15) and Phoenix (11/8). His best finishes were 2nd at Martinsville (3/23), Kansas (5/10) and Iowa (6/16). Rhodes' last GOT win was in the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 on July 12, 2018 at Kentucky Speedway.
2020: ThorSport Racing has yet to announce 2020 plans for any of their 4 truck teams. As of now, Rhodes is still listed in TSR's website as the driver of the #99 Ford truck and has Matt Noyce returning in the crew chief role.
2020 Tentative NCS Series Team Chart
Miller Lite, Discount Tire, Dent Wizard
Busch Beer, Mobil 1, Jimmy Johns
Oscar Mayer, Wyndham Rewards
Tyler Reddick - R
NAPA, Mountain Dew, Hooters, Kelley Blue Book
Advance Auto Parts
Rush Truck Centers, Haas Automation
Fifth Third Bank, SunnyD
M&M’s, Skittles, Snickers, Interstate Batteries
Bass Pro Shops, Auto-Owners Insurance
DeWalt, Reser’s Fine Foods, Sport Clips, Stanley, Craftsman
Menards, Motorcraft, Quick Lane
Shell-Pennzoil, AAA So.Cal.
Liberty University, Axalta, UniFirst, Hertz
Keen Parts, Corvetteparts.net
Front Row Mspt
Rick Ware (Daytona 500 only)
Kroger, Bush’s Beans
Front Row Mspt
Cole Custer -R
Credit One, Advent Health
(Daytona 500, Charlotte 600)
Axalta, Valvoline, Cincinati Inc
R-Rookie of The Year