In the final 2019 CUP Playoffs elimination race at Phoenix Raceway this past November, Joey Logano led 93 laps but finished the event seven points below the cut-line. He failed to transfer to the Championship 4 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Here are brief performance notes on Logano and some other drivers who finished in the top 20 in points for the NASCAR Cup Series, 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 20 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: Kyle Larson (Chip Ganassi Racing #42 Chevrolet Camaro) - In 36 races, the Elk Grove, CA native scored 1 victory, 1 pole, 8 top-five finishes, 17 top-tens, had a 12.9 average start, a 15.1 average finish and led 529 laps. He made it into the season playoffs Round of 16, the Round of 12 and the Round of 8 but did not make the final cut heading into the NCS Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami. Larson closed out the season 6th in the standings. His best NCS start was the pole at Sonoma (6/23). His best finish was the win at Dover (10/6).
2020: Larson is contracted through 2020 to continue driving Chip Ganassi Racing's #42 Camaro. Crew chief Chad Johnston will return as well. Committed sponsors are Credit One and AdventHealth.
2019: Joey Logano (Team Penske #22 Ford Mustang) - In 36 races, the Middletown, CT native scored 2 victories, 2 poles, 12 top-five finishes, 21 top-tens, had a 10.3 average start, a 10.8 average finish and led 899 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 NCS Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami. Logano closed out the season 5th in the standings. His best NCS season starts were the poles at Martinsville (3/24) and Michigan (6/10). His best finishes were the wins at Las Vegas (3/3) and Michigan (6/10). Logano also drove Team Penske's #12 Mustang in 2 NXS events. At Chicagoland, he started on the pole and finished 2nd. At Bristol, he got caught up early in a multi-car wreck and was credited with a 36th place DNF.
2020: Logano signed a multi-year contract and will return through at least 2023 in the #22 Mustang. Shell-Pennzoil and AAA Southern California return as primary sponsors. Team Penske swapped crew chiefs during the off season. Crew chief Todd Gordon moved to teammate Ryan Blaney (#12 team) and Brad Keselowski's 2019 crew chief, Paul Wolfe, will lead Logano's #22 crew this season. Keselowski now has Blaney's former crew chief, Jeremy Bullins, leading the #2 Mustang crew.
NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
2019: Austin Cindric (Team Penske #22 Ford Mustang) - In 33 races, the Columbus, OH native scored 2 wins, 4 poles, 14 top-five finishes, 24 top-tens, had a 6.1 average start, an 8.9 average finish and led 205 laps. He made it into the season playoffs Round of 12, also the Round of 8 but did not make the final cut heading into the NXS Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami. He closed out the season 6th in the standings. His best NXS season starts were the poles at Kentucky (7/12), Mid-Ohio (8/10), Bristol (8/16) and Richmond (9/20). His best finishes were the victories at Watkins Glen (8/3) and Mid-Ohio (8/10).
2020: Cindric will return for his third full-time season with Team Penske driving the #22 Mustang. Brian Wilson will continue as crew chief. Sponsorship has yet to be confirmed.
2019: Chase Briscoe (Stewart-Haas Racing #98 Ford Mustang) - In 33 races, the Mitchell, IN native scored 1 win, 2 poles, 13 top-five finishes, 26 top-tens, had an 8.8 average start, an 8.2 average finish and led 197 laps. In his first full-time NXS season, he made it into the playoffs Round of 12, continued in the Round of 8 but did not make the final cut heading into the NXS Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami. He closed out the season 5th in the standings. His best NXS season starts were the poles at the Charlotte ROVAL (9/28) and Dover (10/5). His best finish was the victory at Iowa (7/27). Briscoe earned the 2019 Sunoco Rookie of the Year title in the XFINITY Series. In the NASCAR Gander Truck Series, he entered the August 1st race at the Eldora Speedway dirt track as the defending winner (he also won in 2017). He started the ThorSport Racing truck on the pole and finished 7th.
2020: After winning the 2019 ROTY title, Briscoe will race for an XFINITY Series championship in 2020 as he returns to SHR driving the #98 Mustang. Richard Boswell II will be his crew chief. So far, HighPoint has signed on for a 10 race primary sponsorship.
Gander Outdoors Truck Series (GOT)
2019: Johnny Sauter (ThorSport Racing #13 Ford F-150) – In 22 GOT races, the Necedah, WI native scored 1 win, 4 top-five finishes, 11 top-tens, had an 8.9 average start, a 12.3 average finish and led 109 laps. He made it into the season playoffs Round of 8 but was cut before the start of the Round of 6. Sauter closed out the season 6th in the standings. His best truck season starts were 2nd at Dover (5/3), Texas (6/7) and Chicago (6/28). His best finish was the victory at Dover (5/3).
2020: According to ThorSport Racing's website, Sauter will continue driving the #13 Ford F-150 again this season. At this time, Joe Shear Jr. is listed as crew chief and Tenda Heal is the primary sponsor for the Ford truck.
2019: Austin Hill (Hattori Racing Enterprises #16 Toyota Tundra) – In 23 GOT races, the Winston, GA native scored 4 victories, 3 poles, 7 top-five finishes, 13 top-tens, had an 8.7 average start, a 12.6 average finish and led 209 laps. He made it into the season playoffs Round of 8, also into the Round of 6 but did not make the final cut heading into the GOT Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami. Hill closed out the season 5th in the standings. His best truck starts were the poles at Chicago (6/28), Pocono (7/27) and Phoenix (11/8). His best finishes were the wins at Daytona (2/15), Michigan (8/10), Las Vegas (9/13) and Homestead (11/15). Hill also drove Carl Long's #61 Toyota Supra in the September 7th XFINITY event at Indianapolis; started 17th, finished 9th.
2020: Hattori announced Hill will return full-time in 2020 driving the #16 Tundra. Scott Zipadelli will also return as his crew chief. No firm plans on sponsorship at this time.
2020 Tentative NCS Series Team Chart
|00 Chevy||Quin Houff||StarCom||?||?|
|1 Chevy||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi||Matt McCall||Monster Energy|
|2 Ford||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Jeremy Bullins||Miller Lite, Discount Tire, Dent Wizard, Auto Trader, Pirtek|
|3 Chevy||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress||Justin Alexander||Dow|
|4 Ford||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas||Rodney Childers||Busch Beer, Mobil 1, Jimmy Johns|
|6 Ford||Ryan Newman||Roush Fenway||Scott Graves||Oscar Mayer, Wyndham Rewards, Castrol|
|8 Chevy||Tyler Reddick - R||Richard Childress||Randall Burdett||Caterpillar|
|9 Chevy||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Mspt||Alan Gustafson||NAPA, Mountain Dew, Hooters, Kelley Blue Book|
|10 Ford||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas||Mike Bugarewics||Smithfield|
|11 Toyota||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs||Chris Gabehart||FedEx|
|12 Ford||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||Todd Gordon||Advance Auto Parts|
|13 Chevy||Ty Dillon||Germain||Matt Borland||Geico|
|14 Ford||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas||John Klausmeier||Rush Truck Centers, Haas Automation|
|15 Chevy||Brennan Poole||Premium Mspt||Pat Tryson||?|
|17 Ford||Chris Buescher||Roush Fenway||Luke Lambert||Fifth Third Bank, SunnyD|
|18 Toyota||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs||Adam Stephens||M&M’s, Skittles, Snickers, Interstate Batteries|
|19 Toyota||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs||James Small||Bass Pro Shops, Auto-Owners Insurance|
|20 Toyota||Erik Jones||Joe Gibbs||Chris Gayle||DeWalt, Reser’s Fine Foods, Sport Clips, Stanley, Craftsman|
|21 Ford||Matt DiBenedetto||Wood Brothers||Greg Erwin||Menards, Motorcraft, Quick Lane|
|22 Ford||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Paul Wolfe||Shell-Pennzoil, AAA So.Cal.|
|24 Chevy||William Byron||Hendrick Mspt||Chad Knaus||Axalta, Liberty University, UniFirst, Hertz|
|32 Ford||Corey LaJoie||GoFAS Racing||Ryan Sparks||Schluter, Keen Parts, Corvetteparts.net, Drydene, Pala Casino|
|34 Ford||Michael McDowell||Front Row Mspt||Drew Blickensderfer||Love's Travel Stops|
|36 Chevy||David Ragan||Rick Ware (Daytona 500 only)||?||Select Blinds|
|37 Chevy||Ryan Preece||JTG Daugherty||Trent Owens||Kroger, Bush’s Beans|
|38 Ford||John Hunter Nemechek||Front Row Mspt||Seth Barbour||Speedy Cash, MDS Trucking|
|41 Ford||Cole Custer -R||Stewart-Haas||Mike Shiplett||Haas Automation|
|42 Chevy||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi||Chad Johnston||Credit One, Advent Health|
|43 Chevy||Bubba Wallace||Richard Petty||Jerry Baxter||World Wide Technology, U.S. Air Force|
|47 Chevy||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||JTG Daugherty||Brian Pattie||Kroger|
|48 Chevy||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Mspt||Cliff Daniels||Ally Financial|
|51 Chevy||Joey Gase||Rick Ware||George Church||Jacob Companies|
|53 Chevy||?||Rick Ware||?||?|
|66 Toyota||Timmy Hill||MBM Motorsports||?||?|
|77 Chevy||Ross Chastain||(Daytona 500, Charlotte 600)||Peter Sospenzo||Advent Health|
|88 Chevy||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Mspt||Greg Ives||Axalta, Valvoline, Cincinnati Inc|
|95 Toyota||Christopher Bell -R||Leavine Family||Jason Ratcliff||Procore, Rheem|
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