Silly Season: Alex Bowman moving from No. 88 to No. 48
After 19 years of Jimmie Johnson driving the No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports went in-house with its choice of Alex Bowman to succeed the seven-time champion.
Bowman is in his third full-time season competing for HMS in the No. 88 Chevrolet. He has two wins in 184 Cup Series starts.
Hendrick will announce its plans for the No. 88 team at a later date.
Here’s how the Cup Silly Season scorecard looks as of Oct. 6
ANNOUNCED CUP RIDES FOR 2021
No. 00: Quin Houff enters the second year of his two-year deal with StarCom Racing.
No. 1: Kurt Busch enters the second year of a multi-year contract that Chip Ganassi Racing announced last season.
No. 2: Brad Keselowski and Team Penske announced a contract extension Aug. 3.
No. 3: Austin Dillon is signed with Richard Childress Racing through at least next year.
No. 4: Kevin Harvick signed a contract extension in February that will keep him at Stewart-Haas Racing through the 2023 season.
No. 8: Tyler Reddick said Aug. 7 that he will be back with Richard Childress Racing next season.
No. 9: Chase Elliott is under contract with Hendrick Motorsports through the 2022 season.
No. 10: Aric Almirola extended his deal with Stewart-Haas Racing for 2021 season.
No. 11: Denny Hamlin is signed with Joe Gibbs Racing through at least next year.
No. 12: Ryan Blaney and Team Penske announced a multi-year extension earlier this season.
No. 18: Kyle Busch is signed with Joe Gibbs Racing through at least next year.
No. 19: Martin Truex Jr. is signed with Joe Gibbs Racing through at least next year.
No. 20: Christopher Bell moves from Leavine Family Racing to take over this ride in 2021.
No. 22: Joey Logano is tied to Team Penske “through the 2022 season and beyond.”
No. 24: William Byron is under contact with Hendrick Motorsports through 2022.
No. 42: Ross Chastain was chosen by Chip Ganassi Racing to replace Matt Kenseth.
No. 47: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. enters the second year of a multi-year deal with JTG Daugherty Racing.
No. 48: Alex Bowman will drive the No. 48, moving over from the no. 88, Hendrick Motorsports announced Oct. 6.
No. 99: Daniel Suarez will compete for the new Trackhouse Racing team.
Denny Hamlin / Michael Jordan team: Bubba Wallace will drive for the new team in 2021.
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Available/possibly available rides
No. 14: Clint Bowyer is in a contract year to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing.
No. 21: Matt DiBenedetto is in a contract year at Wood Brothers Racing. He has continued to express his desire to return to the team, which has the option on his contract for next year.
No. 32: Ride is open with Corey LaJoie announcing he will not return to Go Fas Racing in 2021.
No. 43: Bubba Wallace will not return to Richard Petty Motorsports in 2021, the team confirmed on Sept. 10.
No. 95: Spire Motorsports purchased the charter and assets of Leavine Family Racing and will be a two-car operation in 2021. Christopher Bell will move to the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team for 2021. Spire has not named who will take over this ride for next season.
No. 96: Daniel Suarez and Gaunt Brothers Racing announced Sept. 15 that they would part ways after this season.