Silly Season Scorecard: Go Fas Racing, Corey LaJoie news leaves one major ride open
Five days remain before Christmas and all but one major Cup ride has been filled for the 2019 season.
Go Fas Racing and Corey LaJoie made their partnership official Thursday as LaJoie will compete full-time in the No. 32 Ford.
Now all eyes turn to Stewart-Haas Racing, where its No. 41 Ford has yet to be filled.
Here’s a complete recap of the silly season so far.
UNANNOUNCED CUP RIDES FOR 2019
No. 41: Stewart-Haas Racing hasn’t announced who will take Kurt Busch’s place in the car.
ANNOUNCED CUP RIDES FOR 2019
No. 00: Landon Cassill will drive full-time for StarCom Racing (announcement made Dec. 17).
No. 1: Kurt Busch joins Chip Ganassi Racing for 2019 and brings along sponsor Monster Energy (announcement made Dec. 4)
No. 6: Ryan Newman joins Roush Fenway Racing for next season (announcement made Sept. 22).
No. 8: Daniel Hemric replaces Ryan Newman at Richard Childress Racing for 2019 (announcement made Sept. 28).
No. 13: Ty Dillon said he will remain at Germain Racing for the 2019 season (announcement made Sept. 24)
No. 19: Martin Truex Jr. and crew chief Cole Pearn move to Joe Gibbs Racing from the defunct Furniture Row Racing team (announcement made Nov. 7)
No. 32: Corey LaJoie will make drive for Go Fas Racing in his first full-time Cup season (announcement made Dec. 20)
No. 36: Matt Tifft joins Front Row Motorsports in a third car for the 2019 season (announcement made Nov. 27).
No. 43: Bubba Wallace will remain with Richard Petty Motorsports through the 2020 season (announcement made July 28).
No. 47: Ryan Preece replaces AJ Allmendinger at JTG Daugherty Racing beginning next season (announcement made Sept. 28).
No. 95: Matt DiBenedetto moves to Leavine Family Racing for 2019. Leavine Family Racing also switches to Toyota beginning next year (announcement made Oct. 10)
No. 97: Tanner Berryhill will compete full-time for Obaika Racing (announcement made Dec. 3)
CUP DRIVERS WITHOUT ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR 2019
AJ Allmendinger: Will join NBC Sports as sports car analyst and a contributor for NASCAR America (announcement made Dec. 19)
Trevor Bayne:2011 Daytona 500 winner is looking for a ride after the Sept. 12 announcement that he won’t return to Roush Fenway Racing in 2019. He told NBC Sports on Sept. 14 that he has been calling car owners looking for a ride and would look at any of NASCAR’s top three national series.
Jamie McMurray: Will be an analyst for Fox Sports, but still has an offer to compete in the Daytona 500 with Chip Ganassi Racing.
Daniel Suarez: With Martin Truex Jr. taking over the No. 19 in 2019, Suarez is looking for a ride. He said Sept. 21 that “we’re talking to a lot of people.” Suarez is the favorite for the No. 41 ride.
XFINITY DRIVERS WITHOUT ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR 2019
Ryan Truex: Was replaced at Kaulig Racing by Justin Haley.
Ryan Reed: Lost ride at Roush Fenway Racing after sponsor Lilly announced it was leaving the team (announcement made Oct. 15).
CREW CHIEF CHANGES
No. 3: Danny Stockman replaces Justin Alexander as Austin Dillon’s crew chief in 2019 (move confirmed Nov. 26)
No. 11: Mike Wheeler will not return as Denny Hamlin’s crew chief for 2019 (announcement made Nov. 16). Chris Gabehart will takeover.
No. 24: Chad Knaus replaces Darian Grubb as William Byron’s crew chief in 2019 (announcement made Oct. 10)
No. 48: Kevin Meendering replaces Chad Knaus as Jimmie Johnson’s crew chief in 2019 (announcement made Oct. 10)
No. 95: Mike Wheeler joins the team and replaces Jon Leonard, who moved back to Richard Childress Racing to be an engineer on Austin Dillon’s team.
ANNOUNCED CHANGES FOR 2019
No. 1: Noah Gragson replaces Elliott Sadler at JR Motorsports for 2019 season (announcement made Sept. 25).
No. 2: Tyler Reddick will drive the No. 2 for Richard Childress Racing and have Randall Burnett as his crew chief (announcement made Oct. 31).
No. 4: Blake Koch will take over this ride with JD Motorsports in 2019 (announcement made Dec. 4).
No. 9: The JR Motorsports car will be piloted by multiple drivers, including Zane Smith in eight races (announcement made Dec. 18).
No. 11: Justin Haley replaces Ryan Truex at Kaulig Racing after two season in the Truck Series (announcement made Dec. 1).
No. 18: Jeffrey Earnhardt will compete in nine races for Joe Gibbs Racing (announcement made Nov. 10).
No. 22: Austin Cindric will drive full-time for Team Penske (announcement made Nov. 8).
No. 23: John Hunter Nemechek will compete full-time for GMS Racing and run for Rookie of the Year (announcement made Dec. 6).
No. 42: Chip Ganassi Racing signs Ross Chastain to drive the No. 42 full-time for 2019 (announcement made Nov. 9).
No. 98: Stewart-Haas Racing signs Chase Briscoe to drive the team’s second Xfinity car and be a teammate to Cole Custer (announcement made Nov. 27).