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2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
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Kyle Busch, the current points leader

The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is the 71st season of NASCAR professional stock car racing in the United States, and the 48th modern-era Cup series season. The season began at Daytona International Speedway with the Advance Auto Parts Clash, the Gander RV Duel qualifying races and the 61st running of the Daytona 500. The regular season will end with the Brickyard 400 in September. The playoffs will end with the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 17, 2019. Joey Logano of Team Penske enters as the defending series champion.

The 2019 season is the fifth of the current 10-year television contract with Fox Sports and NBC Sports and the fourth of a five-year race sanctioning agreement with all tracks. [1] [2] It is the first season in which Ford fields the Mustang GT, replacing the Fusion. [3]

Teams and drivers

Chartered teams

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief
Chevrolet Chip Ganassi Racing 1 Kurt Busch Matt McCall
42 Kyle Larson Chad Johnston
Germain Racing 13 Ty Dillon Matt Borland
Hendrick Motorsports 9 Chase Elliott Alan Gustafson
24 William Byron Chad Knaus
48 Jimmie Johnson Kevin Meendering
88 Alex Bowman Greg Ives
JTG Daugherty Racing 37 Chris Buescher Trent Owens
47 Ryan Preece (R) Tristan Smith
Premium Motorsports 15 Ross Chastain Peter Sospenzo 33
Pat Tryson 3
Richard Childress Racing 3 Austin Dillon Danny Stockman
8 Daniel Hemric (R) Luke Lambert
Richard Petty Motorsports 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. Derek Stamets
Spire Motorsports 77 Jamie McMurray 1 Scott Eggleston 34
Peter Sospenzo 2
Garrett Smithley 2
Reed Sorenson 1
Quin Houff (R) 15
D. J. Kennington 1
TBA 16
StarCom Racing 00 Landon Cassill Wayne Carroll 1
Joe Williams Jr. 35
Ford Front Row Motorsports 34 Michael McDowell Drew Blickensderfer
36 Matt Tifft (R) Mike Kelley
38 David Ragan Seth Barbour
Go Fas Racing 32 Corey LaJoie Randy Cox
Roush Fenway Racing 6 Ryan Newman Scott Graves
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Brian Pattie
Stewart-Haas Racing 4 Kevin Harvick Rodney Childers
10 Aric Almirola Johnny Klausmeier
14 Clint Bowyer Mike Bugarewicz
41 Daniel Suárez Billy Scott
Team Penske 2 Brad Keselowski Paul Wolfe
12 Ryan Blaney Jeremy Bullins
22 Joey Logano Todd Gordon
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Paul Menard Greg Erwin
Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Denny Hamlin Chris Gabehart
18 Kyle Busch Adam Stevens
19 Martin Truex Jr. Cole Pearn
20 Erik Jones Chris Gayle
Leavine Family Racing 95 Matt DiBenedetto Mike Wheeler
Chevrolet 5
Ford 1
Petty Ware Racing 51 B. J. McLeod 1 George Church 5
Mike Hillman Jr. 1
Cody Ware 5
TBA 31
Chevrolet 2
Ford 4
Rick Ware Racing 52 Cody Ware 1 Mike Hillman Jr. 5
George Church 1
B. J. McLeod 3
Bayley Currey 1
Jeb Burton 1
TBA 30

Limited schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief Round(s)
Chevrolet Beard Motorsports 62 Brendan Gaughan Darren Shaw 1
Germain Racing 27 Casey Mears Pat Tryson 1
Premium Motorsports Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Jr. 1
Richard Childress Racing 31 Tyler Reddick Justin Alexander 1
Tommy Baldwin Racing 71 Ryan Truex Tommy Baldwin Jr. 1
TriStar Motorsports 72 TBA TBA TBA
Ford NY Racing Team 7 J. J. Yeley TBA TBA
Toyota Gaunt Brothers Racing 96 Parker Kligerman Mark Hillman 3
MBM Motorsports 66 Joey Gase Brian Keselowski 3
Timmy Hill TBA
Obaika Racing 97 Tanner Berryhill (R) Dan Stillman TBA
XCI Racing 81 Jeffrey Earnhardt Dave Rogers 2

Changes

Teams

  • On March 14, 2018, Lowe's announced the end of their 17-year sponsorship of Hendrick Motorsports' No. 48 team driven by Jimmie Johnson after the 2018 season. [4] On October 28, 2018, Hendrick Motorsports announced that Ally Financial signed a two-year deal to sponsor the No. 48 team starting in 2019. Ally had previously been with the Hendrick team when they were still known as GMAC. [5]
  • On August 5, 2018, Leavine Family Racing announced that their technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing would end after the 2018 season. [6] On October 9, 2018, LFR announced they would enter a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019. [7]
  • On August 23, 2018, Front Row Motorsports purchased majority of the assets of the bankrupt BK Racing for US$2.08 million. With this purchase, FRM would field a third team in the 2019 season. [8] The third team was formally announced on November 27, 2018 as the No. 36 Ford driven by Matt Tifft. [9]
  • On September 3, 2018, Obaika Racing announced that they would run a few races in the Cup series in 2018, before moving to full-time in 2019. [10] On February 8, 2019, Obaika Racing withdrew from the 2019 Daytona 500 qualifying due to various circumstances. [11]
  • On September 4, 2018, Furniture Row Racing announced that they would close their doors following the 2018 season. [12]
  • On November 16, 2018, Timmy Hill announced that MBM Motorsports would attempt to enter two teams at the 2019 Daytona 500, with Hill driving the No. 66 Toyota. [13]
  • On November 26, 2018, Tommy Baldwin Racing announced their rebirth, and that they would run the Daytona 500 and select other races. [14]
  • On November 27, 2018, Rick Ware Racing hinted they would field a second team in 2019. The existing No. 51 team is using a charter leased from Richard Petty Motorsports and is officially registered as "Petty Ware Racing". [15] On December 21, 2018, the team confirmed that they purchased a charter from Front Row Motorsports for their No. 52 team. In addition, the team purchased a fleet of Ford stock cars from FRM and Chevrolet stock cars from Leavine Family Racing, which switched to Toyota. [16] [17]
  • On December 4, 2018, it was announced that sponsorship agency Spire Sports + Entertainment purchased the charter previously owned by Furniture Row Racing. The new team would field the No. 77 Chevrolet in the 2019 season. A driver, crew chief, technical alliance, or sponsor were not announced at that time. [18] [19]
  • NY Racing Team announced on December 11, 2018 that they would be returning for the 2019 season with Ford as its manufacturer.
  • During Richard Childress Racing's 50th anniversary press conference on December 14, 2018, it was announced that the No. 31 would change to the No. 8 for 2019, the same car Daniel Hemric made his first two Cup starts in during the 2018 season. [20] [21] In addition, RCR announced that the charter they were leasing to StarCom Racing has been sold to the team. [22] [21] [23]
  • With StarCom Racing buying the 36th and final charter from Richard Childress Racing, TriStar Motorsports is left without a full-time charter for 2019. [23]
  • On December 17, 2018, StarCom Racing announced that they have moved to a new facility based in Salisbury, North Carolina, and upgraded their engine deal with ECR Engines. [23]
  • On February 5, 2019, Germain Racing announced that they would field a second team at the 2019 Daytona 500. The No. 27 Chevrolet was built and staffed in collaboration with Premium Motorsports owner Jay Robinson. [24]
  • On February 14, 2019, Xtreme Concepts Inc. announced that it has formed XCI Racing and would field the No. 81 Toyota at Texas and Talladega. The team has a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing. [25]

Drivers

Crew chiefs

Manufacturers

Rule changes

2019 package

  • On October 2, 2018, NASCAR announced the new rules package for the 2019 season. The new package will have a smaller tapered spacer which will reduce the engine's horsepower from 750 bhp (560 kW) to 550 bhp (410 kW) for tracks that are larger than one mile to foster tighter racing. This will also include a taller spoiler at 8 in (203.2 mm) by 61 in (1,549.4 mm), a wider radiator pan with 37 in (939.8 mm) at the front and 31 in (787.4 mm) at the rear, and a larger splitter with an overhang of 2 in (50.8 mm). [71]
  • Along with the aerodynamic changes, all current restrictor plate races except for the 2019 Daytona 500 will no longer be using the traditional restrictor plate rules and instead will be using the new 2019 package with the effect of the aerodynamic changes and engine restrictions, which makes it the first time a race at Daytona or Talladega to race without the traditional restrictor plates since 1987. [71] [72]
  • At the same time, NASCAR will be reducing the number of organizational tests for the year from four to three, and Goodyear tests will also be reduced from four teams to three.
  • On October 8, 2018, NASCAR announced that the driver-adjustable trackbar will not be allowed in the 2019 season. [73]
  • On February 4, 2019, NASCAR announced a new post-race inspection rule in all three series, where race-winning teams found to be in violation of the rule book will automatically be disqualified. Following a race, the first-place and second-place teams, along with at least one randomly selected car, will undergo post-race inspection. The inspection should take between 90 minutes and two hours to complete before the race winner is officially declared. The car that fails the inspection will receive last-place points and will be stripped of playoff and stage points. [74]
  • On February 4, 2019, NASCAR announced a change in the qualifying schedule procedures for majority of its tracks. For short tracks and intermediate speedways, the first round will be shortened from 15 minutes to 10 minutes, while the second and third rounds will remain at 10 and five minutes, respectively. The down time intervals at all tracks will be reduced from seven minutes to five minutes. Superspeedway qualifications will retain their untimed two-round intervals of single-lap qualifying while road courses will continue to use two qualifying rounds: 25 minutes for the first round and 10 minutes for the final round. [75]

Schedule

The 2019 schedule was released on April 3, 2018. There are no calendar changes in the schedule from the 2018 season; however, Sonoma Raceway will return to the original 2.52 mile course configuration for the first time since 1997. [76] The race times were announced on December 11, 2018. The only change was the Las Vegas playoff race being moved to prime time that day compared to last year. [77]

No Race Title Track Date Time ET TV
Advance Auto Parts Clash Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida February 10 3:00 PM FS1
Gander RV Duel February 14 7:00 PM FS1
1 Daytona 500 February 17 2:30 PM Fox
2 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia February 24 2:00 PM Fox
3 Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada March 3 3:30 PM Fox
4 TicketGuardian 500 ISM Raceway, Avondale, Arizona March 10 3:30 PM Fox
5 Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California March 17 3:30 PM Fox
6 STP 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia March 24 2:00 PM FS1
7 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas March 31 3:00 PM Fox
8 Food City 500 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee April 7 2:00 PM FS1
9 Toyota Owners 400 Richmond Raceway, Richmond, Virginia April 13 7:30 PM Fox
10 GEICO 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln, Alabama April 28 2:00 PM Fox
11 AAA 400 Drive for Autism Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware May 5 2:00 PM FS1
12 KC Masterpiece 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas May 11 7:30 PM FS1
Monster Energy Open Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina May 18 6:00 PM FS1
Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race May 18 8:00 PM FS1
13 Coca-Cola 600 May 26 6:00 PM Fox
14 Pocono 400 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania June 2 2:00 PM FS1
15 FireKeepers Casino 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan June 9 2:00 PM FS1
16 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California June 23 3:00 PM FS1
17 Camping World 400 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois June 30 3:00 PM NBCSN
18 Coke Zero Sugar 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida July 6 7:30 PM NBC
19 Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky July 13 7:30 PM NBCSN
20 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire July 21 3:00 PM NBCSN
21 Gander Outdoors 400 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania July 28 3:00 PM NBCSN
22 Go Bowling at The Glen Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York August 4 3:00 PM NBCSN
23 Consumers Energy 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan August 11 3:00 PM NBCSN
24 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee August 17 7:30 PM NBCSN
25 Bojangles' Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington, South Carolina September 1 6:00 PM NBCSN
26 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Indiana September 8 2:00 PM NBC
Cup Championship Playoffs
Round of 16
27 South Point 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada September 15 7:00 PM NBCSN
28 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond Raceway, Richmond, Virginia September 21 7:30 PM NBCSN
29 Bank of America Roval 400 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina, ( Roval) September 29 2:30 PM NBC
Round of 12
30 Gander Outdoors 400 (Dover) Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware October 6 2:30 PM NBCSN
31 1000Bulbs.com 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln, Alabama October 13 2:00 PM NBC
32 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas October 20 2:30 PM NBC
Round of 8
33 First Data 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia October 27 3:00 PM NBCSN
34 AAA Texas 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas November 3 3:00 PM NBCSN
35 Can-Am 500 ISM Raceway, Avondale, Arizona November 10 2:30 PM NBC
Championship 4
36 Ford EcoBoost 400 Homestead–Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida November 17 3:00 PM NBC

Crown Jewel races in bold

Season summary

Race reports

Speedweeks 2019

In Daytona 500 qualifying, William Byron won the pole while Alex Bowman qualified second. This was the fifth consecutive Daytona 500 pole won by Hendrick Motorsports and the first with all four cars in the top 4. [78]

Daytona Speedweeks started with the Advance Auto Parts Clash, with Paul Menard drawing the pole and leading the most laps. The race went under a red flag after the first few laps due to rain. The race returned to green and then the field pitted for the competition caution followed by another red flag for rain. After the restart, Jimmie Johnson spun Menard, resulting in "The Big One" that claimed most of the field including Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, and Clint Bowyer. The race went red again due to rain during the caution and it was called, giving the win to Johnson. [79]

In the Duels on Thursday, Byron led the first Duel. Kyle Busch spun after making contact with Johnson. Harvick took the lead after pit stops and held off Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for the win. In the second duel, Bowman started in the lead. Joey Logano made a last lap pass on Bowyer to win. [80]

Round 1: Daytona 500

William Byron started on pole. Kyle Busch won the first stage while Kurt Busch spun. Ryan Blaney won the second stage. Cody Ware spun when coming to pit road and collected Tyler Reddick and Jimmie Johnson. Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski both spun after tire issues. Matt DiBenedetto led the most laps, but was involved in a accident with Blaney, Paul Menard, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., and others. On the restart, Clint Bowyer got turned and collected Byron, Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, and others. In overtime, Denny Hamlin was able to hold off teammate Kyle Busch for his second 500 win in four years. [81]

Round 2: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

Aric Almirola started on pole. Kyle Larson won the first stage while Kevin Harvick won the second stage. Some top runners including Almirola, Larson, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had speeding penalties. Kyle Busch got into the wall and had a tire go down. During the final round of green flag pit stops, Ryan Preece ran into the back of BJ McLeod. Brad Keselowski, battling the flu, took the lead from teammate Joey Logano and held off Martin Truex Jr. for his second Atlanta win and his 60th win overall at Team Penske across Cup and Xfinity. [82]

Round 3: Pennzoil 400

Kevin Harvick started on pole. Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon suffered pit road penalties in the first stage during green flag stops. Harvick won the first stage of the race. In the second stage, Kyle Busch had a speeding penalty while making a pit stop under green flag. Joey Logano won the second stage of the race. In the final stage, Logano held off teammate Brad Keselowski to win the race. [83]

Round 4: TicketGuardian 500

Ryan Blaney started the race from pole position. In the first stage, Erik Jones spun from a flat tire and Brad Keselowski hit the wall after an issue in the right front of the car caused a tire to go down. Blaney won the first stage of the race and Kyle Busch won the second stage of the race. In the final stage, Michael McDowell and Ryan Preece were involved in wrecks while Matt DiBenedetto had a mechanical issue. Blaney was leading late in the race until Kyle Busch passed him with 17 laps to go. Kyle Busch went on to win the race, his first win of the season, and completed a weekend sweep, having won the Xfinity Series race the day before. [84]

Round 5: Auto Club 400

Austin Dillon started the race on pole. Toward the end of the first stage, Austin Dillon had a tire go down. Kyle Busch went on to win the first stage and the second stage of the race. Kyle Busch had a pit road speeding penalty at the end of the second stage, giving the lead to Brad Keselowski. In the final stage of the race, Darrell Wallace Jr. brought out a caution during a round of green flag pit stops, putting Kyle Busch back toward the front. Kyle Busch took the lead and would go on to win his second straight race and 200th race across all three national series, tying the record set by Richard Petty. [85]

Results and standings

Race results

No. Race Pole position Most laps led Winning driver Manufacturer Report
Advance Auto Parts Clash Paul Menard Paul Menard Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Report
Gander RV Duel 1 William Byron Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Ford Report
Gander RV Duel 2 Alex Bowman Clint Bowyer Joey Logano Ford
1 Daytona 500 William Byron Matt DiBenedetto Denny Hamlin Toyota Report
2 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Aric Almirola Kyle Larson Brad Keselowski Ford Report
3 Pennzoil 400 Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Joey Logano Ford Report
4 TicketGuardian 500 Ryan Blaney Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Toyota Report
5 Auto Club 400 Austin Dillon Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Toyota Report
6 STP 500 Report

Drivers' Championship

( keyBold – Pole position awarded by time. Italics – Pole position set by final practice results or owner's points. * – Most laps led. 1 – Stage 1 winner. 2 – Stage 2 winner.3 – Stage 3 winner. [N 1]

Pos. Driver DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH SON CHI DAY KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM Pts. Stage Bonus
1 Kyle Busch 21 6 3 1*2 1*12 237 57 14
2 Joey Logano 4 23 12 10 2 222 63 6
3 Kevin Harvick 26 42 4*1 9 4 213 66 2
4 Denny Hamlin 1 11 10 5 7 205 43 5
5 Brad Keselowski 12 1 2 19 3 176 24 5
6 Aric Almirola 32 8 7 4 9 174 41
7 Martin Truex Jr. 35 2 8 2 8 169 35
8 Kyle Larson 7 12*1 12 6 12 163 27 1
9 Kurt Busch 25 3 5 7 6 160 15
10 Ryan Blaney 312 22 22 31 5 155 46 2
11 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 13 18 6 13 14 146 16
12 Chase Elliott 17 19 9 14 11 135 17
13 Erik Jones 3 7 13 29 19 133 19
14 Jimmie Johnson 9 24 19 8 17 121 10
15 Clint Bowyer 20 5 14 11 38 119 11
16 Alex Bowman 11 15 11 35 21 110 18
17 Ryan Newman 14 13 24 12 22 107 5
18 Daniel Suárez 33 10 17 23 13 105 16
19 William Byron 21 17 16 24 15 104 12
20 Austin Dillon 16 21 20 21 10 103 4
21 Paul Menard 29 14 15 17 20 98
22 Chris Buescher 37 9 18 16 16 94
23 Ty Dillon 6 25 29 15 27 94
24 Matt DiBenedetto 28* 26 21 28 18 76 5
25 Ryan Preece (R) 8 35 25 34 23 61
26 David Ragan 30 16 28 25 25 61
27 Daniel Hemric (R) 34 20 23 18 35 58 1
28 Michael McDowell 5 37 30 36 24 54
29 Corey LaJoie 18 29 27 26 31 54
30 Darrell Wallace Jr. 38 27 26 22 30 49
31 Matt Tifft (R) 36 28 34 20 26 41
32 Landon Cassill 24 34 32 33 29 33
33 Jamie McMurray 22 19
34 Cody Ware 39 33 35 32 32 17
35 Quin Houff 30 7
36 Reed Sorenson 36 34 4
37 Casey Mears 40 1
Ineligible for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup driver points
Pos. Driver DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH SON CHI DAY KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM Pts. Stage Bonus
Ross Chastain 10 31 33 27 28
Parker Kligerman 15 30 31
B. J. McLeod 19 32 37 37
Brendan Gaughan 23
Tyler Reddick 27
Bayley Currey 31
Garrett Smithley 36 36
Joey Gase DNQ 38 35
Ryan Truex DNQ
Pos. Driver DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH SON CHI DAY KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM Pts. Stage Bonus
Notes
  1. ^ Stage 3 Winner only for Coca-Cola 600.

Manufacturers' championship

Pos Manufacturer Wins Points
1 Toyota 3 189
2 Ford 2 182
3 Chevrolet 0 159

See also

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