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2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
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Joey Logano enters as the defending champion

The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be the 71st season of NASCAR professional stock car racing in the United States, and the 48th modern-era Cup series season. The season begins at Daytona International Speedway with the Advance Auto Parts Clash, the Can-Am 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 Pat Tryson
Richard Childress Racing 3 Austin Dillon Danny Stockman
31 Daniel Hemric (R) Luke Lambert
Richard Petty Motorsports 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. Drew Blickensderfer
Spire Motorsports 77 TBA TBA
StarCom Racing 00 TBA TBA
TriStar Motorsports 72 TBA Frankie Kerr
Ford Front Row Motorsports 34 Michael McDowell Derrick Finley
36 Matt Tifft (R) TBA
38 David Ragan Seth Barbour
Go Fas Racing 32 TBA 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 TBA 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
TBA Rick Ware Racing 51 TBA TBA
52 TBA TBA
Source: [4]

Non-chartered teams

Complete schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief
Toyota Obaika Racing 97 Tanner Berryhill (R) TBA

Limited schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief Round(s)
Chevrolet Beard Motorsports 62 Brendan Gaughan Darren Shaw 1
Toyota MBM Motorsports 66 Timmy Hill TBA 1
TBA TBA TBA 1
TBA Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 TBA TBA 5-7
Source: [4]

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. [5] 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. [6]
  • On August 5, 2018, Leavine Family Racing announced that their technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing will end after the 2018 season. [7] On October 9, 2018, LFR announced they will enter a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019. [8]
  • 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 will field a third team in the 2019 season. [9] The third team was formally announced on November 27, 2018 as the No. 36 Ford driven by Matt Tifft. [10]
  • On September 3, 2018, Obaika Racing announced that they will run a few races in the Cup series in 2018, before moving to full-time in 2019. [11]
  • On September 4, 2018, Furniture Row Racing announced that they will close their doors following the 2018 season. [12]
  • On November 16, 2018, Timmy Hill announced that MBM Motorsports will 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 will field a second team in 2019. The existing No. 51 team is a charter leased from Richard Petty Motorsports. [15] On December 5, 2018, Cody Ware said that RWR has acquired a charter for their planned No. 52 team. [16]
  • 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 will field the No. 77 Chevrolet in the 2019 season. A driver, crew chief, technical alliance, or sponsor were not announced at that time. [17] [18]

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). [47]
  • 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. [47] [48]
  • 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. [49]

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. [50] 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. [51]

No Race Title Track Date Time EST TV
Advance Auto Parts Clash Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida February 10 3:00 PM FS1
Can-Am 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 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 Overton's 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 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

See also

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