Hendrick Motorsports has revealed that Chase Elliott will drive the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, as they will change numbers from the Fame #24, to the #9. Elliott, will who enter his third full time season in the Premiere Series, will return to his same team at Hendrick but will take over the #9, the same number that his father, NASCAR Hall of Famer, Bill Elliott retired in, just 15 years ago. After replacing Jeff Gordon in the fame #24 in 2016. Although there's a lot of major changes Hendrick Motorsports is facing in 2018, with the addition of William Byron and Alex Bowman, and the departures of Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr, this number change isn't so big as it will be the same team from 2016-2017, just with a different number. Alan Gustafson will remain as the crew chief for Chase Elliott
Joe Gibbs Racing has announced 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion Harrison Burton will drive for the organization in the 2018 ARCA Racing Series Season. Burton, son of former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton, will drive part time in the #18 Dex Imaging Toyota, sharing the ride with 2017 driver Riley Herbst. This is the second year for the still newly formed ARCA team for Joe Gibbs Racing. Riley Herbst scored one win in the 2017 season, at the Pocono Raceway, and will move up to the Truck Series in 2018, driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Harrison Burton, who will also drive for KBM in select races, will make his 2018 debut at Nashville on March 17th
Hendrick Motorsports has signed 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Champion William Byron to drive the #5 Chevrolet Camaro in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season. Byron, 19, drove for JR Motorsports in his Rookie Year in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, and will make the Jump to Cup with Hendrick. The XFINITY Champion will replace Kasey Kahne, who will move to GMS Racing in 2018, after a 6 year tenure with Hendrick Motorsports. Byron will enter his third full season in NASCAR's Top 3 Series in 2018 after on year in Trucks (2016), XFINITY (2017), and now 2018 in Cup. Liberty University, long time sponsor and current college William Byron is attending, will also make the trip to Cup and sponsor in 13 races beginning with the 2018 Daytona 500. Axalta will split the 2018 season on both the #88 and the #5, sponsoring Byron in 17 races beginning at Atlanta in February. William Byron is expected to run a handful of NASCAR XFINITY Series races for JR Motorsports in the #88 Chevrolet, to get more seat time for his Rookie Campaign in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
GMS Racing has announced Friday that the organization will expand into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, by fielding one Monster Energy Cup team beginning in 2018. Maury Gallagher, the team owner at GMS Racing, announced Kasey Kahne will join the GMS Stable in 2018, driving the #90 UniFirst Chevrolet next season. UniFirst, which was a primary sponsor for Kahne at Hendrick Motorsports in the past, will follow Kahne to GMS and sponsor in 14 races beginning with the 2018 Daytona 500. GMS Racing will continue to have technical support from Richard Childress Racing but will also receive support from Hendrick Motorsports. Kahne is expected to drive in at least 1 race in the Truck Series for GMS in 2018.
Team Penske announced Friday Morning that Paul Menard, 37, will join the organization in 2018, driving a third car from Team Penske in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Menard will drive the #12 Menard's Ford Fusion in 2018, while also running a limited schedule in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for Penske. Menard parted ways with Richard Childress Racing at the end of the 2017 season. Longtime sponsor "Menards" will also expand its sponsorship role with the organization. This is the first time the Penske's #12 team will be full time since Brad Keselowski was the driver back in 2010
Stewart Haas Racing finally announced Wednesdey Afternoon in a Press Conference that 2003 Cup Champion Matt Kenseth will join the team for the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Series Season. Kenseth, who left Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the 2017 season, will move into the seat of the #10 Ford beginning in 2018. Kenseth will replace Danica Patrick as she will not return to NASCAR in 2018. DeWalt Tools will also leave Joe Gibbs Racing, and join Kenseth at Stewart Haas, being the primary sponsor in 25+ races. There were no details surrounding if this is currently a one year deal or not. Matt Kenseth will join teammates Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, and Kurt Busch in his return to Ford, the manufacture he drove for 13 years at Roush Fenway Racing.
The 2018 NASCAR Mock Season have announced that they will implement a Charter System to the league for 2018. NASCAR's CEO, Brian France, confirmed to the media that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will feature a Charter System that will consist of 38 Charters for a Full Field of 42. The Max of each Cup Series event will be at 42 starters while 38 of them will have a charter. This Charter will guarantee those 38 teams a locked in spot in each, of the 36 Monster Energy Cup Series events in 2018. Teams that
have been full time prior to the start of the 2015 season, will automatically received a charter. As teams that received a charter confirmed that they will not run in 2018, or they will only run part time, has already begun to lease and sell Charters to other teams for 2018. This would bring the total to 36 while NASCAR also sold two extra charters to two teams, giving a total of 38 Charter Teams. The remaining four spots in each race will be held by teams that dont have a charter. These teams will be known as "Open Teams". Should more than 42 cars/teams show up to a race weekend, the fastest four open teams in Qualifying will make the field, as the rest will miss the race. This will be a bit different for Speedweeks and the Daytona 500, as the
Duels will still determine who makes The Great American Race. This Charter System will only go into effect for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
A few notes of the teams that have sold/lease charters:
Tommy Baldwin Racing has leased its #7 Charter to TriStar Motorsports’s #72 team (Cole Whitt)
Roush Fenway Racing has leased its #16 Charter to JTG Daugherty Racing’s #37 team (Chris Buescher)
HScott Motorsports has leased its #27 Charter to GMS Racing’s #90 team (Kasey Kahne)
Circle Sport with TMG has leased its #30 Charter to Leavine Family Racing’s 95 team (Michael McDowell)
Front Row Motorsports has leased its #38 Charter to Front Row Motorsports’ #35 team (Darrell Wallace Jr)
Richard Petty Motorsports has leased its #44 Charter to Wood Brothers Racing’s #21 team. (Ryan Blaney)
BK Racing has leased its #83 Charter to Furniture Row Racing’s #79 team (Matt Tifft)
Team Penske and JGL Racing were given Charters by NASCAR, which goes to #12 (Paul Menard) and #26 (Ross Chastain)
Brian France met with the media Sunday Morning, to reveal the newly formed Stage Racing Format for the 2018 NASCAR Mock Season. Brian France, the CEO of NASCAR, revealed that this will go into effect immediatley before the startup of the 2018 NASCAR Mock Season. This new Stage Format will be introduced to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, with each race being set up into 3 Stages. This format is created to award the drivers and teams for their good performance throughout the regular season, and as well as in the Playoff's. Each NASCAR Event will be divided up into 3 Stages with the length of each race being set to 25%. At the end of each stage, the Top 10 in the running order will be given stage points, which will be added to their Regular Season Points. The Winner of each stage will be given an additional Playoff Point should they make the Playoff's to run for the championship. Positions 1-10 will be given a Point Total of 10-1, with the Winner of a Stage receiving 10 points, and the 10 place finisher receiving 1. Stage Points will first be available in the Can-am Duels at Daytona.
The 2018 NASCAR Mock Season Schedule was officially released this afternoon from NASCAR, revealing major changes to the schedule for the 2018 season. NASCAR confirmed that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will continue with its normal 36 race season, along with 33 XFINITY Races, and 23 Truck Races
Next season, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will finally make their debut at the Iowa Speedway in August of 2018, making it a dobule header weekend for their fall weekend at the track, joining the XFINITY Series. This big change did come at a cost for one Monster Energy Cup Track; that being the Michigan International Speedway. Michigan will lose its Fall Date and will be replaced by Iowa on that respective date. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan is normally held in the Fall but will be moved into the Spring on a Friday Afternoon, making it a quadruple weekend with Cup, XFINITY, and ARCA.
As Michigan loses a date, another track will receive an additional date for 2018; that being the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For the first time since their inaugural race in 1998, Las Vegas will hold two Monster Energy Cup Series races in one season. The Second Las Vegas Race will kickoff the Cup Series Playoff's in Round #1 which will replace Chicagoland which will be moved to the Summer.
The Final regular season race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be held at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway which will officially set which 16 drivers will face off in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs and battle for the championship. Indianapolis will replace Richmond of being the cut-off race, as Richmond's second date will become a Playoff Race.
NASCAR also confirmed that the Bank of America 500 will be run on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (Road Course) in the Playoff's. This will give us 3 road course races for the Cup Series in 2018
The ARCA Racing Series, which is also connected in the NASCAR Mock Season, also released their schedule, with their one and only big change being their debut at the historic Greenville Pickens Speeway in Greenville, SC.
Click here to see the full schedule for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Mock Season
The Iowa Speedway revealed today that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will make their debut at the 7/8-mile paved oval in Newton Iowa. The fans have been asking for a Cup race here for quite a long time and they're finally gonna get it in August of 2018. NASCAR has been racing at the facility since 2010, with the NASCAR XFINITY Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. They have also hosted races from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, to the ARCA Racing Series. The Cup Series will get set to race at Iowa on August 11th, 2018. Just 4 races shy from the start of the playoffs. XFINITY, Trucks, and ARCA are also set to return to Iowa in 2018