Silly Season Update
10/7/21 Current Update:
First up, Spire Motorsports. A few weeks ago rumors started to circulate that Spire Motorsports has purchased StarCom Racing’s Charter. This news comes just 3-4 months after Spire Motorsports sold 2 of their Charters to Kaulig Racing. Currently Spire Motorsports leases a Charter to Trackhouse Racing for the 2021 season. (Trackhouse Racing has purchased all of Chip Ganassi Racing’s NASCAR assets.)
Corey LaJoie joined SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Mon Sept 6 to discuss the teams past 3 races and finishes they have had. Asked by Dave Moody on what the future holds for Spire Motorsports, without saying to much Corey did say the team is gearing up for 2022 as if they were a 2 car team and expects the team to look much like it does in 2021, minus Justin Haley who will drive one of Kaulig Racing’s Cup entries full time in 2022. Cup drivers still looking for a ride include but not limited to Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Newman and recently announced Ryan Preece.
On June 18th at Nashville SuperSpeedway Kaulig Racing announced they have purchased 2 Cup Series Charters from Spire Motorsports and will have Justin Hayley as its full time driver (presumably the No. 16). During the announcement and in interviews after, Kaulig Racing Owner Matt Kaulig said AJ Allmendinger will continue full time Xfinty Series racing in 2022 but will also run a part time Cup schedule much like the schedule he is running in 2021. No exact word on Kaulig’s plan for the second Charter. Could it be a multiple driver lineup? Maybe a Kaz Grala and AJ Allmendinger split season?
GMS Racing tweeted out on June 17th a video “Leveling up in 2022” with their logo and the NASCAR Cup Series logo. Since then they have been quiet about their plans. Full Time? Part Time Open Car? Presumably the team would stick with Chevrolet as GMS has been a Chevy team since their inception into NASCAR.
A lot of questions are still unknown with this team. Cup veterans like Ryan Newman and Matt DiBenedetto are still available along with Ryan Preece. However over the Talladega weekend, GMS Racing President Mike Beam confirmed the team will be full-time in 2022. Since then the front runner for the drivers seat has been Ty Dillon.
Rick Ware Racing:
Rick Ware Racing is a big unknown for 2022. Currently running with 4 Charters, Owner Rick Ware says he’d like to run 3 full time cars in 2022 and Is more inclined to lease a Charter then sell one. Currently the No. 15, No. 52 and No. 53 Charters are owned by Rick Ware Racing. The No. 51 is owned by “Petty Ware Racing” entity that is a partnership. That Charter came from RPM when they fielded the No. 44. RWR has not announced any drivers for 2022.
Front Row Motorsports:
Front Row Motorsports (the 2021 Daytona 500 Champions with the No. 34 of Michael McDowel) is still a question mark on the 2022 season. GM of Front Row Motorsports Jerry Freeze joined SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on September 2nd and said the team will race Cup next year but did not specify on how many teams FRM would have. Rumors are also circulating that FRM could go Xfinty racing as well. Read the full article from Jerry Freeze interview with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio here.
JTG Daugherty Racing:
JTG Daugherty Racing announced they will scale back to a single car team in 2022. Ricky Stenhouse Jr will be the driver of the No. 47 in 2022 leaving Ryan Preece looking for a ride for 2022.
JTG Daugherty Racing returns to a single car team in 2022 news article link