As the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season comes to an end in 2 weeks there are still many Cup Series drivers that have no plans for 2019 yet or have not announced their plans as of now.
At the top top of the list is Martin Truex Jr, Daniel Suarez and Kurt Busch.
Martin Truex Jr: UPDATE:
Not officially announced is Truex and Cole Pearn to the #19 Toyota at Joe Gibbs Racing. It has been widely speculated that Toyota, Truex and JGR have a deal done for 2019. With Furniture Row Racing Ceasing Operations after Homestead, our bet is Truex and JGR will wait until after the season out of respect for Furniture Row Racing.
Update as of 11/8/18:
Joe Gibbs Racing Officially announced on November 7th that Martin Truex Jr and Cole Pearn will head to JGR #19 in 2019.
With Truex Jr to the #19 at JGR is all but officially announced, where does that leave Suarez? Many thought Daniel would end up in the #95 LFR car with Toyota and partnership with JGR, but that is not the case. LFR announced last month that Matt DiBenedetto will drive the #95 LFR Toyota. The last possible top ride for Suarez appears to be the #41 Ford at Stewart-Hass Racing. Many rumors going around that Suarez's camp and SHR are working to put a deal together but nothing has been officially announced.
It has been widely speculated within the garage that Kurt Busch and Chip Ganassi Racing have their deal set for 2019 that has Kurt Busch going to the #1 Chevy for CGR replacing Jamie McMurray. Chip and his team have publicly said they have offered McMurray a Daytona 500 ride for the 2019 Daytona 500. Chip also has said publicly that he has offered Jamie a job at Chip Ganassi Racing in a management type role much like Dario Franchitti in the in Chip Ganassi's Indy Car Team.
Next we shift to drivers who currently have no plans as of now for 2019.
JTG Daugherty announced Ryan Preece will be taking over the #47 Chevy at JTG Daugherty Racing in 2019 with teammate Chris Buescher in the #37. AJ has expressed interest in other motorsports series i.e. Michael Shank Racing in which AJ has been apart of for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Trevor Bayne raced his last Cup Series Race for Roush Fenway Racing this past weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Earlier in the season Roush Fenway Racing hired Matt Kenseth back to the organization and split the #6 Ford ride.
Matt came back to NASCAR half way through the season in hopes to help Roush Fenway Racing get better and evaluate their program. Since then the #6 has had similar results no matter who is behind the wheel.
Comments from Matt Kenseth in recent weeks has it sounding like Matt Kenseth will not return to NASCAR in 2019. Roush Fenway Racing announced Ryan Newman will take over the #6 Ford in 2019.
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