The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has come to an end but silly season is still in full effect.
Below we’ve compiled a list of current non announced or open rides heading into the 2019 “off season” and the upcoming 2020 season.
Non Announced/Open Rides:
#15 Premium Motorsports.
#27 Premium Motorsports.
#32 Go Fas Racing.
#34, #36 and #38 Front Row Motorsports.
#51 , #52, #53 and #54 Rick Ware Racing (JJ Yeley announced as one of RWR Full Time Entries in 2020, number not announced yet).
#77 Spire Motorsports.
In 2019 Premium Motorsports field the #15 and #27 for multiple drivers that included Ross Chastain, Reed Sorenson, Ryan Sieg, Joe Nemechek and Casey Mears (Daytona 500 in collaboration with Germain Racing).
The team has not announced any drivers for 2020 but we expect Ross Chastain to run a majority of the Cup races when it doesn’t conflict with his new Full Time Xfinty Team, #10 Kaulig Racing. Reed Sorenson has been with Premium Motorsports for several years part time and we expect him to return in 2020.
Go Fas Racing:
In 2019 Corey LaJoie brought the team home 29th In points. As 2019 was coming to an end there was speculation that Cole Custer would drive the #32 Ford with a new technical alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing. On November 1st Go Fas Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing announced a team alliance with SHR.
”Via this new alliance with SHR, Go Fas Racing will be provided with chassis, data and technical support for the No. 32 Ford Mustang in addition to their present relationship with Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines.
“This arrangement will allow Go Fas Racing to improve its performance in 2020 and position itself for future growth,” said Greg Zipadelli, Vice President of Competition for SHR.”
Go Fas Racing announces a new technical alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing.
Front Row Motorsports:
Front Row Motorsports fielded 3 full time entries in 2019 for Michael McDowell #34, Matt Tifft #36 (John Hunter Nemechek #36 fill in for Tifft at Texas, ISM and Homestead-Miami) and David Regan #38 Fords. In August David Regan announced he would retire at the end of the 2019 season from Full-Time Cup Series racing leaving the #38 Ford ride open for 2030.
Unexpectedly the #36 Ford is also a open ride due to illness of Matt Tifft that resulted in FRM and Tifft to mutually end their agreement.
John Hunter Nemechek has filled in for Tifft at Texas, ISM and Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is rumored that JH Nemechek will be hired full time at Front Row Motorsports In 2019.
On a little surprising note, Michael McDowell has also stated that he does not have his deal complete for 2020 but hopes to return to FRM in 2020.
Rick Ware Racing:
RWR fielded 2 Full Time Entries and 2 to 3 part time entries during the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with multiple drivers in the #51, #52, #53 and #54. Rick Ware Racing has announced they will run 3 Full Time Cup Series cars in 2020 with JJ Yeley being the only driver announced for the team so far.
Spire Motorsports is a interesting team as they are in partnership with Premium Motorsports and work out of the same shop. The #77 more or less is another Premium Motorsports entry. The team was able to score a victory in the 2019 season at the July Daytona race with Justin Hayley behind the wheel. Spire Motorsports also had Quin Houff, Reed Sorenson Like Premium Motorsports, no drivers have been announced or rumored for 2020 yet.
In 2019 Gaunt Brothers Racing ran a part time schedule with drivers Parker Kligerman and Drew Herring. No word on their 2020 NASCAR Cup Series plans.
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