The drivers have hung up their helmets for another season, but the business of NASCAR continues as teams begin preparations for the new season with new cars and driver changes.
Known as the NASCAR Silly Season, it began early in 2019 with the announcements of drivers moving on when Paul Menard and David Ragan announced that they would be retiring from full time driving. As the season went on, teams announced numerous changes.
Come next February the various Series – Gander Outdoors Truck, Xfinity, and Monster Energy Cup – will have a different look.
Here is a list of how things are looking so far…
Quin Houff is leaving a part time ride in the Monster Energy Cup Series with Spire Motorsports for a full time ride in Monster Cup driving the number 00 for StarCom Racing.
Landon Cassill is no longer driving for StarCom Racing in the Monster Energy Cup Series but he will be staying on at StarCom working in as yet disclosed position.
After spending the 2019 racing season as a full time driver for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Xfinity Series, Cole Custer is moving up to the Monster Energy Cup Series driving the number 41 car for Stewart-Haas.
The former driver of the number 41 car Daniel Suarez is currently without a ride.
Last season Zane Smith drove part time in the Xfinity Series for JR Motorsports in the number eight car. Next season, Smith is moving to the Gander Outdoor Truck Series for a full time ride with GMS Racing.
Daniel Hemric spen 2019 behind the wheel of the Richard Childress Racing number eight in the Monster Energy Cup Series. In 2020 will run 21 of the 33 Xfinity Series races in the number eight car for JR Motorsports.
In 2019, Christian Eckes drove part time for Kyle Busch Motorsports number 51 truck in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series while driving full time in the ARCA Series. In 2020, Eckes will be driving full time for KBM behind the wheel of the number 18 truck.
After driving part time in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series last season, Raphael Lessard will see full time duty in the number four truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
Last season Tyler Ankrum made it to the playoffs in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series for DGR-Crosley Racing. Still in his teens, Ankrum will remain in the Truck Series but will be moving over to GMS Racing for a full time ride as team mates of Brett Moffitt, Sheldon Creed, and Zane Smith.
In 2019, Matt Tifft drove full time for Front Row Motorsports in the Monster Energy Cup Series. After a major health scare, Tifft has stepped away from racing in order to deal with his medical issues.
Riley Herbst spent 2019 as a part time driver in both the Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck Series. In 2020 gets a full time ride driving the number 18 Joe Gibbs Racing car in the Xfinity Series.
After signing a one year deal with Chip Ganassi Racing, Kurt Busch has signed a multi year deal to remain behind the wheel of the number one car for Chip Ganassi in the Monster Energy Cup Series.
In 2019 Harrison Burton drove the number 18 truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series. In 2020, Burton will be moving over to the Xfinity Series and a full time ride with Joe Gibbs Racing in the number 19 car.
After much speculation during the season, Clint Bowyer has signed a contract extension to remain behind the wheel of the number 14 car for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Monster Energy Cup Series.
After spending 2019 driving the number 17 Roush Fenway Racing car in the Monster Energy Cup Series, Ricky Stenhouse Jr is leaving Roush for a full time ride with JTG Daugherty Racing in the Monster Cup Series.
Known as the “watermelon man” or simply the “melon man”, Ross Chastain drove every race he could last season across all three series. In 2020 will be driving full time for Kaulig Racing in the Xfinity Series as the driver for the newly created second team.
Stewart-Haas Racing driver Aric Almirola also announced a contract extension to remain in the number 10 car.
Two time Xfinity Series champion Tyler Reddick is moving up to the Monster Energy Cup Series to drive the number eight car for Richard Childress Racing.
In 2019 Chris Buescher drove the number 37 car for JTG Daugherty Racing. In 2020 he will be moving over to Roush Fenway Racing and the number 17 car in the Monster Cup Series.
After driving full time in the Xfinity Series in the Joe Gibbs Racing number 20 car over the past couple of seasons, Christopher Bell is moving up to the Monster Cup Series and Leavine Family Racing to drive the number 95 car full time.
After being let go from the Leavine Family Racing number 95 car in the Monster Energy Cup Series, Matt DiBenedetto will be moving over to the Wood Brother Racing number 21 car. Once he announced his retirement, Paul Menard suggested hiring DiBenedetto as his replacement.
Erik Jones, one of four drivers for Joe Gibbs Racing, has also signed a contract extension and will remain in the Monster Cup Series number 20 car for JGR.