The beginning of the 2020 NASCAR racing season is only a few short weeks away and a number of changes have taken place. Along with some new series names, there have been a number of driver and crew chief changes in the merry-go-round known as Silly Season.
At the end of the 2019 racing season, the sponsorship contract between NASCAR and Monster Energy expired. In its place four companies – some long time sponsors in the sport – have stepped in to fill the void. Most notably is a return of Busch Beer as the sponsor of The Clash and the pole for each race. Coca-Cola, GEICO, and Xfinity will also share in the sponsorships for the NASCAR Cup Series.
Xfinity Series driver Christopher Bell is moving up to the NASCAR Cup Series to driver the Leavine Family Racing number 95 car.
JTG Daugherty Racing NASCAR series driver Chris Buescher is moving from the number 37 car over to the Roush-Fenway Racing number 17 car.
StarCom Racing driver Landon Cassill has left the number 00 car but at the moment has no new ride. Star Com has stated that they have a commitment to Cassill that they plan to honour.
After driving the Stewart-Haas Racing number 00 in the Xfinity Series, Cole Custer is moving up to NASCAR Cup to driver the Stewart-Haas Racing number 41 car.
Matt DiBenedetto moves from the Leavine Family Racing number 95 car to the Wood Brothers Racing number 21 car after Paul Menard retires in the NASCAR Cup series.
Xfinity Series driver Joey Gase moves from the Go Green Racing number 35 to the Rick Ware Racing in the NASCAR Cup series to drive for a new team.
Part time driver Quin Houff in the NASCAR Cup series is moving from the Spire Motorsports number 77 car to drive the StarCom Racing 00 car.
Paul Menard and David Ragan retire as full time drivers in the NASCAR Cup series.
NASCAR Xfinity Series driver John Hunter Nemechek moves from the GMS Racing number 23 car to drive the Front Row Motorsports number 38 car in the NASCAR Cup series.
Part time Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series driver Brennan Poole moves from the On Point Motorsports number 30 truck to the NASCAR Cup series Premium Motorsports number 15 car.
NASCAR Cup series driver Ryan Preece moves from the JTG Daugherty number 47 car to the JGT Daugherty number 47 car.
Two time Xfinity Series champion Tyler Reddick is leaving the Richard Childress Racing number two car and is moving up to the NASCAR Cup series to driver the Richard Childress Racing number eight car.
NASCAR Cup series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr moves from the Roush-Fenway Racing number 17 car to join Ryan Preece at JTG Daugherty to take over driving duties in the number 47 car.
Mexican born NASCAR Cup series driver Daniel Suarez spent the 2019 racing season driving the number 41 car for Stewart-Haas Racing but has left the team with no plans set for the immediate future.
After suffering some major health issues at the end of the 2019 racing season, Matt Tifft has left Front Row Motorsports and the number 36 car in the NASCAR Cup series to concentrate on his health.
After being a part time driver for Rick Ware Racing, J.J. Yeley has been signed to become a full time NASCAR Cup series driver for Rick Ware Racing.
Crew chief changes:
Richard Childress Racing Xfinity Series crew chief Justin Alexander is moving up to the NASCAR Cup series as crew chief for the number three car driven by Austin Dillon.
GMS Racing crew chief Jerry Baxter moves from the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series number 24 truck to serve as crew chief for the Richard Petty Motorsports number 43 car driven by Buba Wallace in the NASCAR Cup series
Stewart-Haas Racing NASCAR Cup series crew chief Mike Bugarewicz moves from the number 14 car to the number 10 car driven by Alec Almirola.
Team Penske NASCAR Cup series crew chief Jeremy Bullins moves from the number 12 car to become the crew chief for the number two car driven by Brad Keselowski.
Richard Childress Racing crew chief Randall Burnett moves from the number two car in the Xfinity Series to become crew chief for the number eight car in the NASCAR Cup series.
Team Penske NASCAR Cup series crew chief Todd Gordon moves from the number 22 car to become crew chief for the number 12 car driven by Ryan Blaney.
Stewart-Haas Racing NASCAR Cup series crew chief Johnny Klausmeier moves from the number 10 car to become the crew chief for the number 14 car.
Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Cup series crew chief Luke Lambert moves from the number eight car to become the crew chief for the Roush-Fenway Racing number 17 car.
Roush-Fenway Racing NASCAR Cup series crew chief for the number 17 car Brian Pattie moves to the JTG Daugherty NASCAR Cup series number 47 car as the new crew chief.
Joe Gibbs Racing Xfinity Series crew chief Jason Ratcliff is moving from the number 20 car to become the crew chief for the Leavine Family Racing NASCAR Cup series number 95 car.
Stewart-Haas Racing Xfinity Series crew chief Mike Shiplett is moving from the 00 car to become the crew chief for the NASCAR Cup series number 41 car.
Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series driver Harrison Burton is moving up from driving the number 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports truck to the Joe Gibbs Racing Xfinity Series number 20 car.
Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series driver Ross “Melon Man” Chastain is moving from the Niece Motorsports number 45 truck to the Xfinity Series number 10 Kaulig Racing car.
Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Cup series driver Daniel Hemric lost his ride near the end of season but will be driving the number eight car on a part time basis for Dale Earnhardt Jr and JR Motorsports.
Last season Riley Herbst drove part time in the Xfinity, Gander RV & Outdoors Truck, K & N Pro East, and the ARCA Menards Series will be driving full time in the Joe Gibbs Racing number 18 Xfinity Series car.
Part time Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series driver Jesse Little will be sharing the driving duties with Gary Keller in the Xfinity Series JD Motorsports car.
Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series driver Tyler Ankrum is moving from driving the number 17 DGR-Crosley Racing truck to the number 26 GMS Racing truck.
ARCA Series driver Christian Eckes drove the Venturini Motorsports number 15 car in 2019, this season he will be driving the Gander Truck Series number 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports truck.
K&N Pro Series East driver Tanner Gray will be driving the DGR-Crosley number 15 truck in the Gander Truck Series for 2020.
Part time Gander Truck Series driver Raphael Lessard will be driving full time for Kyle Busch Motorsports number four truck this season.
Part time ARCA and Gander Truck Series driver Ty Majeski gets a full time ride this season for Niece Motorsports driving the nunber 45 truck.
GMS Racing Gander Truck Series driver Brett Moffitt moves from the number 24 truck to drive the number 23 truck in 2020.
Part time Xfinity Series JR Motorsports driver Zane Smith moves to the GMS Racing number 21 truck with Kevin “Bono” Manion as the crew chief.
Joe Gibbs Racing chief engineer for the number 19 NASCAR Cup series car James Small is moving to the crew chief position for the number 19 car driven by Martin Truex Jr. Smalls is taking over for Cole Pearn who is retiring.
Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Cup series race engineer Ryan Sparks is leaving RCR to become the crew chief for the Go Fas Racing numb 32 car.
Team Penske NASCAR Cup series crew chief Paul Wolfe is moving over to become the crew chief for the number 22 car driven by Joey Logano.
Chevrolet is moving from the Camaro ZL1 to the Camaro ZL1 1LE. The new car will make its debut during Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway.
Go Fas Racing has joined with Stewart-Haas Racing for a technical alliance that will chasis data and technical support from SHR.
Martins Motorsports has added a new team to their garage. Tommy Joe Martins will serve as the primary driver for the Xfinity Series car.
Our Motorsports has added a new car in their Xfinity Series garage. Andy Seuss has been named the team manager for the new 02 car with drivers to be named in the coming days.
Last season the Gander Truck Series became the Gander Outdoors Truck Series. This year the series gets a new name – the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series.
DGR-Crosley is changing truck manufacturers for the 2020 season from Toyotas to Fords.
Halmar Friesen Racing is also changing truck manufacturers from Chevrolets to Toyotas. The team will also receive support from Toyota Racing Development.