A NASCAR Crew Chiefs; Andrew Abbott: Mike Abner: Tom Ackerman: Marv Acton: Skip Adams: Still works for NASCAR.com and Motor Racing Network and became a pit reporter for NASCAR on NBC in 2022. 2004-2023 CBS Interactive. 'Click' to View Pit Stops by Owner Groupings 'Total Pit Stop' ranks by Team Owner Driver rank Crew rank Front Row 10th#34 Michael McDowell 2nd 22nd 30th#38 Todd Gilliland 14th 32nd Hendrick 1st#24 William Byron Ryan Sparks is back as LaJoie's crew chief, while also adding team director of competition duties to his responsibilities. Crew chief Cole Pearn is the most well-known figure in NASCAR among those barely known at all at the beginning of the year. Few runnings of NASCAR's longest and most arduous race were anything like the 2022 edition of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. The No. Midway through that race, the lug nut on Jones' right rear wheel became so tightly fastened that it was impossible for his crew to get it off and change his right rear tire. William Byron did not have a terrible run as he had a car on the fringe of the top 10 spots but an issue relegated him to a 25th-place finish. 3 pit box at the end of the 2022 season. So, just as pit stops are crucial in NASCAR (looking at you, Kyle Larson), so are pit guns. #17 - Chris Buescher - RFK Racing Ford (Crew Chief: Scott Graves). 42 to the newly-numbered Trackhouse Racing No. After becoming a championship contender in the Craftsman Truck Series, Chandler Smith will run multiple Cup races for Kaulig in addition to a full season in the Xfinity Series. The No. After making its debut at Watkins Glen with former F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen, Trackhouse Racing's Project91 for international racing stars remains part of the team's plan for 2023. Buescher is seeking his first Cup win since his rookie year of 2016. Now works as a pit reporter for NASCAR on NBC. Phil Surgen returns as crew chief. He joins the team run by Bullins, an experienced crew chief. #2 - Austin Cindric (R) - Team Penske Ford (Crew Chief: Jeremy Bullins). Byron and crew chief Rudy Fugle will try to discover similar success in 2023 and sustain it. #66 - TBD - MBM Motorsports Ford (Crew Chief: TBD). pic.twitter.com/VS5s1imzbY. 4:02 pm ET, as Justin Alexander stepped down from his role, and signed a multi-year deal to continue driving for Stewart-Haas Racing, and signed a multi-year contract extension, while Riley Herbst will run the Daytona 500, takes over as the full-time driver for Kaulig Racing's No. Pit Viper Eyewear SEGI TV Bitnile.com: With 46 career wins, Hamlin is second only to Junior Johnson among drivers never to win a Cup title on NASCAR's all-time wins list. Having the best pit crew can create a difference between securing a win or coming up short. #15 - J.J. Yeley, Riley Herbst and Todd Gilliland - Rick Ware Racing Ford (Crew Chief: Billy Plourde). Crew chiefing for Keselowski will be Matt McCall, who joins the organization after working with Kurt Busch the past three seasons. J.J. Yeley will run the Busch Light Clash, while Riley Herbst will run the Daytona 500 behind the wheel of this car. #10 - Aric Almirola - Stewart-Haas Racing Ford (Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer). #48 - Alex Bowman - Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet (Crew Chief: Blake Harris). #6 - Brad Keselowski - RFK Racing Ford (Crew Chief: Matt McCall). 2004-2023 CBS Interactive. 2. pic.twitter.com/70t3sjwXLg. The Crew Chief calls the shots a top the box. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Commissioner.com is a registered trademark of CBS Interactive Inc. site: media | arena: nascar | pageType: stories | Sure enough, Chastain's car carried an extreme amount of speed as it wrapped around the wall, allowing him to pass five cars in one corner and beat Hamlin back to the start/finish line to make the Championship 4 by one point. Chase Elliott will enter the 2023 season seeking to complete a job left unfinished in 2022: winning his second Cup championship. Nascar continues to disconnect from what fans really want and what makes sense. Dillon Welch (2019, pit reporter for ARCA only). Andujar will jump right into action as the starting right fielder and No. Bell took a third-year leap that saw him earn three wins -- two of which were greatly aided by late pit strategy calls by Stevens -- 12 top fives and 20 top 10s en route to his first Championship 4 appearance and a third-place finish in the final standings. #47 - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet (Crew Chief: Brian Pattie). As the sport's longtime owners begin to age, new team owners have begun to expand their operations and make their presence felt as potential big-time players moving forward. Busch replaces Tyler Reddick, who left the team to join 23XI Racing. Of Keselowski's six top-10 finishes last season, three came in the final 10 races. The team has yet to announce specific plans for 2023. The No. Building the team for the new car added to the 23XI Racing fleet, the veteran Busch is reuniting with Billy Scott from their days at Stewart-Haas Racing. William Byron had a strong start to 2022 with two wins in the first eight races, but that early success would later dissipate despite Byron going on to finish a career-best sixth in the championship standings. Dennis Johnson (@dentiki) November 18, 2021. Not only did Chastain earn the first two wins of his career at Circuit of the Americas and Talladega, but he also led all drivers in top-five (15) and top-10 finishes (21), led the fourth-most laps of all drivers (692) and had the second-best average finish of all drivers (13.3). He restarted in the lead for overtime but was unable to fend off Bowman, getting loose exiting turn four on the final lap. NASCAR Happy with Next Gen Car at Daytona February 21, 2022 Sunday's Daytona 500 was the first time a full field of 40 Next Gen cars appeared on the track in racing conditions Read More Daytona 500 Winning Car May Not Be Displayed As Teams Face Next Gen Concerns: UPDATE February 8, 2022 Two top-10 and one 11th-place finish moved Elliott from 19 th to the top spot by the fifth race. BELL WINS! While both have shown that they are capable, they havent enjoyed consistent success at the Cup level thus far. 34 team, takes over as this team's crew chief. He will be reunited with Luke Lambert, who takes over as the team's crew chief. Joey Hand will drive all six of the road course races. Elliott will seek to revisit the Winner's Circle on an oval, as both of his 2021 wins came on road courses. Busch will be paired with crew chief Billy Scott, a reunion after the two previously worked together at Stewart-Haas Racing. Joe Gibbs Racing is shaking up the lineup for the remainder of the 2022 Cup Series playoffs. Neither has had success on the Cup side, but the hope is that they can rekindle what they had several years ago. Wallace and Barker worked the final eight races together last year and won at Talladega for the first career Cup victory for both. Justin Haley was viciously consistent in 2022, racking up finishes inside the top 20 and mixing in three top-five finishes to go with them. 51 for his family's race team. But this isnt as much about Jones and Elenz, who was crew chief for Noah Gragson on the Xfinity side, as it is about the new Petty GMS Motorsports. 38 team that had Anthony Alfredo as a driver last year. The hire of Gilliland keeps things all in the family, as his father David Gilliland drove the No. 6-keys: media/spln/nascar/reg/free/stories, at 6:07 pm ET, 2023 Dover picks, best bets from NASCAR experts, Legendary expert locks in NASCAR at Dover picks, NASCAR DFS: 2023 Wurth 400 picks, driver pool, 2023 Wurth 400 odds, picks, NASCAR predictions, Alex Bowman out 3-4 weeks with fractured vertebra, NASCAR awards: Logano, Chastain lead top perfomances, Austin Dillon given L1 penalty for illegal underwing, NASCAR'S 75 Greatest Drivers: Marlin, Biffle join list, Ryan Preece wins first career pole at Martinsville, Chase Elliott to return from injury at Martinsville, NASCAR suspends Ware indefinitely after arrest, Greatness is guaranteed when LeBron, Steph clash. #14 - Chase Briscoe - Stewart-Haas Racing Ford (Crew Chief: John Klausmeier). Kim Coon (2019, pit reporter for ARCA only). They both have a lot to prove in their first season at Petty GMS Motorsports. Kyle Larson and Cliff Daniels run it back at Hendrick Motorsports after a somewhat disappointing followup to their 2021 championship season. You see, the new pit gun will result in faster tire changing, but the refueling procedure and fuel flow rate remain the same. He will be reunited with Mike Kelley, who takes over for Brian Pattie as the No. Based on Burtons advanced statistics during the event at Auto Club Speedway, he exceeded his actual running position with a better finish and will look to improve next time out. Take a look at the 2022 Cup Series seasons ranking based on their average four-tire stop times for the season. Allmendinger, Daniel Hemric, and Noah Gragson will all take turns behind the wheel. With one simple mistake by the pit crew, a for sure win . 16 in 2023, despite having been the subject of retirement rumors, as the new driver of Stewart-Haas' No. Elliott has signed a contract extension through 2027 . A Max Verstappen and Ferrari During the recent testing of the Next Gen car, Richard Childress Racing tire changer explained the new guns are certainly heavier than the previous ones. Sign up for the FOX Sports NASCAR Newsletter with Bob Pockrass! Aric Almirola Previously: No. Austin Dillon has been a pleasant surprise to start the 2023 season as he could have won the Daytona 500 and finished in ninth place this weekend. After running the entire 2021 season for Rick Ware Racing, Josh Bilicki will move to Spire Motorsports to drive the team's No. While Brad Keselowski's arrival signals major changes at RFK Racing, Chris Buescher remains the driver of the team's No. Chase Elliott did not have track position to start the race but slowly climbed the leaderboard until he hit a Busch-sized wall in second place. All Rights Reserved. One month after the checkered flag flew and a Joey Logano was crowned champion in Phoenix, the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season and its many triumphs will be celebrated at Champions' Week in Nashville, Tenn. Rick Ware Racing looks as though it will once again use a variety of drivers in its No. Trackhouse also began to exercise its plans to move the needle in NASCAR with the introduction of Project91 for international drivers, a program that brought former Formula 1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen to the Cup Series field at Watkins Glen in August. 23 car barred him from a better finish. 2021 Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell had the best season of his career in 2022, but it may have cost him crew chief Blake Harris, who departed for Hendrick Motorsports. #4 - Kevin Harvick - Stewart-Haas Racing Ford (Crew Chief: Rodney Childers). May 21, 2022, at 10:07 p.m. Kyle Busch's Pit Crew All-Stars for Qualifying in Texas Kyle Busch, front, and his crew show off their pole position rings after qualifications for the NASCAR. Longtime independent car owner Carl Long will once again field a part-time Cup team to complement a fleet of Xfinity Series teams. Bell also tied for the most poles with three, a clear testament to the speed of his cars and the work done throughout the week and at the racetrack by Stevens and his crew. After winning three races in 2021, Ryan Blaney has a new crew chief for 2022: Following the retirement of Todd Gordon, Jonathan Hassler moves from Wood Brothers Racing to Team Penske to assume the top of the pit box for Blaney's No. The Cup Series drivers and teams will next be seen in action in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2023. For the longest time, the balance of power among NASCAR race teams has amounted to an oligarchy of powerhouse race shops that have gone almost entirely unchallenged -- until now. Here is a complete and comprehensive look at the NASCAR Cup Series driver and team lineup for 2022. Blickensderfer came from Front Row Motorsports to SHR for Almirolas final season (he is retiring after this year). RFK Racing continues to show speed and Buescher has been running well as they develop into a more consistent race team on a weekly basis. Austin Dillon will have a new crew chief for 2023, as Justin Alexander stepped down from his role atop the No. #24 - William Byron - Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet (Crew Chief: Rudy Fugle). Christopher Bell returns for his second season at Joe Gibbs Racing and his third overall as a Cup driver. 23 after switching to the No. Alex Bowman had another consistent performance with new crew chief Blake Harris and managed to bring it home with an eighth-place finish. The annual awards banquet will see the sport's top drivers not only be recognized, but also earn some additional recognitions and titles for their performance from the start of February to the end of the season in November. The No. Oh well. 41, after signing a multi-year contract extension, Ty Gibbs takes over for Kyle Busch as the driver of what was the No. Based on the results of this season, Stevens has done just that. Veteran crew chief Todd Gordon will join Johnson in coming out of retirement for select races, starting with the Daytona 500. NASCAR's diamond anniversary will serve as the second year of the sport's Next Gen era, which will be faced with a tall task in trying to match a first season that saw a record-tying 19 different drivers visit Victory Lane in 36 races. NASCAR Cup Series 2022 Schedule Pennzoil 400 Pit Stop Results Pit Stop Results NASCARCup Series Pennzoil 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 6th, 2022 Race #3 of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Season Previous Race Pennzoil 400 Next Race Race Results Summary Statistics After fielding a part-time Cup team and winning their first race at Indianapolis last year, Kaulig Racing has taken the next step and will field two full-time Cup teams in 2022. 53 car, moves over as Wares crew chief. 2 of 11 Jonathan Ferrey | Getty Images 10. Martin Truex Jr. showed speed and even overcame a wheel falling off the car for an 11th-place finish. How does the new air gun work on the #NextGen car? 16 in 2023. Christopher Bell (4 career wins), 4. Even though the past several seasons have seen rapid and enormous change throughout the sport, the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season presents arguably the most significant change of all. #20 - Christopher Bell - Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (Crew Chief: Adam Stevens). Hence, the pit strategy can play an important role in the result of the Cup race, perhaps more than in any other racing event. Photo Credit: LAT Images, Gavin Baker, Courtesy of Toyota Racing. Joey Logano led more than 100 laps in a race just three times in his championship season. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. carried over his momentum from a Daytona 500 victory and had a top-10 car at Auto Club. #16 - AJ Allmendinger - Kaulig Racing Chevrolet (Crew Chief: Matt Swiderski). Those ambitions are being supported by up-and-coming drivers and veterans alike, who will serve as the on-track faces of the ambitions of the sport's new power players as they seek to alter the competitive landscape of Cup racing. The No. The legend of Noah Gragson continues to grow, as the Xfinity Series superstar will move up to the Cup Series in 2023 as a Rookie of the Year contender and the new driver of the Petty No. The technical storage or access is strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user, or for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network. Netherlands-based Hezeberg Systems has formed an alliance with Reaume Brothers Racing to field a Cup car in select races in 2022. Keith Rodden takes over as crew chief, his . This pairing could produce results in a few years, but the 21-year-old Haley is still learning the craft. In the 14 years pit crew coach Ray Wright has been at Richard Childress Racing, he's seen NASCAR cut the over-the-wall pit crew from seven to six and then to five people. 3. 18 teams, giving drivers Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch new crews for the remainder of the 2022 season. 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Team Rosters | TobyChristie.com 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Team Rosters Select a team from below to view their team rosters for the entire 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. #12 - Ryan Blaney - Team Penske Ford (Crew Chief: Jonathan Hassler). Running 10th entering the final corner at Martinsville in October, there was seemingly nothing Ross Chastain could conceivably do to make up the points deficit to Denny Hamlin and make the Championship 4 in Phoenix. As much as NASCAR's 75th anniversary season is a celebration of the sport's colorful past, the spotlight of the 2023 campaign will center around stock car racing's present. Related: Kyle Larsons big future in the NASCAR Cup Series beyond 2022. 45 in the playoffs last year for owner's points purposes. Daniel Suarez will return to Trackhouse Racing in 2022 after helping significantly in laying the team's foundation in 2021. 37 . Following the sale of Chip Ganassi Racing's NASCAR operation to Trackhouse Racing, Chastain moves from Ganassi's No. Bookmark this page throughout the season for updates to our weekly NASCAR power rankings, as we look at how the best 30 full-time drivers perform each week and project whats ahead for them. #19 - Martin Truex Jr. - Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (Crew Chief: James Small). 2022 will mark M&M's final season as Busch's primary sponsor, as they will leave NASCAR at season's end. Briscoe showed flashes of the ability that made him a dominant driver in the Xfinity Series, but scored only three top 10 finishes with a best result of sixth on two occasions. No. 8. 10 best NASCAR drivers of all time 26. Beard Motorsports, which has fielded cars at Daytona and Talladega over the past several years, will return in 2022 despite the death of car owner Mark Beard last January. Both of its cars finished in the top 10, with both Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez leading the rising tide of Trackhouse to the best seasons of their respective careers. #7 - Corey LaJoie - Spire Motorsports Chevrolet (Crew Chief: Ryan Sparks). And the addition of dirt only enhanced that at Bristol Motor Speedway on Easter. Locking up the four main crew members is key for RCR considering the. Wallace will look to build on his overall stats, as he and his race team scored just three top 10 finishes in 2021 -- though all were top 5s. #38 - Todd Gilliland (R) - Front Row Motorsports Ford (Crew Chief: Seth Barbour). Stenhouse stands to gain from the team concentrating its resources, as they have downsized from two to one full-time team. Alex Bowman signed a two-year contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports last June, which was well-timed given that Bowman had his best season as a Cup driver with four wins. Tyler Reddick returns for a third season at Richard Childress Racing after making the playoffs for the first time in 2021. TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Kyle Busch used miscommunication with his Richard Childress Racing crew to win at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday in double overtime and under caution. 18, with the big story surrounding him being exactly who will adorn his car moving foward. Erik Jones returns as the driver of The King's No. These new generation cars remind me too much of the old SCCA & IMSA Trans Am cars. Hunt sold the van, and the money from that sale paid for the pit crew he used at Homestead. Kyle Larson Last week: 2; 2022 average finish: 11.7 The 2021 champion followed up his Fontana win with a second-place effort at Vegas. The 2023 season is also set to see some notable part-time cameos, starting with the return of seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson. Bob Pockrass has spent decades covering motorsports, including the past 30 Daytona 500s. After fading out of NASCAR following the 2016 season, Greg Biffle, 52, is making his return to Cup in a part-time ride for car owner Jonathan Cohen. Suarez had far and away the best year of his Cup career, highlighted by his first career win at Sonoma in June. Take one of the best drivers and one of the best crew chiefs, and they should perform well. #91 - TBD - Trackhouse Racing Project91 Chevrolet (Crew Chief: Darian Grubb). At Atlanta in July, LaJoie emerged as one of the strongest cars in the draft, spending much of the second half of the race at the front and leading 19 laps as he and his Spire Motorsports team took the fight to much more established drivers and organizations. NASCAR Crew Chief Statistics & More. The most important job on the crew, the crew chief's responsibilities include formulating and executing the pit strategy with the race . Both Burton (formerly Joe Gibbs Racing, where he had four Xfinity wins) and Wilson (Penske, with 13 wins the past three years with Cindric) move from the Xfinity to the Cup Series, joining Penske affiliate Wood Brothers Racing. FOX Sports' Bob . 18 team, which will now adopt Gibbs' own No. In anticipation of that, the lead-in to 2022 saw NASCAR's driver and team market change complexion in ways it hasn't in a long time. LaJoie has not shown a tremendous amount of past speed with Spire Motorsports so ranking as the 27th-best driver should be an accomplishment for now. FOX Sports NASCAR Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Austin Cindric's victory in the 2022 Daytona 500 has its roots in the 2021 finish. Bowman will look to be more consistent in 2022, as his five DNFs contributed to him only managing 14th in the final standings.