GMS Racing will not have a full-time Cup Series entry next season, the team confirmed to NBC Sports on Wednesday.
The organization, which fields teams in the Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series, had looked at the notion of moving up to Cup next season.
ESPN’s Bob Pockrass first reported that GMS Racing would not field a full-time Cup entry.
Had GMS moved to Cup, it might have provided a landing spot for any of the Cup drivers without an announced ride for next year at this time, which includes former champions Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch and Brickyard 400 winner Kasey Kahne.
Johnny Sauter won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship for GMS Racing last season. Sauter ranks second in the points heading into this weekend’s race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The team also fields Truck entries for Daytona winner Kaz Grala and Justin Haley. Sauter and Grala are assured playoff spots with wins this season.