Chase Briscoe fills in another piece of the Silly Season puzzle by moving up to Cup next year. He’ll take over the No. 14 ride at Stewart-Haas Racing with Clint Bowyer going to the TV booth in 2021.
Tuesday’s announcement is part of a monumental week for Briscoe. His victory last weekend at Kansas – his ninth Xfinity win of the season – qualifies him for the Nov. 7 championship race at Phoenix. He’s the first driver to lock in a spot in the Xfinity title race.
Briscoe’s promotion means that Stewart-Haas Racing will have a rookie driver for the second year in a row. Cole Custer, who made the playoffs, will be the Cup Rookie of the Year this season.
Here’s how the Cup Silly Season scorecard looks:
ANNOUNCED CUP RIDES FOR 2021
No. 00: Quin Houff enters the second year of his two-year deal with StarCom Racing.
No. 3: Austin Dillon is signed with Richard Childress Racing through at least next year.
No. 4: Kevin Harvick signed a contract extension in February that will keep him at Stewart-Haas Racing through the 2023 season.
No. 8: Tyler Reddick said Aug. 7 that he will be back with Richard Childress Racing next season.
No. 11: Denny Hamlin is signed with Joe Gibbs Racing through at least next year.
No. 18: Kyle Busch is signed with Joe Gibbs Racing through at least next year.
No. 19: Martin Truex Jr. is signed with Joe Gibbs Racing through at least next year.
No. 21: Wood Brothers Racing announced Oct. 9 Matt DiBenedetto would race for the team in 2021 before Austin Cindric takes over the car in 2022. Roger Penske said Oct. 20 on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that he has an option on DiBenedetto’s contract for 2022.
No. 41: Cole Custer, who will be the 2020 Cup Rookie of the Year, will be back in this ride.
Denny Hamlin / Michael Jordan team: Bubba Wallace will drive for the new team in 2021.
Available/possibly available rides
No. 32: Ride is open with Corey LaJoie announcing he will not return to Go Fas Racing in 2021.
No. 43: Ride is open with Bubba Wallace moving to Denny Hamlin/Michael Jordan team for 2021.
No. 88: Ride is open with Alex Bowman moving to the No. 48 next season.
No. 95: Spire Motorsports purchased the charter and assets of Leavine Family Racing and will be a two-car operation in 2021. Christopher Bell will move to the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team for 2021. Spire has not named who will take over this ride for next season.
No. 96: Daniel Suarez and Gaunt Brothers Racing announced Sept. 15 that they would part ways after this season.