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Cup Series paint schemes for 2020

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NASCAR’s Speedweeks has arrived and with it comes the first look at some of the paint schemes Cup Series teams will sport throughout the season.

Here’s a look at confirmed paint schemes for this year, including those that will be driven in Sunday’s Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET on Fox).

Quin Houff – StarCom Racing’s No. 00 Chevrolet

StarCom Racing

Kurt Busch – Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 1 Chevrolet

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Chip Ganassi Racing

Brad Keselowski – Team Penske’s No. 2 Ford

Team Penske
Team Penske

Austin Dillon – Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 Ford

Richard Childress Racing

Kevin Harvick – Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 4 Ford

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Ryan Newman – Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 6 Ford

Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing

Tyler Reddick – Richard Childress Racing’s No. 8 Chevrolet

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Chase Elliott – Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 9 Chevrolet

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Hendrick Motorsports
Hendrick Motorsports

 

Hendrick Motorsports

Aric Almirola – Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 10 Ford

Stewart-Haas Racing

Denny Hamlin – Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 11 Toyota

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Ryan Blaney – Team Penske’s No. 12 Ford

Team Penske
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Ty Dillon – Germain Racing’s No. 13 Chevrolet

Germain Racing

Clint Bowyer – Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 14 Ford

Stewart-Haas Racing
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Brennan Poole – Premium Motorsports’ No. 15 Chevrolet

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Justin Haley – Kaulig Racing’s No. 16 Chevrolet (Daytona 500 only)

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Chris Buescher – Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 17 Ford

Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing
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Kyle Busch – Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota

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Lionel Racing

Martin Truex Jr. – Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 19 Toyota

 

Joe Gibbs Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing

Erik Jones – No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing’s Toyota

Joe Gibbs Racing

Matt DiBenedetto – Wood Brothers Racing’s No. 21 Ford

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Joey Logano – Team Penske’s No.  22 Ford

Team Penske

William Byron – Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 24 Chevrolet

Hendrick Motorsports
Hendrick Motorsports
Hendrick Motorsports

Reed Sorenson – Premium Motorsports’ No. 27 Chevrolet

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Corey LaJoie – Go Fas Racing’s No. 32 Ford

Go Fas Racing
Go Fas Racing
Go Fas Racing

Michael McDowell – Front Row Motorsports’ No. 34 Ford

Michael McDowell
Front Row Motorsports

Ryan Preece – JTG Daugherty Racing’s No. 37 Chevrolet

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John Hunter Nemechek – Front Row Motorsport’s No. 38 Ford

John Hunter Nemechek
Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports

Cole Custer – Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 41 Ford

Stewart-Haas Racing

Kyle Larson – Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 Chevrolet

Chip Ganassi Racing
Chip Ganassi Racing
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Bubba Wallace – Richard Petty Motorsports’ No. 43 Chevrolet

Richard Petty Motorsports
Richard Petty Motorsports

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – JTG Daugherty Racing’s No. 47 Chevrolet

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Jimmie Johnson – Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 48 Chevrolet

Hendrick Motorsports

Chad Finchum – MBM Motorsports’ No. 49 Toyota

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Joey Gase – Rick Ware Racing’s No. 51 Chevrolet

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JJ Yeley – Rick Ware Racing’s No. 54 Ford

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Brendan Gaughan – Beard Motorsports’ No. 62 Chevrolet

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Timmy Hill – MBM Motorsports’ No. 66 Ford

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Ross Chastain – Chip Ganassi Racing/Spire Motorsports’ No. 77 Chevrolet

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Alex Bowman – Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 88 Chevrolet

Hendrick Motorsports
Hendrick Motorsports

Christopher Bell – Leavine Family Racing’s No. 95 Toyota

Leavine Family Racing
Leavine Family Racing

Daniel Suarez – Gaunt Bros Racing’s No. 96 Toyota

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Kyle Larson scores first Chili Bowl Nationals victory

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Kyle Larson passed Christopher Bell with 17 laps left and went on to win his first Chili Bowl Nationals crown Saturday night.

Bell, vying for a record-tying fourth consecutive win in the country’s premier midget race, finished second in the 24-car field at the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Cannon McIntosh, 17 years old, finished third. NASCAR Xfinity driver Justin Allgaier placed 21st. 

A year ago, Larson lost this race on the last lap to Bell. Larson had a large enough lead late in Saturday night’s race that Bell wasn’t close enough to make a move.

“Its a pretty different range of emotions 365 days later,” Larson said on the MavTV broadcast. “I feel like I’m going to pass out.

“I’m sorry NASCAR, I’m sorry Daytona, but this is the biggest (expletive) race I’ve ever won. I hope to win Daytona in a few weeks but this is bad ass.”

Here’s how other NASCAR competitors did in the various races Saturday that led to the A main that Larson won:

Dillon Welch, Alex Bowman and J.J. Yeley each failed to advance from the B2 Main.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. failed to advance from the C1 Main.

Ryan Newman failed to advance from the D1 Main.

Chase Briscoe failed to advance from the B1 Main

 

Christopher Bell begins quest for fourth straight Chili Bowl title

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Cup Series rookie Christopher Bell‘s effort for a fourth straight Chili Bowl Nationals title begins today.

Bell’s preliminary feature in the midget racing event is scheduled for tonight at the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he will try to secure a spot in Saturday night’s A main feature.

JR Motorsports’ Justin Allgaier was scheduled to run tonight, but he will compete Friday due to a scheduling conflict.

Former Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series driver Rico Abreu won Wednesday night’s preliminary feature, securing the two-time Chili Bowl winner in Saturday night’s feature event.

The winners of the first three preliminary features have been 17-year-old Cannon McIntosh (Monday), Kyle Larson (Tuesday) and Abreu (Wednesday).

Notable results from Wednesday night’s preliminary feature: J.J. Yeley finished 11th, Ryan Newman finished 21st and Karsyn Elledge, granddaughter of Dale Earnhardt, placed 22nd.

When NASCAR drivers will qualify for Chili Bowl Nationals, event format

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This week brings the 34th Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which sees multiple NASCAR drivers among the roughly 359 entires for the event that runs from Jan. 13 -18.

The Chili Bowl has announced which night each driver is scheduled to participate in qualifying races.

Over the course of five nights, the top-two finishers from each A feature will lock themselves into Saturday’s 55-lap final race.

Each night of qualifying races begins at 6 p.m. ET.

Here’s when the NASCAR drivers will qualify.

Monday, Jan. 13 – Cummins Qualifying Night

Chase Briscoe

Ryan Ellis

Tuesday, Jan. 14  – Warren CAT Qualifying Night

Alex Bowman

Kyle Larson

NBC Sports reporter Dillon Welch

Wednesday, Jan. 15 – Hard Rock Casino Qualifying Night

J.J. Yeley

Ryan Newman

Rico Abreu

Thursday, Jan. 16 – John Christner Trucking Qualifying Night

Justin Allgaier

Christoper Bell

Friday, Jan. 17 – Vacuworx Global Qualifying Night

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

IndyCar driver Conor Daly

IndyCar and former Xfinity Series driver James Davison

Here is the event format for the Chili Bowl:

– Advancement from heat races to features is based upon passing points earned in heat race and qualifying races. Passing points are based upon car starting position when the yellow light goes out prior to the initial start of the heat or qualifying race.

– The 40 drivers earning the most passing points advance to four “A” qualifying races; drivers in passing points positions 41-68 will go to two C Main races. The two C Main races will have 16 cars, 12 laps in length.

– The top four cars in each C Main race will advance to the back of the B Main races, going 15 laps. (Top four from first C Main to back of first B Main, top four from second C Main to back of second B main)

– The lineup of each “A” Qualifying race will include an inversion of six cars. The top 24 cars in passing points will make the inversion. (The top point driver will start on row three of the first qualifying race, the No. 2 driver on row 3 of the second qualifying race, etc.)

– The four qualifying races will have 10 cars each with the top 16 in combined passing points from the heats and qualifying races advancing to the A Main.

– The balance of the cars (24) from the “A” qualifying races will advance to two 16 car B Mains. The top four in each B Main will advance to the A Main, going 30 laps.

– There will be 24 drivers in each preliminary night A feature

– The top two drivers in the preliminary A qualify for Saturday’s A Main.

Probable 2020 milestones in the Cup Series

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The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season is nearing with the 62nd running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 16.

There are a lot of changes this year.

Now it’s time to look at some of the accomplishments that could or likely will be achieved over the course of the 36-race season, for both drivers and teams.

Jimmie Johnson

The seven-time champion will have one last go at earning a record eighth title before retiring from full-time Cup racing. He’ll also try to end a 95-race losing streak that dates to June 2017. A win by Johnson would give him 84 and move him into a tie with Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for fourth all-time.

Kyle Busch

The defending Cup champion is within milestones in all three of NASCAR’s national series. He’s four Cup wins away from 60, four Xfinity Series wins from 100 and four Truck Series wins away from 60. Busch has said once he reaches 100 Xfinity Series wins he’d stop competing in the series unless car owner Joe Gibbs needed him to fill in.

With 56 career victories, Busch is seventh on the all-time wins list. Dale Earnhardt is sixth with 76 victories.

A win by Busch this year would give him wins in 16 straight seasons. That would match Jimmie Johnson’s streak from 2002-17. Richard Petty had 18 straight seasons with a win (1960-77) and David Pearson had 17 straight seasons with a win (1964-80).

Kevin Harvick

The 2014 Cup champion needs one win to reach 50 for his career. He’s currently tied for 11th on the all-time wins list with his team owner, Tony Stewart. Harvick has 1,151 starts across NASCAR’s three nationals series. Thirty four starts this year will match him with Richard Petty for second all-time. Joe Nemechek has the most all-time with 1,188.

Denny Hamlin

After earning six wins in 2019, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver needs three more to reach 40 Cup wins. He’s currently tied with Hall of Hamer Bobby Isaac. Should Hamlin win the Daytona 500, he’d be the first driver to win the race in back-to-back seasons since Sterling Marlin (1994-95).

Martin Truex Jr.

The 2017 Cup champion could reach 30 career wins this season. He has 26. Of note, every eligible retired driver who has 30 or more Cup wins is a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Five active drivers have 30 or more wins: Brad Keselowski (30 wins), Kurt Busch (31), Hamlin (37), Harvick (49) and Kyle Buch (56).

Ryan Newman

In his second season with Roush Fenway Racing, Newman is within two victories of 20 career wins. He’s been stuck there since 2017 when he won the spring race at Phoenix Raceway. A win would give Newman a victory with all four organizations he’s competed for in Cup (Team Penske, Richard Childress Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing are the others). Roush is winless in the last 91 races.

Kurt Busch

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver should reach 700 Cup Series starts this season. He’s 16 starts away from the mark and is scheduled to reach it June 14 at Sonoma Raceway. Among active full-time Cup drivers, Busch’s 684 starts are the most.

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Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano

The Team Penske drivers should both reach 400 career starts this season. Logano will reach the mark in the Daytona 500, while Keselowski needs 23 starts. He’s scheduled to make start No. 400 on Aug. 9 at his home track of Michigan International Speedway (Keselowski has yet to win there).

More: Team Penske changes up crew chief lineup

Michael McDowell and Aric Almirola

McDowell and Almirola are each set to reach 350 Cup Series starts this season. McDowell is scheduled to reach that mark Sept. 19 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Almirola would reach it Oct. 25 at Texas Motor Speedway. With 321 starts, McDowell trails Landon Cassill (324 starts) for most starts among active full-time drivers without a win. StarCom Racing has not announced its plans for Cassill in 2020.

J.J. Yeley

The veteran driver is set to compete full-time for Rick Ware Racing this season. It would be his first full-time Cup season since 2007 when he drove for Joe Gibbs Racing. Yeley is nine starts away from his 300th Cup start. He is scheduled to reach the mark April 19 at Richmond Raceway.

Notable veteran drivers without Cup wins: Matt DiBenedetto (176 starts), Ty Dillon (126 starts), Corey LaJoie (93 starts), Bubba Wallace (76 starts), William Byron (72 starts) and Ryan Preece (41 starts).

Rookie winner?: Should Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, John Hunter Nemechek or Brennan Poole win a race this year, they’d be the first full-time Cup rookie to win a race since Chris Buescher in 2016.

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Team Milestones

Wood Brothers Racing

If Matt DiBenedetto wins a race in 2020, he would earn Wood Brothers Racing its 100th Cup victory. The team has 99 wins in 1,582 starts since 1953.

Stewart-Haas Racing

Four wins away from 60 Cup wins since its inaugural season in 2009. Seven poles away from 60.

Chip Ganassi Racing

Two wins away from 20 Cup victories since 2001 (includes five wins under the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing banner).

Richard Childress Racing

3,000 combined Cup starts. Needs six, or three races with its two teams. Scheduled for March 1 at Auto Club Speedway. Team is winless since the 2018 Daytona 500 (71 races).

Team Penske

2,000 combined Cup starts. Needs 21, or seven races with its three teams. Scheduled for March 29 at Texas Motor Speedway.

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