2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Team / Driver Chart

NOTE: This is an unofficial page compiled by Jayski.com from many different sources. We try to make it as complete as possible and update it as often as needed.

Previous team charts by season: 2017, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998

Charters changes since 2018
Race by Race sponsor schedules (when known) are posted on the team news pages.

? unknown or a rumor for that section
(i) = not running for Cup Series points
Bold-Italics = new driver, sponsor, car#, owner, crew chief...etc


The team has purchased the Richard Childress Racing #27 team charter that they leased in 2018. Landon Cassill will return as the driver.(12-17-2018)

Gearwrench will be the primary sponsor in an unknown number of races.(1-22-2019) Kurt Busch will take over in 2019 with a 1 year deal. Monster will be the primary sponsor for an unknown number of races. It could be Busch's final year of full-time racing.(12-4-2018). McMurray confirmed he will not return to the team. He has not decided if he will run the Daytona 500 and says he is not actively looking for another ride(11-17-2019). McMurray was reportedly offered a Daytona 500 ride by Ganassi, then a job with Chip Ganassi Racing next season. McMurray has not decided whether to stop racing, or look for another ride(9-10-2018). McMurray's contract is believed to be up at the end of 2018. There are rumors that he will be replaced by Kurt Busch, if Busch doesn't return to Stewart-Haas.

Keselowski and Wolfe signed multi-year renewals in 2018. Miller Lite signed a renewal for 2018 "and beyond" that scaled their sponsorship back to 11 races in 2018. 2019 races have not been announced. Discount Tire also signed a multiyear agreement beginning in 2018.

No word on any changes with the #3 team.

Mobil 1 will be the sponsor for 9 races.(12-27-2018). Hunt Brothers Pizza will sponsor an unknown number of races(10-10-2018). Harvick has at least one more year left on his contract. Busch Beer will return in 2019. Jimmy Johns will return. Outback Steakhouse is not returning.

Oscar Mayer will sponsor Newman in the Daytona 500, Phoenix in March, and select other races.(1-10-2019) Scott Graves left Joe Gibbs Racing late in 2018 and will serve as Newman's crew chief in 2019(10-23-2018). Matt Kenseth says he has no place to race in 2019 (10-6-2018). Newman will join Roush in 2019 and drive the #6 for the full season. The deal is reportedly for three years. Sponsorship was not announced. Matt Kenseth does not want to compete full time.(9-21-2018). Newman has been talking to Roush. Kenseth is said to not be interested in a full season(9-17-2018) Jack Roush says Bayne will not return to the No. 6 and the team is in negotiations with other drivers(9-12-2018). With Ryan Newman's future at Richard Childress uncertain, he has reportedly been talking to other teams, including Roush Fenway about the #6 ride(9-12-2018). Trevor Bayne and Advocare are signed through 2019, but there is speculation that Bayne could be released from the team. Rumors have Bayne taking the sponsorship to JR Motorsports for a full season of XFINITY racing. It is unknown if Kenseth will (or even wants to) return for a full 2019 season. Wyndham Rewards signed a "multi-year" sponsorship in early 2018.

The team will switch from No. 31 to No. 8 for 2019. Caterpillar, Bass Pro Shops, Liberty National Life Insurance and VF Workwear will return as sponsors. Cessna will join the team as primary for an unknown number of races. (12-14-2018) Lambert will continue to serve as crew chief for the #31 team(11-21-2018). Liberty National will return to sponsor an unknown number of races(10-12-2018). Hemric will drive the #31 in 2019. Newman moves to Roush Fenway Racing to drive the #6 Ford. No word if any of the sponsors will move with him (9-28-2018). Ryan Newman has announced that he will not return to RCR next season(9-15-2018). With Ryan Newman's future at Richard Childress uncertain, he has reportedly been talking to other teams, including Roush Fenway about the #6 ride(9-12-2018). Newman's contract is believed to end in 2018. Caterpillar scaled back sponsorship to 8 races in 2018. Bass Pro Shops / Cabela's added some races.

Hooters has signed an extension that will have them sponsor 3 races each year through 2021(9-21-2018). NAPA Auto Parts(26 races), Kelley Blue Book (2 races), and Mtn Dew (4 races) are signed as sponsors through 2020. Elliott is signed through 2022.

Valley Technical Academy will sponsor Almirola for two races in 2019(9-26-2018). The length of Almirola and Smtihfields' contract were not disclosed when he signed with the team for 2018.

Mike Wheeler left to become the crew chief for #95 Leavine Family Racing. Chris Gabehart takes over at Hamlin's crew chief. Hamlin and FedEx are signed through 2020 and no changes are expected.

MoneyLion is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at Phoenix in March 2019 (11-8-2018). VF Workwear will be the sponsor at Michigan in June and Kansas in October in both 2018 and 2019 (10-15-2018). BODYARMOR will sponsor 3 races in 2019.(9-12-2018). This team has a charter after buying Roush Fenway's #16 team charter prior to the 2018 season. Blaney signed a multi-year deal before the 2018 season.

Ty Dillon and GEICO signed a "multi-year" renewal with Germain Racing in 2017. The number of races GEICO will sponsor in 2019 hasn't been announced. It is unknown if Twisted Tea will return. Matt Borland also signed a multi-year deal prior to the 2018 season.

PEAK / BlueDEF will be the sponsor for three races in 2019(10-15-2018). It is believed that Bowyer's contract runs through at least 2019. The team still needs steady sponsorship.

Ross Chastain will return to this ride in 2019.(10-7-2018).

Fastenal, SunnyD and Fifth Third Bank have renewed their sponsorship through 2021 with the exact number of races not announced. Stenhouse has a contract through at least 2019.

Busch and Mars are signed through at least 2019.

Auto-Owners insurance will be primary sponsor for 8 races.(1-9-2018) Bass Pro Shops has signed a multi-year deal. They will be primary sponsor for 24 races in 2019.(1-4-2019) Martin Truex, Jr. and Cole Pearn will join Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019. The deal is "multi-year".(11-7-2018). AARIS is not likely to return, with the departure of Daniel Suarez.

Sport Clips will sponsor five races plus the Clash at Daytona.(1-23-2019)

No changes expected with either Menard or sponsorship.

MoneyLion is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at Talladega in April and Watkins Glen in August in 2019 (11-8-2018). Logano is signed through 2023 as is primary sponsor Shell-Pennzoil.

Chad Knaus will take over as crew chief for Byron(10-10-2019). Hertz will be the sponsor for four races. Axalta's sponsorship runs through 2022 and will be 13 races in 2019. Unifirst sponsorship runs through 2023 and will be for 3 race. Liberty University is expected to return.

The team says it still needs sponsorship for about 10 races, but is in a better position that it has been in previous years.(12-24-2018)
LaJoie will join Go Fas for the full 2019 season. Schluter Systems will join him as a sponsor. Randy Cox will remain the crew chief.(12-20-2018)
DiBenedetto will move to the #95 of Leavine Family Racing(10-10-2018).
DiBenedetto has announced that he will not return in 2019 but has no plans as of yet (9-10-2018).

Drew Blickenderfer will take over as crew chief.(1-12-2019). McDowell will return for the full season.

Mike Kelley will take over as crew chief.(1-12-2019). Matt Tifft will run the full season in 2019. Sponsors, crew chief, etc have not been announced.(11-27-2018).

Bush's Beans has signed a multi-year extension to sponsor the #37 team(8-16-2019).
Buescher signed a "multi-year" deal in 2017.

Ragan will return for the full season.

Daniel Suarez moves to the #41 in a "multi-year" deal. AARIS and Haas Automation will be the sponsors.(1-7-2019) Busch moves to Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the #1. Suarez is expected to take over the ride. Busch and Monster Energy are signed thru 2018. There are rumors that Busch could leave and go to Chip Ganassi Racing with Monster to replace Jamie McMurray in the #1 Chevy. Who would replace Busch if he leaves is some of the biggest speculation. Some believe that Christopher Bell could be favored to move into the seat. However, should Furniture Row shut down and Truex move to Gibbs, that would open this seat for Suarez. At Darlington, Busch said he has two contract offers for next season and that Monster would stay with him.

DC Solar's legal troubles forced the shut down of the Ganassi XFINITY team. They will not return in Cup either.(1-4-2019) Larson's contract length is unknown, but Ganassi said in 2017 that Larson "isn't going anywhere". Credit One stepped up in 2018 to become the teams primary sponsor but the length of the contact is not known.

Derek Stamets named the new crew chief, he had been an engineer with RPM (1-31-2019). Plan B Sales will be the sponsor at Auto Club Speedway. (1-15-2019). Drew Blickensderfer moves to Front Row Motorsports to serve as crew chief for Michael McDowell.(1-12-2019), Click n' Close will not return as a sponsor in 2019 as deal ended as a result of executive changes at Click n' Close and a changed business model (12-29-2018). World Wide Technology will return and be the primary sponsor for an unknown number of races(12-20-2018). The U.S. Air Force will be the sponsor at Daytona in July and Phoenix in November.(12-14-2018) The team continues to search for solid sponsorship, but RPM has picked up the option for Wallace through 2020.

Kroger will be the full season sponsor.(1-23-2019) Ryan Preece will join JTG in 2019. The length of his contract was not announced (9-28-2019). JTG Daugherty will release Allmendinger at the end of the season. A replacement driver has not been named, but is rumored to be Ryan Preece. No word where Allmendinger will end up (9-25-2018). Sponsor contract lengths are unknown.

Ally Financial will be Johnson's full-time sponsor through 2020(10-28-2018). Kevin Meendering will take over as Johnson's crew chief, replacing Chad Knaus, who moves to the #24 team.(10-10-2018). Lowe's will not return as the full time primary sponsor but could be back for a few races in 2019. Johnson and Knaus are signed through 2020.

Mike Wallace is talking to the team about running one of the cars at least part-time.(1-17-2019) Team will run the full season. Driver and sponsor announcements have not been made.

Mike Wallace is talking to the team about running one of the cars at least part-time.(1-17-2019) The team has announced that they have secured a second charter and will run the full season. Driver and sponsor announcements have not been made.(12-21-2018) Cody Ware says the team plans to run the #51 and #52 full time in 2019(11-27-2018).

This team may not have a charter
Former 2018 co-driver Corey LaJoie moves to the #32 Go Fas Racing team to run the full 2019 season (12-21-2018). Team has not announced any plans. They could scale back their efforts in 2019.(12-20-2018) Whitt will not return to racing in 2019(11-12-2018). Cole Whitt says he has considered stepping away from racing to be closer to family in California(11-1-2018).

Quinn Houff will drive about half the season, beginning at Phoenix in March.(1-22-2019) Jamie McMurray will drive for the team in the Daytona 500 with sponsorship from McDonalds. The car number will be 40 for the race.(1-18-2019) Spire Sports + Entertainment has bought the #78 charter from Furniture Row Racing and plans to run the #77 team full-time. They are expected to run Chevys. No additional details released yet. (12-5-2018)

Bowman's contract has been extended through 2020. Nationwide is signed through 2020 and will sponsor 19 races in 2019 and 2020. Axalta has extended their sponsorship agreement with Hendrick through 2022. Axalta will sponsor Bowman in 12 races in 2019. Valvoline will be the primary sponsor for two races in each season thru 2022.

Procore will be the primary sponsor for 12 races, including the Daytona 500.(1-15-2019) Mike Wheeler has been named crew chief (11-27-2018). Looks like Mike Wheeler will move over for JGR to be the crew chief in 2019 (11-9-2018). The team will switch to Toyota in 2019 with Matt DiBenedetto driving and a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing. The deal with DiBenedetto and Toyota is a two year deal. The Toyota deal has a one year option.(10-10-2019).

This full-time team will not have a charter
Obaika plans to run the full season with Tanner Berryhill driving. No sponsor or crew chief has been announced. r(12-3-2018). Team bought cars and equipment from the defunct BK Racing team in 2018.

Teams that could run a part time schedule

Part-time teams do not have charters and must qualify for races on time

Premium Motorsports has shifted between the #7 and #55 cars throughout the 2018 season. A variety of drivers have been in the car, including J.J. Yeley, D.J. Kennington, Reed Sorenson, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Jesse Little and Joey Gase.

Daniel Hemric moves to Cup for the full season. The team changed from No. 31 to No. 8. It is rumored that Tyler Reddick could run some Cup races.

Team ran restrictor plate events in 2018 but have made no announcements about 2019.

Joey Gase will run a partial schedule, starting at the Daytona 500. MBM plans on focusing more on the XFINITY series.

Truex will run the Daytona 500. No additional details have been released.

Team ran restrictor plate events in 2018 but have made no announcements about 2019.

No word on 2019 plans. Team ran a partial schedule in 2018 with Jeffrey Earnhardt running the last 14 races, Parker Kligerman running two races and Kennington ran six races.

Team ran a partial schedule in 2018 with a variety of drivers, including Derrike Cope, Garrett Smithley, Kyle Weatherman and Landon Cassill.

GMS Racing considered running some Cup races in 2018, but decided to run the full season in XFINITY. They may again consider Cup in 2019 but nothing has been announced.

Teams that will not compete in 2019

This team becomes the new #36 of Front Row Motorsports with driver Matt Tifft in 2019. Front Row Motorsports is now a three-car team. (11-27-2018)
U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge J. Craig Whitley approved the sale of the BK Racing charter and most of the assets for $2.08 million Thursday afternoon (8-30-2018).

The team announced in September that they would cease operations at the end of 2018.