2011 Silly Season Page
2011 Team Chart:
00-David Reutimann-Michael Waltrip Racing-Aaron’s, Tums, Best Western
No major changes to the team
1-Jamie McMurray-Earnhardt-Ginassi Racing-Bass Pro Shops, McDonald’s, Widia, Suave
No changes for the 2010 500 winner.
2-Brad Keselowski-Penske Racing-Miller Lite
After dominating the Nationwide points last year, "Super K the Second" is now in the blue duece with Paul Wolfe in the pit box. Ruby Tuesday's will also drive as an associate sponsor for the team.
4-Kasey Kahne-Team Red Bull-Red Bull Energy Drink
Kenny Francis joined Kahne to become the new team for TRB, using this as an interim job before heading to the 5 car in 2012.
5-Mark Martin-Hendrick Motorsports-Go Daddy.com, Delphi, Quaker State, Carquest, Farmers Insurance
Just one more season with Hendrick for Mark Martin, with Lance McGrew as the Crew Chief and Quaker State as the latest sponsor on board.
6-David Ragan-Rousch-Fenway Racing-UPS
Drew Blickensderfer and UPS are returning this year. No major changes.
7-Robby Gordon, Scott Wimmer-Robby Gordon Motorsports-Speed Energy Drink, Fast Five
RGM scaling back to a part time season this year after lack of sopnsorship. They will run the first five to keep their owner points, and then scale back to the quote-unquote "fun" races. In Robby Gordon's terms, road course included. Scott Wimmer is in the car for a few of the races.
9-Marcos Ambrose-Petty-Yates Racing-Stanley, DeWalt, Kwikset
Marcos is the new guy in the revamped Richard Petty Motorsports. Stanley and partners Black & Decker returning, this time in the nine car. Todd Parrot the new crew chief. DeWalt Tools also returning to the sport after riding with Matt Kenseth through 2009.
10-Terry Labonte-Stavola-Labonte Racing-?
Terry Labonte is set to drive for FAS Lane Racing, so no word if they are returning.
11-Denny Hamlin-Joe Gibbs Racing-FedEx, Sport Clips, Autism Speaks
Denny Hamlin making no changes after the 2nd place points finish.
Sam Hornish Jr. will be going to the Nationwide Series, taking over for Justin Allgaier in the 12 car. With Verizon staying in Penske's IndyCar competition, it's likely that Penske will drop to 2 teams.
13-Casey Mears-Germain Racing-Geico
Casey Mears came in for Max Papis mid season and made Germain Racing good contenders, so they're bringing him back for at least 20 races. Geico is sponsoring only 18 of them.
14-Tony Stewart-Stewart-Haas Racing-Office Depot, Burger King, Mobil 1
Out with the deoderant, in with the motor oil. Other than that, no changes.
15-Michael Waltrip-Michael Waltrip Racing-NAPA Auto Parts, Aaron's / Auburn University
During the 2010 season, Waltrip released a photo of a COT version of his classic 15 NAPA Auto Parts car, prompting rumors about official retirement after the 500. He announced later that he will go for the 500, Talladega races, and the Kentucky race at least. They will sport the Aaron's special paint scheme for Auburn University's BCS Championship win in the Talladega spring race.
16-Greg Biffle-Rousch-Fenway Racing-3M, Scotch Blue, Valvoline NextGen, American Red Cross
Contract officially ends at the end of 2011, no major changes.
17-Matt Kenseth-Rousch-Fenway Racing-Crown Royal, Wiley X, Jeremiah Weed's Sweet Tea Vodka, Affliction
Interim crew chief Jimmy Fenning is expected to continue next year. Kenny Wallace will stand by if Kenseth's wife goes into labor. Affliction and Wiley X join on the sponsor sheet.
18-Kyle Busch-Joe Gibbs Racing-M&M’s, Interstate Batteries, Doublemint, Snickers, Pedigree, Combos
Kyle Busch and the bulk of his sponsors are set for the season.
The team closed due to insufficient funds at PYR. Elliot Sadler will drive for Kevin Harvick Inc. in the Nationwide Series.
20-Joey Logano-Joe Gibbs Racing-Home Depot, GameStop
Only real change for the 20 team is the paint scheme of the Home Depot car.
21-Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.-Wood Brothers Racing-Motorcraft, Quick Lane Tire, Camping World's Good Sam Club
Reports that said Trevor Bayne would drive full time this year were killed, but Trevor Bayne will ride the car for at least the first five races of the year in which the team is locked into the races, along with a grand total of 19 races for this season. Bayne will take a hiatus starting in the Richmond Spring race as he recovers from insect bites. He should return by his next scheduled race.
22-Kurt Busch-Penske Racing-Shell-Pennzoil, AAA
Both Kurt Busch and Steve Addington are moving from the Blue Duece to the new Double Duece thanks to new sponsorship from Shell and Pennzoil, moving over from Harvick's machine. Wypall Wipers, AAA and Coca-Cola have also added on with the team
24-Jeff Gordon-Hendrick Motorsports-Drive to End Hunger, Dupont, Pepsi
Drive to End Hunger is set to be the main sponsor for Gordon this year, driving in 22 races. Mark Martin's crew chief Alan Gustafson is now in the 24 pit box.
26-?-Latitude 43 Racing-Air National Guard
Frank Stoddard, their crew chief from last year, is starting his own team, and the fate of Latitude 43 looks all but dead.
27-Paul Menard-Richard Childress Racing-Menard's, Quaker State
Paul Menard is headed to RCR after a promising opening tier of the season. Menard has sponsorship obviously set up and is taking his owner points from PYR with him. Slugger Labbe is signed as the crew chief.
29-Kevin Harvick-Richard Childress Racing-Budweiser, Jimmy John's, Rheem, Okuma, Reese’s
No personel changes coming to the 29 team, but with Shell / Pennzoil gone, Budweiser has come to sponsor Harvick for 20 points races and the exhibitions at least. Jimmy John's has signed on to sponsor Harvick for 6 races, a company that normally races for his NNS campaign, but Reese's, who normally sponsors the car one race a year has not announced any news on whether they'll return. Harvick is signed until at least 2012.
30-David Stremme-Inception Motorsports-Echo Star Technologies
David Stremme is confirmed to run with this new team beginning in Richmond.
31-Jeff Burton-Richard Childress Racing-Caterpillar, Prilosec OTC, Lenox Industrial Tools
No major changes, however the status on the secondary full car sponsors are unknown.
32-Terry Labonte, Mike Skinner, Kenny Schrader, Mike Bliss-FAS Lane Racing-US Chrome, Gainey Suites Hotel, Virginia Mortgage Center, C&J Energy,
Terry Labonte will open the season with the new team set up by Frank Stoddard, and have Truck Series veteran Mike Skinner and former full timer Kenny Schrader will drive for the rest of the season. US Chrome, as of now, signed for just the Daytona 500.
33-Clint Bowyer-Richard Childress Racing-Cheerios, Hamburger Helper, BB&T, American Ethanol, Ronald Reagan 100th
The Hartford announced that they will not return as part time sponsorship for 2011, but the rest of their backing seems all set, with American Ethanol on board for the new race at Kansas.
34-David Gilliland, Travis Kvapil-Front Row Motorsports-Taco Bell, Long John Silver's
Front Row will reconfigure in a similar matter to 2010.
35-Steve Park, Geoff Bodine-Tommy Baldwin Racing-Luke & Associates
Geoff Bodine will drive the second TBR ride in a few races, including the July race at Daytona.
36-Dave Blaney-Tommy Baldwin Racing-Golden Corrall, Accell Construction, All Sport, Big Red
After a stellar performance at Talladega, Dave Blaney and the TBR crew look like they will run the full season. Golden Corrall will sponsor for 19 races, while Big Red takes five of the remaining races. Only four sponsorless races to fill for the 36.
37-Robert Richardson Jr., Tony Raines-Front Row Motorsports / Max Q Motorsports-North Texas Pipe, Black Cat Fireworks, Rise of the Planet Apes
Robert Richardson Jr. drove the car in Daytona, and now Tony Raines has taken the rains as the new driver. The team however now is owned by Max Q Motorsports, the team that held the 64 car for 2009-Daytona 2011.
38-Travis Kvapil, Sam Hornish Jr.-Front Row Motorsports-Long John Silver's, Taco Bell, A&W All American Food
The team is officially the second car for FRM.
39-Ryan Newman-Stewart-Haas Racing-US Army, Tornado’s, Haas Automation
Both Tornado's and the US Army have signed for another year, but the "unsponsored" Haas car will still be run from time to time.
42-Juan Pablo Montoya-Earnhardt-Ginassi-Target, Clorox
EGR has released a Target paint scheme and no personel changes are expected.
43-AJ Allmendinger-Petty-Yates Racing-Best Buy, Insignia, US Air Force, Valvoline, WIX Filters, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Reynolds Wrap, Nautica, Medallion Financial
With Petty back in full control of the team, and Kasey Kahne out of the RPM bandwa, Nauticagon, Allmendinger is now the captain of the team. Best Buy and partner comapny Insignia have resigned sponsorship for this year, as well as most of the secondary full-car sponsors from last year.
46-JJ Yeley, Bill Elliot-Whitney Motorsports-AAMCO Transmissiond, Red Line Oil, Whitney’s Collision Centers
Whitney confirmed the resigning of JJ Yeley after being fired mid season last year. Now however Bill Elliot is signing on for the team at Talladega. AAMCO Transmissions was signed for the first two races, but nothing else has come for sponsorship, meaning it's start and park time for Whitney, again.
47-Bobby Labonte-JTG Daughtery Racing-Little Debbie, Clorox, Kingsford, Bush’s Baked Beans, Lance Snacks, Kimberly-Clark, Reese Towpower, Rain Eater, Kroger
JTG Daughtery Racing now has 2000 champion Bobby Labonte driving the 47 car. Sponsorship from 2010 season is returning.
48-Jimmie Johnson-Hendrick Motorsports-Lowe’s Home Improvement, Kobalt Tools
Look, the guy's won five straight championships, need I say more?
50-TJ Bell-LJ Racing-BanditChippers.com, Green Smoke
One of the three teams in their first attempt at Darlington. Green Smoke has signed for three races, the only confirmed race is the Coca Cola 600.
51-Bill Elliot, Landon Cassill, Boris Said-Phoenix Racing-Rydex/Security Benefit, Thank a Teacher Today Thanks to new sponsorship, the team can run more races than expected. Landon and company changed to their classic number 51 before the Kansas race. Said ran the car in Infineon, and possibly the Glen.
PRISM is changing its name to HP Racing, and cutting the 55 in the process.
56-Martin Truex Jr.-Michael Waltrip Racing-Napa Auto Parts
Truex is signed until the end of the season, no major changes.
60-Todd Bodine, Landon Cassill, Mike Skinner-Germain Racing-Tire Kingdom, Big Red, All Sport Body Quencher
The new second team for Germain Racing will drive full time with Landon Cassill, Todd Bodine, and Mike Skinner with the two sponsors from Jeremy Mayfield's team in 2009 However, they are still starting and parking.
64-Derricke Cope, Mike Bliss-Max Q Motorsports-Sta-Bil Ethanol Treatment (D500)
Derricke Cope DNQed the race at Daytona, and Mike Bliss is driving the car at Phoenix. This is probably a "run and see what happnes" deal.
66-Michael McDowell-HP Racing-K Love, KEYper Systems
PRISM Motorsports has changed the name of the team, and has scaled back from two full time teams to one part time team with Michael McDowell driving. K-Love, McDowell's old sponsor from the Nationwide Series, will give them full sopnsorship at Richmond, the first time HPR has had a sponsored race since Daytona in 09. KEYper Systems to sponsor the car in the 600.
71-Andy Lally (ROTY), Hermie Sadler-The Racer's Group-Eco Fuel Saver, Interstate Moving
The Racer's Group has announced that Andy Lally will run for Rookie of the Year this year. Eco Fuel Saver will sponsor the frist six races. Hermie Sadler has come on board as of Martinsville, but no word on what changes will be made. Interstate Moving Services have sponsorship after Eco Fuel Saver's time is up. As of the 600, TRG is now searching for sponsorship.
75-Derricke Cope-Stratus Racing Group-?
Derricke Cope and Stratus had entries in Daytona, Darlington and Martinsville but withdrew in all for various reasons. They're trying to get into the Sprint Showdown as their next assignment.
76-?-America’s Racing Team-?
ART Announced in July that they were going for the 2011 season with fan ownership and sponsorship. No official plans have been announced on the driver or attempting races. The team has had no form of updates since the announcement, which could mean no deal.
77-Steven Wallace-Rusty Wallace Racing-5-Hour Energy
The Penske Racing team with this number driven by Sam Hornish Jr. has been replaced with Rusty Wallace's first cup team as an owner, with son Steven at the helm. Wallace got the owners points to lock himself into the first 5 races, but they seem to be only driving in Daytona.
77-Scott Wimmer-Robby Gordon Motorsports-Speed Energy
RGM went from part time to a second team for the 600 only... so far.
78-Regan Smith-Furniture Row Racing-Furniture Row, Farm Bureau
Regan Smith is signed for the next two years, and his numbers look promising. No major changes.
81-Scott Riggs-Whitney Motorsports-?
Another start and park team for Whitney, returns as of Darlington.
83-Brian Vickers-Team Red Bull-Red Bull Energy Drink
As long as Vickers isn't affected by the blood clot he suffered 11 races into the season, no major changes.
87-Joe Nemechek-NEMCO Motorsports-AM FM Energy Resources
NEMCO is returning next year, has sponsorship from AM FM Energy Resources at Daytona, but no word on full race sponsorship outside of there.
88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.-Hendrick Motorsports-Amp Energy Drink, National Guard, Mountain Dew
The 88 team now has Steve Letarte in the pit box after the rotation of crew chiefs. Junior is signed for the next 2 years.
90-Scott Riggs-Keyed-Up Motorsports-?
Riggs and Raymond Key were going to try it again in 2011, but have not done anything during speedweeks yet.
92-Brian Keselowski (ROTY), Dennis Setzer-K-Automotive Motorsports-Discount Tire (D500), Melling Engine Parts
The team so far has only raced in Bristol and Daytona. K-Automotive is scaling back ot a part time entry.
95-David Starr-Leavine Fenton Racing-WRL General Contractors
Brand new team with owners Bob Leavine and Lance Fenton. Confirmed to run the races at Texas, Charlotte, Chicagoland, and Kentucky. Ford and former #19 crew chief Wally Rogers are on board.
97-Kevin Conway-NEMCO Motorsports-ExtenZe Men's Health Supplement
Comway will drive for the Daytona 500, the Bud Shootout with ROTY status, and probably the other restrictor plate races.
98-Austin Dillon-Curb Agajanian Performance Group / Richard Childress Racing-Ronald Reagan's Centennial Celebration
Austin Dillon is expected to make his Sprint Cup debut in the Kansas Chase race or the Chase race at Phoenix thanks to joint help from RCR and Mike Curb. Ronald Reagan's centennial will be the primary sponsor for that race, however no other races have been announced.
99-Carl Edwards-Rousch-Fenway Racing-Aflac, Subway, Kellogg’s, Scott’s Turf Builder, Ortho
No major changes for the 99 team
99-Carl Edwards-Rousch-Fenway Racing-Aflac, Subway, Kellogg’s, Scott’s Turf Builder, Ortho
No major changes for the 99 team
Rumored Full Year
Daytona 500 One-off Entry
Rumored Team Unlikely / Not enough info