On Monday, Cody Ware was announced that he will drive the No. 51 Chevrolet for Rick Ware Racing in 2021. That comes a few days after the team announced that Joey Gase will pilot another one of their entries as well leaving two more seats for them open.
So, where does that leave us in Silly Season. We’re 27 days away from the Daytona 500 and we still have some rides available for the taking.
JTG Daugherty Racing looks to be sticking with Ryan Preece for the No. 37 Chevrolet but hasn’t yet secured a charter for that ride as they lost it to Spire’s second entry. The only way they can get another one is if they get one from Rick Ware which isn’t likely.
Gaunt Brothers has a ride open and all signs point to Ty Dillon driving some in it.
Spire has their second car open too. Other than that, the full time entries are done.
Hendrick Motorsports (4) – Chase Elliott is back through the 2022 season. William Byron and Alex Bowman each reached new deals with Byron through 2022 and Bowman through next season. Kyle Larson becomes the fourth driver.
Rick Ware Racing (4) – Joey Gase and Cody Ware have secured rides for the team. They have 2 seats left.
Chip Ganassi Racing (2) – Kurt Busch is back in part of his multi-year deal with a new teammate in Ross Chastain.
Richard Childress Racing (2) – Tyler Reddick has already indicated that he’ll be back in 2021 with Austin Dillon as the teammate. There’s no reason to expand to a third car with their alliance with Trackhouse Entertainment Group and RPM still.
Spire (2) – The 77 will be back but they also purchased the assets to Leavine Family Racing too. LaJoie is in the newly branded the No. 7 Chevrolet entry with the 77 car to be announced soon.
Richard Petty Motorsports (1) – Erik Jones will drive this car in a new multi year deal.
JTG Daugherty Racing (1) – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is back in the No. 47 Chevrolet
Trackhouse Entertainment Group (1) – Daniel Suarez is the driver of the No. 99 Chevrolet.
StarCom Racing (1) – Quin Houff signed a two-year deal and will be back in 2021.
Stewart-Haas Racing (4) – Three of their four drivers are back. Kevin Harvick has a deal through 2023, Aric Almirola has a one year extension while Cole Custer is back and I don’t see him leaving soon with who his dad is and his role with that team. Briscoe was announced as their driver in the 14.
Team Penske (3) – All three drivers are back in 2021. Logano and Blaney have multi year deals with Keselowski reportedly working on a one year extension.
Roush Fenway Racing (2) – Both Ryan Newman and Chris Buescher are expected back.
Front Row Motorsports (2) – Michael McDowell and Anthony Alfredo will race full time for them in 2021.
Wood Brothers (1) – Matt DiBenedetto is back for 2021 before moving way to Austin Cindric for 2022.
Live Fast Motorsports (1) – BJ McLeod will drive the car for this new team. They’ll keep the alliance with SHR that Go Fas Racing did.
Joe Gibbs Racing (4) – Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. are all back for 2021. Christopher Bell slides in to replace Erik Jones in the No. 20 Toyota.
23XI (1) – Bubba Wallace
Non Charters Confirmed (4)
JTG Daugherty Racing (1) – Ryan Preece should be back in the No. 37 entry. Their charter was leased from Furniture Row Racing’s second car when they ended up closing shop but it’s not went elsewhere.
Front Row Motorsports (1) – David Ragan is in the No. 36 Ford
Beard Motorsports (1) – Noah Gragson was announced on Thursday to be driving the No. 62 Chevrolet
Kaulig Racing (1) – They’ll do more part time races in 2021 with the Daytona 500 being one of them. Kaz Grala will pilot the No. 16 Chevrolet in them.
Could Be Coming (5)
MBM (2) – Timmy Hill, Chad Finchum
Penske (1) – They’ll bring out a fourth car for Austin Cindric for some races and the Daytona 500 is rumored to possibly be one of them.
NY Racing (1) – This is a new rumored team on the horizon.
Gaunt Brothers (1) – They don’t have a driver but do have a car and I haven’t heard of them closing up shop. Dillon is the favorite to land here for a part time role.