Changes by the Numbers
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone on January 6, 2014 | 3:11 P.M. EST
Kevin Harvick with driver the No. 4 Chevrolet at Stewart-Haas Racing. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)
There will be several new faces in new places for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
After a very active off-season, teams are now ready to start their quest for this year’s championship beginning with this week’s Preseason Thunder Test at Daytona.
While some of you may still be putting away holiday decorations or ringing in the New Year cars will indeed be on track at “The World Center of Racing” in a matter of days. So here’s an overview by the numbers of the many changes that took place since the final checkered flag last season at Homestead:
3 – Austin Dillon returns the iconic number made famous by Dale Earnhardt back to the Sprint Cup Series in his Rookie of the Year quest for Richard Childress Racing.
4 – Kevin Harvick joins Stewart-Haas Racing with crew chief Rodney Childers coming over from Michael Waltrip Racing.
7 – Michael Annett moves from Richard Petty Motorsports and the Nationwide series to join the Cup rookie class for Tommy Baldwin Racing.
30 – Swan Racing will continue to campaign this entry as well as another ride for the tandem of Parker Kligerman and Cole Whitt.
31 – Ryan Newman begins his career with Richard Childress Racing and replaces Jeff Burton.
32 – A combo effort between FAS Lane Racing and Go Green Racing has former series champion Terry Labonte lined up for the Daytona 500.
41 – Kurt Busch makes Stewart-Haas Racing a four car operation and will have former engineer and rookie crew chief Daniel Knost calling the shots.
42 – Kyle Larson joins Earnhardt Ganassi Racing as Juan Pablo Montoya’s replacement and will join the deep rookie battle.
47 – AJ Allmendinger takes the full-time seat of the JTG Daugherty Racing entry from Bobby Labonte with a switch from Toyota to Chevrolet.
55 – Brian Vickers goes from part time to the full season for Michael Waltrip Racing.
66 – MWR will field a part-time Toyota for Michael Waltrip in the Daytona 500 and other plate races with Jeff Burton wheeling the ride in a handful of other events.
78 – Martin Truex Jr. landed on his feet after the Michael Waltrip Racing debacle with the keys to the Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet driven by Kurt Busch last year.
95 – Michael McDowell moves from Phil Parsons Racing
98 – Josh Wise takes the Parsons ride with the team switching from Ford to Chevrolet.
There are still questions surrounding a pair of teams planning to run full seasons in 2014.
Phoenix Racing, which was sold to Turner Scott Motorsports co-owner Harry Scott Jr., is expected to campaign the No. 51 Chevrolet the whole year. Justin Allgaier has been the rumored driver for months but no official announcement has been made.
BK Racing will again run the No. 83 and No. 93 entries in 2014. The team’s Ron Devine said last week drivers would be named shortly. David Reutimann will not return while former RAB Racing Nationwide Series driver Alex Bowman has tested with the team during the off-season. It is also not known the status of Travis Kvapil.