Changes for 2018: Part 2

William Byron

William Byron will drive the No. 24 Chevrolet in 2018.

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A number of changes are set to take place when the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season officially kicks off at Daytona International Speedway next month.

Hendrick Motorsports
There are dramatic changes in the Cup Series for the powerhouse Hendrick group. While Jimmie Johnson returns to the No. 48, his teammates have new looks including Chase Elliott, who shifts from the No. 24 to the No. 9 made famous by his Hall of Fame father Bill. Alex Bowman takes the seat of the retiring Dale Earnhardt Jr. and last year’s XFINITY Series champion, William Byron, replaced Kasey Kahne in what will now be the No. 24 entry.

Team Penske
Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano have a new teammate in Ryan Blaney, who will drive a third Ford for Roger Penske. The No. 12 will see Jeremy Bullins, who worked with Blaney at the Wood Brothers, serve as crew chief.

Stewart-Haas Racing
Danica Patrick vacates the No. 10 Ford and Aric Almirola slides behind the wheel from Richard Petty Motorsports. Johnny Klausmier will serve as crew chief as Billy Scott calls the shots for Kurt Busch in the No. 41, replacing veteran Tony Gibson - who will take another position inside the company.

Richard Petty Motorsports
Darrell Wallace Jr. gets his shot at a full-time Cup Series ride in the iconic No. 43. The organization has moved to the campus of Richard Childress Racing as part of a new alignment that will see RPM become part of the Chevrolet camp.

Wood Brothers Racing
Blaney’s migration to Penske brings Paul Menard, who drove the No. 27 RCR entry in recent seasons, to the Wood Brothers. Veteran Greg Erwin will serve as crew chief.

Joe Gibbs Racing
Erik Jones is the new driver of JGR’s No. 20 Toyota as Matt Kenseth’s career with the team came to an end last season. The move by Jones to the Gibbs group from Furniture Row Racing means last year’s championship-winning organization will be a one-car team in 2018.

Leavine Family Racing
Kasey Kahne looks to reboot his career with the Leavine team. He’ll drive the No.  95 Chevrolet with former Hendrick Motorsports engineer Travis Mack serving as crew chief.

Front Row Motorsports
Last year’s LRF driver, Michael McDowell, is now with Front Row and will team with holdover David Ragan in the two-car operation.

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