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The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be the 70th season of professional stock car racing in the United States, and the 47th modern-era Cup series season. The season will begin at Daytona International Speedway with the Advance Auto Parts Clash, the Can-Am Duel qualifying races and the 60th running of the Daytona 500. The regular season will end with the Brickyard 400 on September 9, 2018. The playoffs will end with the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2018. Martin Truex Jr. enters as the defending champion, having won his first in the series.

It will be the fourth season of the current 10-year television contract with Fox Sports and NBC Sports and the third of a five-year race sanctioning agreement with all tracks.[1][2]

Chevrolet has announced that, due to the discontinuation of the Holden Commodore (VF) (marketed in the United States as the Chevrolet SS), starting in 2018, they will be fielding the Camaro ZL1.[3]

2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
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Martin Truex Jr. enters as the defending champion

The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be the 70th season of professional stock car racing in the United States, and the 47th modern-era Cup series season. The season will begin at Daytona International Speedway with the Advance Auto Parts Clash, the Can-Am Duel qualifying races and the 60th running of the Daytona 500. The regular season will end with the Brickyard 400 on September 9, 2018. The playoffs will end with the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2018. Martin Truex Jr. enters as the defending champion, having won his first in the series.

It will be the fourth season of the current 10-year television contract with Fox Sports and NBC Sports and the third of a five-year race sanctioning agreement with all tracks.[1][2]

Chevrolet has announced that, due to the discontinuation of the Holden Commodore (VF) (marketed in the United States as the Chevrolet SS), starting in 2018, they will be fielding the Camaro ZL1.[3]

Teams and drivers[edit]Edit

Chartered teams[edit]Edit

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief
Chevrolet Chip Ganassi Racing 1 Jamie McMurray Matt McCall
42 Kyle Larson Chad Johnston
Germain Racing 13 Ty Dillon Matt Borland
Hendrick Motorsports 9 Chase Elliott Alan Gustafson
24 William Byron(R) Darian Grubb
48 Jimmie Johnson Chad Knaus
88 Alex Bowman Greg Ives
JTG Daugherty Racing 37 Chris Buescher Trent Owens
47 A. J. Allmendinger Ernie Cope
Leavine Family Racing 95 Kasey Kahne Travis Mack
Premium Motorsports 15 Danica Patrick1 Tony Eury Jr.1
TBA 35 TBA 35
Richard Childress Racing 3 Austin Dillon Justin Alexander
31 Ryan Newman Luke Lambert
Richard Petty Motorsports 43 Darrell Wallace Jr.(R) Drew Blickensderfer
StarCom Racing 00 Jeffrey Earnhardt Tony Furr
TriStar Motorsports 72 Corey LaJoie25 Frankie Kerr
Cole WhittTBA
Ford Front Row Motorsports 34 Michael McDowell Derrick Finley
38 David Ragan Seth Barbour
Go Fas Racing 32 Matt DiBenedetto Gene Nead
Roush Fenway Racing 6 Trevor Bayne Matt Puccia
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Brian Pattie
Stewart-Haas Racing 4 Kevin Harvick Rodney Childers
10 Aric Almirola Johnny Klausmeier
14 Clint Bowyer Mike Bugarewicz
41 Kurt Busch Billy Scott
Team Penske 2 Brad Keselowski Paul Wolfe
12 Ryan Blaney Jeremy Bullins
22 Joey Logano Todd Gordon
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Paul Menard Greg Erwin
Toyota BK Racing 23 Gray Gaulding1 Rick Bourgeois
TBA 35
Furniture Row Racing 78 Martin Truex Jr. Cole Pearn
Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Denny Hamlin Mike Wheeler
18 Kyle Busch Adam Stevens
19 Daniel Suárez Scott Graves
20 Erik Jones Chris Gayle
Chevrolet 1 Rick Ware Racing 51 Justin Marks1 Pat Tryson
TBA 35
Source:[4]

Limited schedule[edit]Edit

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief Round(s)
Chevrolet Beard Motorsports 62 Brendan Gaughan Darren Shaw 4
StarCom Racing 99 Derrike Cope TBA TBA
The Motorsports Group 30 TBA Eddie Pardue 32
Ford RBR Enterprises 92 David Gilliland Mike Hester 1
Toyota Gaunt Brothers Racing 96 D. J. Kennington Mark Hillman 1
Ford 1 MBM Motorsports 66 Mark Thompson Mike Hillman Sr. 1
Timmy Hill TBA
TBA Circle Sport Racing 33 Joey Gase TBA TBA
Rick Ware Racing 52 Cody Ware TBA TBA
B. J. McLeod TBA
Kyle Weatherman TBA
John Graham TBA

Changes[edit]Edit

Teams[edit]Edit

Drivers[edit]Edit

Crew Chiefs[edit]Edit

Manufacturers[edit]Edit

Rule changes[edit]Edit

Prior to season[edit]Edit

  • On November 22, 2017, NASCAR announced that it will standardize at-track team rosters with reducing the number of crew-members over the wall from six to five to promote better competition through increased parity, and to improve safety. This marks the first change in number of crew-members since 2011 where they went from seven to six crew-members.[16]
  • On February 7, 2018, NASCAR will increase the time on the crash damage policy from five to six minutes due to the reduction of crew members over the wall and lessons learned from last season to better fit the spirit of the initiative. If the team have too many men over the wall while repairing the car, the team will be assessed a two lap penalty instead of being disqualified. On that same day, NASCAR officials will reduce the time of qualifying on intermediate and short tracks from 20 to 15 minutes for a tighter window for the field to make initial qualifying attempts.[17]

Schedule[edit]Edit

The final schedule – comprising 36 races, as well as exhibition races, which are the Advance Auto Parts ClashCan-Am Duel qualifying duel races for the Daytona 500and the All-Star Race – was released on May 23, 2017.[18] Key changes from 2017 include:

No Race Title Track Date Time TV
Advance Auto Parts Clash Daytona International SpeedwayDaytona BeachFlorida February 11 3:00 p.m. FS1
Can-Am Duel February 15 7:00 p.m. FS1
1 Daytona 500 February 18 2:30 p.m. Fox
2 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Atlanta Motor SpeedwayHampton, Georgia February 25 2:00 p.m. Fox
3 Pennzoil 400 Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayLas Vegas, Nevada March 4 3:30 p.m. Fox
4 TicketGuardian 500 ISM RacewayAvondale, Arizona March 11 3:30 p.m. Fox
5 Auto Club 400 Auto Club SpeedwayFontana, California March 18 3:30 p.m. Fox
6 STP 500 Martinsville SpeedwayRidgewayVirginia March 25 2:00 p.m. FS1
7 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Texas Motor SpeedwayFort WorthTexas April 8 2:00 p.m. Fox
8 Food City 500 Bristol Motor SpeedwayBristol, Tennessee April 15 2:00 p.m. Fox
9 Toyota Owners 400 Richmond RacewayRichmond, Virginia April 21 6:30 p.m. Fox
10 GEICO 500 Talladega SuperspeedwayLincoln, Alabama April 29 2:00 p.m. Fox
11 AAA 400 Drive for Autism Dover International SpeedwayDover, Delaware May 6 2:00 p.m. FS1
12 Kansas 400 Kansas SpeedwayKansas City, Kansas May 12 8:00 p.m. FS1
Monster Energy Open Charlotte Motor SpeedwayConcordNorth Carolina May 19 6:00 p.m. FS1
Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race May 19 8:00 p.m. FS1
13 Coca-Cola 600 May 27 6:00 p.m. Fox
14 Pocono 400 Pocono RacewayLong PondPennsylvania June 3 2:00 p.m. FS1
15 FireKeepers Casino 400 Michigan International SpeedwayBrooklynMichigan June 10 2:00 p.m. Fox
16 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma RacewaySonomaCalifornia June 24 3:00 p.m. FS1
17 Overton's 400[19] Chicagoland SpeedwayJolietIllinois July 1 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
18 Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola Daytona International SpeedwayDaytona BeachFlorida July 7 7:00 p.m. NBC
19 Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts Kentucky SpeedwaySpartaKentucky July 14 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
20 New Hampshire 301 New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayLoudonNew Hampshire July 22 2:00 p.m. NBCSN
21 Gander Outdoors 400[20] Pocono RacewayLong PondPennsylvania July 29 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
22 Go Bowling at The Glen[21] Watkins Glen InternationalWatkins GlenNew York August 5 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
23 Pure Michigan 400 Michigan International SpeedwayBrooklynMichigan August 12 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
24 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Bristol Motor SpeedwayBristolTennessee August 18 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
25 Bojangles' Southern 500 Darlington RacewayDarlingtonSouth Carolina September 2 6:00 p.m. NBC
26 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor SpeedwaySpeedwayIndiana September 9 2:00 p.m. NBCSN
Cup Championship Playoffs
Round of 16
27 South Point 400 Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayLas VegasNevada September 16 3:00 p.m. NBC
28 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond RacewayRichmondVirginia September 22 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
29 Bank of America 500 Charlotte Motor SpeedwayConcordNorth Carolina September 30 2:00 p.m. NBC
Round of 12
30 Dover 400 Dover International SpeedwayDoverDelaware October 7 2:00 p.m. NBCSN
31 Alabama 500 Talladega SuperspeedwayLincolnAlabama October 14 2:00 p.m. NBC
32 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas SpeedwayKansas CityKansas October 21 2:00 p.m. NBC
Round of 8
33 First Data 500 Martinsville SpeedwayRidgewayVirginia October 28 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
34 AAA Texas 500 Texas Motor SpeedwayFort WorthTexas November 4 3:00 p.m. NBC
35 Can-Am 500 ISM RacewayAvondaleArizona November 11 2:30 p.m. NBC
Championship 4
36 Ford EcoBoost 400 Homestead-Miami SpeedwayHomesteadFlorida November 18 2:30 p.m. NBC

Schedule changes[edit]Edit

In 2015, NASCAR and 23 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tracks agreed on a five-year contract that guarantees each track would continue to host races through 2020.[22] Despite the agreement, Speedway Motorsports decided to transfer one of its Cup Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to Las Vegas Motor Speedway to form a race weekend involving each of the three national series in the fall.[23] On July 27, 2016, Daytona International Speedway announced that the 60th running of the Daytona 500 would be moved one week earlier to be held on February 18, 2018.[24]

Several changes were announced with the release of the final schedule. The 25th Big Machine Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway moved to September to become the final race of the regular season, while the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway moved to the second race in the Round of 16. The new date that Las Vegas Motor Speedway acquired from New Hampshire Motor Speedway was moved to the first race of the playoffs to replace Chicagoland Speedway, which became race 17 of the regular season. Dover International Speedway's spring race, the AAA 400 Drive for Autism, was moved one month early to precede Kansas Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. The track's fall race, the Dover 400, was moved one week later to become the first race of the Round of 12. Also, Charlotte Motor Speedway's Bank of America 500 moved one week earlier and will utilize the track's road course layout instead of its quad-oval. With an additional off-week in the schedule for 2018, the Father's Day off-week that Fox added for the U. S. Open will be restored, with the third off-week being after the Bristol August race.[18][25]

Season summary[edit]Edit

Race reports[edit]Edit

Speedweeks 2018

Daytona Speedweeks started with the Advance Auto Parts Clash. Austin Dillon drew the pole as Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski led the majority of the race. Jamie McMurray crashed and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. received a penalty. Keselowski led the last half to win over Joey Logano as Jimmie Johnson crashed after contact with Kyle Larson with Chase Elliott, Kasey KahneKyle Busch, and Martin Truex, Jr. also getting involved.[26]

In Daytona 500 qualifying, Alex Bowman won the pole while Denny Hamlin qualified second. Bowman won the pole for his first race since taking over the #88 car from Dale Earnhardt Jr. full-time. This was the fourth consecutive Daytona 500 pole won by Hendrick Motorsports.[27]

Results and standings[edit]Edit

Race results[edit]Edit

No. Race Pole position Most laps led Winning driver Manufacturer Report
Advance Auto Parts Clash Austin Dillon Brad Keselowski Brad Keselowski Ford Report
Can-Am Duel 1 Alex Bowman Report
Can-Am Duel 2 Denny Hamlin
1 Daytona 500 Alex Bowman Report

See also[edit]Edit

References[edit]Edit

  1. Jump up^ "NASCAR, FOX extend, expand rights agreement"NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. August 1, 2013. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  2. Jump up^ Cain, Holly (July 23, 2013). "NASCAR, NBC Sports Group reach landmark deal"NASCAR.comDaytona Beach, Florida: NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  3. Jump up^ Folsom, Brandon (August 10, 2017). "Chevy Camaro returning to NASCAR Cup Series in 2018: 'It's a monster'"Detroit Free PressGannett Company. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  4. Jump up^ "2018 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team / Driver Chart"Jayski.comJayski's Silly Season Site. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  5. Jump up^ Weaver, Matt (December 12, 2017). "Circle Sport Racing, The Motorsports Group end merger ahead of 2018 season"Autoweek. Crain Communications. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  6. Jump up^ Bromberg, Nick (December 12, 2017). "Circle Sport split with TMG leaves Jeffrey Earnhardt without a ride in 2018"Yahoo Sports. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  7. Jump up^ McFadin, Daniel (January 3, 2018). "Team Penske buys charter from Roush Fenway Racing for third car"NASCAR Talk. NBC Universal. Retrieved January 3,2018.
  8. Jump up^ "David Gilliland to attempt Daytona 500 for Ricky Benton"Official Site Of NASCAR. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  9. Jump up^ "Gaunt Brothers Racing to field Daytona 500 entry for DJ Kennington"Autoweek. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  10. Jump up^ "Yahoo! Sports"Austin Dillon: Richard Childress Racing looking to be 'leaner and meaner' with two-car team. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  11. Jump up^ Valade, Jodie (April 25, 2017). "Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Retire From Racing"The New York TimesCharlotte, North CarolinaThe New York Times Company. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  12. Jump up^ "Front Row tabs David Ragan, Michael McDowell for 2018"Official Site Of NASCAR. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  13. Jump up^ "Ray Black Jr. Joining Rick Ware Racing Full-Time for 2018 Cup Series Schedule"www.frontstretch.com. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  14. Jump up^ Burden, Melissa (August 10, 2017). "Camaro ZL1 will be Chevy's new NASCAR entry"The Detroit NewsDigital First Media. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  15. Jump up^ "Richard Petty Motorsports Are Selling Cars, That Means A Manufacturer Change Is Coming - Apex Off"Apex Off. 2017-11-02. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
  16. Jump up^ "NASCAR to standardize at-track rosters beginning in 2018"Official Site Of NASCAR. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  17. Jump up^ "NASCAR updates damaged vehicle policy, qualifying"Official Site Of NASCAR. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  18. Jump up to:a b "Playoff makeover headlines 2018 NASCAR schedules" (Press release). Daytona Beach, Florida: NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. May 23, 2017. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  19. Jump up^ http://www.Chicagolandspeedway.com/Articles/2018/02/Overtons-To-Sponsor-All-Three-NASCAR-National-Series-Races-At-Chicagoland-In-2018.aspx
  20. Jump up^ http://www.poconoraceway.com/gander-outdoors-400-150-events-announced.html
  21. Jump up^ http://theglen.com/Articles/2018/01/0117GoBowling.aspx
  22. Jump up^ Scott, David (October 26, 2015). "NASCAR signs 5-year deals with tracks"The Charlotte ObserverThe McClatchy Company. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  23. Jump up^ Long, Dustin (March 8, 2017). "Las Vegas gets second Cup date in 2018; New Hampshire loses a Cup date"NASCARTalk.comNBC Sports. Retrieved May 18,2017.
  24. Jump up^ "59th Running Of The DAYTONA 500 In 2018 Returns To Traditional Date On Presidents Day Weekend" (Press release). Daytona International Speedway. July 26, 2016. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  25. Jump up^ Cain, Holly (May 23, 2017). "Playoff makeover, Daytona's return to history highlight 2018 NASCAR schedule"NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  26. Jump up^ Pistone, Pete (February 11, 2018). "Keselowski Captures Clash Win"MRN.comMotor Racing Network. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  27. Jump up^ Pistone, Pete (February 11, 2018). "Bowman Wins Pole for Daytona 500"MRN.comMotor Racing Network. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
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