The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is the 71st season of professional stock car racing in the United States, and the 48th modern era cup series season. Austin Dillon enters as the reigning Daytona 500 champion, while Kyle Larson is the defending series champion.

Teams and drivers

Chip Ganassi Racing

1:Brennan Poole (R)

42:Kyle Larson

Team Penske:Ford

2:Brad Keselowski

12:Ryan Blaney

22:Joey Logano

Richard Childress Racing:Chevrolet

3:Austin Dillon

27:Brandon Jones 1-15, 33-36

27:Brendan Gaughan 16, 22, 25, 27-28

27:Brian Scott 17-20, 24, 30-32

27:Casey Mears 21, 23, 26, 29

29:Ty Dillon

31:Ryan Newman

Stewart Haas Racing:Ford

4:Kevin Harvick

10:Aric Almirola

14:Clint Bowyer

41:Jamie McMurray

Roush Fenway Racing:Ford

6:Kurt Busch

17:Ricky Stenhouse Jr

99:Ryan Reed (R)

Hendrick Motorsports:Chevrolet

9:Chase Elliott

24:William Byron

48:Jimmie Johnson

88:Alex Bowman

Joe Gibbs Racing:Toyota

11:Denny Hamlin

18:Kyle Busch

19:Daniel Suarez

20:Erik Jones

Germain Racing

13:Daniel Hemric (R)

Wood Brothers:Ford

21:Paul Menard

Go FAS Racing:Ford

32:Matt DiBenedetto (No charter)

Circle Sport:Chevrolet

33:Jeffrey Earnhardt 1-10, 19-36

33:Joey Gase, 11-18

Front Row Motorsports:Ford

34:Landon Cassill

35:Darrell Wallace Jr

38:David Ragan

JTG Daughtery Racing:Chevrolet

37:Chris Buescher

47:AJ Allmendinger

Richard Petty Motorsports:Ford

43:Kasey Kahne

Rick Ware Racing:Chevrolet

51:Timmy Hill, Cody Ware, Kevin O'Connell, Cole Whitt, Gray Gaulding, Corey LaJoie (no charter)

TriStar Motorsports:Ford

72:Chase Briscoe (R)

Furniture Row Racing:Toyota

77:Matt Tifft (R)

78:Martin Truex Jr

King Autosport:Chevrolet

90:Reed Sorenson, Alon Day (R), Mario Gosselin (R)

Leavine Family Racing:Chevrolet

95:Michael McDowell

Part Time Teams

Beard Motorsports:Chevrolet

75:Brendan Gaughan 1

Gaunt Brothers Racing:Toyota

96:DJ Kennington 1, 10, 18, 31

Brandonbilt Motorsports:Chevrolet

86:Brandon Brown 1

Chris Cockrum Racing:Chevrolet

25:Chris Cockrum 1, 10, 31

GMS Racing:Chevrolet

23:Spencer Gallagher 1

JD Motorsports:Chevrolet

0:Garrett Smithley 1

Tommy Baldwin Racing:Chevrolet

7:Regan Smith 1, 10, 18, 31

Premium Motorsports

15:Cole Whitt 1. 7, 9, 17, 36

15:Joey Gase 6, 8, 22, 27, 32

15:Derrike Cope 2-3, 26, 28, 35

55:Jeb Burton 1

Driver Changes

-Jamie McMurray got fired from Chip Ganassi Racing at the end of 2018. McMurray moved to Stewart Haas Racing, driving the #41 Ford for Stewart Haas Racing. Brennan Poole will contend for Rookie of the Year, driving the #1, with sponsorship from DC Solar.

-Kurt Busch left Stewart Haas Racing at the end of 2018 to take over the #6 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, replacing the fired Trevor Bayne.

-Ryan Reed joins Roush Fenway Racing in a third entry for the team. He will contend for Rookie of the Year

-Ty Dillon moves to Richard Childress Racing in the #29 Chevrolet. Daniel Hemric will be his replacement, and contend for Rookie of the Year.

-Darrell Wallace Jr moves to Front Row Motorsports to drive the #35 Ford. He moves from Richard Petty Motorsports, as Kasey Kahne takes over that ride after competing for Furniture Row Racing in the #77 for 1 year.

-Matt Tifft moves to the #77 Toyota after a successful 2018 Xfinity Series season, where he made it to the Championship 4.

-Cole Whitt drove the #35 Ford for 1 year, but lost his ride due to poor performances. He moves to Rick Ware Racing, driving the #51 for 5 races.

-GMS Racing and JD Motorsports both move up to the Cup Series, fielding 1 car and also having no charter. Spencer Gallagher and Garrett Smithley are their drivers.

-TriStar Motorsports go back to full time after running part time with Austin Cindric last year. The driver of the #72 is Chase Briscoe

-King Autosport move up to cup, and will run all 3 races with 1 of 3 drivers beit Reed Sorenson, Alon Day or Mario Gosselin

-Regan Smith will race the Daytona 500 with Tommy Baldwin Racing

-Chris Cockrum moves up to Cup to compete at all Restrictor Plates, excluding the Coke Zero 400.

-Brandon Brown will compete in the Daytona 500 with his team, Brandonbilt Motorsports

-At the Geico 500, Jeffrey Earnhardt was involved in the big one on lap 166. He suffered a concussion and broken hands. His replacement for the next 9 races was Joey Gase.

-At the Firekeepers Casino 400, Brandon Jones was involved in a multi car pileup on the front straightaway that saw him slam the wall drivers side first. Because of this, he suffered a broken collarbone and seriously fractured vertebra. He didn't return until the First Data 500 at Martinsville in October. His replacements were Casey Mears, Brian Scott and Brendan Gaughan


Advance Auto Parts Clash, February 9, Polesitter Clint Bowyer, Winner Kevin Harvick, Cautions 5

Can Am Duel 1, February 13, Polesitter Denny Hamlin, Winner Joey Logano, Cautions 2

Can Am Duel 2, February 13, Polesitter Erik Jones, Winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Cautions 5

1.Daytona 500, February 17, Polesitter Denny Hamlin, Winner Kyle Busch, Cautions 8

2.Atlanta, February 24, Polesitter Jamie McMurray, Winner Martin Truex Jr, Cautions 5

3.Las Vegas, March 3, Polesitter Jimmie Johnson, Winner Jimmie Johnson, Cautions 6

4.Phoenix, March 10, Polesitter Kyle Busch, Winner Kevin Harvick, Cautions 10

5.Fontana, March 17, Polesitter Kevin Harvick, Winner Kyle Larson, Cautions 13

6.Martinsville, March 24, Polesitter Kyle Larson, Winner Martin Truex Jr, Cautions 17

7.Texas, April 7, Polesitter William Byron, Winner Denny Hamlin, Cautions 5

8.Bristol, April 14, Polesitter Brad Keselowski, Winner Kyle Busch, Cautions 20

9.Richmond, April 21 (Rain Delay), Polesitter Matt Tifft, Winner Erik Jones, Cautions 12

10.Talladega, April 28, Polesitter Joey Logano, Winner Jamie McMurray, Cautions 8

11.Dover, May 5, Polesitter Joey Logano, Winner Jimmie Johnson, Cautions 10

12.Kansas, May 12, Polesitter Martin Truex Jr, Winner Kevin Harvick, Cautions 5

All Star Race, May 19, Polesitter Erik Jones, Winner Chase Elliott, Cautions 6

13.Charlotte, May 26, Polesitter Brad Keselowski, Winner Chase Elliott, Cautions 10

14.Pocono, June 2, Polesitter Ryan Blaney, Winner Kevin Harvick, Cautions 4

15.Michigan, June 9, Polesitter Joey Logano, Winner Kyle Larson, Cautions 3

16.Sonoma, June 23, Polesitter AJ Allmendinger, Winner Martin Truex Jr, Cautions 5

17.Chicago, June 30, Polesitter Brennan Poole, Winner Erik Jones, Cautions 6

18.Daytona, July 6, Polesitter Kurt Busch, Winner Kurt Busch, Cautions 12

19.Kentucky, July 14 (Rain Delay), Polesitter Brad Keselowski, Winner Kyle Busch, Cautions 7

20.New Hampshire, July 21, Polesitter Martin Truex Jr, Winner Brennan Poole, Cautions 6

21.Pocono, July 28, Polesitter Joey Logano, Winner Joey Logano, Cautions 4

22.Watkins Glen, August 4, Polesitter Jamie McMurray, Winner Daniel Suarez, Cautions 7

23.Michigan, August 11, Polesitter Joey Logano, Winner Kyle Larson, Cautions 9

24.Bristol, August 18, Polesitter Kyle Busch, Winner Jimmie Johnson, Cautions 10

25.Darlington, September 1, Polesitter Denny Hamlin, Winner Brad Keselwski, Cautions 5

26.Indianapolis, September 9 (Rain Delay), Polesitter Martin Truex Jr, Winner Kyle Larson, Cautions 9

Playoff Drivers and Points

1.Martin Truex Jr 2050 Points, 3 Wins

2.Kevin Harvick, 2037 Points, 3 Wins

3.Kyle Busch, 2034 Points, 3 Wins

4.Denny Hamlin, 2032 Points, 1 Win

5.Kyle Larson, 2031 Points, 4 Wins

6.Jimmie Johnson, 2025 Points, 3 Wins

7.Erik Jones, 2021 Points, 2 Wins

8.Joey Logano, 2018 Points, 1 Win

9.Kurt Busch, 2012 Points, 1 Win

10.Chase Elliott, 2010 Points, 1 Win

11.Jamie McMurray, 2009 Points, 1 Win

12.Brad Keselowski, 2008 Points, 1 Win

13.Clint Bowyer, 2006 Points, 0 Wins

14.William Byron, 2005 Points, 0 Wins

15.Brennan Poole, 2005 Points, 1 Win

16.Daniel Suarez, 2005 Points, 1 Win

Round of 16

27.Las Vegas, September 15, Polesitter Kevin Harvick, Winner Jimmie Johnson, Cautions 7

28.Richmond, September 21, Polesitter Joey Logano, Winner Denny Hamlin, Cautions 4

29.Charlotte Roval, September 28, Polesitter Jamie McMurray, Winner Clint Bowyer, Cautions 7


13.Kurt Busch

14.Chase Elliott

15.Brennan Poole

16.Daniel Suarez

Round of 12

30.Kansas, October 6, Polesitter Denny Hamlin, Winner Martin Truex Jr, Cautions 3

31.Talladega, October 13, Polesitter Brad Keselowski, Winner Ryan Blaney, Cautions 6

32.Dover, October 20, Polesitter Jimmie Johnson, Winner Jimmie Johnson, Cautions 12


9.William Byron

10.Kevin Harvick

11.Clint Bowyer

12.Joey Logano

Round of 8

33.Martinsville, October 28 (Rain Delay), Polesitter Joey Logano, Winner Martin Truex Jr, Cautions 9

34.Texas, November 3, Polesitter Denny Hamlin, Winner Kyle Busch, Cautions 8

35.Phoenix, November 10, Polesitter Kyle Busch, Winner Kevin Harvick, Cautions 15


5.Kyle Larson

6.Erik Jones

7.Denny Hamlin

8.Jamie McMurray

36.Homestead Miami, November 17, Polesitter Kyle Larson, Winner Denny Hamlin, Cautions 10

Final 4 in Standings

1.Kyle Busch, Finished 3rd

2.Martin Truex Jr, Finished 4th

3.Brad Keselowski, Finished 9th

4.Jimmie Johnson, Finished 14th

Final Standings (Top 50 plus Ineligible Drivers)

1.Kyle Busch

2.Martin Truex Jr

3.Brad Keselowski

4.Jimmie Johnson

5.Denny Hamlin*

6.Kyle Larson*

7.Kevin Harvick#

8.Erik Jones*

9.Jamie McMurray*

10.Joey Logano#

11.William Byron#

12.Kurt Busch%

13.Chase Elliott%

14.Brennan Poole% (R)

15.Clint Bowyer#

16.Daniel Suarez%

17.Ryan Blaney

18.Alex Bowman

19.Matt Tifft

20.Kasey Kahne

21.Ryan Newman

22.Ricky Stenhouse Jr

23.Aric Almirola

24.Austin Dillon

25.Ryan Reed (R)

26.Ty Dillon

27.Daniel Hemric (R)

28.AJ Allmendinger

29.Paul Menard

30.Chris Buescher

31.Michael McDowell

32.Darrell Wallace Jr

33.David Ragan

34.Landon Cassill

35.Matt DiBenedetto

36.Brian Scott

37.Reed Sorenson

38.Mario Gosselin

39.Timmy Hill

40.Cole Whitt

41.Jeffrey Earnhardt

42.Cody Ware

43.Gray Gaulding

44.Alon Day

45.Kevin O'Connell

46.Regan Smith

47.DJ Kennington

48.Corey LaJoie

49.Derrike Cope

50.Joey Gase

Casey Mears (Ineligible)

Brendan Gaughan (Ineligible)

Chris Cockrum (Ineligible)

Spencer Gallagher (Ineligible)

Garrett Smithley (Ineligible)

Brandon Brown (Ineligible)