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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 Martin Truex Jr is the defending series champion.

2018 Standings

1.Martin Truex Jr (6 Wins)

2.Kyle Busch (7 Wins)

3.Kevin Harvick (8 Wins)

4.Chase Elliott (2 Wins)

5.Brad Keselowski (4 Wins) (Eliminated in Round 3)

6.Denny Hamlin (1 Win) (Eliminated in Round 2)

7.Joey Logano (2 Wins) (Eliminated in Round 3)

8.Clint Bowyer (2 Wins) (Eliminated in Round 3)

9.Erik Jones (1 Win) (Eliminated in Round 2)

10.Kurt Busch (1 Win) (Eliminated in Round 3)

11.Kyle Larson (Eliminated in Round 2)

12.Aric Almirola (Eliminated in Round 3)

13.Ryan Blaney (Eliminated in Round 1)

14.Alex Bowman (Eliminated in Round 1)

15.Jimmie Johnson (Eliminated in Round 1)

16.Austin Dillon (1 Win) (Eliminated in Round 1)

17.Ricky Stenhouse Jr

18.Daniel Suarez

19.Ryan Newman

20.Paul Menard

21.Jamie McMurray

22.William Byron (Rookie of the Year)

23.AJ Allmendinger

24.Darrell Wallace Jr (R)

25.Michael McDowell

26.Chris Buescher

27.David Ragan

28.Kasey Kahne

29.Ty Dillon

30.Matt DiBenedetto

*Note:AJ Allmendinger won the Charlotte Roval, but was not in the Playoffs, therefore his win is not showcased

Teams and drivers

Chip Ganassi Racing:Chevrolet

1:Kurt Busch

42:Kyle Larson

Team Penske:Ford

2:Brad Keselowski

12:Ryan Blaney

22:Joey Logano

Richard Childress Racing:Chevrolet

3:Austin Dillon

31:Jamie McMurray

33:Ty Dillon

Stewart Haas Racing:Ford

4:Kevin Harvick

10:Aric Almirola

14:Clint Bowyer

41:Matt DiBenedetto

Roush Fenway Racing:Ford

6:Ryan Newman

17:Ricky Stenhouse Jr

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:Martin Truex Jr

20:Erik Jones

Germain Racing:Chevrolet

13:Daniel Hemric (R)

Wood Brothers:Ford

21:Paul Menard

GMS Racing:Chevrolet

23:Spencer Gallagher (R)

Go FAS Racing:Ford

32:AJ Allmendinger

Front Row Motorsports:Ford

34:Michael McDowell

35:Ryan Reed (R)

38:David Ragan

JTG Daughtery Racing:Toyota

37:Chris Buescher

47:Ryan Preece

Richard Petty Motorsports:Ford

43:Darrell Wallace Jr

Rick Ware Racing:Chevrolet

51:Timmy Hill 3-5, 7, 14-15, 21, 25 Cody Ware 2, 6, 9, 19, 26, 34 Kevin O'Connell 16, Corey LaJoie 1, 10, 13, 17-18, 23, 27-28, 31, 35-36 Carl Long 12, 32 Harrison Rhodes 8, 20, 24

Leavine Family Racing:Toyota

59:Christopher Bell 1-11, 13-14, 18, 25-26, 29, 36

95:Daniel Suarez

TriStar Motorsports:Ford

72:Cole Whitt

Part Time Teams

GMS Racing

25:Johnny Sauter 1

Beard Motorsports:Chevrolet

62:Brendan Gaughan 1

Gaunt Brothers Racing:Toyota

96:DJ Kennington 1, 6, 8, 10, 18, 31, 33, 35

96:Jeffrey Earnhardt 21, 25-26

96:Parker Kligerman 36

StarCom Racing

00:Derrike Cope 2-3, 5, 12-14, 21, 24, 27, 32-34 Garrett Smithley 11, 15, 23, 30 Alon Day 16 Joey Gase 4, 18-20 Jeffrey Earnhardt 9 Landon Cassill 6-8, 17, 25-26, 29, Alex Labbe 35

55:Garrett Smithley 10, 13, 25, 28 Parker Kligerman 19, 20, 24, Jeffrey Earnhardt 26, 31, 35-36

Premium Motorsports

15:Joey Gase 6, 9, 12, 17, 28, 33, Ross Chastain 2-3, 7-8, 10-11, 13-14, 18-19, 24-26, 29-30, 34-36

30:Gray Gaulding 1-9, JJ Yeley 10, Ray Black Jr 11-12, 24-32, 35-36

Ricky Benton Racing

29:David Gilliland 18, 31

92:Timothy Peters 1, 10, 18, 31, David Gilliland 12, 14-15, 20-21, 24, 32, JJ Yeley 11, 19, 25, Kyle Weatherman 17, 26, 28, Kevin O.Connell 29, Blake Jones 27, 30, 33-34

Hendrick Motorsports

84:Fernando Alonso (R)

Driver Changes

-Martin Truex Jr left Furniture Row Racing for Joe Gibbs Racing as Daniel Suarez was sent to the #95 at Leavine Family Racing and new manufacturer Toyota to make room for Truex. Christopher Bell moves to a second LFR car as he didn't want to stay in Xfinity after winning the championship in 2018. He will run part time at all Cup and Xfinity races while contending for another Xfinity championship

-Matt DiBenedetto will take over the #41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford from Kurt Busch, who moves to Chip Ganassi Racing after Jamie McMurray was harshly sacked from the team. McMurray moves to the #31 at Richard Childress Racing after Ryan Newman left the team

-Spencer Gallagher moves to the #23 GMS Racing Chevrolet which makes its debut in 2019. Gallagher will run the full schedule despite Controversey from substance abuse in 2018

-Ty Dillon moves up from Germain Racing to Richard Childress Racing, who reopens their 3rd team after leaving It vacant in 2018. Daniel Hemric replaces him in the #13 and will contend for Rookie of the Year

-Ryan Preece replaces AJ Allmendinger at JTG Daughtery Racing, who switches to Toyota. Allmendinger moves to the #32 left vacant by Matt DiBenedetto on a 2 year deal

-Ryan Reed takes over a third car at Front Row Motorsports

-Ricky Benton Racing will attempt to run 23 races in 2019. Timothy Peters will run the #92 at restrictor plates, while other drivers will race the number at different tracks. A second car will be fielded for the Coke Zero 400 and Talladega Playoffs Race

-Trevor Bayne was booted from the #6 ride at the conclusion of the 2018 season. Ryan Newman replaces him full time in 2019 after he left RCR

-Johnny Sauter announced his intentions to run the Daytona 500 with a second GMS Racing team in 2019

-Premium Motorsports opens up a #30 team with Gray Gaulding, JJ Yeley and Ray Black Jr sharing the ride

-Hendrick Motorsports announced that Fernando Alonso will contest in a one-off start in a 5th entry at the Daytona 500. Alonso will drive the #84 Chevrolet with sponsorship from CNN

Manufacturer Changes

-On April 17, 2018, Ford announced they would switch to the Ford Mustang in 2019

-Leavine Family Racing switched to Toyota in a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing

-JTG Daughtery Racing announced they would switch back to Toyota, ending their alliance with Richard Childress Racing

Rule Changes

-During the offseason, NASCAR announced that all manufacturers and cars would have to meet certain requirements involving their engines, spoilers, and car design to keep the competition equal between all drivers, due to mass complaints about certain drivers dominating throughout the season in 2018. No car had a distinct aerodynamic advantage or disadvantage, which was the main problem for the Chevrolet Camaro's falter last year, grabbing only 2 wins. The Engines were mostly kept the same, but NASCAR marketed hard to let fans know that the sport would be going back to driver ability rather than actual cars doing the work. However, downforce was slightly increased on all car spoilers to make racing slightly more competitive, adding to new race strategies done by teams.

Schedule and Race Results

Advance Auto Parts Clash, February 10

Starting Lineup

1.Paul Menard

2.Erik Jones

3.Clint Bowyer

4.Brad Keselowski

5.Aric Almirola

6.Denny Hamlin

7.Kyle Busch

8.Joey Logano

9.Chase Elliott

10.Jimmie Johnson

11.Daniel Suarez

12.Kevin Harvick

13.Ryan Blaney

14.Martin Truex Jr

15.Alex Bowman

16.Austin Dillon

17.Kyle Larson

18.Kurt Busch

Note:AJ Allmendinger was originally supposed to run the race, but due to an electrical failure on his #47, he was not able to race. NASCAR also didn't allow Allmendinger to repair his Daytona 500 Qualifying car, which he wrecked in Qualifying.

Race Rundown

Paul Menard drew the pole position for the 2nd time in 5 years, and hadn't participated in the Clash since 2016. He only led for 1 Lap, the very first, as Clint Bowyer shot past him for the lead. Throughout the first 25 laps, there were 9 lead changes among 5 different drivers. Paul Menard, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson all traded paint for the lead on different occasions. After the first competition caution flew on Lap 25, all the leaders pitted, with Joey Logano winning the race off of pit road after only taking two tires, along with the other Penske affiliated cars of Paul Menard, Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski, the latter of which had to come back down pit road for a speeding violation. The race restarted on Lap 28. Logano led until Lap 43 when Denny Hamlin made a move for the lead. On Lap 51, Erik Jones spun down the back straightaway exiting turn 2. However, he held on to the car and was able to continue, or be it at the back of the field. However, Jimmie Johnson got run into by Alex Bowman behind him, hit the wall and was out of the race. Throughout the Final Laps, the lead changed between many drivers including Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and others. On Lap 66, Denny Hamlin had to come down pit road after suffering a flat tire. He never recovered, and Finished a lap down in 17th. As Hamlin pulled off, Joey Logano who was behind him checked up, and in the process got spun out by Chase Elliott, who was running behind him, bringing out the caution. Logano spun through the grass and only suffered minor damage to the splitter. His race was already ruined though. The race attempted to get back underway. However, with 3 laps to go, rain hit the speedway, and the race finished under caution with all 75 Laps complete. Brad Keselowski won the Clash for the second year in a row, and won the first race with the Ford Mustang. Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick finished 2nd and 3rd respectively, giving Ford a 1-2-3 in their first ever race.

Final Results

1.Brad Keselowski

2.Ryan Blaney

3.Kevin Harvick

4.Kyle Larson

5.Austin Dillon

6.Daniel Suarez

7.Alex Bowman

8.Erik Jones

9.Paul Menard

10.Kyle Busch

11.Aric Almirola

12.Martin Truex Jr

13.Clint Bowyer

14.Chase Elliott

15.Kurt Busch

16.Joey Logano + 1 Lap

17.Denny Hamlin + 1 Lap

18.Jimmie Johnson (DNF)

Race

# Race Pole Most Laps Led Winner Winning Team Manufacturer Race

Report

Advance Auto Parts Clash Paul Menard Denny Hamlin Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford Report
Can Am Duel 1 Jimmie Johnson Chase Elliott Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Report
Can Am Duel 2 Alex Bowman Alex Bowman Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Report
1 61st Daytona

500

Jimmie Johnson Ryan Reed Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Report
2 Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 Matt DiBenedetto Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Report
3 Pennzoil

400

Ryan Blaney Kurt Busch Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Report
4 DC Solar 500 Jimmie Johnson Chase Elliott Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Report
5 Auto Club 400 Martin Truex Jr Kyle Larson Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Report
6 STP 500 Denny Hamlin Kyle Busch Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford Report
7 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Kevin Harvick Ryan Blaney Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford Report
8 Food City 500 Erik Jones Alex Bowman Chris Buescher JTG Daughtery Racing Toyota Report
9 Toyota Owners 400 Kyle Busch Denny Hamlin Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Report
10 GEICO 500 Ricky Stenhouse

Jr

Jamie McMurray Daniel Suarez Leavine Family Racing Toyota Report
11 AAA Drive for Autism 400 Kevin Harvick Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Report
12 KC Masterpiece

400

Brad Keselowski William Byron Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Report
Monster Energy Open Ricky Stenhouse Jr Aric Almirola Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Report
Monster Energy All Star Race Chris Buescher Clint Bowyer Martin Truex Jr Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Report
13 Coca Cola 600 Denny Hamlin Erik Jones William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Report
14 Pocono 400 presented by Dollar Shave Club Kyle Busch Erik Jones Jamie McMurray Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Report
15 Firekeepers Casino 400
16 Toyota Save Mart 350
17 Hardee's 400
18 Coke Zero 400
19 Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart
20 Sylvania 301
21 Gander Outdoors 400
22 Go Bowling at the Glen
23 Consumers Energy 400 presented by Chevrolet
24 Bass Pro Shops 400
25 Bojangles Southern 500
26 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard
27 South Point 400
28 Federated Auto Parts 400
29 Bank of America ROVAL 400
30 Overtons 400
31 1000Bulbs.Com

500

32 Hollywood Casino 400
33 First Data 500
34 USAA Bank 500
35 Can-Am 500
36 Ford EcoBoost 400