2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Start Your Engines!)

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The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was the 63rd season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 40th modern-era Cup series season.

Teams and drivers

Complete schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief
Chevrolet Cale Yarborough Motorsports 98 Shane Hmiel
Earnhardt Childress Racing 1 Martin Truex Jr. Kevin Manion
3 Jeff Burton Gil Martin
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tony Eury Jr.
30 Kevin Harvick Todd Berrier
31 Clint Bowyer Shane Wilson
Furniture Row Racing 78 Regan Smith Pete Rondeau
Hendrick Motorsports 5 Jerry Nadeau Lance McGrew
25 Ricky Hendrick Alan Gustafson
35 Landon Cassill
50 Jimmie Johnson Chad Knaus
52 Brad Keselowski Steve Letarte
Phoenix Racing 51 Bill Elliott Nick Harrison
Boris Said
Mike Bliss
PPI Motorsports 32 Boston Reid
Stewart-Haas Racing 14 Tony Stewart Greg Zipadelli
39 Ryan Newman Tony Gibson
61 Mark Martin Darian Grubb
Tommy Baldwin Racing 36 Dave Blaney Kevin Buskirk

Joe Williams

Philippe Lopez

Ron Fellows
Mike Skinner
Geoff Bodine
TRG Motorsports 71 Andy Lally Jay Guy

Paul Clapprood

Doug Richert

Hermie Sadler
Mike Bliss
Dodge AK Racing 7 James Kulwicki
Bill Davis Racing 22 Jeff Gordon
23 Bobby Labonte
24 Scott Wimmer
Chip Ganassi Racing 40 Jamie McMurray
41 Bryan Clauson
42 Juan Pablo Montoya
Evernham Motorsports 9 Kasey Kahne Kenny Francis
19 Casey Elliott Ernie Elliott
Kelman Racing 86 Ryan Kelman Wally Rogers
Moroso-Rudd Racing 82 Rob Moroso
83 Brendan Gaughan
Pacific Coast Racing 60 Chloe Johnson Jed Luke
69 Jenny Smith Barry Baker
80 Tim Johnson Charlie Davis
85 Belle Armstrong Scott Smith
Penske Racing 02 Kurt Busch
2 Blaise Alexander Paul Wolfe
12 Paul Menard
Petty Enterprises 43 John Andretti Todd Parrott
44 Chad McCumbee
45 Adam Petty Greg Erwin
46 Austin Petty Mike Shiplett
Robby Gordon Motorsports 107 Robby Gordon Steven Lane

Samuel Stanley

Johnny Sauter
Reed Sorenson
Whitney Motorsports 146 J. J. Yeley Tony Furr
Bill Elliott
Andy Pilgrim
Erik Darnell
Brian Simo
Ford DGB-Medallion Racing 09 A.J. Allmendinger
FAS Lane Racing 65 Terry Labonte Frank Stoddard
Mike Skinner
Ken Schrader
Mike Bliss
Patrick Carpentier
Jason White
Andrew Ranger
T. J. Bell
Front Row Motorsports 34 David Gilliland Peter Sospenzo
38 Travis Kvapil Bill Henderson

Derrick Finley

Jay Guy

Tony Ave
J. J. Yeley
Terry Labonte
Roush Fenway Racing 6 David Ragan Drew Blickensderfer
16 Greg Biffle Greg Erwin

Matt Puccia

66 Matt Kenseth Jimmy Fennig
99 Carl Edwards Bob Osborne
Steele Racing with Brett Favre 15 Tim Steele
90 Davey Allison
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Trevor Bayne (R) Donnie Wingo
Yates Racing 28 Clifford Allison
88 Jeremy Mayfield
96 Scott Speed
Pontiac Kennedy Racing 03 Melvin Kennedy Mark Cutter
04 Louise Kennedy
Toyota Germain Racing 13 Casey Mears Bootie Barker
HP Racing 166 Michael McDowell Gene Nead
Todd Bodine
Josh Wise
Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Denny Hamlin Mike Ford
18 Kyle Busch Dave Rogers
Michael McDowell
20 Joey Logano
JTG Daugherty Racing 47 Sam Hornish Jr. Frank Kerr

Brian Burns

Michael Waltrip Racing 00 David Reutimann Rodney Childers

Bobby Kennedy

55 Brian Vickers Pat Tryson

Chad Johnston

Scott Miller

NEMCO Motorsports 87 Joe Nemechek Philippe Lopez

Steven Gray

Bill Wilburn

Red Bull Racing 4 Kevin Grubb
183 Stephen Leicht (R) Ryan Pemberton


Front Row Motorsports 37 Robert Richardson Jr. Greg Conner

Mike Abner

Max Q Motorsports Tony Raines
Chris Cook
Jeff Green
Erik Darnell
Josh Wise
Mike Skinner


Rule changes

After the 2010 season, the catch can man, who caught excess fuel during pit stops and adjusts the track bar, is no longer needed, because of the addition of a self-venting fuel can. On January 11, 2011, NASCAR reported drivers can only be able to compete for the championship in one of NASCAR's three national racing series, which means the drivers who race in multiple series, most notably in the Cup and Nationwide Series, are able to compete in the races, but not for the championship.

The rule does not affect the exemption rule, as exemptions are determined by the top 35 in NASCAR car owner points. Drivers ineligible for Sprint Cup driver points earned Sprint Cup owner points for their team.

Other changes

The fuel for all major series in NASCAR changed from Sunoco unleaded to an ethanol blend called 'Sunoco Green E15'.