2014 NASCAR Cup Series (Simpsonverse)

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The 2014 NASCAR Cup Series was the 66th season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 43rd modern-era Cup season. The season began at Daytona International Speedway, with the Budweiser Shootout, followed by the Daytona 500. The season ended with the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

This season was the final year of broadcasting for the ESPN family of networks. ESPN had covered the second half of the Sprint Cup season since 2007. For 2015, their portions of the season were divided between Fox Sports, MGM, Turner Sports, and NBC.

Tony Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing claimed the drivers' championship and owners' championship, while Chevrolet won the manufacturer's championship. In one of the largest rookie classes in recent history, Kyle Larson was named the Junie Donlavey Rookie of the Year.

Teams and drivers

Complete schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race Driver Crew Chief Model
Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 01 Jeffrey Earnhardt Dan Stillman Camaro
1 Martin Truex Jr. Doug Randolph
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tony Eury, Jr.
15 Carl Edwards Keith Rodden
81 Matt Kenseth Kevin Hamlin
Furniture Row Racing 78 Kurt Busch Todd Berrier SS
Germain Racing 13 Casey Mears Bootie Barker SS
Hendrick Motorsports 5 Kasey Kahne Kenny Francis Camaro
24 Jeff Gordon Alan Gustafson
25 Brad Keselowski Steve Letarte
48 Jimmie Johnson Chad Knaus
84 Landon Cassill Lance McGrew
HScott Motorsports 09 Justin Allgaier (R) Steve Addington SS
JTG Daugherty Racing 47 A.J. Allmendinger Brian Burns SS
Richard Childress Racing 3 Jeff Burton Gil Martin Camaro
30 Ryan Newman Luke Lambert
31 Paul Menard Justin Alexander
33 Austin Dillon (R) Shane Wilson
Hillman-Circle Sport LLC 04 Timmy Hill Template:Tooltip Nick Harrison Template:Tooltip
Mark Hillman Template:Tooltip
Mike Hillman Jr. Template:Tooltip
SS
David Stremme Template:Tooltip
Alex Kennedy Template:Tooltip[1]
Bobby Labonte Template:Tooltip
Morgan Shepherd Template:Tooltip
Travis Kvapil Template:Tooltip
Stewart-Haas Racing 4 Kevin Harvick Rodney Childers Camaro
10 Danica Patrick Tony Gibson Template:Tooltip
Daniel Knost Template:Tooltip[2]
14 Tony Stewart Greg Zipadelli
Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 Michael Annett (R) Kevin Manion Camaro
36 Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Jr.
Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing 40 Bryan Clauson Jeff Vandermoss Challenger
41 Kenny Irwin, Jr. Mike Shiplett
42 Kyle Larson (R) Chris Heroy
Petty Enterprises 9 Marcos Ambrose Drew Blickensderfer
43 Aric Almirola Mike Ford
44 Chad McCumbee Mark Tudor
45 Adam Petty Billy Wilburn
46 Austin Petty Chris Hussey
Ford Brett Favre Racing 16 Parker Kligerman (R) Chad Johnston Mustang
61 Steve Park Slugger Labbe
90 Tony Roper Darrell Bryant
Front Row Motorsports 34 David Ragan[3] Jay Guy Template:Tooltip
Derrick Finley Template:Tooltip
Fusion
38 David Gilliland[3] Frank Kerr Template:Tooltip
Jay Guy Template:Tooltip
Go FAS Racing 32 Terry Labonte Template:Tooltip Ben Leslie Template:Tooltip
Clinton Cram Template:Tooltip
Fusion
Travis Kvapil Template:Tooltip
Blake Koch Template:Tooltip
Boris Said Template:Tooltip
Eddie MacDonald Template:Tooltip[4]
J. J. Yeley Template:Tooltip
Joey Gase Template:Tooltip[5]
Timmy Hill Template:Tooltip
Kyle Fowler Template:Tooltip
Orr Motorsports 37 Michael McDowell John Page Fusion
Robert Yates Racing 28 Jamie McMurray Greg Erwin Fusion
88 Jeremy Mayfield Todd Parrott
96 Jason Leffler Larry Carter
Roush Fenway Racing 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Chad Norris Roush Mustang
17 Trevor Bayne Mike Kelley
60 Greg Biffle Matt Puccia
Team Penske 2 Blaise Alexander Paul Wolfe Template:Tooltip
Greg Erwin Template:Tooltip[6]
Mustang
22 Joey Logano Todd Gordon
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Travis Pastrana (R) Donnie Wingo Shelby GT500
Toyota BK Racing 23 Alex Bowman (R) Dave Winston Avalon
26 Cole Whitt (R) Randy Cox
83 Ryan Truex (R) Template:Tooltip Dale Ferguson Template:Tooltip
Doug Richert Template:Tooltip
Joe Williams Template:Tooltip
J. J. Yeley Template:Tooltip
Travis Kvapil Template:Tooltip
Identity Ventures Racing 33

Michael Waltrip Racing 6

66 Michael Waltrip Template:Tooltip[7] Chad Walter Camry
Jeff Burton Template:Tooltip[7]
Brett Moffitt Template:Tooltip[8]
Timmy Hill Template:Tooltip
Tomy Drissi Template:Tooltip
Mike Wallace Template:Tooltip
Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Denny Hamlin Template:Tooltip Darian Grubb Template:Tooltip
Michael Wheeler Template:Tooltip
Camry
Sam Hornish Jr. Template:Tooltip[9]
18 Kyle Busch Dave Rogers
20 Elliott Sadler Jason Ratcliff
Michael Waltrip Racing 51 Clint Bowyer Brian Pattie Camry
55 Brian Vickers Billy Scott
56 Jerry Nadeau Scott Eggleston
NEMCO Motorsports 87 John Nemechek Eric Phillips Camry
Ford Template:Tooltip
Chevrolet Template:Tooltip
Phil Parsons Racing 98 Josh Wise Gene Nead Mustang

2012 Impala

Toyota 8
Dodge 30
Swan Racing8
Chip Ganassi Racing30
27 David Stremme Steve Lane 2013 Avalon 8
Challenger30

Limited schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race Driver Crew Chief Round(s) Model
Chevrolet Beard Motorsports 75 Clay Rogers Darren Shaw Template:Tooltip SS
HScott Motorsports 52 Bobby Labonte Jimmy Elledge 1 SS
Team XTREME Racing Template:Tooltip J. J. Yeley Walter Giles Template:Tooltip
Joe Lax Template:Tooltip
Steve Lane Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip 2011 Impala
Timmy Hill Peter Sospenzo Template:Tooltip
Tommy Baldwin Racing 37 Bobby Labonte Tommy Baldwin Jr. Template:Tooltip 2013 SS
Dave Blaney Zach McGowan Template:Tooltip
Mike Bliss Template:Tooltip
Ford Front Row Motorsports 35 Eric McClure Todd Anderson Template:Tooltip
Derrick Finley Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip 2013 Fusion
Blake Koch Template:Tooltip
David Reutimann Template:Tooltip
Leavine Family Racing 95 Scott Speed Wally Rogers Template:Tooltip[10] Fusion
Randy Humphrey Racing 77 Dave Blaney Peter Sospenzo Template:Tooltip 2011 Mustang
Nelson Piquet Jr. Steve Lane Template:Tooltip
Joe Nemechek Template:Tooltip
Corey LaJoie Template:Tooltip
Team Penske 12 Ryan Blaney Jeremy Bullins Template:Tooltip Mustang
Juan Pablo Montoya Greg Erwin Template:Tooltip
Toyota BK Racing 93 Morgan Shepherd Rick Ren Template:Tooltip Avalon
Mike Bliss Doug Richert Template:Tooltip
Johnny Sauter Template:Tooltip
J. J. Yeley Template:Tooltip
Clay Rogers Template:Tooltip
Identity Ventures Racing 49 Mike Wallace Scott Eggleston Template:Tooltip Camry
97 Joe Nemechek Template:Tooltip
Morgan Shepherd Template:Tooltip
Timmy Hill Template:Tooltip
RAB Racing 29 Joe Nemechek Chris Rice Template:Tooltip
Matt Lucas Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip 2011 Camry
Matt Crafton Template:Tooltip


Local Leasing entries

Manufacturer Team No. Race Driver Crew Chief Round(s) Model and year

Manufacturer changes

  • Ford began fielding the Shelby GT500 for Wood Brothers Racing, marking Shelby's NASCAR debut.

Changes

Rules changes

One major change was the banning of coil-binding, and a rigid inspection process to ensure crew chiefs weren't cheating the system by binding the coils.

Body rules were tightened to ensure teams weren't trying to create artificial aerodynamic advantages. Bodywork was required to be symmetrical, with no flaring; teams managed to exploit a loophole saying the front fenders couldn't be flared, as nothing in the rulebook mentioned the rear fenders.

Finally, the field was expanded from 43 to 46 cars, after NASCAR introduced the Local Leasing Program, allowing one-off and local entries into races. These homegrown entries often use cars straight from the showroom, as well as older car models, since there are no rules mandating that Local Leasing teams use the SSC; the rules forbid the use of hatchbacks, vans, minivans, SUVS, pickup trucks, convertibles, cars with a rotary engine, hybrids, electrics, open-wheeled cars like IndyCars or Formula 1 cars, Daytona or Le Mans Prototypes, Whelen Modified cars, dirt stocks, super stocks, mini stocks, supercars, exotics, really old cars (the rulebook specifically calls out the Ford Model T and any AMC cars), steam-powered cars, horse-drawn chariots (a rule added after an amusing incident at the 2015 Southern 500 where a driver attempted to enter a replica Roman chariot drawn by a horse, which was rejected on animal welfare grounds; the incident quickly became an internet meme, with many fans jokingly calling for a "NASCAR Chariot Series"), race horses in general, anything remotely resembling a go-kart (several ignorant drivers tried entering go-karts with nitrous bottles attached so they could remain competitive; all were rejected on safety grounds), drag racers (again, ignorant drivers have tried entering ex-NHRA and NASCAR DieHard Drag Racing Series cars, all of which were rejected for having absolutely no handling to speak of at speed, and having an unfair aerodynamic advantage over the SSC), and anything remotely resembling a potential lemon. This also meant the return of the older-style car to Cup Series competition for the first time since 2002.

Schedule

The final calendar was released on October 15, 2013, comprising 38 races, as well as two exhibition races. The schedule also includes two Gatorade Duels, which are the qualifying races for the Daytona 500.

No. Race Title Track Date TV
Budweiser Shootout Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach February 15 CBS
Gatorade Duels February 20 CBS
1 Daytona 500 February 23 CBS
2 Subway Fresh Fit 500 Rockingham Speedway, Rockingham March 2 Fox
3 Kobalt 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas March 9 Fox
4 Axalta 300 Road America, Elkhart Lake March 16 Fox

FS1

5 Budweiser 400 Riverside Speedway, Moreno Valley March 23 Fox
6 STP 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway March 30 Fox
7 Duck Commander 500 Texas World Speedway, College Station April 7† Fox
8 Old Spice 400 Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison April 12 Fox
9 Clarence 400 Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth April 26 Fox

Nickelodeon

Cartoon Network

10 Aaron's 499 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega May 4 Fox
11 5-hour Energy 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City May 10 Fox
NASCAR Open Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord May 15 FS1
NASCAR All-Star Race May 17 FS1
12 Coca-Cola 600 May 25 Fox
13 FedEx 400 Dover International Speedway, Dover June 1 Fox
14 Pocono 400 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond June 8 TBS
15 Howard Johnson's 400 Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain June 15 TBS
16 McDonald's 400 Chicago Motor Speedway, Cicero June 22 MGM
17 MyAFibStory.com 400 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet June 28 TBS
18 Coke Zero 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach July 6† MGM
19 Camping World RV Sales 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon July 13 TBS
20 Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway July 27 ESPN
21 Gobowling.com 400 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond August 3 ESPN
22 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen August 10 MGM
23 Pure Michigan 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn August 17 MGM
24 Irwin Tools Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol August 23 ABC
25 Jacob's Grand Prix Brands Hatch, West Kingsdown, Kent, England August 31 ESPN
26 Bojangles Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington September 6 MGM
27 Quaker State 400 Kentucky Speedway, Sparta September 14 MGM
28 TNN 420 Fairgrounds Speedway, Nashville September 21 TNN
29 Tyson Holly Farms 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro September 28 TBS
30 Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana October 5 MGM
31 Keystone Light 400 Milwaukee Mile, West Allis October 11 TBS
32 Bank of America Roval 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord (Roval) October 19 ABC

ESPNEWS

33 GEICO 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega October 26 MGM
34 Ford EcoBoost 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead November 2 ESPN
35 Toyota Save/Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma November 9 TBS
36 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale November 16 MGM
37 Sega 350 Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan November 23 MGM
38 Oral-B USA 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton November 30 MGM

Results and standings

Races

No. Race Pole position Most laps led Winning driver Make/Model
Sprint Unlimited at Daytona Toyota Camry
Budweiser Duel 1 Toyota Camry
Budweiser Duel 2 Toyota Camry
1 Daytona 500 Austin Dillon Dale Earnhardt Jr. Mark Martin Chevrolet Camaro
2 Subway Fresh Fit 500 Tony Stewart Adam Petty Adam Petty Dodge Challenger
3 Kobalt 400 Ford Mustang
4 Food City 500 Chevrolet Camaro
5 Auto Club 400 Matt Kenseth Jimmie Johnson Kyle Larson Dodge Challenger
6 STP 500 Kurt Busch Chevrolet SS
7 Duck Commander 500 Ford Mustang
8 Bojangles' Southern 500 Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Kenny Irwin Jr. Dodge Challenger
9 Toyota Owners 400 Ford Fusion
10 Aaron's 499 Brian Scott Greg Biffle Austin Dillon Chevrolet Camaro
11 5-hour Energy 400 Chevrolet Camaro
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Ford Fusion
12 Coca-Cola 600 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Adam Petty Dodge Challenger
13 FedEx 400 Chevrolet Camaro
14 Pocono 400 Chevrolet Camaro
15 Quicken Loans 400 Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Tony Stewart Chevrolet Camaro
16 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Jamie McMurray A. J. Allmendinger Marcos Ambrose Dodge Challenger
17 Quaker State 400 Ford Mustang
18 Coke Zero 400 Dodge Challenger
19 Camping World RV Sales 301 Kyle Busch Brad Keselowski Bryan Clauson Dodge Challenger
20 Brickyard 400 Kevin Harvick Tony Stewart Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Camaro
21 Gobowling.com 400 Chevrolet Camaro
22 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Chevrolet SS
23 Pure Michigan 400 Chevrolet Camaro
24 Irwin Tools Night Race Kevin Harvick Jamie McMurray Tony Roper Ford Mustang
25 Oral-B USA 500 Chevrolet Camaro
26 Federated Auto Parts 400 Brad Keselowski Adam Petty Adam Petty Dodge Challenger
27 MyAFibStory.com 400 Kyle Busch Kevin Harvick Brad Keselowski Ford Mustang
28 Sylvania 300 Brad Keselowski Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Chevrolet Camaro
29 AAA 400 Chevrolet Camaro
30 Hollywood Casino 400 Ford Mustang
31 Bank of America 500 Chevrolet Camaro
32 GEICO 500 Brian Vickers Jimmie Johnson Adam Petty Dodge Challenger
33 Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Chevrolet Camaro
34 AAA Texas 500 Chevrolet Camaro
35 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Denny Hamlin Kevin Harvick Tony Stewart Chevrolet Camaro
36 Ford EcoBoost 400 Jeff Gordon Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Chevrolet Camaro