2018 NASCAR Cup Series (Simpsonverse)

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The 2018 NASCAR Cup Series was the 70th season of NASCAR professional stock car racing in the United States, and the 47th modern-era Cup series season. The season began at Daytona International Speedway with the Busch Clash, the Gatorade Duel qualifying races and the 60th running of the Daytona 500, and ended with the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on December 9, 2018.

The season marked the debut of Honda, which fielded the Civic and Accord, as well as the Chevrolet Malibu, which replaced the outgoing Chevrolet SS. This was also the last season for Kasey Kahne, who announced his intention to retire from racing at the end of the season and was forced to step away in early October 2018 after not being medically cleared to continue, and five-time champion Tony Stewart, who announced his intention to retire from racing at the end of the season in 2017, as well as BK Racing who sold its equipment to Front Row Motorsports. It was also the final season Ford fielded the Fusion, replacing it with the Lincoln Continental in 2019, marking the first time a model was replaced with one of a separate brand.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driving for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. won the championship for the third and final time in his career, after defeating Blaise Alexander and Kyle Busch. Earnhardt won five races over the course of the season. Tony Stewart won his second Daytona 500.

Teams and drivers

Complete schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief Model
BMW Germain Racing 13 Casey Mears Matt Borland M3
Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 01 Jeffrey Earnhardt Tony Eury, Sr. Camaro ZL1
1 Martin Truex Jr. Matt McCall
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tony Eury Jr.
15 Alex Bowman Bruce Cook
81 Matt Kenseth Kevin Hamlin
Hendrick Motorsports 9 Chase Elliott Alan Gustafson Camaro ZL1
24 William Byron (R) Darian Grubb
25 Brad Keselowski Greg Ives
48 Jimmie Johnson Chad Knaus
84 Landon Cassill Lance McGrew
JTG Daugherty Racing 47 A. J. Allmendinger Tristan Smith Malibu
59 Chris Buescher Trent Owens
Leavine Family Racing 95 Kasey Kahne Template:Tooltip Travis Mack Template:Tooltip
Jon Leonard Template:Tooltip
Malibu
Cole Whitt
Premium Motorsports 49 Justin Marks (R) Pat Tryson Camaro ZL1
Richard Childress Racing 3 Austin Dillon Justin Alexander Camaro ZL1
30 Ryan Newman Luke Lambert
33 Ty Dillon Gil Martin
StarCom Racing 05 Joey Gase (R) (34) Tony Furr Template:Tooltip
Jonas Bell Template:Tooltip
Rick Bourgeois Template:Tooltip
Camaro ZL1
Tomy Drissi (5)
TriStar Motorsports 72 Corey LaJoie Template:Tooltip Frankie Kerr Malibu
Cole Whitt Template:Tooltip
Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing 40 Bryan Clauson Jeff Vandermoss Challenger
41 Brennan Poole Mike Shiplett
42 Ross Chastain (R) Chad Johnston
Petty Enterprises 7 Sam Hornish Jr. Drew Blickensderfer
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Derek Stamets
44 Chad McCumbee Mark Tudor
45 Adam Petty Billy Wilburn
46 Austin Petty Mike Ford
Ford Front Row Motorsports 34 Michael McDowell Derrick Finley Fusion
35 Kyle Larson Todd Anderson
38 David Ragan Seth Barbour
Go Fas Racing 32 Matt DiBenedetto Gene Nead Template:Tooltip
Randy Cox Template:Tooltip
Fusion
Orr Motorsports 37 Regan Smith John Page Fusion
Roush Fenway Racing 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Matt Puccia Roush Mustang
17 Trevor Bayne Brian Pattie
Elliott Sadler
Stewart-Haas Racing 00 Brian Vickers Billy Scott Mustang
4 Kevin Harvick Rodney Childers Template:Tooltip
Tony Gibson Template:Tooltip
10 Aric Almirola Johnny Klausmeier
14 Tony Stewart Greg Zipadelli
Team Penske 2 Blaise Alexander Paul Wolfe Mustang
12 Ryan Blaney Jeremy Bullins
22 Joey Logano Todd Gordon
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Paul Menard Greg Erwin Shelby GT500
Yates Racing 28 Jamie McMurray Todd Parrott Fusion
88 Ryan Reed Kevin Manion
96 Jason Leffler Larry Carter
Honda Brett Favre Racing 16 Parker Kligerman Joey Knuckles Civic
61 Jeb Burton Tim Steele
90 Johanna Robbins Darrell Bryant
Labonte Motorsports 09 Justin Allgaier Jay Guy Accord
52 Michael Annett Steve Addington
53 Dakoda Armstrong (R) Jimmy Elledge
Toyota Furniture Row Racing 78 Kurt Busch Cole Pearn Camry
Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Denny Hamlin Mike Wheeler
18 Kyle Busch Adam Stevens
19 Daniel Suárez Scott Graves Template:Tooltip
Dave Rogers Template:Tooltip
20 Erik Jones Chris Gayle
Michael Waltrip Racing 51 Clint Bowyer Dax Gerringer
55 Brett Moffitt Chad Walter
Toyota Template:Tooltip
Ford Template:Tooltip
BK Racing 23 Gray Gaulding Template:Tooltip Rick Bourgeois Template:Tooltip
Tony Furr Template:Tooltip
Camry

Fusion

J. J. Yeley Template:Tooltip
Blake Jones Template:Tooltip
Spencer Gallagher Template:Tooltip
Joey Gase Template:Tooltip
Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Template:Tooltip
Ford Template:Tooltip
Toyota Template:Tooltip
Rick Ware Racing 56 Justin Marks Template:Tooltip Pat Tryson Template:Tooltip
Ken Evans Template:Tooltip
George Church Template:Tooltip
2017 SS

2017 Fusion

2016 Avalon

Harrison Rhodes Template:Tooltip
Cole Custer Template:Tooltip
Timmy Hill Template:Tooltip
Cody Ware Template:Tooltip
B. J. McLeod Template:Tooltip
Chris Cook Template:Tooltip
Ray Black Jr. Template:Tooltip
Josh Bilicki Template:Tooltip
Reed Sorenson Template:Tooltip
David Starr Template:Tooltip
Stanton Barrett Template:Tooltip
Jeb Burton Template:Tooltip

Limited schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief Round(s) Model
Chevrolet Beard Motorsports 62 Brendan Gaughan Darren Shaw Template:Tooltip Malibu
NY Racing Team 71 J. J. Yeley George Church Template:Tooltip 2017 SS
Premium Motorsports Peter Sospenzo Template:Tooltip
D. J. Kennington Template:Tooltip
Reed Sorenson Template:Tooltip
Jesse Little Template:Tooltip
Garrett Smithley Template:Tooltip
Ross Chastain Template:Tooltip
Hermie Sadler Template:Tooltip
Danica Patrick 1
98 Reed Sorenson Template:Tooltip
J. J. Yeley
Template:Tooltip
Earnhardt-Childress Racing (Start Your Engines!) 80 Daniel Hemric Brandon Thomas Template:Tooltip Camaro
StarCom Racing 99 Derrike Cope Domenick Turse Template:Tooltip
Jonas Bell Template:Tooltip
Derrike Cope Template:Tooltip
Wayne Carroll Jr. Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip 2015 SS
Garrett Smithley Template:Tooltip
Kyle Weatherman Template:Tooltip
Landon Cassill Template:Tooltip
Gray Gaulding Template:Tooltip
Ford RBR Enterprises 92 David Gilliland Mike Hester Template:Tooltip 2016 Fusion
Timothy Peters Template:Tooltip
Honda Labonte Motorsports 54 Bobby Labonte Gary DeHart 5 Accord
Toyota Gaunt Brothers Racing 96 D. J. Kennington Mark Hillman Template:Tooltip 2016 Avalon
Parker Kligerman Template:Tooltip
Jeffrey Earnhardt Template:Tooltip
Jesse Little Template:Tooltip
Obaika Racing 97 David Starr Dan Stillman Template:Tooltip 2017 Camry
Tanner Berryhill Template:Tooltip
Ford
Dodge
Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!)
MBM Motorsports 66 Mark Thompson Mike Hillman Sr. Template:Tooltip
Robert Scott Template:Tooltip
Gary Showalter Template:Tooltip
Michael Groves Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip 2015 Mustang

2015 Challenger

2015 SS

Chad Finchum Template:Tooltip
Timmy Hill Template:Tooltip
Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Template:Tooltip
Ford Template:Tooltip
Rick Ware Racing 57 Cody Ware George Church Template:Tooltip
Ken Evans Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip 2017 SS

2017 Mustang

B. J. McLeod Template:Tooltip
J. J. Yeley Template:Tooltip
Gray Gaulding Template:Tooltip
Harrison Rhodes Template:Tooltip

Local Leasing entries

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

Manufacturer changes

  • Chevrolet upgraded the Camaro to the ZL1 version.

Schedule

The final schedule – comprising 39 races, as well as exhibition races, which are the Busch Clash, Gatorade Duel qualifying duel races for the Daytona 500 and the All-Star Race – was released on May 23, 2017.

No Race Title Track Date Time (ET) TV
Busch Clash Qualifier Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida February 10 12:00 p.m. CBS Sports Network
Busch Clash February 11 3:00 p.m. CBS
Gatorade Duel February 15 7:00 p.m. CBS
1 Daytona 500 February 18 2:30 p.m. CBS
2 Subway 400 Rockingham Speedway, Rockingham, North Carolina February 25 3:30 p.m. Fox
3 Pennzoil 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada March 4 3:30 p.m. Fox
4 Camping World 500 Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin March 11 3:30 p.m. Fox
5 Budweiser 400 Riverside Speedway, Moreno Valley, California March 18 3:30 p.m. Fox
6 STP 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia March 26 2:00 p.m. FS1
7 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Texas World Speedway, College Station April 8 2:00 p.m. FS1
8 Jacob's Grand Prix Brands Hatch, West Kingsdown, Kent, England April 15 1:15 p.m.

1:30 p.m.

Fox
9 Double Dare 400 Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, Pennsylvania April 21 6:30 p.m. Fox

Nickelodeon

Netflix

10 GEICO 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln, Alabama April 29 2:00 p.m. Fox
11 AAA 400 Drive for Autism Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware May 6 1:45 p.m. FS1
12 KC Masterpiece 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas May 12 8:00 p.m. FS1
NASCAR Open Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Easley, South Carolina May 19 6:00 p.m. FS1
NASCAR All-Star Race May 19 8:00 p.m. FS1
13 Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina May 27 6:00 p.m. Fox
14 Old Spice 400 Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison, Illinois June 3 2:00 p.m. FS1
15 FireKeepers Casino 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan June 10 4:30 p.m. Fox
16 McDonald's 400 Chicago Motor Speedway, Cicero, Illinois June 23 3:00 p.m. FS1
17 Overton’s 400 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois June 24 2:30 p.m. MGM
18 U.S. Cellular 400 Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa July 1 3:15 p.m. NBC
Daytona Late Model Classic Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida July 6 1:00 p.m. TBS
19 Coke Zero Sugar 400 July 7 7:00 p.m. MGM
20 Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky July 14 7:30 p.m. TBS
21 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire July 22 4:15 p.m. TBS
22 Gander Outdoors 400[1] Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania July 29 2:30 p.m. TBS
23 Go Bowling at The Glen[2] Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York August 5 2:30 p.m. NBC
24 Howard Johnson's 400 Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain, Colorado August 12 2:30 p.m. MGM
25 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee August 18 6:30 p.m. MGM
26 Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington, South Carolina September 2 7:00 p.m. MGM
27 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Indiana September 10 2:00 p.m. MGM
28 Tyson Holly Farms 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
September 16 3:00 p.m. MGM
29 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond Raceway, Richmond, Virginia September 22 7:30 p.m. TBS
30 Bank of America Roval 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina, (Roval) September 30 2:00 p.m. NBC
31 TNN 420 Fairgrounds Speedway, Nashville, Tennessee October 7 2:30 p.m. TNN
32 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond Raceway, Richmond, Virginia October 14 2:00 p.m. TBS
33 1000Bulbs.com 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln, Alabama October 21 2:00 p.m. NBC
34 Can-Am 500 ISM Raceway, Avondale, Arizona October 28 2:00 p.m. NBC
35 Keystone Light 400 Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wisconsin November 4 2:30 p.m. NBC
36 Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California November 11 2:30 p.m. TBS
37 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California November 18 3:00 p.m. TBS
38 Ford EcoBoost 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida November 25 2:30 p.m. NBC
39 Sega 350 Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan December 2 2:30 p.m. MGM
40 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia December 9 3:30 p.m. MGM


Season summary

Race reports

Results and standings


Race results

[1]

Race Pole position Most laps led Winning driver Model
Busch Clash Qualifier Johanna Robbins Honda Civic
Busch Clash Tony Stewart Ford Mustang
Gatorade Duel #1 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Gatorade Duel #2 Adam Petty Dodge Challenger
1 Daytona 500 Tony Stewart Ford Mustang
2 Subway 400 Joey Logano Ford Mustang
3 Pennzoil 400 Blaise Alexander Ford Mustang
4 Camping World 500 Kevin Harvick Ford Mustang
5 Budweiser 400 Austin Petty Dodge Challenger
6 STP 500 Alex Bowman Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
7 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Sam Hornish, Jr. Dodge Challenger
8 Jacob's Grand Prix Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 Double Dare 400 Matt Kenseth Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
10 GEICO 500 Chase Elliott Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
11 AAA 400 Drive for Autism Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
12 KC Masterpiece 400 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
NASCAR Open Ty Dillon Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
NASCAR All-Star Race Tony Stewart Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
13 Coca-Cola 600 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
14 Old Spice 400 Kevin Harvick Ford Mustang
15 FireKeepers Casino 400 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
16 McDonald's 400 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
17 Overton’s 400 Darrell Wallace, Jr. Dodge Challenger
18 U.S. Cellular 400 Regan Smith Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Daytona Late Model Classic Cale Yarborough
19 Coke Zero Sugar 400 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart Landon Cassill Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
21 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Ryan Blaney Ford Mustang
22 Gander Outdoors 400 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 Go Bowling at The Glen Chase Elliott Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
24 Howard Johnson's 400 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
25 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Kurt Busch Toyota Camry
26 Southern 500 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
27 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 Tyson Holly Farms 400 Kyle Busch Toyota Camry
29 Federated Auto Parts 400 Tony Stewart Ford Mustang
30 Bank of America Roval 500 Jason Leffler Ford Fusion
31 TNN 420 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
32 Federated Auto Parts 400 Adam Petty Dodge Challenger
33 1000Bulbs.com 500 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
34 Can-Am 500 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
35 Keystone Light 400 Blaise Alexander Ford Mustang
36 Auto Club 400 Martin Truex, Jr. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
37 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Bryan Clauson Dodge Challenger
38 Ford EcoBoost 400 Matt Kenseth Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
39 Sega 350 Johanna Robbins Honda Civic
40 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Denny Hamlin Toyota Camry