Monster Energy Cup Category

By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The structure is new, and the level of commitment is elevated, but the four companies announced Thursday as Premier Partners for the NASCAR Cup Series are hardly new to the sport. Busch Beer, Coca-Cola, GEICO and Xfinity already enjoy significant roles in NASCAR, but the presence of those four companies will expand as part of a paradigm shift in sponsorship structure in 2020. NASCAR’s premier division will be named the NASCAR Cup Series, with the four cornerstone brands announced Wednesday as PremierRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer After several weeks of speculation, Go Fas Racing finally announced Tuesday that Corey LaJoie will stay in the No. 32 Ford Mustang next season. Sponsors and partnerships such as Schluter Systems, Keen  Parts, Superior Logistics, and Drydene Performance Products will be back in the car with new partners on their way as well. Retaining the ride meant LaJoie will be a part of the tremendous technical alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing and hopes it can translate to even better results. “I’m really happy that we were able toRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Quin Houff will replace veteran Landon Cassill in the No. 00 StarCom Racing Chevrolet full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series. The team announced Wednesday that Houff’s deal is two years, but still has a commitment to Cassill which they’ll intended to honor with further details at a later date. Cassill scored two top-15 finishes this season with an 11th in the Daytona 500 and 14th in the fall Talladega race, both results being the team’s best to date. Despite this, SCR Team Manager Derrike Cope saidRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor The clock was running down for Jimmie Johnson. He knew he had to make a decision on how much longer he wanted to race full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, but as the 2019 season progressed, he didn’t have a strong feeling one way or the other. Then about three weeks ago, it hit him like a bolt of lightning that next season would be his final season driving the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. After giving team owner Rick Hendrick the newsRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Seven championships, 83 wins, and a shoe-in for a place in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Jimmie Johnson has established himself as one of the greatest to ever drive in the NASCAR Cup Series and next season will be his last behind the wheel. On Wednesday, the 44-year old from El Cajon, California took to social media to announce he’ll be making one last push to win his elusive eighth championship before riding off into the sunset at the end of the 2020 season. #Chasing8Read More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor HOMESTEAD, Fla. – With the thrill of victory, there is always the agony of defeat and there was plenty of the latter to go around for Martin Truex, Jr., Kevin Harvick, and Denny Hamlin Sunday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway. As Kyle Busch basked in his second Cup Series championship, the other three championship contenders could do no more than watch Busch’s burnout down the frontstretch and wonder what more they could have done for them to be the ones celebrating instead of the driver ofRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Kyle Busch entered the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a 21-race winless streak to his name and without a win at a 1.5-mile track in 2019, but in the end none of that mattered. Earlier in the week, the 34-year old Las Vegas native lamented the fact that he was behind his own schedule for success in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, believing he should already have multiple championships to his name. After adding a second Monster Energy NASCAR CupRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor HOMESTEAD, Fla. – The preliminary races are over, now it’s time for the main event. Four of the best in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will face off Sunday afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway in a winner take all race. To the victor goes the championship, while it’s better luck next year for the other three. This year, it’s a Joe Gibbs Racing vs Stewart-Haas Racing showdown, with three JGR drivers – Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Martin Truex, Jr. – taking on the loneRead More
By Reid Spencer and Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service HOMESTEAD, Fla. –The Chevrolet camp boasts the only active driver who has won more than one championship in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In fact, Jimmie Johnson owns a record-tying seven Cup titles, and in the process accomplished the record feat of winning five in a row from 2006 through 2010. Both Johnson and Chevrolet, however, have fallen on hard times of late. Johnson has been stuck on 83 victories at NASCAR’s highest level since the spring Dover race ofRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Joe Gibbs Racing comes into this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship battle with a 3-to-1 shot at taking home the title and if Saturday’s final practice is any indication, the championship will have to go through them. In a makeshift practice session that took the place of qualifying after rain washed almost everything out on Friday, Kyle Busch led the way at 31.959 seconds, 168.966 mph, with teammates Martin Truex, Jr. and Denny Hamlin in tow. The fourth of theRead More