2020 Cup Series Preview

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Old 14 Feb 2020, 12:19 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Busch’s teammate, Truex, will not have that luxury as championship winning crew chief Cole Pearn elected to leave the sport at the end of the season to spend more time with his family. However, Truex will have some continuity as Joe Gibbs Racing promoted from within and named James Small – a familiar face to Truex – as his new crew chief. In 2019, Truex drove to seven race wins and a second place finish in the point standings – his third consecutive top two result. The third member of the Championship 4 was Hamlin, who had a bounce-back season. One year after going winless, Hamlin – led by new crew chief Chris Gabehart in 2019 – earned six victories, including an emotional Daytona 500 win to start the season, and a clutch performance at Phoenix Raceway to clinch his spot in the final round of the Playoffs. Hamlin is looking for more success in the 2020 season. The final member of the JGR stable continued his trend of winning milestone races as he was victorious at the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Labor Day weekend. The performance clinched a Playoff berth for Jones for the second consecutive season. Jones had a string of bad luck, eliminating him early in his Playoff run, but he’s planning on scoring more wins and moving up the Playoff ladder in 2020. Jones began this season notching a win in The Clash at Daytona, a non-points event to kick off the year. After two exceptional full-time seasons in the Xfinity Series, Christopher Bell will make his Cup Series debut at the Daytona 500 this weekend with Leavine Family Racing. In the Xfinity Series, Bell earned a series-leading eight wins and another Championship 4 appearance, while Leavine Family Racing scored its best Cup Series year in its first full season with Toyota – nearly scoring their first win at the Bristol night race in August. The final member of the Toyota team in 2020 is a familiar face as 2016 Xfinity Series champion Daniel Suárez returns to Toyota to race full time for Gaunt Brothers Racing (GBR). GBR had several strong runs in a limited season in 2019, and both the team and Suárez are looking forward to this new opportunity during the 2020 season. The annual kickoff race – the Daytona 500 – begins the Cup Series season this weekend, while Phoenix Raceway will host the championship race for the first time in November.

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