2020 NXS, Truck Series Lineups Taking Shape

While there was a lot of turnover in terms of championship contenders in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, the 2020 driver lineup still features plenty of talent. Yes, the “Big 3” over the last two years have graduated to Cup Series rides as rookies for this upcoming season. Despite that, plenty of championship caliber drivers return in JR Motorsports going with the same three full-time driver lineup (Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson and Michael Annett) as a year ago. Daniel Hemric (21 races), Jeb Burton (11 races) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will split the fourth car (No. 8 Chevrolet).

Stewart-Haas Racing loses Cole Custer and will scale from two full-time cars to one, but does keep Chase Briscoe in the No. 98 Ford. Austin Cindric returns to Team Penske in the No. 22 Ford.

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Cole Custer races his No. 00 Ford last November at the Homestead-Miami Speedway

Joe Gibbs Racing will have a ton of young talent with rookie Harrison Burton replacing Christopher Bell, another rookie in Riley Herbst driving the No. 18 Toyota to go along with Brandon Jones returning for another campaign.

Kaulig Racing will return Justin Haley for a second year but also bring Ross Chastain over for a full time effort in the No. 10 Chevrolet. AJ Allmendinger will run six races on a part-time schedule in the No. 16 Chevrolet.

So far, that’s a solid group of 10 drivers going for the championship.

Ryan Sieg will run full time in his No. 39 Chevrolet. He will have Jeff Green for two races (No. 38 Chevrolet) and CJ McLaughlin (No. 93 Chevrolet) for 20 races a teammates.

Ray Black Jr. is back for 14 races in the No. 07 Chevrolet with SS-Green Light Racing while Joe Graf Jr will race the No. 08 Chevrolet for the team full time. BJ McLeod Racing should have Matt Mills (No. 5) and Vinnie Miller (No. 78) back for a part-time gig too.

Timmy Hill and Chad Finchum are slated to be back with MBM Motorsports. David Starr is back with Jimmy Means Racing. JD Motorsports will feature Jesse Little for some races and Colby Howard for 20 races.

You’ll also have a part-time car for JGR with Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones and others in an “all-star” car. Richard Childress Racing right now wants a full-time car but at the moment will run the No. 21 Chevrolet on a part-time basis with Myatt Snider, Anthony Alfredo and Austin Dillon splitting the seat.

Truck Series Lineup

In terms of the Truck Series, most of their rides are filled too. ThorSport returns all four drivers (Matt Crafton, Grant Enfinger, Johnny Sauter and Ben Rhodes). They won the regular season as well as the overall championship in 2019.

Halmar Friesen Racing will return Stewart Friesen but switches from Chevrolet to Toyota power to start an alliance with Kyle Busch Motorsports. In turn, KBM has their usual turnover as Harrison Burton and Todd Gilliland are gone and Raphael Lessard (No. 4 Toyota) and Christian Eckes (No. 18 Toyota) replacing them. Chandler Smith and Kyle Busch will split time in the No. 51 Toyota.

Hattori Racing Enterprises stays together with Austin Hill coming back for a second year in the No. 16 Toyota. McAnally-Hilgemann Racing and Front Row Motorsports will be new teams to the series with MHR bringing Derek Kraus in their No. 19 Toyota for their debut season and FRM signing Gilliland to the No. 38 Ford.

DGR-Crosley Racing will be the only other full-time Ford team with rookie Tanner Gray replacing Tyler Ankrum.

GMS Racing headlines the Chevrolet grouping and expands on their fleet. Brett Moffitt is back, albeit in a different number (No. 23 Chevrolet). Sheldon Creed is also back but in the same number (No. 2 Chevrolet). Rookie Zane Smith moves from JR Motorsports to take over the No. 21 Chevrolet at GMS while Tyler Ankrum moves from DGR to the fourth GMS truck (No. 26 Chevrolet). They’ll also run a fifth truck (No. 24 Chevrolet) part-time for Sam Mayer and David Gravel.

Niece Motorsports will have rookie Ty Majeski replacing Ross Chastain in the No. 45 Chevrolet and Carson Hocevar and Natalie Decker splitting time in the No. 44 Chevrolet.

Jordan Anderson should be back in the No. 3 Chevrolet himself.

 

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