Driver movement is coming fast and furious over the course of the 2021 season, providing a preview of the 2022 landscape that so far includes an Xfinity Series powerhouse wading into the Cup Series full time, a team in its first season purchasing a longtime organization, a championship crew chief stepping down from atop the pit box and plenty more rumors swirling as the season charges on.
Our 2022 Silly Season Tracker is below, listing what we know for full-time Cup Series teams in 2022. We’ll update this page often, as teams finalize their plans for next season. Anything highlighted in red indicates news on that driver and ride for beyond 2021, and clicking on the red line will give you more information on the move and its impact.
Chip Ganassi Racing has sold its NASCAR Cup Series operation to Trackhouse Racing Team. Kurt Busch is now a free agent for the 2022 season.
Team Penske has announced that Austin Cindric will make the jump to the Cup Series full-time to pilot the No. 2 car in 2022.
Kyle Larson signed a contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports that goes through the 2023 season and includes majority sponsorship from HendrickCars.com.
Roush Fenway Racing announced that Brad Keselowski will come on board in 2022 in a driver-ownership role and will drive the No. 6, a seat held by Ryan Newman in 2021.
Todd Gordon, Blaney's crew chief, has announced he will retire from Team Penske at the end of the 2021 season.
Kaulig Racing has announced it will be running full time in the Cup Series in 2022, with Justin Haley piloting the entry.
Wood Brothers Racing has announced that Harrison Burton will be their full-time driver for the 2022 season in the No. 21 Ford Mustang.
With the sale of Chip Ganassi Racing over to Trackhouse Racing Team, Ross Chastain will be a free agent this offseason. With only two seats available at Trackhouse, incumbent Daniel Suarez is set to occupy one ride while Kurt Busch is linked to the other. This leaves Chastain in limbo.
Alex Bowman signed a two-year contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports.