NASCAR Draft Kit: What's New for 2021

NASCAR Draft Kit: What's New for 2021

This article is part of our NASCAR Draft Kit series.

Before we can fill out our cheat sheets or prepare our draft strategies for the 2021 NASCAR season, there are many changes that we need to take into account to be prepared for any fantasy racing league.  Let's take an in-depth look at some of the changes we'll see this season, including  some that aren't so apparent when the engines fire up at Daytona in February.

Driver Changes

Thanks to the usual silly season movement and free-agent driver signings, we have several  drivers who have moved to new teams in 2021.  A handful of teams are shutting down and some are starting new.  A few teams have merged or contracted to stay competitive. Also, a handful of driver/team swaps have taken place; among the most notable are the Christopher Bell and Alex Bowman team swaps, Clint Bowyer and Matt Kenseth retirements and the rookie driver promotions.

DriverNew TeamOld Team
Kyle LarsonNo. 5 Hendrick MotorsportsNo. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
Corey LajoieNo. 7 Spire MotorsportsNo. 32 Go Fas Racing
Chase BriscoeNo. 14 Stewart Haas RacingNo. 98 Xfinity Series
Christopher Bell No. 20 Joe Gibbs RacingNo. 95 Leavine Family Racing
Bubba WallaceNo. 23 23XI RacingNo. 43 Petty Motorsports 
Anthony Alfredo?No. 38 Front Row MotorsportsNo. 21 Xfinity Series
Ross ChastainNo. 42 Chip Ganassi RacingNo. 10 Xfinity Series
Erik JonesNo. 43 Petty MotorsportsNo. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
Alex BowmanNo. 48 Hendrick MotorsportsNo. 88 Hendrick Motorsports
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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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