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2022 NASCAR Cup Series Fantasy Silly Season

Discussion in 'Showroom' started by chargenick1563, Jun 7, 2019.

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    Very recently I released a carset for MENCS19 that was a remaster of a previous carset I had made for MENCS18. It took over 5 months of work and contains 202 cars and is a not-meant-to-be-accurate prediction of what the NASCAR Cup Series will look like in 2022. You can download the carset here: http://nnracing.com/filelibrary.asp?fileid=81996.

    But I have received multiple questions pertaining to how certain things have transpired between now (2019) and 2022. So, think of this thread as the Jayski page for my 2022 Fantasy Silly Season carset. Stories and pictures begin below.

    Background Info:
    • Monster Energy left as title sponsor at the conclusion of the 2019 season. NASCAR moved on with it's new sponsorship model and now the sport's premier series is simply known as the NASCAR Cup Series.
    • The departure of Monster also saw the departure of the Playoffs. NASCAR now uses a combination of stages and the classic Winston Cup era points system. No playoffs. No cautions at the end of each stage. The reinstatement of bonus points. NASCAR pledges to stick by this system for it has proven very successful.

    But first, credits:
    Painting Program: GIMP 2.8
    Mod and Templates: Splash N' Go Graphics
    Bases: Me
    Numbers: XaticX, Big Evil Racing
    Logos: Google Images
    Contigs: Splash N' Go Graphics, Me
    Ratings: NRatings
    Renders: The Mod Squad
     
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    StarCom Racing: In 2022, StarCom Racing begins an exciting new alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing. Switching to Toyota and welcoming new sponsors to the team like Logitech and Menards, StarCom looks to capitalize on the great opportunity that has presented itself.

    #00 - Landon Cassill: After going full-time for the then underfunded and outclassed StarCom Racing in 2019, Landon Cassill has provided a stepping stone for the fresh team created in 2017. His consistent results throughout the years attracted newer and bigger partners for the team and ultimately landed them in an alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing. Suddenly, Landon Cassill has the opportunity to finally become a top driver in the Cup Series.
    #99 - Brandon Jones: After spending years growing and developing in the Xfinity Series, Brandon Jones finally makes his move into the Cup Series with Joe Gibbs' new-found partner in StarCom. Brandon brings Menards sponsorship up to the top series with him as well as a new major partner, Tide.
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    Stewart-Haas Racing: SHR has seen a major shakeup in recent years. All 4 drivers that made up the powerhouse team in 2018 have moved on. But the team remains as strong as ever with its new blood and looks to continue being a powerhouse.

    #0 - Cole Custer: Kurt Busch's departure from Stewart-Haas made Cole Custer the first fresh face to join SHR. The now renumbered #41 team got off to a slow start with their young driver in their first year together. But since his rookie season, Cole has shown he will be a contender in Cup for a very long time. Having notched 3 wins in his career so far, 2022 is shaping up to be his breakout season.
    #4 - Ricky Stenhouse Jr: Ricky is the newest face at Stewart-Haas, joining the team for the 2022 season. He brings Fastenal sponsorship with him as he replaces future Hall of Famer Kevin Harvick, who retired at the conclusion of the 2021 season. Ricky hopes that his new home will give him the fast cars he has so desperately needed in his Cup career thus far and looks to rejuvenate a career that has been less than stellar up to this point.
    #10 - Kyle Larson: With Aric Almirola departing the main house of Stewart-Haas Racing to join Kurt Busch's new team at the conclusion of the 2020 season, Kyle Larson has taken a massive step in the hopes of refreshing his career. The standout dirt star is no stranger to success, but Chip Ganassi Racing had not provided him the success he is truly capable of. Kyle took over the #10 for SHR in 2021 and saw immediate success. Kyle would win 5 races that season and finish 5th in the standings. In 2022, he looks to gain that extra position in the points.
    #14 - Ryan Preece: Clint Bowyer's retirement at the end of the 2020 season left a hole in SHR's lineup. The now vacant #14 car needed to be filled for 2021, and SHR thought they had found their new teammate in Michael Annett. Annett had the funds and took the reigns of the #14 Ford Mustang for 2021. The new partnership, however, did not last as Annett had a hugely disappointing season, finishing outside of the top 20 in points while his 3 teammates finished in the top 10. Annett was released at the end of 2021, and the future of the #14 team seemed bleak. Then, SHR got in contact with Ryan Preece. Ryan had been driving for JTG Daugherty Racing since 2019 and was mostly impressive. His talent being widely known, SHR jumped on this chance and signed Preece up to drive the #14 for 2022. Though Preece enjoyed his JTG tenure, he knows SHR gives him his best shot yet at proving himself.
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    Kaulig Racing: In 2020, Kaulig Racing and Justin Haley announced that they would make a move in the NASCAR Cup Series together for the 2021 season. Though their debut season was a struggle, Kaulig and Haley both shattered all expectations. They look to continue this momentum into 2022.

    #01 - Justin Haley: The now sophomore driver welcomes a new sponsor to the Kaulig family that is no stranger to NASCAR: Budweiser. Though a struggle for the most part, Justin Haley's rookie season was better than anyone expected considering he was driving for a team new to NASCAR's premier series. In 2022, both Haley and Kaulig hope to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump and continue their path to success.
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    Chip Ganassi Racing: CGR is another team that has been shaken up massively in recent years. But the team has found its stride and appears to be a championship contender yet again.

    #1 - Justin Allgaier: After Jamie McMurray and CGR parted ways after 2018, Justin Allgaier was pulled from Dale Jr's Xfinity team to take over the #1 car for Chip. With funding from Brandt as well as recognizable CGR partners like Cessna and McDonalds, Justin's second chance at the Cup Series has gone swimmingly. In their first year together, Justin and the #1 team achieved 2 wins, a Playoff berth, and a top 10 points finish. Another 2 wins and top 10 points finish were enjoyed in 2020. 2021 was a breakout season for the team, as they netted 3 wins and stayed consistent enough to earn a top 5 points finish. With the continuing trend of improvement, 2022 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for the #1 car.
    #40 - John Hunter Nemechek: In 2021, Chip Ganassi expanded the organization, adding a 3rd car to the lineup and bringing back the famous #40. With this new team, Chip plucked John Hunter Nemechek out of the Xfinity Series and gave him the keys to the new #40 Camaro ZL1. The Home Depot returned to NASCAR for JHN's rookie season, and the partnership got off to a flying start. Though JHN missed out on winning his first Cup race, the season was a strong showing for the rookie and ended with a top 15 points finish. John Hunter's sophomore season has the looks of being a very impressive season.
    #42 - Ross Chastain: Kyle Larson's departure at the end of 2020 was a huge blow to the organization. Chip knew he needed another driver with incredible raw talent to take over the #42, and he looked no further than Ross Chastain. Though Ross wasn't explicitly racing for Chip, he was still under contract with the team despite the failed partnership years ago. With that, Ross was tapped to pilot the #42 starting in 2021 and, as everyone expected, the debut was massively successful. Ross Chastain won 4 races in 2021 and wound up finishing 4th in the final standings. The #42 team comes into 2022 as the standout championship favorite, and they are looking to prove everyone right.
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    Team Penske Racing: Team Penske remains unchanged as their 3 driver lineup from 2018 stays strong for the racing juggernaut.

    #2 - Brad Keselowski: A decade removed from his first Cup Series championship, Bad Brad looks to put himself back on top of the sport after coming so close for so many years.
    #12 - Ryan Blaney: Despite the first couple of years after his move to the main Penske lineup being a relative struggle, Ryan and the #12 team have found their footing as title contenders in recent years. They hope to expand on this in 2022.
    #22 - Joey Logano: The 2018 champ has firmly planted himself as a top veteran in the NASCAR Cup Series. And even though he hasn't been able to match the magic of 2018, he has stayed strong and consistent in the years following and looks poised to win himself another title.
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    Richard Childress Racing: 2022 sees Richard Childress Racing expand into a 3 car organization once again. For the most part, though, the team remains unchanged.

    #3 - Austin Dillon: RCR's struggles have not been kind to Austin Dillon. With only 2 wins coming in his first 5 seasons in the Cup Series, many questions were raised regarding Austin's performance. Of course, his teammates struggled alongside him. But RCR as of late has seen a resurgence. Though they aren't the dominant team they once were, RCR has become a strong organization in recent years. By the standards set by his career so far, 2021 was a breakout season for Austin Dillon as he notched 2 wins that season, a career high single season win total up to this point. If RCR can continue to improve, Austin may finally live up to the standards that have plagued him since 2014.
    #8 - Daniel Hemric: Daniel had a terrible go of it in his 2019 rookie campaign. Caught in the midst of RCR's major struggles, the #8 team performed miserably and Daniel was only barely able to win Rookie of the Year over Ryan Preece, who was driving for the much less funded JTG Daugherty Racing at the time. RCR's resurgence since 2020 has certainly given the #8 team a much needed confidence boost. Daniel enters 2022 still searching for his first ever NASCAR win and this season is his best shot yet.
    #31 - Ryan Truex: In 2022, RCR brings back the #31 team for newcomer Ryan Truex. Ryan struggled to find a stable ride in NASCAR, substituting such a luxury for sporadic starts in Dale Jr's #8 Xfinity car in 2019 and '20. In 2021, however, Ryan was picked up by RCR to replace Tyler Reddick in their #2 Xfinity car after Reddick moved up to the Cup Series with Hendrick. Ryan's 2021 season in Xfinity was solid, earning 2 wins and a 4th place points finish. This was enough to convince Richard to give him the keys to the revived #31 team. Ryan Truex hopes to use his 2021 Xfinity success as a basis for a successful campaign in Cup.
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    JR Motorsports: Dale Jr and his sister Kelley have finally moved their extremely successful Xfinity operation into the Cup Series. The team remains aligned with Hendrick Motorsports and has an exciting lineup for their debut season.

    #5 - Kaz Grala: A rookie for 2022, Kaz Grala has been a star for JR Motorsports in Xfinity since joining the team in 2020. After winning the Xfinity championship in 2020 and coming runner-up in 2021, Kaz Grala was a no-brainer for the team's expansion into Cup. In a surprise turn of events, Pilot Flying J stepped up to sponsor Kaz Grala's Cup effort after parting ways with Michael Annett at the conclusion of the 2021 season. No one knows how strong of a start JRM will get off to in the Cup Series, but if they continue performing like they have in Xfinity, Kaz Grala will be one to lookout for in the Rookie of the Year battle in 2022.
    #7 - Tyler Reddick: The 2021 Cup Series Rookie of the Year is already on his 2nd team in the Cup Series. Reddick was moved up to Cup full time in 2021 to replace the now retired Jimmie Johnson at Hendrick Motorsports. Reddick was extremely impressive in the #25 for HMS, earning himself 2 wins and Rookie of the Year honors. After 2021, however, Rick Hendrick decided to move Reddick to the new satellite team at JR Motorsports to pilot the #7 car while Noah Gragson moved up to take over the #25 at Hendrick. Despite this change, Reddick is expected to continue his performance since nothing seems to be able to slow down his raw talent and aggression.
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    Roush Fenway Racing: Roush is back to being a 4 car team in 2022. The team still sits on shaky ground, but has seen steady improvement.

    #6 - Todd Gilliland: After Ryan Newman's surprise retirement at the conclusion of the 2019 season, the #6 team was renumbered to the #60 for Ty Majeski. In 2022, the #6 car returns with rookie Todd Gilliland. Bringing sponsorship from Safelite, Todd becomes the 4th young face for the organization. It is very unlikely Todd wins Rookie of the Year in 2022, but the team hopes to just stay out of trouble and have a consistent season to expand upon.
    #16 - Ryan Reed: After spending years in Xfinity, Ryan Reed finally moved up to the Cup Series in 2020 for Roush, bringing back the #16 in the process. Though Ryan has not yet competed for wins, he's been solid at best. 2021 was easily his best season earning a 15th place points finish, up 4 spots from the year prior. Ryan and the #16 team just hope they can continue lowering that number in 2022.
    #17 - Jesse Little: The 2nd rookie for Roush in 2022, Jesse Little replaces the departing Ricky Stenhouse Jr. With sponsorship from John Deere, the same sponsor that his father adorned for many years, Jesse hopes to continue the recent success of the #17 team in 2022.
    #60 - Ty Majeski: After nearly being phased out of NASCAR entirely, Ty Majeski returned to Roush in 2020 to drive the new #60 car. The team has been decent at best, not earning any wins in that time but competing for top 15s consistently each season and earning a best points finish of 17th. Ty hopes to turn around his performance in 2022.
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    Hendrick Motorsports: Hendrick has returned to the top of the sport after a few off years. Hendrick finally has a consistent lineup of drivers again, and they have proven to be very successful in bringing the organization back to where it belongs.

    #9 - Chase Elliott: The competition wishes 2018 never happened. After finally getting his first career win at Watkins Glen in 2018, the floodgates have opened. One after another, wins kept coming for the 2016 Rookie of the Year. The #9 team has turned into the car to beat week in and week out. The team's speed and consistency put them on top of the NASCAR world in 2019 as they hoisted the championship trophy together at Homestead. The team then repeated this feat in 2020. Then in 2021, they narrowly finished runner-up to Kyle Busch in the final standings, coming ever so close to their 3rd title in a row. Entering 2022, the #9 team are once again the early championship favorites.
    #24 - William Byron: The 2018 Rookie of the Year struggled to get his bearings in the Cup Series early on. But 2019 was a turnaround year for the young star. In 2019, William earned his first Playoff berth, an 11th place points finish, and his first career win. Since that season, William has become a consistent contender alongside his teammates. 2020 was a breakout year, where the #24 team notched 4 wins and finished 6th in the final standings. 2021 was a bit of an off year. Despite grabbing 3 wins, the team was wildly inconsistent and narrowly escaped with a 9th place points finish. The #24 is poised to rebound in 2022.
    #25 - Noah Gragson: The early favorite to win Rookie of the Year, Noah Gragson takes over the #25 from Tyler Reddick. After a struggle of a rookie season in Xfinity, Noah became a consistent contender in the years following, eventually winning the 2021 Xfinity Series title. Noah hopes this success translates over to his rookie season in the NASCAR Cup Series.
    #88 - Alex Bowman: Dale Earnhardt Jr's replacement has made a name for himself in the Cup Series. Bowman the Showman had a breakout season in 2019 as he earned the first 3 wins of his career and battled alongside his teammate and eventual champion Chase Elliott a couple of times. 2020 saw much more success as the #88 team earned 5 wins, a number only eclipsed by Chase Elliott's 9 wins, and finished runner-up to Chase in the championship standings. 2021 was much of the same, earning 4 wins and a 3rd place points finish, finishing behind Chase Elliott once again. The common denominator for this team has been losing to Chase Elliott. In 2022, the #88 team looks to finally beat their teammate that has eclipsed them for so long.
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    Joe Gibbs Racing: The team remains mainly unchanged from its 2018 lineup except for a new, yet recognizable, face.

    #11 - Christopher Bell: A lack of performance, an abundance of wrecked race cars, and a slew of controversial on-track moments led to Joe Gibbs Racing parting ways with Denny Hamlin after 2021. With this split, Christopher Bell finally got his opportunity to enter the Cup Series after spending so long in Xfinity. Christopher is expected to be a dominant force in NASCAR's Cup Series, a domination that may even begin in his rookie season.
    #18 - Kyle Busch: What is there to say? Kyle Busch continues to prove he is one of the best to ever sit in a stock car. Kyle has continued to constantly win races in the Cup Series, but finally was able to earn that elusive 2nd championship in 2021. He comes into 2022 as the defending champion and the most likely contender for Chase Elliott after narrowly beating him the season prior.
    #19 - Daniel Suarez: The first two seasons with Joe Gibbs Racing were not kind to Daniel Suarez. The #19 team struggled to get good results, typically barely being a top 25 team. A toxic environment surrounded Daniel in the #19 camp. Luckily, Joe Gibbs realized this and cleaned house for Daniel before 2019, bringing in many new faces to try and fix this broken team. Though it took a while to gain their footing, Daniel Suarez finally started to become a consistent competitor in the #19 car. He earned his only Playoff berth in 2019 and finished a respectable 13th in points, a huge improvement compared to the years prior. The team has continued to improve since then and Daniel finally earned his first career win at Watkins Glen in 2020. 2021 was his best season yet, winning 1 race and finishing 8th in the points standings. It's only a matter of time before Daniel has his breakout season, and 2022 might just be the year.
    #20 - Erik Jones: Not much to say here except Erik Jones is the new Matt Kenseth. Quietly earning consistent results and occasionally nabbing a win. 2019 was a year of consistency for Erik. Despite not earning a single win, Erik was able to survive into the Round of 8 in the Playoffs and eventually ended up with a 7th place points finish. In 2020, Erik got himself 2 wins and another 7th place points finish. In 2021, That Jones Boy grabbed another 3 wins and a 6th place points finish. If the #20 team can have more standout performances and still be a model of consistency, they just might be in the running for a title at the end of 2022.
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    Germain Racing: Germain is still very much the same in 2022. Ty Dillon continues to be a perfect fit for the team.

    #13 - Ty Dillon: The younger Dillon brother has turned out to be the driver Germain Racing needed. Since his rookie season in 2017, Ty has earned consistent results for the small, single-car team and has even helped the team improve. The highlight of this partnership so far is the underdog victory Ty was able to get at Martinsville in 2021. Germain and Ty hope to build on this success and consistency for 2022.
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    Wood Brothers Racing: The retirement of Paul Menard leads to another young Penske driver taking the wheel of the iconic #21.

    #21 - Austin Cindric: Though never seeing any major success in Xfinity, Austin Cindric was fairly consistent in his years driving the #22. With the retirement of Paul Menard at the conclusion of 2021, Austin Cindric finally makes a move into the NASCAR Cup Series, getting to drive the famed Wood Brothers #21. Austin is expected to be a contender for Rookie of the Year in 2022.
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    GMS Racing: The Hendrick satellite that debuted in 2021 looks to keep up momentum in its second season.

    #23 - Brett Moffitt: Since entering the GMS program in 2019, Brett Moffitt has been a standout for the organization. This, naturally, led them to choose him as their driver for their debut Cup Series season in 2021. Though they never won or came close to competing for wins, the team had a solid first season. As he's come to be known for, Moffitt was a model of consistency and gave the team a solid base to expand upon in 2022.
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    Kurt Busch Incorporated (Part 1): KBI has steadily improved since its debut in 2019. 2022 is shaping up to be the best season yet for the Stewart-Haas satellite team.

    #28 - Martin Truex Jr: After Furniture Row Racing closed up shop at the end of 2018, Martin Truex Jr. jumped ship to Ford and took a chance by joining Kurt Busch's startup team in 2019. Driving the #28, Truex delivered KBI its first win at Kentucky that season and their only Playoff berth, eventually finishing 14th in the final standings. 2020 and 2021 were very similar seasons for the #28 team, earning 1 win in each of those seasons. In 2022, Truex hopes he can carry the banner for KBI.
    #29 - Austin Theriault: Austin Theriault has been mostly absent from NASCAR racing since his short stint with Brad Keselowski's now defunct truck team. But when the opportunity arose to drive the new 4th entry for Kurt Busch, Austin jumped on it. Though expectations are fairly low for the rookie, Austin just wants to prove he belongs in NASCAR.
    #30 - Aric Almirola: Aric has been a solid driver for SHR since joining the team in 2018, which is why Kurt chose Aric to drive the new 3rd KBI entry in 2020. Since joining the young team, Aric has grabbed 3 wins and been very consistent. 2022 is shaping up to be a great year for Aric and the #30 team.
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    Kurt Busch Incorporated (Part 2):

    #41 - After 3 years of driving the #41 full time for his own team, Kurt Busch has decided to share the ride and coast into retirement. In 2022, Kurt will share the #41 with two other drivers.
    Ben Rhodes: Ben Rhodes has been tagged as the next prospect for KBI and has thus been given a part-time opportunity in the #41 in 2022. Kurt will be watching the youngster closely and aiding him as he develops into a Cup driver.
    Grant Enfinger: For the races Kurt or Ben won't be participating in, Kurt wanted to make sure to have an experienced driver behind the wheel. Despite never having started a Cup race before, Kurt chose Grant Enfinger as that driver. Grant has been a staple in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series for many years and has enough experience to be a valuable asset to the team.
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    Go Fas Racing: Go Fas Racing has seen consistent performance out of Alex Labbe, who continues with the team in 2022.

    #32 - Alex Labbe: After winning the 2017 NASCAR Pinty's Series championship with Go Fas Racing, Alex Labbe has remained a prospect for Go Fas. After spending a year in Xfinity in 2018, Labbe was moved up to the Cup Series in 2019 to replace the LFR-bound Matt DiBenedetto. Labbe has provided the team consistent results on a weekly basis since moving up. The highlight of Alex's Cup career so far is an impressive 4th place finish at Sonoma in 2020, an incredible feat for the Go Fas Racing team. Alex and GFR hope for nothing but the same consistency in 2022.
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    Front Row Motorsports: Front Row Motorsports' best days appear to be behind them. The team has dropped off massively in recent years. 2022 could be a make or break year for the organization.

    #34 - Joey Gase: When Michael McDowell left FRM to pursue an opportunity in the Xfinity Series after the 2020 season, Front Row was left with few options. Joey Gase signed on to drive the #34 for 2021 despite having very little in the way of sponsor support. Needless to say, Joey Gase's signing has been a huge mistake for FRM, resulting in many wrecked race cars with few results and very little funding to go with it. Joey's future at FRM is questionable, but is still signed on to drive in 2022.
    #38 - Christian Eckes: Perhaps the only bright spot for FRM is rookie Christian Eckes. Christian has been a standout driver in NASCAR's lower series' for the past couple seasons. Because of his success, Christian has attracted the attention of FRM's current partners, which has allowed him to secure the funding needed to run a full-time campaign in 2022.
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    JTG Daugherty Racing: Since 2019, JTG has seen great improvement in speed, especially from Chris Buescher. The team is expected to continue this success in 2022 despite having another rookie driver on board.

    #37 - Chris Buescher: Since joining the team in 2017, Chris Buescher has been the top driver at JTG and the main catalyst for their incredible rise in the Cup Series ranks. Buescher was able to get JTG Daugherty its second ever win in 2021 at the Coca-Cola 600 after running top 5 the whole race. Buescher looks ahead to 2022 and sees an opportunity to put the team in position to become a powerhouse.
    #47 - Kyle Benjamin: With Ryan Preece leaving to join Stewart-Haas, JTG has called up Kyle Benjamin to take over driving duties for the #47 Kroger ClickList Camaro. Kyle has made sporadic appearances in the lower series' of NASCAR but has continuously provided good results in those appearances. Though Rookie of the Year may be out of reach, JTG and Kyle Benjamin feel as though they can put together a great rookie season in 2022.
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    Richard Petty Motorsports: RPM has been hanging by a thread the past few seasons but still is hanging around. Nobody knows how long they will last though.

    #43 - Darrell Wallace Jr: Bubba Wallace has remained loyal to Richard Petty and the #43 team. At times there have been flashes of brilliance, but 98% of Bubba's career at RPM so far has been nothing but a terrible struggle. Richard Petty Motorsports has not shown any signs of improvement as it continues to be a team struggling to finish in the top 30 every race. 2022 will likely be more of the same.
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