NASCAR Draft Kit: What's New for 2018
NASCAR Draft Kit: What's New for 2018

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 upcoming 2018 NASCAR season, there are many changes that we need to take into account in order to be prepared for any fantasy racing league. We're going to take an in-depth look at some of these changes that we'll see and 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 different drivers that have moved to new teams in 2018. There are a handful of teams that are shutting down and some that are starting new. There are a few teams that have merged or contracted in order to stay competitive. Also, a handful of driver/team swaps have taken place; among the most notable are the Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones and Aric Almirola moves, and the multiple retirements/William Byron and Darrell Wallace Jr. promotions.

Chase ElliottNo. 9 Hendrick MotorsportsNo. 24 Hendrick Motorsports
Aric AlmirolaNo. 10 Stewart Haas RacingNo. 43 Richard Petty Motorsport
Ryan BlaneyNo. 12 Team Penske No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing
Erik JonesNo. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing No. 77 Furniture Row Racing
Paul MenardNo. 21 Wood Brothers RacingNo. 27 Richard Childress Racing
William ByronNo. 24 Hendrick MotorsportsNo. 9 Xfinity Series
Brennan PooleNo.27 Richard Childress RacingNo. 48 Xfinity Series
Michael McDowellNo.34 Front Row MotorsportsNo.
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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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