NASCAR Draft Kit: What's New for 2019
NASCAR Draft Kit: What's New for 2019

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 2019 NASCAR season, there are many changes we need to take into account to be prepared for any fantasy racing league. Let's take in-depth look at some of the changes 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 drivers who have moved to new teams in 2019. A handful of teams shut 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 Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman moves, and the multiple retirements/Daniel Hemric and Ryan Preece promotions.

Daniel SuarezNo. 41 Stewart Haas RacingNo. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
Matt DiBenedettoNo. 95 Leavine Family RacingNo. 32 Go FAS Racing
Kurt BuschNo. 1 Chip Ganassi RacingNo. 41 Stewart Haas Racing
Martin Truex Jr.No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing No. 78 Furniture Row Racing
Daniel HemricNo. 8 Richard Childress RacingNo. 21 Xfinity Series
Ryan PreeceNo. 47 JTG Daugherty RacingNo. 18 Xfinity Series
Ryan NewmanNo. 6 Roush Fenway RacingNo. 31 Richard Childress Racing
Matt TifftNo. 36 Front Row MotorsportsNo. 2 Xfinity Series
Tanner BerryhillNo. 97 Obaika RacingFree Agent
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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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