No matter if you are a NASCAR Cup fan or F1 fan, there are going to be lots of changes to both series in 2014.

Sebastian-Vettel_34profile_Mark-Webber-F1-LAT-3bSebastian Vettel won his 4th F1 championship this weekend wrapping up the season in Brazil. F1 cars are going to a fuel injected V6 next year so they will sound very different from the V8 cars of today. In addition to that, expect some body style changes to accommodate that transition. Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber is retiring from F1 and there are going to be many driver changes next year as well. As in NASCAR, there are some drivers who don’t yet know which F1 team will be driving with next year – if at all.

In NASCAR Cup, there have already been a series of crew chief changes to go along with some of the expected driver changes. In the driver changes, Harvick is going to Stewart-Haas Racing. No big news there unless you have been living under a rock most of the year. He will most likely drive the number 4 car for SHR. Rodney Childers will be his crew chief and sponsors Bud and Jimmy Johns will be following him.

Stewart is changing crew chiefs again with Chad Johnston taking over the duties, replacing Steve Addington.

Kurt Busch heads to SHR as well with Daniel Knost as his crew chief.

Jeff-Burton-Chicagolandbobby.labonte.384As of now, Jeff Burton and Bobby Labonte are without rides for 2014. Burton has been replaced by Ryan Newman and Labonte replaced by Allmendinger. Newman probably gives RCR the best shot at making the chase in 2014.

Michael Annett will take over duties in the Tommy Baldwin 7 machine.

Jamie McMurray stays in the 1 car, but gets a new crew chief in Keith Rodden.

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. obviously stays put in the 17 but he also gets a new crew chief in Mike Keley.

Austin Dillon will replace Harvick at RCR and is expected to run the 3 car. That is a lot of water to be carrying around as a rookie. Not as much as Dale Jr. has to carry, but a lot of eyes will be on that car because of the number 3.

Swan Racing will be looking for new blood in their 30 car, but it is still wide open although Cole Whitt could be one of the drivers. Burton may not get a chance because they are looking to stay young. But you never know. They may suck and need some of Burton’s expertise.


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Kyle Larson will replace Montoya in the 42 Target ride. Larson has been as hyped if not more than Joey Logano when he came into the sport. Chip Ganassi is a danged good owner but the EGR cars have struggled a lot lately. Maybe Kyle can shake things up, maybe not. I think they need a lot more changes than just drivers over there. They need to find more consistent speed.

brian-vickers-1Brian Vickers is expected to drive the 55 for MWR if he is healthy. If he can’t make it happen, that may be Burton’s best shot of at least sharing a ride in 2014.

Martin Truex, Jr. will move to Kurt Busch’s old ride, the 78 for Furniture Row. A lot of eyes will be on that car as well. Busch did wonders with that car in 2013 and there will obviously be direct comparisons between the two drivers. Truex can drive, but is he in Busch’s category? Only time will tell. So much is chemistry and if given a fast car, Truex can get the job done. But can he make the 2014 Chase?

Some other drivers on the bubble for 2014 are Travis Kvapil, Reutimann, Yeley, Wise, and Sam Hornish, Jr. Hornish is looking to return to Cup but so far no deal has been put together. Elliott Sadler would like to return to Cup racing, but I don’t see that happening yet. At least he still has a team to race for in Nationwide – Hornish does not.

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Ken Schrader is retiring from Cup racing. He will still be racing, just not at the Cup level.

As far as the Cup cars go in 2014, there will be some changes to the aero package and the engines. I don’t think anything has been set in stone but we’ll probably start hearing about that after the Cup Champions banquet and even more as we get closer to Daytona.

Like it or not, the Chase will remain as is.

And the Nationwide series will get a new sponsor in 2015, as 2014 is the last year of the Nationwide deal. Nationwide will still remain in the sport, just not as a series title sponsor. This should be interesting.

That’s all I can think of for now. Silly Season is not quite over so stay tuned for even more fun and games.