NASCAR Draft Kit: What's New for 2022

NASCAR Draft Kit: What's New for 2022

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 2022 NASCAR season, there are many changes that we need to take into account 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, several drivers moved to new teams in 2022.  A handful of teams shut down and some are starting new.  A few teams  merged or contracted to stay competitive.  Also, a handful of driver/team swaps took place; among the most notable are the Austin Cindric and Brad Keselowski team swaps, closure of Chip Ganassi Racing and the rookie driver promotions.

DriverNew TeamOld Team
Ross ChastainNo. 1 Trackhouse RacingNo. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
Austin Cindric No. 2 Team Penske RacingNo. 22 Xfinity Series
Brad KeselowskiNo. 6 Roush Fenway KeselowskiNo. 2 Team Penske Racing
Harrison BurtonNo. 21 Wood Brothers Racing No. 20 Xfinity Series
Justin HaleyNo. 31 Kaulig Racing No. 77 Spire Motorsports
Todd GillilandNo. 38 Front Row MotorsportsNo. 38 Truck Series
Ty DillonNo. 42 Petty GMS MotorsportsNo. 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing
Kurt Busch No. 45 23XI Racing  No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
TBDNo. 77 Spire MotorsportsTBD

2022 Schedule Changes

The schedule has a few changes

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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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