The 2019 NASCAR Cup Series (also known as the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for sponsorship reasons) was the 71st season of NASCAR professional stock car racing in the United States, and the 48th modern-era Cup series season. The season began at Daytona International Speedway with the Advance Auto Parts Clash, the Gander RV Duel qualifying races and the 61st running of the Daytona 500. The regular season ended with the Brickyard 400 in September. The playoffs ended with the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 17, 2019. Joey Logano of Team Penske entered as the defending series champion.
The 2019 season was the fifth of the current 10-year television contract with Fox Sports and NBC Sports and the fourth of a five-year race sanctioning agreement with all tracks. It was the first season in which Ford fielded the Mustang GT, replacing the Fusion. This was the final season of title sponsor Monster Energy, as NASCAR rejected the energy drink company's extension offer in favor of a new tiered sponsorship model. This was also the final season for Darrell Waltrip covering races in the booth as during the season he announced that the June 23 Toyota/Save Mart 350 would be his last race as a broadcaster.
Busch then went on to win the championship after winning at the season finale at Homestead. It was his second championship and the first he won after competing in all 36 races during the season, after his injury in 2015 sidelined him for the first 11 races of that season. Busch had won four of the first 14 races of the season, before enduring a 21-race winless streak. His early-season success did give him plenty of playoff points and carried him through the Round of 8 at the expense of 2018 champion Logano on points.
The other members of the Championship 4 all qualified through wins in the semifinal phase. Those were Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin, who finished in that order among the title contenders at Homestead. Truex and Harvick had finished second and third also in the 2018 title race. Reigning champion Logano ended up fifth in the overall standings. Hamlin, while missing out on the title, was the Daytona 500 winner. Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota had three of the four title contenders and won 19 of the 36 races. Alex Bowman and Justin Haley obtained their first career victories, whereas Daniel Hemric won Rookie of the Year honors.
|Manufacturer||Team||No.||Race driver||Crew chief|
|Chevrolet||Chip Ganassi Racing||1||Kurt Busch||Matt McCall|
|42||Kyle Larson||Chad Johnston|
|Germain Racing||13||Ty Dillon||Matt Borland 32 |
Justin Alexander 4
|Hendrick Motorsports||9||Chase Elliott||Alan Gustafson|
|24||William Byron||Chad Knaus|
|48||Jimmie Johnson||Kevin Meendering 21|
Cliff Daniels 15
|88||Alex Bowman||Greg Ives|
|JTG Daugherty Racing||37||Chris Buescher||Trent Owens|
|47||Ryan Preece (R)||Tristan Smith 30 |
Eddie Pardue 6
|Premium Motorsports||15||Ross Chastain 32||Peter Sospenzo 1 |
Pat Tryson 35
|Garrett Smithley 1|
|Quin Houff 1|
|Joe Nemechek 2|
|Richard Childress Racing||3||Austin Dillon||Danny Stockman Jr.|
|8||Daniel Hemric (R)||Luke Lambert 35 |
Justin Alexander 1
|Richard Petty Motorsports||43||Bubba Wallace||Derek Stamets|
|Spire Motorsports||77||Jamie McMurray 1 [N 1]||Scott Eggleston 1 |
Peter Sospenzo 23
Tommy Baldwin Jr. 12
|Garrett Smithley 4|
|Reed Sorenson 11|
|Quin Houff 13|
|D. J. Kennington 1|
|Justin Haley 3|
|Blake Jones 1|
|Timmy Hill 2|
|StarCom Racing||00||Landon Cassill||Wayne Carroll Jr. 1 |
Joe Williams Jr. 35
|Ford||Front Row Motorsports||34||Michael McDowell||Drew Blickensderfer|
|36||Matt Tifft (R) 32||Mike Kelley 20 |
Seth Barbour 16
|Matt Crafton 1|
|John Hunter Nemechek 3|
|38||David Ragan||Seth Barbour 20 |
Mike Kelley 16
|Go Fas Racing||32||Corey LaJoie||Randy Cox|
|Roush Fenway Racing||6||Ryan Newman||Scott Graves|
|17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Brian Pattie|
|Stewart-Haas Racing||4||Kevin Harvick||Rodney Childers|
|10||Aric Almirola||Johnny Klausmeier|
|14||Clint Bowyer||Mike Bugarewicz|
|41||Daniel Suárez||Billy Scott|
|Team Penske||2||Brad Keselowski||Paul Wolfe|
|12||Ryan Blaney||Jeremy Bullins|
|22||Joey Logano||Todd Gordon|
|Wood Brothers Racing||21||Paul Menard||Greg Erwin|
|Toyota||Joe Gibbs Racing||11||Denny Hamlin||Chris Gabehart|
|18||Kyle Busch||Adam Stevens|
|19||Martin Truex Jr.||Cole Pearn|
|20||Erik Jones||Chris Gayle|
|Leavine Family Racing||95||Matt DiBenedetto||Mike Wheeler|
|Petty Ware Racing [N 2]||51||B. J. McLeod 11||George Church 6 |
Mike Hillman Sr. 25
Lee Leslie 4
Jason Houghtaling 1
|Cody Ware 11|
|Gray Gaulding 1|
|Jeb Burton 1|
|Bayley Currey 2|
|Kyle Weatherman 1|
|J. J. Yeley 4[N 3]|
|Andy Seuss 1|
|Austin Theriault 2|
|Josh Bilicki 1|
|Garrett Smithley 1|
|Rick Ware Racing||52||Cody Ware 2||Mike Hillman Sr. 8 |
George Church 12
Lee Leslie 11
Jason Houghtaling 4
Jeff Spraker 1
|B. J. McLeod 5|
|Bayley Currey 8|
|Jeb Burton 1|
|Stanton Barrett 1|
|J. J. Yeley 5|
|Josh Bilicki 3|
|Austin Theriault 3|
|Kyle Weatherman 1|
|Garrett Smithley 6|
|Spencer Boyd 1|
|Manufacturer||Team||No.||Race driver||Crew chief||Round(s)|
|Chevrolet||Beard Motorsports||62||Brendan Gaughan||Darren Shaw||4|
|Germain Racing||27||Casey Mears [N 4]||Pat Tryson||1|
|Premium Motorsports||Reed Sorenson||Tommy Baldwin Jr. 14
Peter Sospenzo 12
|Richard Childress Racing||31||Tyler Reddick||Justin Alexander||2|
|Tommy Baldwin Racing||71||Ryan Truex||Tommy Baldwin Jr.||1|
|Toyota||Gaunt Brothers Racing||96||Parker Kligerman||Mark Hillman||14|
|MBM Motorsports||46||Joey Gase||Mark Labretone||1|
|66||Brian Keselowski 8
George Church 7
Ryan Bell 1
|XCI Racing||81||Jeffrey Earnhardt||Jacob Canter||1|
|Rick Ware Racing||53||B. J. McLeod||Lee Leslie 6
Jason Houghtaling 7
Mike Hillman Sr. 2
|J. J. Yeley||4|
|54||Jeff Spraker 1
Mike Hillman Sr. 1
Jason Houghtaling 2
The 2019 dates and venues were released on April 3, 2018, and the start times on December 11, 2018. There were no schedule changes from the 2018 season, except to move the Las Vegas playoff race to prime time (7pm ET). The Sonoma Raceway returned to the original 2.52 mile course configuration for the first time since 1997; otherwise the venues were unchanged.
|Advance Auto Parts Clash||Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida||February 10|
|Gander RV Duel||February 14|
|1||Daytona 500||February 17|
|2||Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500||Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia||February 24|
|3||Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube||Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada||March 3|
|4||TicketGuardian 500||ISM Raceway, Avondale, Arizona||March 10|
|5||Auto Club 400||Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California||March 17|
|6||STP 500||Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia||March 24|
|7||O'Reilly Auto Parts 500||Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas||March 31|
|8||Food City 500||Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee||April 7|
|9||Toyota Owners 400||Richmond Raceway, Richmond, Virginia||April 13|
|10||GEICO 500||Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln, Alabama||April 28|
|11||Gander RV 400||Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware||May 6[N 1]|
|12||Digital Ally 400||Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas||May 11|
|Monster Energy Open||Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina||May 18|
|Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race||May 18|
|13||Coca-Cola 600||May 26|
|14||Pocono 400||Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania||June 2|
|15||FireKeepers Casino 400||Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan||June 10[N 2]|
|16||Toyota/Save Mart 350||Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California||June 23|
|17||Camping World 400||Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois||June 30|
|18||Coke Zero Sugar 400||Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida||July 7[N 3]|
|19||Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart||Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky||July 13|
|20||Foxwoods Resort Casino 301||New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire||July 21|
|21||Gander RV 400||Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania||July 28|
|22||Go Bowling at The Glen||Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York||August 4|
|23||Consumers Energy 400||Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan||August 11|
|24||Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race||Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee||August 17|
|25||Bojangles' Southern 500||Darlington Raceway, Darlington, South Carolina||September 1|
|26||Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard||Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Indiana||September 8|
|Cup Championship Playoffs|
|Round of 16|
|27||South Point 400||Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada||September 15|
|28||Federated Auto Parts 400||Richmond Raceway, Richmond, Virginia||September 21|
|29||Bank of America Roval 400||Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina (Roval)||September 29|
|Round of 12|
|30||Drydene 400||Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware||October 6|
|31||1000Bulbs.com 500||Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln, Alabama||October 13-14[N 4]|
|32||Hollywood Casino 400||Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas||October 20|
|Round of 8|
|33||First Data 500||Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia||October 27|
|34||AAA Texas 500||Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas||November 3|
|35||Bluegreen Vacations 500||ISM Raceway, Avondale, Arizona||November 10|
|36||Ford EcoBoost 400||Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida||November 17|
Bolded races indicate a NASCAR Major also known as Crown Jewel race
In Daytona 500 qualifying, William Byron won the pole while Alex Bowman qualified second. This was the fifth consecutive Daytona 500 pole won by Hendrick Motorsports and the first with all four cars in the top 4.
Daytona Speedweeks started with the Advance Auto Parts Clash, with Paul Menard drawing the pole and leading the most laps. The race went under a red flag after the first few laps due to rain. The race returned to green and then the field pitted for the competition caution followed by another red flag for rain. After the restart, Jimmie Johnson spun Menard, resulting in "The Big One" that claimed most of the field including Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, and Clint Bowyer. The race went red again due to rain during the caution and it was called, giving the win to Johnson.
In the Duels on Thursday, Byron led the first Duel. Kyle Busch spun after making contact with Johnson. Harvick took the lead after pit stops and held off Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for the win. In the second duel, Bowman started in the lead. Joey Logano made a last lap pass on Bowyer to win.
Round 1: Daytona 500
William Byron started on pole. Kyle Busch won the first stage while Kurt Busch spun. Ryan Blaney won the second stage. Cody Ware spun when coming to pit road and collected Tyler Reddick and Jimmie Johnson. Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski both spun after tire issues. Matt DiBenedetto led the most laps, but was involved in an accident with Blaney, Paul Menard, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., and others. On the restart, Clint Bowyer got turned and collected Byron, Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, and others. In overtime, Denny Hamlin was able to hold off teammate Kyle Busch for his second Daytona 500 win in four years.
Round 2: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
Aric Almirola started on pole. Kyle Larson won the first stage while Kevin Harvick won the second stage. Some top runners including Almirola, Larson, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had speeding penalties. Kyle Busch got into the wall and had a tire go down. During the final round of green flag pit stops, Ryan Preece ran into the back of B.J. McLeod. Brad Keselowski, battling the flu, took the lead from teammate Joey Logano and held off Martin Truex Jr. for his second Atlanta win and his 60th win overall at Team Penske across Cup and Xfinity.
Round 3: Pennzoil 400
Kevin Harvick started on pole. Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon suffered pit road penalties in the first stage during green flag stops. Harvick won the first stage of the race. In the second stage, Kyle Busch had a speeding penalty while making a pit stop under green flag. Joey Logano won the second stage of the race. In the final stage, Logano held off teammate Brad Keselowski to win the race.
Round 4: TicketGuardian 500
Ryan Blaney started the race from pole position. In the first stage, Erik Jones spun from a flat tire and Brad Keselowski hit the wall after an issue in the right front of the car caused a tire to go down. Blaney won the first stage of the race and Kyle Busch won the second stage of the race. In the final stage, Michael McDowell and Ryan Preece were involved in wrecks while Matt DiBenedetto had a mechanical issue. Blaney was leading late in the race until Kyle Busch passed him with 17 laps to go. Kyle Busch went on to win the race, his first win of the season, and completed a weekend sweep, having won the Xfinity Series race the day before.
Round 5: Auto Club 400
Austin Dillon started the race on pole. Toward the end of the first stage, Austin Dillon had a tire go down. Kyle Busch went on to win the first stage and the second stage of the race. Kyle Busch had a pit road speeding penalty at the end of the second stage, giving the lead to Brad Keselowski. In the final stage of the race, Bubba Wallace brought out a caution during a round of green-flag pit stops, putting Kyle Busch back toward the front. Kyle Busch took the lead and would go on to win his second straight race and 200th race across all three national series, tying the record set by Richard Petty.
Round 6: STP 500
Joey Logano started on pole. Michael McDowell got into the wall and Ty Dillon and William Byron got together. Kyle Larson got into McDowell, ending the day for McDowell. Brad Keselowski won both stages and dominated, leading 446 laps and holding off Chase Elliott for his second win of the season and second at Martinsville.
Round 7: O'Reilly Auto Parts 500
Jimmie Johnson started on pole. Erik Jones spun early as Brad Keselowski had to go to the garage for several laps due to rear-end issues. Johnson led most of the stage. Joey Logano was able to get the lead off pit road and win the first stage. Daniel Hemric had a tire go down and spun and Kyle Larson slammed the wall and caught on fire. Denny Hamlin was able to get the lead off pit road and won the second stage. Ryan Blaney had led until his engine expired. Kyle Busch led the most laps, but got loose and got into the wall and had to go to pit road. Hamlin, who suffered back-to-back pit road penalties, was able to get back in the lead after the final round of green-flag pit stops and held off Clint Bowyer for his second win of the season.
Round 8: Food City 500
Chase Elliott started the race on pole while Kevin Harvick had to start from the rear and serve a pass-through penalty for failing pre-race inspection. At the beginning of the race, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got into Kyle Busch and sent him spinning, with Aric Almirola also involved in the wreck. Ty Dillon won the first stage while Joey Logano won the second stage. Ryan Blaney led the most laps in the race. Elliott was spun from contact from behind toward the end of the second stage and lost power steering. In the final stage, Kyle Larson made contact with another car and got in a wreck with William Byron, Denny Hamlin got a pit road speeding penalty while leading, and Clint Bowyer cut a tire and got into the wall. During a late caution, most of the leaders came to pit road while a few cars stayed out, giving the lead to Kyle Busch. Kyle Busch held off his older brother Kurt Busch to win the race, his third win of the season and eighth at Bristol.
Round 9: Toyota Owners 400
Kevin Harvick started on pole. Harvick led early, but Kyle Busch took the lead and won the first stage. Kyle Larson spun and slammed the wall. Joey Logano would take the lead and win the second stage. Michael McDowell had a tire go down and slammed the wall. Martin Truex Jr. took the lead and led the most laps. Clint Bowyer was able to catch Truex and take the lead, but Truex regained the lead after the final round of green-flag pit stops. Bowyer got to Truex's bumper and tried to take the lead, but was unable to and lost second to Logano. Truex continued to lead with Logano on his bumper and Truex was able to hold on for his first career short-track win in his first of the season.
Round 10: GEICO 500
Austin Dillon started on pole. Bubba Wallace spun and collected Michael McDowell, Matt Tifft, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, and Kevin Harvick. Most of the top runners had to pit, giving the lead to Ty Dillon, who won his second stage win. Chase Elliott won the second stage and led the most laps. Chris Buescher spun and collected Justin Haley and Martin Truex Jr., which brought out the red flag. On the restart, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. slammed the wall and then David Ragan and William Byron got together and collected Jeffrey Earnhardt and Kyle Larson, who went airborne and barrel-rolled down the back straightaway. Chase Elliott was out front of teammate Alex Bowman when the caution came out, giving Elliott his and Chevrolet's first win of the season.
Round 11: Gander RV 400
The race was postponed from Sunday to Monday due to rain. Chase Elliott started on pole and dominated, leading the most laps. Joey Logano won the first stage while Martin Truex Jr. passed Alex Bowman to win the second stage. Truex continued to lead and pulled away from Bowman for his second win of the season.
Round 12: Digital Ally 400
Kevin Harvick started on pole. Denny Hamlin had a tire go down and got into the wall. Harvick won the first stage and Chase Elliott passed Harvick and won the second stage. Ryan Blaney got in the wall and had a tire go down, but made it to pit road. Harvick had to go to pit road due to a tire going down. Alex Bowman took the lead from Elliott and was heading to the win, but lost the lead to Brad Keselowski. Kyle Busch had a tire rub and had to pit while Matt DiBenedetto had an engine blow up, sending the race into overtime. Keselowski held off a charging Bowman for his third win of the season.
Exhibition: Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race
In the Monster Energy Open, Daniel Hemric started on pole. William Byron won the first stage to advance to the All-Star Race in a close overtime finish against Darrell Wallace Jr. In the second stage, Hemric and Ryan Preece wrecked and brought an overtime finish. Wallace Jr. won the second stage to advance to the All-Star Race in a close finish against Daniel Suarez, who went spinning through the grass. In the final stage, Kyle Larson passed Ty Dillon to win the race and advance to the All-Star Race. Alex Bowman won the fan vote to get into the All-Star Race.
Clint Bowyer started on pole for the All-Star Race. Kyle Busch won the first stage, Kevin Harvick won the second stage, and Joey Logano won the third stage. Several drivers had issues during the race, including Erik Jones, who got into the wall multiple times, and Denny Hamlin, who went for a spin after cutting a tire. In the final stage, Larson, who raced into the All-Star Race through the Monster Energy Open, got a push from Harvick to take the lead and win the All-Star Race, holding off Harvick and Kyle Busch.
Round 13: Coca-Cola 600
William Byron started on pole, becoming the youngest Coke 600 pole winner. Erik Jones, Matt DiBenedetto, and Martin Truex Jr. had tire issues, sending them into the wall. Kyle Busch made contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who spun. Daniel Hemric got into Clint Bowyer as Brad Keselowski won the first stage. Drivers had tire issues including Chris Buescher, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Preece. Keselowski won the second stage. Bayley Currey slammed the wall after contact with Truex, who won the third stage. Kurt Busch got loose and spun into brother Kyle Busch. Kyle Larson got loose on the backstraightaway and spun, collecting Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Bowyer, and Preece. Hamlin cut a tire and slammed the wall and Keselowski spun coming to pit road. On the restart, Hamlin spun and slammed the wall while Martin Truex Jr. held off Joey Logano for his third win of the season and his second Coke 600.
Round 14: Pocono 400
William Byron started on pole for the second straight week and led until the competition caution. Austin Dillon made contact with Paul Menard and got into the wall. Kyle Larson took the lead off pit road and won the first stage. Matt DiBenedetto and Matt Tifft spun while Corey Lajoie got into the wall. Larson took back the lead to win the second stage. Kevin Harvick got the lead after green flag pit stops, but had an uncontrolled tire penalty, giving the lead to Kyle Busch. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had a tire go down and slammed the wall. On the restart, Larson got into the wall and had to pit. Busch held off Brad Keselowski for his fourth win of the season and his third at Pocono.
Round 15: FireKeepers Casino 400
The race was postponed from Sunday to Monday due to rain. Joey Logano started on pole. Logano held off Alex Bowman to win the first stage. The leaders pitted for fuel as Austin Dillon stayed out to win the second stage over Kevin Harvick. Clint Bowyer spun and slammed the wall after contact with Erik Jones. Jones had a tire go down, sending the race into overtime. Logano pulled away on the restart and held off Kurt Busch for his second win of the season and second at Michigan.
Round 16: Toyota/Save Mart 350
Kyle Larson started on pole. William Byron took the lead at the start and won the first stage. Several drivers spun including Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, and Paul Menard. Denny Hamlin stayed out during green flag pit stops and won the second stage. Martin Truex Jr. led the most laps and took the lead from Kyle Busch for his fourth win of the season, his third at Sonoma, and the first driver since Jeff Gordon to win consecutive Sonoma races.
Round 17: Camping World 400
Austin Dillon started on pole. Jimmie Johnson took the lead and a caution came out for rain in the area. The race was then red-flagged and the race resumed. Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch got into the wall with flat tires bringing out the caution allowing Denny Hamlin to win the first stage. Kevin Harvick held off Chase Elliott to win the second stage. Harvick got loose and got in the wall and Bowyer spun after another flat tire. Alex Bowman took the lead and had a big gap on the field until Kyle Larson was able to run him down due to lapped traffic. Larson took the lead from Bowman, but Bowman retook the lead and held off Larson for his first career win.
Round 18: Coke Zero Sugar 400
Joey Logano started on pole after qualifying was canceled due to rain. The race was postponed from Saturday to Sunday due to rain. Logano won the first stage. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun and Kurt Busch spun in the wall. Brad Keselowski got into the wall and collected Kevin Harvick, Daniel Suarez, and Daniel Hemric. Austin Dillon won the second stage. Dillon got turned while leading collecting most of the field including Logano, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr., Stenhouse, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin. During the caution, the field was brought down pit road due to lightning and rain caused the race to end under a red flag, thus giving Justin Haley the win as he was the leader for his first career Cup win in just his third start. Haley's win is also the first Cup series win by a non-Cup driver since Brian Vickers at New Hampshire in 2013.
Round 19: Quaker State 400
Daniel Suarez started on pole. Chase Elliott had a tire go down and Corey LaJoie and Landon Cassill spun. The Busch brothers dominated the majority of the race with Kurt winning the first stage and Kyle winning the second stage. Austin Dillon exited the race due to losing fourth gear. Jimmie Johnson had a tire go down and hit the wall before spinning. Joey Logano passed Kyle Busch for the lead and was heading to the win until Bubba Wallace had a tire go down and spun, sending the race to overtime. Kurt Busch held off brother Kyle for his first win of the season with Chip Ganassi Racing.
Round 20: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301
Brad Keselowski started on pole. Austin Dillon had a tire go down. Kyle Busch won the first stage and Daniel Suarez spun and collected Daniel Hemric. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. slammed the wall while battling Erik Jones. Clint Bowyer got in the wall after contact with Martin Truex Jr. Aric Almirola won the second stage as Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson had engine and power steering issues respectively. Austin Dillon had another tire issue. Kyle Larson spun after contact with Alex Bowman. Kyle Busch got in the wall and Larson again slammed the wall. Kevin Harvick held off Denny Hamlin on old tires for his first win of the year.
Round 21: Gander RV 400
Kevin Harvick started on pole. Brad Keselowski had to pit early after getting into the wall. Kyle Busch won the first stage. Chase Elliott had a flat tire and slammed the wall. Daniel Suarez and Ryan Blaney made contact, sending Blaney spinning as Jimmie Johnson won the second stage. Ryan Preece blew a tire and slammed the wall. Kurt Busch got into the wall and spun after contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and collected Michael McDowell. Denny Hamlin saved enough fuel to hold off teammate Erik Jones in overtime for his third win of the season and fifth at Pocono.
Round 22: Go Bowling at The Glen
Chase Elliott started on pole. Kyle Busch spun early and made contact with William Byron as Elliott won the first stage. Bubba Wallace spun into the wall as Elliott won the second stage. Jimmie Johnson spun after contact with Ryan Blaney as Kyle Busch spun after contact from Wallace. Elliott continue to dominate and held off Martin Truex Jr. for his second win of the season and his second straight at Watkins Glen.
Round 23: Consumers Energy 400
Brad Keselowski started on pole. Jimmie Johnson slammed the wall as Martin Truex Jr. won the first stage. Keselowski had a flat tire and spun. Kyle Busch won the second stage as Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon, and Daniel Hemric spun. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun as Spencer Boyd spun in the wall. Kevin Harvick took the lead from Joey Logano and held off Denny Hamlin for his second win of the season and his second consecutive at Michigan.
Round 24: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
Denny Hamlin started on pole. Austin Dillon had a tire go down and made contact with Jimmie Johnson. Kyle Larson edged pit Chase Elliott to win the first stage. Aric Almirola had tire issues and spun twice and Clint Bowyer spun. Kurt Busch edged Daniel Suarez to win the second stage. Alex Bowman had a tire go down and collected Joey Logano. Ryan Blaney got into the wall along with Michael McDowell, David Ragan, and Johnson. Matt DiBenedetto led the most laps, but Hamlin passed him for the lead to win for his fourth race of the season.
Round 25: Bojangles' Southern 500
William Byron won the pole, becoming the youngest Southern 500 pole winner. The race was delayed a few hours due to rain. Kurt Busch won the first stage. Ryan Newman spun after contact with Daniel Suarez. Joey Logano had to two unscheduled stops due to flat tires. Brad Keselowski slammed the wall, causing the second stage to end under caution with Kyle Busch as the winner. Daniel Hemric spun and collected Michael McDowell, Jimmie Johnson, and Denny Hamlin. Kyle Busch slammed the wall after having a flat tire as Erik Jones held off Kyle Larson for his second career win. With his third-place finish, Kyle Busch clinched the Regular Season Championship.
Round 26: Big Machine Vodka 400 at The Brickyard
Kevin Harvick started on pole for the regular season finale. Landon Cassill slammed the wall hard. Erik Jones and Brad Keselowski made contact, sending Keselowski hard into the tire barrier as Joey Logano won the first stage. Kyle Busch had a tire go down and had to pit, but the engine blew up and the car caught fire. Harvick won the second stage under caution. Kurt Busch slammed the wall along Paul Menard, Parker Kligerman and Jimmie Johnson, who was unable to continue thus making the first time Johnson did not make the Playoffs. Kyle Larson hit the wall as well as Alex Bowman. Harvick dominated and held off Logano for his third win of the season and his second Brickyard 400. Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman clinched the final two Playoff spots.
Round 27: South Point 400
Clint Bowyer started on pole. Kyle Busch got into the wall and had to pit, going two Laps down to fix the damage. Joey Logano dominated and won the first stage while Martin Truex Jr. won the second stage. William Byron spun while Logano made contact with Daniel Suarez and Chase Elliott, causing him and Elliott to pit. Kurt Busch slammed the wall after having a flat tire. Truex took the lead from Kevin Harvick to get his fifth win of the season and punching his ticket to the next round of the Playoffs.
Round 28: Federated Auto Parts 400
Brad Keselowski started on pole. Martin Truex Jr. won the first stage. Alex Bowman spun after contact with Austin Dillon and Reed Sorenson slammed the wall. Kyle Busch won the second stage and dominated. Truex spun while leading after making contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Truex was able to take the lead from Kyle Busch and pull away to sweep the season at Richmond and get his sixth win of the season and going back-to-back for the first time in his career. Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick clenched spots in the next round of the Playoffs. After the race, Jones' car failed post-race inspection, regulating him to a last place finish, making it the first time that a driver was disqualified in the MENCS under the new inspection rule.
Round 29: Bank of America Roval 400
William Byron started on pole. Jimmie Johnson spun and collected Erik Jones, sending him to the garage. Kyle Larson won the first stage while Chase Elliott won the second stage. Elliott slid head-on into the wall on the restart. Ryan Newman spun into the wall along with Denny Hamlin as Daniel Suarez slammed the wall and spun. Chase Elliott was able to drive from the back to take the lead from Kevin Harvick and hold off teammate Alex Bowman for his third win of the season. Kurt Busch, Newman, Aric Almirola, and Jones were eliminated from the Playoffs.
Round 30: Drydene 400
Denny Hamlin won the pole with a new track record. Joey Logano had to go to the garage before the race to change a broken drive shaft. Chase Elliott was taken out after blowing an engine. Hamlin dominated and won the first stage while Martin Truex Jr. won the second stage. Ryan Blaney was taken out after brake issues. Kyle Larson took the lead from the dominant Hamlin and held off Truex Jr. for his first win since 2017 and advancing to the next round of the Playoffs.
Round 31: 1000Bulbs.com 500
Chase Elliott started on the pole. The race started on Sunday with William Byron winning Stage 1. At this point, it started raining, with the rain postponing the remainder of the race until Monday. Stage 2 started on Monday with Ryan Blaney leading the field to green. With three laps to go in the stage Joey Logano bumped Alex Bowman from the lead collecting Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, and others. Clint Bowyer won Stage 2 under caution. The second big one happened when Kurt Busch got into Byron. collecting Logano and others. Bowyer spun into the banking of turn 3, leaving him stuck. The third big one happened with 7 laps to go caused by Kyle Busch collecting Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and several others. Brendan Gaughan took the worst hit as his car ended up flipping midair once before landing back on its wheels. Blaney led the field back to green with three laps to go on the last lap Ryan Newman was leading when Blaney made the winning move bumping into Newman, causing a photo finish. On the replay it showed Blaney beating Newman by .007 seconds locking Blaney into the round of 8. This finish marked the 6th closest finish in NASCAR history.
Round 32: Hollywood Casino 400
Daniel Hemric started the race on pole. Joey Logano won the first stage while Denny Hamlin won the second stage. Hamlin dominated and led the most laps in the race. Late in the race, Bubba Wallace and Matt Tifft wrecked to set up an overtime finish. During the first overtime, Hemric and Daniel Suarez crashed right before the white flag came out, setting up a second overtime finish. During the second overtime, Hamlin held off Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch to win the race, his fifth win of the season. Following the race, Brad Keselowski, Alex Bowman, Clint Bowyer, and William Byron were eliminated from the playoffs.
Round 33: First Data 500
Denny Hamlin started on pole. Martin Truex Jr. dominated and won both stages. Chase Elliott was forced to the garage with a broken axle and returned to the race several laps down. Ty Dillon spun while Austin Dillon and Clint Bowyer both had flat tires. Kyle Busch and Aric Almirola made contact and both spun collecting Ryan Preece and Jimmie Johnson. Hamlin and Joey Logano made contact, putting Logano in the wall and spinning with a flat tire. Truex held off William Byron for his seventh win of the season and capturing a Championship 4 spot in Miami.
Round 34: AAA Texas 500
Kevin Harvick started on pole. Chase Elliott slammed the wall and went several laps down. Brad Keselowski got into the wall and was slammed into by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Corey LaJoie got into the wall twice as Kevin Harvick beat out teammate Clint Bowyer for the first stage win. Aric Almirola dominated and won the second stage. Jimmie Johnson led several laps until he got into the wall. Harvick got a pit road penalty and went a lap down. Harvick eventually got back on the lead lap and took the lead from Almirola and drove to his fourth win of the season and capturing a Championship 4 spot in Miami.
Round 35: Bluegreen Vacations 500
Kyle Busch started on pole. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had a tire go down and brought out the caution. Denny Hamlin won the first stage while Joey Logano won the second stage. Chase Elliott had a flat tire and slammed the wall, ending his championship run. John Hunter Nemechek had a flat tire that brought out the caution. Hamlin held off Kyle Busch for his sixth win of the season and joining Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. in the Championship 4. Kyle Busch clinched the final spot over Logano on points while Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Logano, and Kyle Larson were eliminated from the Playoffs.
Round 36: Ford EcoBoost 400
Denny Hamlin started on pole after qualifying was cancelled due to rain. Martin Truex Jr. won the first stage while Kyle Busch won the second stage. Truex went a lap down after a pit road miscalculation with the tires as one tire was put on the wrong side of the car. John Hunter Nemechek had a tire go down and spun. Hamlin went a lap down after trouble on pit road with overheating due to too much tape put on the grill. Kyle Busch held off Truex for his fifth win of the season and winning his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship.
|No.||Race||Pole position||Most laps led||Winning driver||Manufacturer||Report|
|Advance Auto Parts Clash||Paul Menard||Paul Menard||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet||Report|
|Gander RV Duel 1||William Byron||Kevin Harvick||Kevin Harvick||Ford||Report|
|Gander RV Duel 2||Alex Bowman||Clint Bowyer||Joey Logano||Ford|
|1||Daytona 500||William Byron||Matt DiBenedetto||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||Report|
|2||Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500||Aric Almirola||Kyle Larson||Brad Keselowski||Ford||Report|
|3||Pennzoil 400||Kevin Harvick||Kevin Harvick||Joey Logano||Ford||Report|
|4||TicketGuardian 500||Ryan Blaney||Kyle Busch||Kyle Busch||Toyota||Report|
|5||Auto Club 400||Austin Dillon||Kyle Busch||Kyle Busch||Toyota||Report|
|6||STP 500||Joey Logano||Brad Keselowski||Brad Keselowski||Ford||Report|
|7||O'Reilly Auto Parts 500||Jimmie Johnson||Kyle Busch||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||Report|
|8||Food City 500||Chase Elliott||Ryan Blaney||Kyle Busch||Toyota||Report|
|9||Toyota Owners 400||Kevin Harvick||Martin Truex Jr.||Martin Truex Jr.||Toyota||Report|
|10||GEICO 500||Austin Dillon||Chase Elliott||Chase Elliott||Chevrolet||Report|
|11||Gander RV 400||Chase Elliott||Chase Elliott||Martin Truex Jr.||Toyota||Report|
|12||Digital Ally 400||Kevin Harvick||Kevin Harvick||Brad Keselowski||Ford||Report|
|Monster Energy Open||Daniel Hemric||Daniel Hemric||Kyle Larson||Chevrolet||Report|
|Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race||Clint Bowyer||Kevin Harvick||Kyle Larson||Chevrolet|
|13||Coca-Cola 600||William Byron||Martin Truex Jr.||Martin Truex Jr.||Toyota||Report|
|14||Pocono 400||William Byron||Kyle Busch||Kyle Busch||Toyota||Report|
|15||FireKeepers Casino 400||Joey Logano||Joey Logano||Joey Logano||Ford||Report|
|16||Toyota/Save Mart 350||Kyle Larson||Martin Truex Jr.||Martin Truex Jr.||Toyota||Report|
|17||Camping World 400||Austin Dillon||Kevin Harvick||Alex Bowman||Chevrolet||Report|
|18||Coke Zero Sugar 400||Joey Logano||Austin Dillon||Justin Haley||Chevrolet||Report|
|19||Quaker State 400||Daniel Suárez||Kyle Busch||Kurt Busch||Chevrolet||Report|
|20||Foxwoods Resort Casino 301||Brad Keselowski||Kyle Busch||Kevin Harvick||Ford||Report|
|21||Gander RV 400||Kevin Harvick||Kevin Harvick||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||Report|
|22||Go Bowling at The Glen||Chase Elliott||Chase Elliott||Chase Elliott||Chevrolet||Report|
|23||Consumers Energy 400||Brad Keselowski||Brad Keselowski||Kevin Harvick||Ford||Report|
|24||Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race||Denny Hamlin||Matt DiBenedetto||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||Report|
|25||Bojangles' Southern 500||William Byron||Kyle Busch||Erik Jones||Toyota||Report|
|26||Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard||Kevin Harvick||Kevin Harvick||Kevin Harvick||Ford||Report|
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs|
|Round of 16|
|27||South Point 400||Clint Bowyer||Joey Logano||Martin Truex Jr.||Toyota||Report|
|28||Federated Auto Parts 400||Brad Keselowski||Kyle Busch||Martin Truex Jr.||Toyota||Report|
|29||Bank of America Roval 400||William Byron||Chase Elliott||Chase Elliott||Chevrolet||Report|
|Round of 12|
|30||Drydene 400||Denny Hamlin||Denny Hamlin||Kyle Larson||Chevrolet||Report|
|31||1000Bulbs.com 500||Chase Elliott||Ryan Blaney||Ryan Blaney||Ford||Report|
|32||Hollywood Casino 400||Daniel Hemric||Denny Hamlin||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||Report|
|Round of 8|
|33||First Data 500||Denny Hamlin||Martin Truex Jr.||Martin Truex Jr.||Toyota||Report|
|34||AAA Texas 500||Kevin Harvick||Kevin Harvick||Kevin Harvick||Ford||Report|
|35||Bluegreen Vacations 500||Kyle Busch||Denny Hamlin||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||Report|
|36||Ford EcoBoost 400||Denny Hamlin||Kyle Busch||Kyle Busch||Toyota||Report|
(key) Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position set by final practice results or owner's points. * - Most laps led. 1 - Stage 1 winner. 2 - Stage 2 winner. 3 - Stage 3 winner.[N 1]1-10 - Regular season top 10 finishers.
. - Eliminated after Round of 16 . - Eliminated after Round of 12 . - Eliminated after Round of 8
|2||Martin Truex Jr.||35||2||8||2||8||8||12||17||1*||20||12||19||1*3||35||3||1*||9||22||19||6||3||2||41||13||15||27||12||11||7||22||26||6||1*12||6||6||21||5035||-||425|
|25||Daniel Hemric (R)||34||20||23||18||35||27||33||30||19||5||25||18||21||13||12||15||19||18||24||37||7||35||26||12||37||34||17||25||33||21||21||31||17||16||21||12||530||15||-|
|26||Ryan Preece (R)||8||35||25||34||23||16||22||25||20||3||28||25||31||23||25||29||28||32||21||21||37||36||7||18||22||16||27||30||21||19||18||12||19||23||26||25||507||3||-|
|31||Matt Tifft (R)||36||28||34||20||26||29||24||27||29||37||32||21||20||33||24||28||29||9||27||24||23||24||25||27||27||32||30||20||25||25||13||25||352||-||-|
|Ineligible for driver points|
|J. J. Yeley||34||38||12||28||32||26||32||33||29||32||30||28||26||29||30|
|B. J. McLeod||19||32||37||37||31||37||29||36||28||36||33||32||39||25||33||29||27||32|
|D. J. Kennington||32|
|? - After suffering from neck pain, Paul Menard did not complete the race and shortly before Sunday's red flag, he was replaced by Matt Crafton. Since Menard started the race, he is officially credited with the 16th-place finish.|