How Many 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Seats Have Yet to be Filled?

Published 12/12/2021, 12:44 PM EST
Sep 26, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) leads driver Tyler Reddick (8) driver Kevin Harvick (4) driver Martin Truex Jr. (19) and driver Joey Logano (22) during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy Reuters


The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series championship is still some time away. However, the grid is slowly and steadily filling up. As we enter the month of December, most of the slots have been taken, with a handful still vacant. With drivers like Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Newman, Anthony Alfredo, and others as free agents, it marks a chance for them to return. So, which seats are still remaining in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series grid?

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First and foremost, one Spire Motorsports and two Rick Ware Racing seats are ripe for the picking. All three of these are fully chartered rides and the teams will be keen to field drivers. Meanwhile, other empty grid slots include Carl Long Motorsports, Kaulig Racing, Gaunt Brothers Racing, and a Reaume Racing car.

Which drivers will fill up the NASCAR Cup Series seats

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Admittedly, AJ Allmendinger is driving the Kaulig car, but he is on a part-time schedule. So, the search is on to see who will share driving duties with him. Additionally, there were reports that Dale Earnhardt Jr was interested in fielding a JR Motorsports Cup Series team.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 27: Ryan Newman, driver of the #6 Performance Plus Ford, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on September 27, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

For the moment, DiBenedetto, Newman, Alfredo, Preece, and a few more drivers are hunting for seats. There were rumors that Roush Fenway Racing could field another car for Newman on a part-time basis. This was after Brad Keselowski jumped ship from Team Penske to take over the #6 seat. Keselowski’s arrival bundled Newman out of the picture, and the veteran driver is not ready to hang up his boots just yet.

Although he is 44 years old, Newman still feels that he has a lot of pace left in him. Luckily for him, he has a healthy pick of seats for the 2022 season. The only question is, will any team be willing to step forward and make him an offer he cannot refuse?

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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