REPORT: Another Twist in the Tale for Team Penske’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Program

Published 11/12/2021, 4:41 AM EST
Sep 26, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


In the 2022 season, the Team Penske outfit is weighing its options. The organisation has a Cup team and and Xfinity team, but it seems that the latter is in danger. Of course, the team still wants to continue its Xfinity programme. However, those plans seem to be on ice at the moment.

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Next year, Austin Cindric graduates to the Cup Series, so there is a void to be filled in the Xfinity Series. Of course, there are many options to choose from in order to try and succeed Cindric. According to some reports, the team could try and field multiple drivers in one car.

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Truthfully speaking, such a notion is not uncommon in the Xfinity Series. This is because, a fair number of teams often rotate drivers in one car. More often than not, a few Cup Series drivers are also included in the roster.

What next for Team Penske in NASCAR?

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Recently, the team announced the driver-crew chief pairings for the upcoming 2022 season. First and foremost, Jonathan Hassler has parted ways with Wood Brothers Racing and will link up with Ryan Blaney. In other words, Blaney will split from veteran crew chief Todd Gordon, who has officially retired from the NASCAR arena.

Sep 26, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Back in June, Hassler partnered with Matt DiBenedetto in the #21 Ford. This move actually makes a lot of sense, given Wood Brothers’ association with Team Penske. According to Penske, we can expect an announcement for Hassler’s replacement at Wood Brothers in the near future.

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Meanwhile, Jeremy Bullins will stick with the #2 car and partner the incoming Austin Cindric next season. Finally, Joey Logano and Paul Wolfe will remain intact for the third consecutive season. This will make Wolfe the longest-serving Penske crew chief, and it seems that Logano sees no reason to break up a great partnership.

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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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