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NASCAR Cup Series Team Charters History

NASCAR Cup Series team charters were created for the 2016 NASCAR Cup Series season. Their purpose? To incentivize team owners who were bought into the sport for the long haul.

The system locks 36 cars into the show each weekend and the charters were originally granted to teams that had run every race in each of the last three seasons prior to the 2016 season. The charter system, in addition to a guaranteed spot in the field, also gives the chartered teams a higher cut of the purse money for each race.

According to the initial rules of the Team Charters, each Charter was allowed to be leased one year between 2016 and 2020. This agreement has been renewed, which means each Charter is allowed to be leased one year between 2021 and 2024.

Here are all of the current NASCAR Cup Series team charters and where they originated from:

No. 00 StarCom Racing

  • Originating charter: No. 27 Richard Childress Racing team in 2016.
  • RCR leased the charter to StarCom Racing for the 2018 season.
  • RCR sold the charter to StarCom Racing for the 2019 season.

No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing

  • Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 1 team has been in possession of this charter since 2016.

No. 2 Team Penske

  • Team Penske’s No. 2 team has been in possession of this charter since 2016.

No. 3 Richard Childress Racing

  • Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 team has been in possession of this charter since 2016.

No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing

  • Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 4 team has been in possession of this charter since 2016.

No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing

  • Originating Charter: No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing
  • RFR moved the No. 16 charter to their No. 6 team for the 2017 season.

No. 8 Richard Childress Racing

  • Originating Charter: No. 31 Richard Childress Racing
  • RCR renumbered their No. 31 car to the No. 8 for the 2019 season.

No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports

  • Originating Charter: No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports
  • HMS moved the No. 24 charter to their No. 9 team for the 2018 season.

No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing

  • Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 10 team has been in possession of this charter since 2016.

No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing

  • Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 11 team has been in possession of this charter since 2016.

No. 12 Team Penske

  • Originating Charter: No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing
  • RFR leased the No. 6 Charter to the No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing team for 2017.
  • RFR sold the No. 6 Charter to the No. 12 Team Penske team for 2018.

No. 13 Germain Racing

  • Germain Racing’s No. 13 team has been in possession of this charter since 2016.
  • Germain Racing sold the No. 13 charter to a team owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin for 2021.

No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing

  • Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 14 team has been in possession of this charter since 2016.

No. 15 Rick Ware Racing

  • Originating Charter: No. 51 HScott Motorsports
  • HScott renumbered their No. 51 charter team to No. 15 for 2016.
  • HScott sold their No. 15 charter to the No. 15 Premium Motorsports team for the 2017 season.
  • Premium Motorsports sold their No. 15 team and charter to Rick Ware Racing in 2020.

No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing

  • Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 17 team has been in possession of this charter since 2016.

No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing

  • Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 team has been in possession of this charter since 2016.

No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing

  • Originating Charter: No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing
  • MWR sold their No. 55 charter to the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2016 season.

No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing

  • Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 team has been in possession of this charter since 2016.

No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing

  • Originating Charter: No. 32 Go Fas Racing
  • Go Fas Racing leased the No. 32 charter to the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing team for 2017.
  • Go Fas Racing sent the No. 32 charter to the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing team through a partnership in 2018.

No. 22 Team Penske

  • Team Penske’s No. 22 team has been in possession of this charter since 2016.

No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports

  • Originating Charter: No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports
  • HMS shifted the No. 5 charter over to their No. 24 team for the 2018 season.

No. 27 Rick Ware Racing

  • Originating Charter: No. 38 Front Row Motorsports
  • Front Row Motorsports leased the No. 38 charter to TriStar Motorsports’ No. 72 team for 2018.
  • Front Row Motorsports sold the No. 38 charter to Rick Ware Racing’s No. 52 team for 2019.
  • Rick Ware Racing renumbered their No. 52 team to No. 27 during the 2020 season.

No. 32 Go Fas Racing

  • Originating Charter: No. 33 Circle Sport
  • Circle Sport partnered the No. 33 charter with Leavine Family Racing’s No. 95 team for 2016.
  • Circle Sport partnered the No. 33 charter with The Motorsports Group’s No. 33 team for 2017.
  • Circle Sport partnered the No. 33 charter with Go Fas Racing’s No. 32 team for 2018

No. 34 Front Row Motorsports

  • Originating Charter: No. 35 Front Row Motorsports
  • Front Row Motorsports moved their No. 35 charter to their No. 34 car for the 2016 season.

No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing

  • Originating Charter: No. 62 Premium Motorsports
  • Premium Motorsports leased the No. 62 charter to HScott Motorsports’ No. 46 team for 2016.
  • Premium Motorsports sold the No. 62 charter to Todd Braun (according to Bob Pockrass), who then struck a deal to apply the Charter to Furniture Row Racing’s No. 77 team for 2017.
  • Braun took the Charter to JTG Daugherty’s No. 37 team for 2018 (again, according to Bob Pockrass).

No. 38 Front Row Motorsports

  • Originating Charter: No. 83 BK Racing
  • BK Racing sold their No. 83 charter to Front Row Motorsports, who leased the charter to TriStar Motorsports’ No. 72 team for 2017.
  • Front Row Motorsports moved the charter to their No. 38 team for 2018.
  • Front Row Motorsports moved the No. 38 charter to their No. 36 team for 2019.
  • Front Row Motorsports moved the No. 36 charter to their No. 38 team for 2020.

No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing

  • Originating Charter: No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing
  • MWR sold the No. 15 charter to Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2016 season.

No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing

  • Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 team has been in possession of this charter since 2016.

No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports

  • Originating Charter: No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
  • RPM leased the No. 43 charter to Rick Ware Racing’s No. 51 team for the 2018 season.
  • RPM moved the No. 43 charter back to their No. 43 car for the 2019 season.

No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing

  • JTG Daugherty Racing’s No. 47 team has been in possession of this charter since 2016.

No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports

  • Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 48 team has been in possession of this charter since 2016.

No. 51 Rick Ware Racing (Petty Ware Racing)

  • Originating Charter: No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports
  • RPM renumbered their No. 9 car to No. 44 for the 2016 season.
  • RPM leased the No. 9 charter to Go Fas Racing’s No. 32 team for the 2017 season.
  • RPM moved the No. 9 charter to their No. 43 team for the 2018 season.
  • RPM moved the charter to Rick Ware Racing’s No. 51 team through a partnership for 2019.

No. 53 Rick Ware Racing

  • Originating Charter: No. 23 BK Racing
  • BK Racing sold the No. 23 charter to Front Row Motorsports’ No. 38 team for 2019.
  • Front Row Motorsports leased the No. 38 charter to Rick Ware Racing’s No. 53 team for 2020.

No. 77 Spire Motorsports

  • Originating Charter: No. 78 Furniture Row Racing
  • Furniture Row Racing sold the No. 78 charter to Spire Motorsports’ No. 77 team for 2019.

No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports

  • Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 88 team has been in possession of this charter since 2016.

No. 95 Leavine Family Racing

  • Originating Charter: No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing
  • Tommy Baldwin Racing sold the No. 7 charter to Leavine Family Racing’s No. 95 team for 2017.
  • Leavine Family Racing sold the No. 95 charter to Spire Motorsports (unknown team number) for 2021.
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