NASCAR: The one car still without a full-time driver for 2021

John Hunter Nemechek, Front Row Motorsports, NASCAR (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
John Hunter Nemechek, Front Row Motorsports, NASCAR (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

Among cars expected to have full-time drivers for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, only one is still without a confirmed driver.

A total of 31 drivers have been confirmed as full-time drivers for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, but among chartered entries expected to have a single full-time driver, there is still one vacancy.

It was initially anticipated that John Hunter Nemechek would be returning for a second season behind the wheel of the #38 Ford at Front Row Motorsports alongside Michael McDowell behind the wheel of the #34 Ford.

But Nemechek opted to leave the Cup Series and join the Kyle Busch Motorsports Truck Series team as the driver of the #4 Toyota for 2021.

As a result, the #38 Ford is currently without a driver, and it is the only car expected to have a full-time driver that does not yet have one.

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However, it appears as though this could change in the near future. Anthony Alfredo is reportedly in talks with the team about the seat and is well positioned to make the jump to the Cup Series after spending a season competing part-time in the Truck Series in 2019 and part-time in the Xfinity Series in 2020.

There are other teams without confirmed drivers for next year, but none of them are expected to confirm any additional full-timers like Front Row Motorsports.

Rick Ware Racing have not confirmed any of their drivers for next year, and they have four chartered entries, the #15 car, the #51 car, the #52 car and the #53 car, to fill. But they will likely move multiple drivers in and out of these cars throughout the year like they’ve done in the past.

Spire Motorsports have not confirmed their driver rotation behind the wheel of the #77 Chevrolet alongside full-time driver Corey LaJoie in the #7 Chevrolet, aside from the fact that Kaulig Racing Xfinity Series driver Justin Haley is set to compete in select races.

Kaulig Racing, NY Racing Team and Gaunt Brothers Racing have also not confirmed any drivers for the 2021 season, but they are all non-chartered teams, with all but NY Racing Team expected to run limited schedules.

So Front Row Motorsports are the team we have our eyes on as we approach one month to go before the green flag flies in Daytona Beach.

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Qualifying for the 2021 season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 10, and the Bluegreen Vacations Duels are scheduled to take place the following evening. The 63rd annual running of the race is scheduled to take place on Sunday, February 14.