2002 NASCAR Silly Season Teams/Drivers

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John Andretti Petty Enterprises 43 Dodge Andretti signed through the end of 2002.  Has been mentioned as the driver for a number of teams, but remains loyal to Petty Enterprises.
Casey Atwood Ultra Motorsports & Evernham Racing 7 Dodge Atwood moves to the #7 as Ultra Motorsports and Evernham Racing combine to field a third team (of sorts) behind Elliot and Mayfield
Johnny Benson MBV Motorsports 10 Pontiac Benson and his unique arrangement with Valvoline return as their contract runs thru 2002
Greg Biffle Roush Racing 16 Ford Biffle will run a limited Winston Cup schedule in preparation for a 2003 Rookie of the Year quest. Subway sponsors the 2002 effort.
Dave Blaney Jasper Motorsports 77 Ford Blaney takes over for Pressley and will have Subway as their primary sponsor.
Brett Bodine Brett Bodine Racing 11 Ford Bodine looking for a primary sponsor to field the team.  Timberland is signed thru 2003 and Wells Fargo to continue their role as associate sponsors.
Geoff Bodine Brett Bodine Racing 09 Ford Rumored to run select races, but sponsorship is lacking. Still working with NASCAR to allow alcoholic beverage companies (Smirnoff) other than beer companies to sponsor teams.
Todd Bodine Haas-Carter Motorsports 66 Ford Kmart & Purina return as primary sponsor.
Jeff Burton Roush Racing 99 Ford Burton signed thru 2005, should be secure at Roush after last years performance.  CITGO returns as primary sponsor.
Ward Burton Bill Davis Racing 22 Dodge Burton and Cat signed thru next year.
Kurt Busch Roush Racing 97 Ford Busch returns with Sharpie/Rubbermaid for 2002.
Stacy Compton AJ Foyt Racing 14 Pontiac Compton and Kevin Lepage both appear to be front runners for the Conseco Pontiac, 
Ricky Craven PPI Motorsports 32 Ford Craven returns with a vengeance in 2002, as Cal Wells will direct his efforts on a single team.
Wally Dallenbach       Dallenbach will be in the broadcast booth as he has signed a multiyear deal with the network.  Will also run a full season in the IRL.
Dale Earnhardt Jr Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 8 Chevrolet Earnhardt Jr and Budweiser will likely become a permanent fixture on the Winston Cup circuit.
Bill Elliott Evernham Motorsports 9 Dodge Elliott back with Evernham for al least 2002, but uncertainty in 2003.
Jeff Green Richard Childress Racing 30 Chevrolet Green joins Harvick and Robby Gordon in what is sure to be a love fest at RCR.  AOL sponsors the ride.
Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports 24 Chevrolet Gordon and Dupont signed long term with Hendrick.  Secure thru 2006.
Robby Gordon Richard Childress Racing 31 Chevrolet Gordon claims the ride for 2002.  Cingular Wireless replaces Lowes as primary sponsor.
Bobby Hamilton Andy Petree Racing 55 Chevrolet Hamilton stays with Petree thru 2002.
Bobby HamiltonJr       Hamilton Jr ran some races last year, but will most likely not run a full Winston Cup schedule.
Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing 29 Chevrolet Raybestos Rookie of the Year will concentrate strictly on his Winston Cup effort in 2002.
Ron Hornaday       Given the axe by Foyt, Hornaday looks to find his way back to the Busch series.
Andy Houston       Cal Wells consolidates to a single car team, leaving Houston the second rookie out in the cold.  Houston follows Hornaday to the Busch series.
Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing 88 Ford Dale still won't drive the big brown truck, but UPS and team remains in tact for 2002.
Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports 48 Chevrolet Johnson will be Hendricks answer to Lowes in their search for a driver who can compete with Stewart and Home Depot.
Buckshot Jones Petty Enterprises 44 Dodge As long as Georgia Pacific remains on the 44, Jones will be behind the wheel in 2002.  
Matt Kenseth Roush Racing 17 Ford Kenseth seems secure to stay with Roush, but he had offers to go elsewhere.
Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Pontiac No changes for the Joe Gibbs Racing duo.
Terry Labonte Hendrick Motorsports 5 Chevrolet Terry and Tony the Tiger signed thru 2002, but 2003 could see Labonte in another ride.
Dave Marcis Marcis Auto Racing 71 Chevrolet Although retired from Winston Cup, Marcis would like to make his swan song the Daytona 500 this February.
Sterling Marlin Chip Ganassi Racing 40 Dodge Sterling and the Silver Bullet stay put for two more years. 
Mark Martin Roush Racing 6 Ford Signed long term (2005) but will switch crew chiefs and crew with Kurt Busch in an attempt to revitalize both teams.
Rick Mast Donlavy Racing 90 Ford Mast looks to pilot the 90 Ford with a new sponsor, but could still wind up in Foyt's Conseco Pontiac.
Jeremy Mayfield Evernham Motorsports 19 Dodge Mayfield joins Atwood as the future for Ray Evernham's Dodge program.
Jerry Nadeau Hendrick Motorsports 25 Chevrolet Nadeau stays thru 2002.
Joe Nemechek Haas Carter Motorsports 26 Ford Nemechek jumps to the 26, Kmart Blue Light Special remains on the car thru the year.
Ryan Newman Penske Racing 02 Ford Following the success of last years limited Winston Cup schedule, Newman will contend for Rookie of the Year.
Steve Park Dale Earnhardt, Inc.   Chevrolet Park is still suffering from post concussion syndrome, if he returns, it will be in a fourth DEI car, sponsored by Pennzoil.
Kyle Petty Petty Enterprises 45 Dodge Will attempt to run in 2002 with Sprint, but pressures of running and racing a three car team continue to take its toll. 
Robert Pressley Andy Petree Racing 33 Chevrolet With Oakwood Homes gone as a primary sponsor, the team may be forced to run a limited schedule.  Longevity of the team may be in question.
Scott Pruett       Still looking for a ride in Winston Cup, Pruett may return to open wheel racing.
Ricky Rudd Robert Yates Racing 28 Ford Last years performance secures the ride for 2002 and beyond once a contract is signed.  Primary sponsorship may change with the Texaco-Chevron merger. 
Elliott Sadler Wood Brothers Racing 21 Ford Sadler retains the Motorcraft sponsorship.
Hermie Sadler Sadler Enterprises 13 Chevrolet Sadler will run a limited schedule with Virginia Lottery as primary sponsor.
Ken Schrader MB2 Motorsports 36 Pontiac M & M's keep rolling thru 2002.
Mike Skinner Morgan-McClure Motorsports  4 Chevrolet Skinner ends a multi-year relationship with Childress to sign on with Morgan-McClure thru 2005.
Jimmy Spencer Chip Ganassi Racing 41 Dodge Target joins as primary sponsor as Ganassi replaces Leffler with Spencer. 
Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing 20 Pontiac Stewart was rumored to go to Ganassi with Target as a sponsor, but is signed thru 2004 with Gibbs.
Hut Stricklin Bill Davis Racing 23 Dodge Hills Bros follows Stricklin to the Bill Davis Intrepid.
Kenny Wallace Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 1 Chevrolet Wallace retains his seat in the Pennzoil 1 thru 2002, while Park is recovering from post concussion syndrome.
Mike Wallace       Hard to believe Penske folded the 12 team after Wallace and his late season success.  Wallace looks for a ride.
Rusty Wallace Penske Racing 2 Ford Wallace signed with Penske for two more years.
Michael Waltrip Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 15 Chevrolet Theresa honors the agreement Dale made with Waltrip, he stays thru 2002.

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">Skinner ends a multi-year relationship with Childress to sign on with Morgan-McClure thru 2005. Jimmy Spencer Chip Ganassi Racing 41 Dodge Target joins as primary sponsor as Ganassi replaces Leffler with Spencer.  Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing 20 Pontiac Stewart was rumored to go to Ganassi with Target as a sponsor, but is signed thru 2004 with Gibbs. Hut Stricklin Bill Davis Racing 23 Dodge Hills Bros follows Stricklin to the Bill Davis Intrepid. Al Unser Jr       No Cup ride yet, but who knows for sure? Kenny Wallace Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 1 Chevrolet Wallace retains his seat in the Pennzoil 1 thru 2002, while Park is recovering from post concussion syndrome. Mike Wallace       Hard to believe Penske folded the 12 team after Wallace and his late season success.  Wallace looks for a ride. Rusty Wallace Penske Racing 2 Ford Wallace signed with Penske for two more years.  Robin Pemberton resigns as crew chief after 20 years in the sport, Bill Wilburn gets to "turn and burn" as crew chief. Michael Waltrip Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 15 Chevrolet Theresa honors the agreement Dale made with Waltrip, he stays thru 2002.

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