Charters

Prior to the 2016 NASCAR Cup Series season, NASCAR issued 36 charters to teams based on their longevity in the sport, granting them guaranteed spots in every race. These charters are used to determine financial earnings based on performance over a number of years, and provide more concrete value to teams. In addition to their ability to be sold, charters can also be leased for one season, but can only do so once between 2016-2020, and once in 2021-2024. There is also a “performance clause” where if a charter finishes in the bottom-3 for three consecutive years, NASCAR has the right to take away the charter.

Credit to FOX Sports’ Bob Pockrass for clarifying these changes.

Key:
* – bottom-3 charter
S – sold
L – leased
# – number change
D – driver change

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
(Issued)
#00 - StarCom Racing
Quin Houff
#00 - StarCom Racing
Quin Houff
*
D#00 - StarCom Racing
Landon Cassill
S#00 - StarCom Racing
Landon Cassill
*
L#27 - Richard Childress Racing
Paul Menard
#27 - Richard Childress Racing
Paul Menard
#27 - Richard Childress Racing
Paul Menard
#1 - Chip Ganassi Racing
Kurt Busch
#1 - Chip Ganassi Racing
Kurt Busch
#1 - Chip Ganassi Racing
Kurt Busch
D#1 - Chip Ganassi Racing
Jamie McMurray
#1 - Chip Ganassi Racing
Jamie McMurray
#1 - Chip Ganassi Racing
Jamie McMurray
#1 - Chip Ganassi Racing
Jamie McMurray
#2 - Team Penske
Brad Keselowski
#2 - Team Penske
Brad Keselowski
#2 - Team Penske
Brad Keselowski
#2 - Team Penske
Brad Keselowski
#2 - Team Penske
Brad Keselowski
#2 - Team Penske
Brad Keselowski
#2 - Team Penske
Brad Keselowski
#3 - Richard Childress Racing
Austin Dillon
#3 - Richard Childress Racing
Austin Dillon
#3 - Richard Childress Racing
Austin Dillon
#3 - Richard Childress Racing
Austin Dillon
#3 - Richard Childress Racing
Austin Dillon
#3 - Richard Childress Racing
Austin Dillon
#3 - Richard Childress Racing
Austin Dillon
#4 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Kevin Harvick
#4 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Kevin Harvick
#4 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Kevin Harvick
#4 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Kevin Harvick
#4 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Kevin Harvick
#4 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Kevin Harvick
#4 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Kevin Harvick
#5 - Hendrick Motorsports
Kyle Larson
#
D
#48 - Hendrick Motorsports
Jimmie Johnson
#48 - Hendrick Motorsports
Jimmie Johnson
#48 - Hendrick Motorsports
Jimmie Johnson
#48 - Hendrick Motorsports
Jimmie Johnson
#48 - Hendrick Motorsports
Jimmie Johnson
#48 - Hendrick Motorsports
Jimmie Johnson
#6 - Roush Fenway Racing
Ryan Newman
#6 - Roush Fenway Racing
Ryan Newman
#6 - Roush Fenway Racing
Ryan Newman
D#6 - Roush Fenway Racing
Trevor Bayne
#6 - Roush Fenway Racing
Trevor Bayne
#
D
#16 - Roush Fenway Racing
Greg Biffle
#16 - Roush Fenway Racing
Greg Biffle
#7 - Spire Motorsports
Corey LaJoie
S#37 - JTG Daugherty Racing
Ryan Preece
D#37 - JTG Daugherty Racing
Chris Buescher
#37 - JTG Daugherty Racing
Chris Buescher
S#77 - Furniture Row Racing
Erik Jones
S#46 - HScott Motorsports
Michael Annett
*
L#62 - Premium Motorsports
Several Drivers
#8 - Richard Childress Racing
Tyler Reddick
#8 - Richard Childress Racing
Tyler Reddick
D#8 - Richard Childress Racing
Daniel Hemric
#
D
#31 - Richard Childress Racing
Ryan Newman
#31 - Richard Childress Racing
Ryan Newman
#31 - Richard Childress Racing
Ryan Newman
#31 - Richard Childress Racing
Ryan Newman
#9 - Hendrick Motorsports
Chase Elliott
#9 - Hendrick Motorsports
Chase Elliott
#9 - Hendrick Motorsports
Chase Elliott
#9 - Hendrick Motorsports
Chase Elliott
##24 - Hendrick Motorsports
Chase Elliott
#24 - Hendrick Motorsports
Chase Elliott
D#24 - Hendrick Motorsports
Jeff Gordon
#10 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Aric Almirola
#10 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Aric Almirola
#10 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Aric Almirola
#10 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Aric Almirola
D#10 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Danica Patrick
#10 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Danica Patrick
#10 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Danica Patrick
#11 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Denny Hamlin
#11 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Denny Hamlin
#11 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Denny Hamlin
#11 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Denny Hamlin
#11 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Denny Hamlin
#11 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Denny Hamlin
#11 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Denny Hamlin
#12 - Team Penske
Ryan Blaney
#12 - Team Penske
Ryan Blaney
#12 - Team Penske
Ryan Blaney
#12 - Team Penske
Ryan Blaney
S#37 - JTG Daugherty Racing
Chris Buescher
L#6 - Roush Fenway Racing
Trevor Bayne
#6 - Roush Fenway Racing
Trevor Bayne
#14 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Chase Briscoe
D#14 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Clint Bowyer
#14 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Clint Bowyer
#14 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Clint Bowyer
#14 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Clint Bowyer
D#14 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Tony Stewart
#14 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Tony Stewart
#15 - Rick Ware Racing
Several Drivers
S#15 - Premium Motorsports
Brennan Poole
D#15 - Premium Motorsports
Ross Chastain
#15 - Premium Motorsports
Ross Chastain
D#15 - Premium Motorsports
Reed Sorenson
*
S#15 - HScott Motorsports
Clint Bowyer
##51 - HScott Motorsports
Justin Allgaier
#17 - Roush Fenway Racing
Chris Buescher
#17 - Roush Fenway Racing
Chris Buescher
D#17 - Roush Fenway Racing
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
#17 - Roush Fenway Racing
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
#17 - Roush Fenway Racing
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
#17 - Roush Fenway Racing
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
#17 - Roush Fenway Racing
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
#18 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Kyle Busch
#18 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Kyle Busch
#18 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Kyle Busch
#18 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Kyle Busch
#18 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Kyle Busch
#18 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Kyle Busch
#18 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Kyle Busch
#19 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Martin Truex Jr.
#19 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Martin Truex Jr.
#19 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Martin Truex Jr.
D#19 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Daniel Suarez
#19 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Daniel Suarez
D#19 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Carl Edwards
S#55 - Michael Waltrip Racing
David Ragan
#20 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Christopher Bell
D#20 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Erik Jones
#20 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Erik Jones
#20 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Erik Jones
D#20 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Matt Kenseth
#20 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Matt Kenseth
#20 - Joe Gibbs Racing
Matt Kenseth
#21 - Wood Brothers Racing
Matt DiBenedetto
#21 - Wood Brothers Racing
Matt DiBenedetto
D#21 - Wood Brothers Racing
Paul Menard
#21 - Wood Brothers Racing
Paul Menard
S
D
#21 - Wood Brothers Racing
Ryan Blaney
L#32 - Go Fas Racing
Jeffrey Earnhardt
*
D#32 - Go Fas Racing
Several Drivers
#22 - Team Penske
Joey Logano
#22 - Team Penske
Joey Logano
#22 - Team Penske
Joey Logano
#22 - Team Penske
Joey Logano
#22 - Team Penske
Joey Logano
#22 - Team Penske
Joey Logano
#22 - Team Penske
Joey Logano
#23 - 23XI Racing
Bubba Wallace
S#13 - Germain Racing
Ty Dillon
#13 - Germain Racing
Ty Dillon
#13 - Germain Racing
Ty Dillon
#13 - Germain Racing
Ty Dillon
D#13 - Germain Racing
Casey Mears
#13 - Germain Racing
Casey Mears
#24 - Hendrick Motorsports
William Byron
#24 - Hendrick Motorsports
William Byron
#24 - Hendrick Motorsports
William Byron
#24 - Hendrick Motorsports
William Byron
#
D
#5 - Hendrick Motorsports
Kasey Kahne
#5 - Hendrick Motorsports
Kasey Kahne
#5 - Hendrick Motorsports
Kasey Kahne
#34 - Front Row Motorsports
Michael McDowell
#34 - Front Row Motorsports
Michael McDowell
#34 - Front Row Motorsports
Michael McDowell
#34 - Front Row Motorsports
Michael McDowell
D#34 - Front Row Motorsports
Landon Cassill
D#34 - Front Row Motorsports
Chris Buescher
#
D
#35 - Front Row Motorsports
Cole Whitt
#38 - Front Row Motorsports
Anthony Alfredo
D#38 - Front Row Motorsports
John Hunter Nemechek
#
D
#36 - Front Row Motorsports
Matt Tifft
#
D
#38 - Front Row Motorsports
David Ragan
#72 - TriStar Motorsports
Cole Whitt
S
L
#83 - BK Racing
Matt DiBenedetto
*
#83 - BK Racing
Matt DiBenedetto
#41 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Cole Custer
#41 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Cole Custer
D#41 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Daniel Suarez
D#41 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Kurt Busch
#41 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Kurt Busch
#41 - Stewart-Haas Racing
Kurt Busch
S#15 - Michael Waltrip Racing
Clint Bowyer
#42 - Chip Ganassi Racing
Ross Chastain
D#42 - Chip Ganassi Racing
Matt Kenseth
D#42 - Chip Ganassi Racing
Kyle Larson
#42 - Chip Ganassi Racing
Kyle Larson
#42 - Chip Ganassi Racing
Kyle Larson
#42 - Chip Ganassi Racing
Kyle Larson
#42 - Chip Ganassi Racing
Kyle Larson
#43 - Richard Petty Motorsports
Erik Jones
D#43 - Richard Petty Motorsports
Bubba Wallace
#43 - Richard Petty Motorsports
Bubba Wallace
D#51 - Rick Ware Racing
Several Drivers
*
L#43 - Richard Petty Motorsports
Aric Almirola
#43 - Richard Petty Motorsports
Aric Almirola
#43 - Richard Petty Motorsports
Aric Almirola
#47 - JTG Daugherty Racing
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
#47 - JTG Daugherty Racing
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
D#47 - JTG Daugherty Racing
Ryan Preece
D#47 - JTG Daugherty Racing
A.J. Allmendinger
#47 - JTG Daugherty Racing
A.J. Allmendinger
#47 - JTG Daugherty Racing
A.J. Allmendinger
#47 - JTG Daugherty Racing
A.J. Allmendinger
#48 - Hendrick Motorsports
Alex Bowman
##88 - Hendrick Motorsports
Alex Bowman
#88 - Hendrick Motorsports
Alex Bowman
#88 - Hendrick Motorsports
Alex Bowman
D#88 - Hendrick Motorsports
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
#88 - Hendrick Motorsports
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
#88 - Hendrick Motorsports
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
#51 - Rick Ware Racing
Cody Ware
#51 - Rick Ware Racing
Several Drivers
*
#51 - Rick Ware Racing
Several Drivers
*
S#43 - Richard Petty Motorsports
Bubba Wallace
##32 - Go Fas Racing
Matt DiBenedetto
L#44 - Richard Petty Motorsports
Brian Scott
#
D
#9 - Richard Petty Motorsports
Sam Hornish Jr.
#52 - Rick Ware Racing
Josh Bilicki
##27 - Rick Ware Racing
Several Drivers
##52 - Rick Ware Racing
Several Drivers
*
S#72 - TriStar Motorsports
Corey LaJoie
L#38 Front Row Motorsports
David Ragan
D#38 Front Row Motorsports
Landon Cassill
D#38 Front Row Motorsports
David Gilliland
#53 - Rick Ware Racing
Several Drivers
S#53 - Rick Ware Racing
Several Drivers
*
L#38 - Front Row Motorsports
David Ragan
S#23 - BK Racing
Several Drivers
*
#23 - BK Racing
Several Drivers
*
D#23 - BK Racing
David Ragan
D#23 - BK Racing
J.J. Yeley
#77 - Spire Motorsports
Several Drivers
S#95 - Leavine Family Racing
Christopher Bell
D#95 - Leavine Family Racing
Matt DiBenedetto
D#95 - Leavine Family Racing
Kasey Kahne
D#95 - Leavine Family Racing
Michael McDowell
S#7 - Tommy Baldwin Racing
Regan Smith
D#7 - Tommy Baldwin Racing
Alex Bowman
#78 - Live Fast Motorsports
BJ McLeod
S#32 - Go Fas Racing
Corey LaJoie
#32 - Go Fas Racing
Corey LaJoie
D#32 - Go Fas Racing
Matt DiBenedetto
S#33 - The Motorsports Group
Jeffrey Earnhardt
*
D#95 - Leavine Family Racing
Michael McDowell
L#33 - Circle Sport
Several Drivers
#99 - Team Trackhouse
Daniel Suarez
L#77 - Spire Motorsports
Several Drivers
#77 - Spire Motorsports
Several Drivers
*
S#78 - Furniture Row Racing
Martin Truex Jr.
#78 - Furniture Row Racing
Martin Truex Jr.
#78 - Furniture Row Racing
Martin Truex Jr.
#78 - Furniture Row Racing
Martin Truex Jr.