There has not been a lot of contract talks as the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season approaches its halfway mark for the regular season.
It has been a fascinating Cup Series season with only one multiple race winner in the 12 races so far this season. Also, the likes of races who dominated last season, including Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and 2020 Champion Chase Elliott, are yet to get their first win.
But having spent one-third of the season, drivers’ contract talks will begin to emerge especially regarding the ones whose contract is due to expire at the end of the season in November.
One driver each from Hendrick Motorsports (Alex Bowman), Team Penske (Brad Keselowski) and Stewart-Haas Racing (Aric Almirola) are set to become free agents given their contract situation right now however,recently Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick confirmed they are currently in talks with Bowman over a contract extension. As for Joe Gibbs Racing, all of their drivers have a contract beyond the 2021 season.
One team that is certain to have a driver change is Wood Brothers Racing, who will see Matt DiBenedetto depart the No. 21 Ford to make room for reigning Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric.
While DiBenedetto was supposed to depart Wood Brothers Racing after the 2020 season, he managed to get a contract extension with the team after solid performances in the 2020 playoffs. However, he will have to find a new team for the 2022 season.