Nascar Choices 2018 Season
I have been an Earnhardt fan for decades. I followed Dale Earnhardt #3 driver for many many years. I followed his son Dale Jr #8 and #88 for the past 20 years when he drove in the "Busch" Series, now the Xfinity series and the Nascar Cup Series. I have no idea who I want to root for now that Dale Earnhardt Jr., will be retiring at the end of this season. He owns Junior Motorsports in the Xfinity Series, and I am sure there are some drivers on that team that will move up to the Cup Series to be watching for.
I have many choices from Rookie to Veteran drivers to choose. I compiled a list of some of the up and coming drivers along with one veteran driver, whom started with Dale Jr., they were rookie drivers together, in 2000, Matt Kenseth.
Now, that I have my list, let's check out their statistics and see who I should be rooting for during the 2018 Nascar Cup Series racing.
Chase Elliott is one of the first choices on my list. His daddy, Bill Elliott, was a driver for around 40 years and he was another of my favorites back in the day. Let's check out Chase:
He has won in the Xfinity series, which is the minor's in the racing world. He has also won in the Truck series, ARCA series and countless late model series'.
He was named Rookie of the year in the Nascar Cup series in 2016. He drives the #24 Chevy for Hendrick's Racing, taking the place of Jeff Gordon, retired at the end of 2015, who drove the #24 Chevy for 23 years and has numerous Championships in that car.
Chase has won the Xfinity series Championship, has been the runner up in this series too. He also won Rookie of the year in the Xfinity series. He won the Daytona 500 twice. He has been the youngest driver to win in all three Nascar Series'.
These are pretty impressive statistics for such a young driver. He is now 21 years old. He will be driving a very long time. He was teammate to Dale Jr. at Hendrick's Racing. I would be crazy not to be a fan!
Kyle has raced in a range of cars since beginning his career in 1999 at the age of seven. He has raced in cars from Outlaw Sprint Karts, winged and non-winged sprint cars, sports cars, trucks, and stock cars.
Larson is entering his fourth full-time season driving in the MENCS for Chip Ganassi Racing with Target and Credit One Bank serving as primary partners.
Larson, who is half Japanese, is the only Asian-American to race full-time in NASCAR and is the first NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) graduate to earn a full-time MENCS ride and the first to win a Cup race.
He drives for Chip Ganassi Racing for the past four years. He won his first cup series race in 2016. He was rookie of the year in 2014. He's got a few awards under his hood already. I would be proud to be a Kyle Larson fan!
Matt has been driving for Joe Gibbs racing for over four years. He will not be driving the #20 in the 2018 season. He is not sure where he will end up going. There are rumors that he will be driving the #88, but it is just a rumor, nothing official just yet.
He has been in the Nascar Cup Series for 17 years. He won rookie of the year in 2000. Matt Kenseth is a veteran with a lot of winnings in the Nascar Cup series and the Xfinity series. He has had an amazing career in the series so far. He has a lot of wins in both Series, impressive statistics, and an amazing person, on and off the track. I don't know where he will end up, but I would be proud to root for this impressive driver.
Ty is the grandson of Richard Childress, whom he drives for in the Nascar Cup Series. He drives the #13 car and drives full time. Ty drives part time in the Xfinity series and the Truck Series. He is competing for Rookie of the year. He has one win in the Xfinity Series and three career wins in the Truck Series. His older brother, Austin, also drives for their grandpa in the Nascar Cup Series.
This is his rookie year, so not many stats on him, but we could keep watching to see how his career goes.
Who Would you Choose?
Austin, like his brother, Ty, also drives in all three Nascar series'. His rookie year was 2014, when his grandpa brought out the #3 car. Dale Earnhardt drove that infamous #3 and was called the "intimidator" or car in black. Austin won his first Nascar Cup race this year, 2017. He has eight career wins in the Xfinity series and seven career wins in the Truck series. Austin has been the Truck Series champion and the Xfinity Champion. He started in the Cup series 2014. He has won at Charlotte this year so far.
Austin has a pretty impressive record in his career. He is another driver that I should keep an eye on, seems to be an up and coming driver.
Ryan drives the #21 for Wood Brothers racing. He is third generation in the racing world. His father is Dave Blaney, a former Nascar Cup driver, and his grandfather is Lou Blaney, a modified dirt track legend. Ryan has been racing since he was 6 years old. His rookie year for Nascar Cup was in 2016.
Ryan has one win in the Nascar Cup at Pocono 2017. He has five career wins in the Xfinity series and four career wins in the Truck Series.
He will be one to keep an eye on the next few years, he will continue to do well. He will be driving for Penske team 2018.
Wrapping up my Choices
There you have it! A few drivers, mostly rookies, but one very impressive veteran as well. I think every one of these drivers have a lot of talent, work hard and will be very entertaining to watch throughout the 2018 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series.
There are several more veteran's that I like to watch that are very impressive on and off the track too. Kevin Harvick #4, Jimmmie Johnson #48 and Kasey Kahne #5. I still have no idea who I want to be my new favorite driver. I will just have to keep watching next season to see who stands out on my radar. I really like Chase Elliott, and Austin Dillon, so we will see how these two do the rest of this year and into the 2018 Season.
© 2017 Jo Jo