The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season is hurrying upon us. We’re just a mere four weeks away from the season opening Daytona 500. One thing that occurred to me lately is that we have just six drivers in the entire field that has ever won a Cup championship. In fact, just one of those six have won multiple titles (Jimmie Johnson 7). Do we see another new champion in 2018?
The odds are good for that and that’s because of this new found youth movement in NASCAR.
Just look at the top rides, most are vacated by drivers 27 years or younger.
Alex Bowman (24), William Byron (20) and Chase Elliott (22) are with Hendrick Motorsports. Erik Jones (21) and Daniel Suarez (26) are with Joe Gibbs Racing. Ryan Blaney (24) is with Team Penske. Heck, Joey Logano, also with Penske, is only 27 years old himself. Throw in Bubba Wallace Jr. (24), Kyle Larson (25), Austin Dillon (27) and Ty Dillon (25) and you have 11 drivers right there that all can win future Cup championships that are all also under the age of 27.
That’s a talented class of drivers that could easily win a title.
Take Hendrick and Gibbs now. Five of their eight combined drivers have never won a Cup race before. Take those 11 drivers I previously mentioned and exclude Logano out of it, and their career Cup win total is seven.
That’s one shy of the same amount of trips that Martin Truex Jr. took to victory lane just last year alone.
When the cars battling for the lead up front are driven by drivers that have a combined less than 10 career wins, it’s certainly a new era in this sport.