Heading into the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, the main storyline was the new found “youth movement.” NASCAR had seen a ton of veterans retire from the sport lately and their rides were being filled with much younger drivers. Three of the four drivers at Hendrick Motorsports were 25 years of age or younger. Half of the drivers at Joe Gibbs Racing are 26 or younger. Team Penske has two of their three drivers aged 28 or younger.
The youth is here.
The veterans still remaining in the sport felt jaded. They wanted to know why they were still in their prime but not being talked about. Well, as we’re down to the Round of 8, the average age of the eight remaining drivers is 34.5. Half of the eight drivers are 38 years of age or older. Just two drivers left are younger than 30. Those are Joey Logano (28) and Chase Elliott (22).
Logano, has won just one race all year. Erik Jones (22), Ryan Blaney (24) and Austin Dillon (28) each won one race a piece too. Elliott (22) won three times. Other than that, veterans have stole the show.
Kevin Harvick (42) has won seven times. Kyle Busch (33) has too. Martin Truex Jr. (38) has won four times himself. Throw in Clint Bowyer (39) and his two wins, and you get the veterans outshining the youth. Kurt Busch (40) and Aric Almirola (34) have won races this season, so has 34 year old Brad Keselowski.
The average age of race winners in 2018 is 29. With the average age of the drivers left being five years older, it shows that the cream of the crop are still the veterans.
What’s good for NASCAR, the average age of the last four races are 26.6. While the ages are trending down, the veterans are still the top dogs in the sport.