This is a big season for NASCAR, with a new car and a talented group of young drivers, but NASCAR would prefer to see certain drivers win more than others.
1. Danica- Say what you want about Jr. , a Danica win would be bigger because of the gender. Imagine if she had to wreck boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse to do it, it would be national news. Best Shot: Super speedways, Road Courses
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.- Like NASCAR or not, you know Jr. If he competes for a title people will watch, but he has to win at a higher rate than he does now to keep fans engaged. Best Shot: Super Speedways, Michigan, Richmond
3. Brad Keselowski- He’s now NASCAR’s most engaging driver, and fans know him after his cup championship. Best Shot: Bristol, Kentucky, Kansas
4. Aric Almirola- He’s young, would be a first time winner, of hispanic descent, and drives the famous 43. It’s also not as big of a long shot as you probably think it is. Best Shot: 1.5 mile and 2 mile tracks.
5. Jeff Gordon/ Clint Bowyer: Door to door against each other would be best, pick a side, but really either guy winning would be good for the sport. Best Shot: Martinsville, Talladega, Dover
6. Trevor Bayne: He’s one of the most likeable people in the sport, a win for him would be huge. Best Shot: Any Nationwide race
7. Ricky Stenhouse- He’s Danica’s boyfriend, and the sport needs new winners. Best Shot: Michigan, Atlanta, Auto Club
8. Busch Brothers: It’s good to see people fans hate win on occasion. Best Shot: Anywhere
9. Nationwides Next Generation: The Dillon brothers, Kyle Larson, James Buescher, Darrell Wallace Jr., Ryan Blaney, Travis Pastrana. The future of the sport is really bright, and this is the cream of the crop, Wallace and Pastrana would be the biggest for obvious reasons though.
10. Somebody from Tommy Baldwin Racing, Front Row Motorsports, BK Racing,Swan Racing, FAS Lane Racing, Phoenix Racing. Admit it, sometimes it’s cool to see the little guy win. These teams are planning to drive the full race each time and hopefully are rewarded for that. Best Shot: Talladega, Daytona, fuel mileage race