Ryan Blaney's win in the Nationwide race at Bristol has inspired me to bring up a topic that I've been considering writing a blog post about for some time. It's very easy to say that the future of NASCAR has never been brighter than it is right now. Numerous young talents are getting chances to shine in developmental series and cars, and as we saw last night, some of them are doing extremely well with the opportunities they have. I'm not going to write a graduate thesis on the subject; rather, I will simply rank my top 25 prospects, basing my opinions on both opportunity and talent.
1. Kyle Larson (#42-Cup)
2. Chase Elliott (#9-Nationwide)
3. Ryan Blaney (#29-Truck)
4. Darrell Wallace Jr. (#54-Truck)
5. Erik Jones (#51-Truck P/T)
6. Austin Dillon (#3-Cup)
7. Trevor Bayne (#6-Nationwide)
8. Chris Buescher (#60-Nationwide)
9. Ben Rhodes (#41-East)
10. Ty Dillon (#3-Nationwide)
11. Jeb Burton (#13-Truck)
12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (#17-Cup)
13. Cole Whitt (#26-Cup)
14. James Buescher (#99-Nationwide)
15. Landon Cassill (#40-Cup)
16. John Hunter Nemechek (#8-Truck P/T)
17. Brandon Jones (#33-East)
18. Brian Scott (#2-Nationwide)
19. Cole Custer (#00-East)
20. Justin Allgaier (#51-Cup)
21. Daniel Suarez (#3-Toyota)
22. Dylan Kwasniewski (#31-Nationwide)
23. Alex Bowman (#23-Cup)
24. Ben Kennedy (#31-Truck)
25. Kenzie Ruston (#96-East)
In addition, I will name ten other prospects that are worth monitoring.
--Austin Wayne Self
I'm not asking people to comment on my rankings (you can if you wish); rather, my hope is that this would cause people to share their rankings and opinions on the upcoming crop of NASCAR drivers. Coincidentally enough, I happen to know that one of our very own users wrote an article concerning this very topic (read here).
So yeah, I guess without further ado, let the discussions begin!
(P.S. Hopefully the HTML code comes through alright. If it doesn't, my apologies.)
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