The 2020 crop of NASCAR Cup Series Rookies looks to be one of the greatest set of rookies in a long, long time. The top four drivers vying for the 2020 Rookie of the Year crown have been past race winners, pole sitters and champions. Who will wind up on top at the end of the year? We answer all of that in this article!
Custer enters his first full time season in the Cup Series driving the No. 41 Ford for Stewart-Racing, displacing former driver Daniel Suarez. In his three full seasons driving in the Xfinity Series, Custer racked up 9 wins, 38 top fives and 69 top tens along with two second place finishes in the final series standings in 2018 and 2019. Driving for Stewart-Haas Racing, and under the guidance of Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and Aric Almirola, there is nothing that can stop Custer from achieving the same success he did in the Xfinity Series. Custer may struggle early in the season to get a grip on the Cup Series car, but once he does, look out.
John Hunter Nemechek
John Hunter Nemechek takes over the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford vacated by David Ragan. His three starts at the end of the 2019 season substituting for Matt Tifft showcases what Nemechek could do. However, unlike his other top four contenders, the statistics for Nemechek do not compare to those of his rivals. Be that as it may, Nemechek has embarked on a meteoric rise to the Cup Series on the heels of his first full Xfinity Series season. While Front Row Motorsports is far from a top tier team in the series, the experience that his teammate Michael McDowell has gained in the sport can not be under sold. What will Nemechek be able to accomplish in 2020?
Fifteen wins, 38 tops fives, and 41 top tens in two full seasons in the Xfnity Series? Yes, those are the statistics of Christopher Bell. Bell enters the 2020 season as the driver of the No. 95 Toyota for Leavine Family Racing after three seasons in the Xfinity Series. While Bell was able to claim a championship in the Truck Series in 2017, he was never able to capture an Xfinity Championship, finishing a career best third last season. With Leavine Family Racing existing as a satellite team for Joe Gibbs Racing, Bell undoubtedly will have some of the best equipment in the series. What will that translate to in 2020?
Tyler Reddick enters the 2020 Cup Series season as the most successful in this seasons rookie class. In two full seasons driver the No. 2 for Richard Childress Racing in the Xfinity Series, Reddick claimed 8 wins, 31 top fives and 47 top tens. These statistics alone are impressive, but the fact that he’s won the past two Xfinity Series Championships is even more impressive. Reddick climbs behind the wheel of the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro for RCR in 2020, and with the success he has had in the Xfinity Series, Reddick is poised for a fantastic Cup Series career. However, what will he be able to accomplish in 2020?
Now comes the fun part….
With all of the talent listed above, and given all of the headlines coming into the season, we will now predict your 2020 Cup Series Rookie of the Year. In the end statistics do not lie, and with that, Tyler Reddick will be the 2020 Cup Series Rookie of the Year. His consistency over the past two Xfinity Series season gives him the advantage over Bell, Custer and Nemechek.
We are also going to go out on a limb and say that one of these rookies, maybe even possibly two, will win a race in 2020. Reddick and Custer have the best odds as each of their respective teams and owners have won before, but don’t count out Bell as Leavine Family Racing nearly went to victory lane in 2019 multiple times.
Stay tuned for all of the exciting NASCAR Cup Series action in 2020!
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