NASCAR Cup Drivers are Streaking Toward the ‘Best Season Ever’ with Different Winners

NASCAR Cup drivers are streaking toward the 'Best Season Ever' with different winners in every race this season to date. Can they keep the streak alive for the next six races and beyond to break records and make history?

NASCAR Cup drivers are streaking toward the ‘Best Season Ever’ with different winners in every race this season to date. Can they keep the streak alive for the next six races and beyond to break records and make history?

NASCAR is promoting the Cup Series this year as the ‘Best Season Ever.’ So far, the results after five races are backing up that statement.

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Chase Elliott: No Guarantee in the Championship Chase

Chase Elliott knows, there is no guarantee in the Championship Chase for the NASCAR Cup Series title this year nor beyond this season.

Every driver dreams of racing at Daytona International Speedway. In the NASCAR Cup Series, winning the Daytona 500 is at the top of their wish list. But some want more, and look beyond just being in or winning a single race. Competitive drivers want to be at the top level; they want to be one of the best. The quest to be one of the best means hoisting the Cup Series trophy at least once in their career.

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The Lottery for No. 48 is Open; Who Holds the Winning Ticket?

Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48 during the 2020 West Coast Swing
Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The Lottery for No. 48 is highly sought after by several potential NASCAR Cup Series drivers. It’s a big win for one lucky driver. And perhaps for Hendrick Motorsports too.

Since seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has said the 2020 season is his last full-time year in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. The question most ask is who will replace him? Without an answer from team owner Rick Hendrick, speculation in the rumor mill is running rampant on social media.

So, who holds the winning ticket?

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Five Flags Speedway Ready to Drop the Green Flag for the ARCA East Pensacola 200

Photo by Jay Husmann

Five Flags Speedway is nationally known as the ‘Home of the Snowball Derby’. The track is building on that legacy and growing for the future. Last year, the ARCA Menards Series made their return to the Pensacola, Florida locale for the first time since 1996. This year, the popular half-mile track is hosting the ARCA Menards Series East for the Pensacola 200 this Saturday night.

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Who is Next in the Series Where ‘Names are Made?’

'Names are Made' in the Xfinity Series and this is Noah Gragson after earning his first career victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Daytona in February 2020.
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 15: Noah Gragson, driver of the #9 Bass Pro Shops/BRCC Chevrolet, celebrates winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series NASCAR Racing Experience 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Three drivers ‘made their names’ in the NASCAR Xfinity Series over the last couple of years. Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, and Cole Custer each earned their place in the ‘Big Three’ of the series last year. On their way to collectively winning 21 of 33 races (64%), these three drivers took a meteoric rise to the top. Reddick went on to claim the championship for the second year in a row and now, the ‘Big Three’ are moving up to the NASCAR Cup Series as part of the rookie class in the premier series. That leaves the question of who fills the role of being next in the ‘Series where Names are Made?’

For many, the common answer is Justin Allgaier, Chase Briscoe, and Austin Cindric. These drivers finished the season right behind the departing drivers, fourth, fifth and sixth respectively in the point standings. Briscoe won at Las Vegas and now leads the series points battle just two races into the season. Meanwhile, Cindric sits sixth and Allgaier ninth. While a strong case can be made for these three, there are other drivers already making their statements for this season on the track.

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