NASCAR 2011 boasts plenty of young talent
Published 7:05 pm, Wednesday, May 4, 2011
As many of you know, I've been following NASCAR for most of my life.
Over time, I've noticed every so often a crop of drivers come along who are very talented.
Back in 1993, a group of young men made the leap to the Sprint Cup series all around the same time.
Most of them are still racing today and have been successful at making a name for themselves.
Jeff Gordon ran his first Sprint Cup race in the last race of the season in 1992.
In 1993, Jeff went full-time, winning Rookie of the Year honors and, over time, earned four championships.
Do you remember who was runner-up to Jeff in 1993 for the rookie honors?
Bobby Labonte... he went on to win a championship in 2000.
Jeff Burton started racing part-time that year and went full-time in 1994, winning Rookie of the Year.
Kenny Wallace started racing in 1990, but didn't go full-time until 1993.
Kenny still races today in the Nationwide Series and is a race analyst on the SPEED channel.
Jeff Burton's brother, Ward, also joined the ranks in 1994, and he won the Daytona 500 in 2002.
The only one who's not still racing today is Ward.
I think the Nationwide Series has a group of young drivers who are just as talented as some of the 1990s men.
Allgaier, Leffler and Sorenson are teammates racing for Turner Motorsports.
Another name to watch is Trevor Bayne, who won the Daytona 500 this year.
Bayne missed this past weekend's Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Richmond because he has been hospitalized. At this time, not much information has come out about his condition.
Honestly, I see future Sprint Cup champions in the making.
The Sprint Cup drivers are in Darlington Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. on Fox.