2016 with HScott Motorsports, and then
land to replace Tony Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017. How will Bowyer
fare in his one-off season at HScott
Motorsports? With support from SHR and
Hendrick Motorsports, he’s seeking his
first win since 2012.
10 A Turnaround for RCR? Richard Childress Racing hasn’t won a
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship
since Dale Earnhardt’s seventh and last
title in 1994. That’s a 22-year championship drought. Look for Ryan Newman to
finally win his first race since 2013; Paul
Menard to make the Chase for a second
straight year; Childress’ grandson Austin
Dillon to have a breakout year; and grandson Ty Dillon to contend for the NASCAR
XFINIT Y Series championship.
11 Will Roush Fenway’s Struggles Continue? It’s been a rough few
years for Roush Fenway Racing, but none
more difficult and trying than 2015. The
team not only failed to win a Sprint Cup
Series race, but none of its three drivers
made the Chase. One consolation was
Chris Buescher claimed the NASCAR
XFINITY Series championship. Offseason
changes in several departments offer
promise of a better Cup Series season.
12 Will JGR Continue to Dominate? With 14 wins and the Sprint Cup
Series championship, Joe Gibbs Racing
was the most dominant team in 2015.
That’s after just two total wins in 2014.
While team officials have shaken up the
crew chief lineup, look for JGR to be just
as strong as it was a year ago. Don’t be
surprised if two, maybe even three JGR
drivers reach the championship round.
13 Who Is the Next Driver to Retire? Jeff Gordon retired at the
end of 2015. Tony Stewart will retire at the
end of 2016. Who’s the next driver to hang
up his helmet? Odds are it’ll be Greg Biffle
( 46 years old), most likely after his current
contract expires at the end of 2017,
followed potentially by Matt Kenseth ( 44).
We are definitely seeing a changing of the
guard in NASCAR.
14 It’s Kyle Larson’s Turn. His fans have patiently waited two seasons
for Kyle Larson to win his first NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series race. With his immense
talent, Larson is long overdue and we predict he finally breaks through with that first
win this season. In fact, don’t be surprised
if the driver of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi
Racing Chevrolet wins two, maybe even
three races in 2016.
15 Kenseth vs. Logano, Round 2. Race car drivers never forget if
they feel an opponent has wronged them.
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