THE OLD GUYS STILL HAVE IT
Think NASCAR isn’t a place for “old” guys?
Think again. Of the dozen drivers represented in
the Championship 4 among NASCAR’s three major
series, exactly half were over the age of 35 and two
were over the age of 40.
In the Camping World Truck Series, a division
considered a breeding ground for young up-and-
comers, only one of the four championship finalists –
21-year-old Christopher Bell – was younger than 35.
Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series) and
Elliott Sadler (NASCAR XFINIT Y Series), both 41,
represented the eldest finalists in their respective
series, while Matt Crafton, at age 40, was the senior
member of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’
Championship 4. It should also be noted that among
the Sprint Cup Series’ quartet of finalists, only
26-year-old Joey Logano was under the age of 30.
What do all these numbers mean? NASCAR might
have plenty of young blood, but the guys who have
been around for a while still know how to contend
for wins and championships.
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