For the first time some of our Redneck Fantasy League Players have offered in with their pre-season picks on who they think will emerge in all three series as Rookie of The Year winners, as well as series champs. With the retirement of Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, and the “stepping away” from fulltime racing by Carl Edwards, the face of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is changing. The aforementioned idea proves that we have witnessed, over the past two or three years in the Cup Series, a transition of power, a passing of the torch to the younger drivers. With that in mind the idea of looking at this new crop of young talent that has worked their way up to the three touring series of NASCAR, it be insightful to shine a light on some of them to see if their potential talent will take them to the top of the NASCAR world!
About a week ago Karen the Highly Opinionated Southern Belle suggested that it might be interesting to incorporate some of the the players pre-season thoughts and picks about who they thought, at this point, would be players in all three series championships, as well as the respective Rookies of The Year winners. A few of the players responded.
Our Pre-Season Choices
The first to weigh in was Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle with her choices in the three series for 2017.
Camping World Truck Series
Rookie of The Year-–Noah Gragson in the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 18 Tundra
Series Champion—--Christopher Bell driving the KBM No.4 Tundra
Rookie of The year—-Cole Custer the Stewart-Haas Racing No.00 Ford Mustang
Series Champion—William Byron driving JR Motorsports No.9 Camaro
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Rookie of The Year—Daniel Suarez, (Carl Edwards’ and JGR replacement)
Series Champion—Joey Logano Team Penske
Next to offer up their insights into who they may think are early season favorites was the second and third generation of my limb of the Hammack family tree, father-son duo of Jeremy The Coach and Cole The Redneck Understudy.
Jeremy The Coach’s pre-season selections;
ROTY—Chase Briscoe in his Brad Keselowski Racing No.29 F-150
ROTY—William Byron driving for JR Motorsports
ROTY— Erik Jones driving the new Furniture Row Racing No.77 Camry
Champion-– Jimmie Johnson for his unprecedented 8th crown
Now we can look at Cole The Redneck Understudy’s picks
Champion–Dale Earnhardt, Jr. driving the HMS No.88
Jim, aka Chiefy listed his prognostications:
Champ—Matt Crafton driving the ThorSport Racing’s No.88 Tundra
Champ—Elliott Sadler driving the JR Motorsport No.1 Camaro
ROTY… Erik Jones
Meanwhile Edie The Las Vegas Super Star offers up a somewhat different set of choices.
Rookie—Cody Coughlin driving the ThorSport No.13 Tundra
Champ—Johnny Sauter driving the Gallagher Motorsports No.21 Silverado
Champ—Ryan Reed in his Roush Fenway No.16 Mustang
Lastly yours truly, Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff will list his choices.
ROTY—Chase Briscoe driving the BKR No.29 Ford F-150
After looking over the participants pre-season picks, there are some interesting common threads, as well as some very interesting differences that underlie these picks! At the end of the season I will revisit the pre-season picks from these players and see just how close we came to predicting these award winners, or just how far we all missed the mark! Even though this sampling is only 6 of the 21 Redneck Fantasy League players, it will still be fun to see if what we thought pre-season, will carry through to season’s ending!
Keep some of these names in the back of your mind because some of these young guns may be the stars of NASCAR tomorrow!
Hopefully this will be an annual pre-season feature for The Redneck Fantasy League web site, with many more players joining in and participating next season in this game!
TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN”!