Sport: 2019 Cup Rookie of the Year battle an unconventional three-man race - PressFrom - US
  •   
  •   
  •   

Sport2019 Cup Rookie of the Year battle an unconventional three-man race

22:55  28 november  2018
22:55  28 november  2018 Source:   nbcsports.com

What each Xfinity Championship 4 driver would accomplish with title

What each Xfinity Championship 4 driver would accomplish with title Whoever claims the title Saturday will be the seventh different Xfinity champion in seven years.

2019 Cup Rookie of the Year battle an unconventional three-man race© Getty Images

Before Tuesday, the known Cup Series rookie class for 2019 consisted of Daniel Hemric and Ryan Preece after both drivers were announced as moving up to Cup on Sept. 28.

On Tuesday, Matt Tifft threw his hat in the ring when he revealed he will compete for Front Row Motorsports next season, driving the No. 36 Ford.

Hemric will drive Richard Childress Racing’s No. 31 Chevrolet and Preece will drive JTG Daugherty Racing’s No. 47 Chevrolet.

Together, the three drivers comprise an unconventional rookie class. A class that, compared to recent years, is older, lacks championships and hasn’t visited Victory Lane as often in NASCAR’s national series.

Report: Eli Manning not ruled out as Giants starting QB in 2019

Report: Eli Manning not ruled out as Giants starting QB in 2019 Eli Manning may be nearing the end of his career, but that does not mean the soon-to-be 38-year-old quarterback won’t be back with the New York Giants next season. SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano reports that a source indicated the Giants have “absolutely not” made a decision on Manning’s future with the organization, meaning the veteran signal-caller very well could be the team’s starting quarterback next season. Put plainly, the source summed up the Giants’ situation at quarterback with the following sobering assessment: “Who’s going to replace him?” The Giants have Alex Tanney and Kyle Lauletta slotted at second and third on the depth chart, respectively.

This class will be the first since 2015 to not include a driver who won a title in one of NASCAR’s lower national series. Brett Moffitt won Rookie of the Year that season in a class that included Matt DiBenedetto and Jeb Burton.

Experience is another factor.

Both Tifft and Hemric make their transitions to Cup after two full-time seasons in the Xfinity Series. They were teammates at RCR this season. Tifft drove for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2017.

Preece is the outlier in multiple ways.

The accomplished modified racer from Berlin, Connecticut, will be full-time in Cup after not being full-time in any NASCAR series since 2016. He’s also the only one of the three drivers with a NASCAR win.

After he competed full-time for JD Motorsports in the Xfinity Series in 2016, Preece made 19 starts over the next two seasons with Joe Gibbs Racing. The opportunity was a result of a gamble on himself that led to his first career win in his second start with the team.

Kurt Busch hopes to ‘have an announcement soon’ on where he’ll race

Kurt Busch hopes to ‘have an announcement soon’ on where he’ll race Kurt Busch says he feels 'confident on where things will go' for a ride in 2019.

Preece’s 2017-18 record

  • Starts: 19
  • Wins: 2
  • Top fives:  11
  • Top 10s: 14
  • Laps Led: 218

Age is another unusual aspect. Going against the recent trend of NASCAR’s “Youth Movement,” Preece and Hemric will be 28-years-old when they start their rookie campaigns. Tifft turns 23 in June.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in 2013 was the last Rookie of the Year who was 25 or older.

Hemric, who calls Kannapolis, North Carolina, home, piloted RCR’s No. 21 Chevrolet from 2017-18 in Xfinity and made his first two Cup starts this season

Despite no wins, Hemric powered his way into the Championship 4 each season.

Hemric goes to Cup having earned five runner-up finishes, the most for a Xfinity driver without a win. He also won a series-leading nine stages this season.

Hemric’s 2017-18 Xfinity record

  • Starts: 66
  • Wins: 0
  • Top fives: 23
  • Top 10s: 36
  • Lap led: 510

MORE: Daniel Hemric’s journey to NASCAR aided by Xfinity mechanic

Like Hemric, Tifft will take the green flag in the Daytona 500 without a NASCAR win to his name, but he proved he can run with the leaders.

Natalie Decker to begin transition to NASCAR racing in 2019

Natalie Decker to begin transition to NASCAR racing in 2019 Natalie Decker is vastly expanding her racing schedule in 2019, including making her NASCAR national series debut. DGR-Crosley announced Friday it has added Decker to its driver development program for next season and the 21-year-old native of Eagle River, Wis., will compete in a combination of NASCAR Truck, K&N Pro series and ARCA events in 2019. Decker, 21, finished a career-high seventh in the ARCA series this year, finishing with two top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 20 races while competing with Venturini Motorsports. She also began the year winning the pole for the season-opener at Daytona.

The native of Hinckley, Ohio, who two years ago underwent brain surgery to remove a low-grade tumor, has made 102 combined NASCAR starts in Xfinity and the Truck Series.

Of Tifft’s nine Xfinity top fives, six came this season. Four have come on road courses including a second-place result this year at Road America.

He made the playoffs in each Xfinity season.

Tifft’s 2017-18 Xfinity record

  • Starts: 66
  • Wins: 0
  • Top fives: 8
  • Top 10s: 32
  • Lap Led: 49

Should Preece, Hemric or Tifft manage to win a race in 2019 and go on to claim the Rookie of the Year title, they’ll be first to do so since Joey Logano in 2009.

and on Facebook

Ravens announce rookie Lamar Jackson as their starting QB.
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh made the announcement on Wednesday that Lamar Jackson would be the team's starting quarterback

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!