Bold predictions for every Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver

Which drivers will earn their first career win? Who will make the playoffs? Which driver will be crowned NASCAR champion? Our 2018 predictions are here.

The start of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is less than two weeks away. Many offseason questions will begin to come into focus but some of those questions won’t be realized until the season progresses.

We don’t want to wait that long, so we thought it would be fun to take a look at the upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and make a bold prediction for each driver.

Do you agree with your favorite driver’s prediction? Have a prediction for your favorite driver that you want to share? Let us know in the comments!

Below are the confirmed full-time drivers listed in order of their car number. Here we go!

Jamie McMurray will snap his winless streak, which dates back to the October 2013 race at Talladega Superspeedway and make the playoffs.

Brad Keselowski wins during the regular season and fails to make it past the Round of 12.

Austin Dillon makes the playoffs for the third straight year.

Kevin Harvick finishes the season with the most wins of all Ford drivers and advances to the Round of 8.

Trevor Bayne finishes ahead of his teammate, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., in the final standings.

Chase Elliott takes over the No. 9 car in 2018. (Matthew T. Thacker, NKP)

Chase Elliott earns his first career victory and reaches the Championship 4.

Aric Almirola finishes inside the top-20 in points and improves his career best seven top-10 finishes in a season.

Denny Hamlin wins during the regular season and fails to make it past the Round of 12.

Ryan Blaney wins during the regular season and reaches the Round of 12.

Ty Dillon earns his first top-5 and top-10 finish.

Clint Bowyer makes the playoffs for the first time with Stewart-Haas Racing.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finishes outside the top-20 in points.

Kyle Busch wins the most races of all Toyota drivers and reaches the Championship 4.

Daniel Suarez earns five top-5 finishes and makes the playoffs.

Erik Jones replaces Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 car. (Matthew T. Thacker, NKP)

Erik Jones scores his first career victory and reaches the Round of 8.

Paul Menard will score just one top-10 and one top-5 finish.

Joey Logano wins during the regular season and advances to the Round of 8 in the playoffs.

William Byron earns his first career victory, makes the playoffs and wins Rookie of the Year honors.

Ryan Newman misses the playoffs for just the second time in the last six seasons.

Matt DiBenedetto earns Go Fas Racing their first top-5 finish.

Michael McDowell  sets a new career best in laps lead (10) in a season.

Chris Buescher finishes ahead of teammate A.J. Allmendinger for the second straight season.

David Ragan scores a top-5 finish for the first time since 2015.

Kurt Busch returns to No. 41 in 2018. (Nigel Kinrade, NKP)

Kurt Busch misses the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

Kyle Larson wins the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.

Darrell Wallace Jr. earns two top-10 finishes in his rookie season.

A.J. Allmendinger earns a top-5 finish in both road course races.

Jimmie Johnson wins more than three races during the season and reaches the Round of 8.

Ray Black, Jr.  leads a lap.

Martin Truex Jr. reaches the Championship 4 for the third time in four years.

Alex Bowman replaces Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88. (Matthew T. Thacker, NKP)

Alex Bowman earns double digit top-10 finishes but misses the playoffs.

Kasey Kahne doubles Leavine Family Racing’s top-5 (1) and top-10 finishes (5).

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