Which drivers will earn their first career win? Who will make the playoffs? Which driver will be crowned NASCAR champion? Our 2019 predictions are here.
The start of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is less than two weeks away. With drivers switching teams and the new rules package, many offseason changes will begin to come into focus sooner than others.
But we don’t want to wait that long. Instead we are going to 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.
Here we go!
Landon Cassill (No. 00 StarCom Racing Chevy) will earn this teams first ever top-10 finish.
Kurt Busch (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy) goes winless and misses the playoffs.
Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford) finishes the season with the most wins but only advances to the Round of 8.
Austin Dillon (No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevy) misses the playoffs, breaking his streak of three consecutive seasons.
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford) wins at least two races and advances to the Championship 4.
Ryan Newman (No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford) snaps his winless streak dating back to March of 2017 and makes the playoffs.
Daniel Hemric (No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevy) earns more top-5 finishes than Newman did in this car in 2018 (0) and wins Rookie of the Year Honors.
Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy) wins at least two races and advances to the Championship 4.
Aric Almirola (No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford) wins during the regular season and reaches the Round of 8.
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) snaps his winless streak but doesn’t make it past the round of 12.
Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Team Penske Ford) wins one race but doesn’t make it past the Round of 12.
Ty Dillon (No. 13 Germain Racing Chevy) earns his first top-5 and finishes inside the top-20 in points.
Clint Bowyer (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford) wins during the regular season and playoffs and reaches the Championship 4.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford) finishes outside the top-20 in points.
Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) wins the most races of all Toyota drivers and wins the 2019 Championship.
Martin Truex Jr. (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) wins at least 4 races but only reaches the Round of 8.
Erik Jones (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) goes winless but advances to the Round of 12.
Paul Menard (No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford) will earn his second career win and make the playoffs.
Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford) will win a race but fail to reach the Round of 8.
William Byron (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy) earns his first top-5 finish and finishes inside the top-20 in the standings.
Corey LaJoie (No. 32 Go Fas Racing Ford) sets a career best in finishing races (27).
Michael McDowell (No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford) finishes the highest in the standings among Front Row Motorsports drivers.
Matt Tifft (No. 36 Front Row Motorsports Ford) scores one top-15 finish.
Chris Buescher (No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevy) earns a career best three top-5 finishes.
David Ragan (No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford) leads more than 35 laps, the total number of laps led in the past five seasons.
Daniel Suarez (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford) makes the playoffs for the first time in his career.
Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy) wins a race and reaches the Round of 8.
Darrell Wallace Jr. (No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevy) sets career highs in top-5 and top-10 finishes.
Ryan Preece (No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevy) finishes ahead of teammate Chris Buescher in the standings.
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy) goes winless again but makes the playoffs.
Alex Bowman (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy) wins his first career race and makes the playoffs.
Matt DiBenedetto (No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota) doubles Leavine Family Racing’s top-5 (1) and top-10 finishes (5).
Tanner Berryhill (No. 97 Obaika Racing Toyota) leads a lap.
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