NASCAR Cup Series Preseason Predictions

Kyle Busch’s last 10 years was nothing short of spectacular! He won 40 races, two championships, and every race except the elusive Daytona 500 and the newest race at the Charlotte Roval. He won his championships in two spectacular fashion. In 2015, he came back from major injuries. Last year, he won it all by winning the final Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Nothing indicates Busch will slow his win frequency and opportunity to win championships

He will win 12 races this season.

He’ll win 6 races in the regular season, starting with the Daytona 500. He’ll win the Auto Club 400, STP 500, Coca-cola 600, Brickyard 400, Coke Zero 400. He’ll win 40% of the stages. And he’ll be crowned Regular Season Champion.

He’ll win 4 races in the first three rounds of the Playoffs, starting with the Southern 500. He’ll add wins in the Federate Auto Parts 400, Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, Bank of America Roval 400. He’ll win 12 stages before the finale.

In the finale, he’ll run consistently but not doing anything spectacular until late in the last stage. He’ll speed into the sunset within the final 40 laps and claim his 5th win of the Playoffs, 11 total on the season, and most importantly, his second consecutive championship.

The Rookie Of The Year Battle this season should be very intriguing. The “Big 3” from the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, and Tyler Reddick have declare for the NASCAR Cup Series. Bell will drive for Leavine Family Racing, in a closw knit alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing, while Custer will drive for Stewart-Haas Racing and Reddick will drive for Richard Childress Racing, respectively.

Initially, I chose Cole Custer to be my Rookie Of The Year, but knowing how talented Christopher Bell is and the Strides Leavine Family Racing made in 2019, compels me to choose Bell. Also, Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing have indicated they will help Leavine Family Racing much more this season. If you look at revisionist history, Furniture Row Racing started slow in their inaugural season, in Leavine’s current position, and blossomed from there. Although I predict Bell will win, I do not believe he will advance out of the Round Of 12. Furthermore and unfortunately, Reddick will be an afterthought. But I contend he will be under high consideration for wither the #42 if Larson jumps tp the #48 or the #48, because he won his first Championship and the Rookie Of The Year with JR Motorsports, a direct affiliate to Hendrick Motorsports.

I hope Bell stays with Leavine Family Racing through 2021 because I love seeing little guys do well. And if Bell does stay through at least 2021, he might be preparing the seat for young Christian Eches, who has the potential to be the next Erik Jones or William Byron. I concur the battle will come down to who makes the Playoffs, and Redick will be irrelevant in that discussion.

Those are my predictions. Follow my blog and listen tomy Podcast NASCAR Real Time for updates.

Published by Michael Salvagni

I am an aspiring sports journalist. I tal;k sports. Keep it here for your daily dose of breaking sporting news.

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