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2024 NASCAR Season Preview: Bold Predictions, New Faces, and Championship Contenders

2024 NASCAR Season Preview: As we approach the offseason, anticipation builds for the 2024 NASCAR season. Predictions abound, focusing on potential playoff drivers and the coveted Championship 4. The upcoming year promises significant changes and excitement.

Reflecting on 2023, where ten drivers who triumphed in 2022 didn’t secure victories, the unpredictable nature of NASCAR is evident. Ford adds intrigue with the introduction of the new Dark Horse Mustang for 2024, amplifying the excitement with new and returning drivers entering the Cup Series.

Ryan Blaney, the reigning champion, stands atop the standings, hungry for another title in less than 12 months. Contemplating the NASCAR Playoffs, a select group of drivers appears destined for contention. Here are the 16 drivers expected to vie for the championship:

  1. Kyle Larson
  2. Chase Elliott
  3. William Byron
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Christopher Bell
  6. Ryan Blaney
  7. Joey Logano
  8. Chris Buescher
  9. Tyler Reddick
  10. Kyle Busch
  11. Ross Chastain
  12. Ty Gibbs
  13. Josh Berry
  14. Bubba Wallace
  15. Martin Truex Jr.
  16. Daniel Suárez

Hendrick Motorsports, led by Larson, Byron, and Elliott, is anticipated to dominate with over 12 wins collectively. Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing are expected to secure multiple playoff spots, ensuring a formidable competition.

Predictions extend to Ty Gibbs securing his first win, Trackhouse Racing placing both Chastain and Suárez in the postseason, and Stewart-Haas Racing bouncing back post-Harvick era. Ford is poised to elevate its performance with the new car, and Josh Berry stands as the lone rookie in the playoffs, showcasing consistent driving.

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In the Championship 4 predictions, familiar faces are expected, with Larson, Byron, and Hamlin making a return. The fourth spot is up for grabs among Elliott, Reddick, Blaney, Logano, and Busch. Ultimately, Larson, Byron, Hamlin, and Reddick are forecasted to make the Championship 4, with 23XI Racing securing its first championship appearance.

Looking ahead to 2025, the projection is for Kyle Larson to clinch his second championship, adding another chapter to his impressive NASCAR career. Sometimes, the straightforward narrative is the most compelling.

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Our Reader’s Queries

Despite sharing the same last name, there is no familial connection between Byron and Red Byron, the 1949 NASCAR Cup Series Champion.

Will Dodge return to NASCAR?

For Dodge to make a comeback in NASCAR, they must increase their efforts. Sports Business Journal reported in late 2022 that Dodge had discussions with NASCAR regarding a potential return. Unfortunately, it seems that these talks have come to a halt, and any plans for a comeback are currently on hold.

What is the difference between Gen 6 and next Gen NASCAR?

The Next Gen car is a step forward from the Generation 6 model, boasting enhanced aero and downforce packages, as well as innovative technologies for the track. Its primary goal is to reduce costs and entice new original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to join the competition alongside Chevrolet, Ford, and Toyota.

What engine is in the next gen NASCAR?

The latest NASCAR engines, known as Next Gen, have been designed to be even less powerful than their predecessors. These engines are rated at 510 hp (380 kW) for restrictor plate racing, and 670 hp (500 kW) for all other tracks, including road courses, short tracks, and intermediate ovals. This reduction in power has been implemented to promote closer racing and more exciting competition on the track. With these new engines, drivers will need to rely more on their skills and strategy to come out on top.

Khushal Bhatia
Khushal Bhatia
Khushal Bhatia, a distinguished BA (Hons) English graduate from St. Stephen College (University of Delhi) and a holder of a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism (English) from IIMC Delhi, is an accomplished journalist. Currently affiliated with, Khushal is an expert in covering a range of sports topics with a specialization in motorsports, particularly NASCAR. His insightful articles explore the nuances of the sporting world, providing readers with comprehensive analysis and the latest updates. With a commitment to unbiased reporting, Khushal's expertise and authoritative voice make him a reliable source for sports enthusiasts.


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