NASCAR Draft Kit: 2019 Top Rookies
NASCAR Draft Kit: 2019 Top Rookies

This article is part of our NASCAR Draft Kit series.

The 2019 rookie class will be a bit bigger than last season's group. However, the level of talent is still considerable when we examine their racing resumes. We have some very seasoned, young Xfinity Series drivers who will be making the transition this season, and they're not entirely unfamiliar with Monster Energy Cup Series cars. In addition to our full-time rookies we have some young drivers that will be making some part-time forays into the world of Monster Energy Cup Series racing from the lower divisions of the sport. The transition from the Xfinity Series or Gander Outdoors Truck Series to the top division of NASCAR is always a big adjustment for young drivers. However, as last season showed, drivers like William Byron and Darrell Wallace Jr. will have their highlights to go along with their struggles. We'll take a look at the ROTY candidates and some of the young, up-and-coming drivers who will make part-time starts in the Monster Energy Cup Series this season, and give you some in-depth analysis on which rookie drivers are the ones to watch closely this season.

Daniel Hemric
Car:
8
Owner: Richard Childress Racing
Manufacturer: Chevrolet

SERIESRACESWINSPOLESTOP 5TOP 10
ARCA 10000
K&N Pro East 30113
Gander Outdoors Truck 50001530
Xfinity 66052339
Monster Energy Cup 20000

The 28-year-old driver has spent the last three seasons sharpening his skills in

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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