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2017-18 NASCAR Next Class Announced



NASCAR has officially unveiled the 2017-18 NASCAR Next Class. The program has welcomed some of NASCAR’s top rising stars since it’s creation in 2011. Thirty-six of the forty-six drivers in the program have made a start in one of NASCAR’s top three national touring series. Of theses drivers, some of the notable names include Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, and Ryan Blaney.

The NASCAR Next Program selects drivers each year through numerous forms of input. This input comes from industry leaders as well as the NASCAR Drivers Council and media members. The drivers must also fall in the range of 15-25 years of age to be in the program. This year NASCAR will welcome nine new drivers to the NASCAR Next Program.

16-year-old Harrison Burton who is the son of Jeff Burton is the first driver to be a part of the 2017-18 NASCAR Next Class. Chase Cabre who is in his rookie season in NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program. Fifteen year old Haillie Deegan who is known for her off-road racing. Son of former Monster Energy Cup Series Driver David Gilliland, Todd Gilliland who has already notched 12 K&N Series wins. Cayden Lapcevich who is just the third Canadian driver to be in the program. One of the country’s top Super Late Model Drivers Ty Majeski also made the cut for the program. Majeski is one of the world’s top rated sim racers. 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Rookie of the Year Chas Purdy will be in the program. The final driver to be selected was Zane Smith from California who finished runner-up to Chase Elliott in the 2015 Snowball Derby.

As a group, the nine drivers combined for Forty wins and 124 top-10s in 148 NASCAR starts during their 2016 and 2017 seasons. If the previous years are any indication of this year’s class than these drivers should be around NASCAR for years to come.