The 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year eight-driver class is the largest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie crop in 20 years (matching the total of the 1994 class that included names such as Jeff Burton, Mike Wallace and Joe Nemechek).
It’s large. And large on talent.
The average age of this year’s rookie class is only 23 years old, however this is a class with experience beyond their years. These contenders join the Sprint Cup Series ranks with a combined five NASCAR championships and 20 NASCAR wins across the NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series.
Three Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders will be supported by winning Sprint Cup Series organizations. … Austin Dillon will be the first Rookie of the Year contender to drive for Richard Childress Racing since Kevin Harvick, who posted two wins as a rookie en route to winning the Rookie of the Year title. Kyle Larson will drive for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, a team that won the Daytona 500 in 2010, and a Rookie of the Year title withJuan Pablo Montoya. Justin Allgaier will drive for HScott Motorsports (Formerly Phoenix Racing). HScott Motorsports last won with Brad Keselowskiat Talladega in 2009 and has six top-10 finishes at superspeedways in the past 10 years.