Prestigious List Spotlights the Sport’s Rising Stars
Richmond, Virginia – With former members of NASCAR Next already making their mark on the 2014 season, including back-to-back Nationwide wins by 2013 NASCAR Next driver Chase Elliott, NASCAR announced the 2014-15 class at Richmond International Speedway ahead of the weekend races. Selected by an evaluation process that includes input from industry executives and veteran NASCAR drivers, the program was first initiated by NASCAR in 2011 to draw attention to the sports most promising young drivers – from media and fans to stakeholders and sponsors – and help facilitate their development.
“This is definitely one of the biggest highlights of my career,” McReynolds said following the announcement, “to be recognized by the leaders of our sport and mentioned along guys like Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, and Ryan Blaney, is a huge honor.”
The 2014 class, which consists of twelve of the sport’s most promising young drivers, already holds a host of honors and distinctions, including twenty wins, the youngest winner in NASCAR’s K&N Series, the youngest winner in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series, and Sunoco Rookie of the Year in each of the K&N West and East Series.
“This 2014 class is a great example of the surge of young talent that our sport has seen over the past few years,” said McReynolds, “which is great not only for the future of our sport, but for all of the fans and sponsors who support our efforts week in and week out.”
Starting the season with two Top-5 finishes and three consecutive Top-10’s, McReynolds currently sits in second place in NASCAR’s K&N West Series, where he drives the #16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Camry. Up next for McReynolds is the May 3rd K&N race at Stockton 99 Speedway, a quarter mile high track oval located just east of San Francisco, California.