Right or Wrong: Revisiting Ed Clark's Season Predictions.
What a season! It's hard to believe that another exciting year of NASCAR has come and gone! Before you know it, it'll be time for race weekend in Atlanta in March of 2015! And with the close of the season, it's time to see how right…or wrong my preseason predictions were in February!
Expect a huge year from the rookies
Well, this one was mostly right. You can make the case that Kyle Larson has been the best driver to not win a race this season, and Austin Dillon was contending for the Chase up until the final race before the field was set.
Stewart Will Bounce Back
Sometimes you swing, sometimes you miss. Yours truly missed on this one. Stewart, however has the talent and organization around him to rebound in 2015.
12 drivers will win
NASCAR's new Chase format placed much more emphasis on winning races than the format used in year's past. Take, for example, the emotion of Aric Almirola's and AJ Allendinger's wins earlier in the year. As a result of this emphasis, winning meant more, and there were actually 13 different points event winners this year, so I actually underestimated this one, just a bit.
Look For Big Things From Chase Elliott
Consider the expectations met. Chase has won multiple times in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, even beating out the likes of Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch to get the win. All of his success culminated last weekend with him clinching the series title. And how cool was it seeing all the Chase Elliott fans here at Atlanta during race weekend?! The future is without question very bright for this rising star.
Team Penske Will Have A Big Year
Both Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski contended for the championship, and it was by far Logano's best season of his career as he also advanced to the Championship Round. Team Penske combined to win 10 races in 2014, second only to Hendrick Motorsports.
Harvick, Busch and Johnson are the favorites
This was somewhat right, especially when it came to Harvick!
Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson entered the Chase as title contenders, but the intense nature of the new Chase format, which placed more weight than ever before on every position on the track, bit them. Entering the final race of the Eliminator Round at Talladega, all three were in contention to advance to the Contender Round. But after Busch was caught up in an accident and Johnson was unable to pull out a race victory, both were eliminated from the Chase. What can I say? Sometimes you are right and sometimes you are wrong.
What a fun season! In a few short months, it'll be NASCAR time in Atlanta and we're already getting everything ready to welcome everyone back to AMS for a tremendous weekend!