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About NASCAR Next


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Racing to the Future

The 2017-18 NASCAR Next Class consists of nine up-and-coming stars from across the United States and Canada. Each driver has a proven track record of success and possesses the necessary talent and skills to continue ascending the NASCAR ladder.

With résumés containing a long list of accomplishments, including NASCAR touring series wins and championships on regional circuits, all members of the 2017-18 NASCAR Next Class have demonstrated the potential and expressed the goal to one day compete at NASCAR’s highest level.

The group was selected through an evaluation process that included input from industry executives and veteran racers.

NASCAR Next showcases its promising drivers, drawing attention from media, fans, stakeholders and sponsors to foster their growth within the sport. Through the initiative, class members develop professional skills that help them harness their skills on the track and grow their marketability.

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The NASCAR Next program was instrumental in helping me achieve my goals of racing in NASCAR. I was able to learn what it takes to be successful on and off the track.

Daniel Suárez Class of 2011-2013
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Previous Drivers

From the driver who climbed behind the wheel of the iconic No. 24 car after Jeff Gordon’s retirement, to the first Hispanic driver to win a NASCAR national series championship, the Next program has harvested some of the sport’s biggest stars. Browse a full year by year list of NASCAR Next drivers.

Name Hometown Date of Birth
Tyler Dippel Wallkill, NY April 05, 2000
Colin Cabre Tampa, FL October 08, 1993
Julia Landauer New York, NY November 12, 1991
Spencer Davis Dawsonville, GA November 29, 1998
Matt Tifft Hinckley, OH June 26, 1996
Gary Klutt Toronto, August 14, 1992
Noah Gragson Las Vegas, NV July 15, 1998
Ty Majeski Seymour, WI August 18, 1994
Harrison Burton Huntersville, NC October 09, 2000
Todd Gilliland Sherrills Ford, NC May 15, 2000
Alon Day Tel Aviv, Israel November 04, 1991
Dalton Sargeant Boca Raton, FL March 25, 1998
John Hunter Nemechek Mooresville, NC June 11, 1997
William Byron Charlotte, NC November 29, 1997
James Bickford Napa, CA March 16, 1998
Kyle Benjamin Easley, SC November 03, 1997
Nicole Behar Otis Ochards, WA November 15, 1997
Rico Abreu Rutherford, CA January 30, 1992
Jesse Little Sherrills Ford, NC April 15, 1997
Cole Custer Ladera Ranch, CA January 23, 1998
Dylan Lupton Sacramento, CA December 07, 1993
Rubén García, Jr. Mexico City, Mexico November 21, 1995
Austin Hill Winston, GA April 21, 1994
Ben Rhodes Louisville, KY February 21, 1997
Ryan Preece Berlin, CT October 25, 1990
Jesse Little Sherrills Ford, NC April 15, 1997
Erik Jones Byron, MI May 30, 1996
Cole Custer Ladera Ranch, CA January 23, 1998
Brandon McReynolds Moorseville, NC May 21, 1991
Dylan Lupton Sacramento, CA December 07, 1993
Rubén García, Jr. Mexico City, Mexico November 21, 1995
Austin Hill Winston, GA April 21, 1994
Kenzie Ruston El Reno, OK October 12, 1991
Gray Gaulding Colonial Heights, VA February 10, 1998
Ryan Gifford Winchester, TN March 10, 1989
Kenzie Ruston El Reno, OK October 12, 1991
Michael Self Park City, UT November 01, 1990
Gray Gaulding Colonial Heights, VA February 10, 1998
Ryan Gifford Winchester, TN March 10, 1989
Jeb Burton Halifax, VA August 06, 1992
Ben Kennedy Daytona Beach, FL December 26, 1991
Cameron Hayley Calgary, Canada July 21, 1996
Chase Elliott Dawsonville, GA November 28, 1995
Brett Moffitt Grimes, IA August 07, 1992
Daniel Suárez Monterrey, Mexico January 07, 1992
Dylan Kwasniewski Las Vegas, NV May 31, 1995
Ryan Blaney High Point, NC December 31, 1993
Kyle Larson Elk Grove, CA July 31, 1992
Cameron Hayley Calgary, Canada July 21, 1996
Chase Elliott Dawsonville, GA November 28, 1995
Corey LaJoie Concord, NC September 25, 1991
Darrell Wallace, Jr. Concord, NC October 08, 1993
Sergio Peña Winchester, VA February 13, 1993
Daniel Suárez Monterrey, Mexico January 07, 1992
Dylan Kwasniewski Las Vegas, NV May 31, 1995
Alex Bowman Tucson, AZ April 25, 1993
Brett Moffitt Grimes, IA August 07, 1992
Luis Martinez, Jr. Long Beach, CA February 15, 1990
Matt DiBenedetto Grass Valley, CA July 27, 1991
Corey LaJoie Concord, NC September 25, 1991
Darrell Wallace, Jr. Concord, NC October 08, 1993
Sergio Peña Winchester, VA February 13, 1993
Daniel Suárez Monterrey, Mexico January 07, 1992
Dylan Kwasniewski Las Vegas, NV May 31, 1995

Featured Alumni

A former dirt track standout, Kyle Larson is the first NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race and ascend to first in the points standings. He earned NASCAR XFINITY and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunco Rookie of the Year honors in consecutive seasons (2013-14). 

Chase Elliott earned the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year award in 2016 after making the playoffs in his first full-time season. He became the youngest driver and first rookie to win a NASCAR XFINITY Series championship in 2014. 

A threat to win races and stages each weekend, Ryan Blaney pilots the famed No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year helped Team Penske’s No. 22 NASCAR XFINITY Series car capture three consecutive owner’s championships from 2013-15. 

Darrell Wallace became the first African-American to win a NASCAR national series race since 1963 when he visited Victory Lane in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series contest at Martinsville in 2013. The NASCAR Drive for Diversity alum made the first NASCAR XFINITY Series playoffs in 2016.

Daniel Suarez became the first Hispanic driver to win a NASCAR national series championship when he captured the NASCAR XFINITY Series title in 2016. The NASCAR Drive for Diversity alum now pilots the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Jones was discovered by Kyle Busch in 2012 when he defeated him in the prestigious Snowball Derby. The 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion currently competes full-time for Furniture Row Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

William Byron set the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series record in 2016 for the most wins by a rookie driver with seven. His success earned him a developmental contract with Hendrick Motorsports and a 2017 full-time ride with JR Motorsports in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

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NASCAR Next gave me a lot of insight into the world of NASCAR and definitely played a role in my development as a driver, particularly off the track.

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NASCAR Next has given drivers opportunities that they may not have had otherwise to help their career. I’m looking forward to seeing how they grow it even more.

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NASCAR Next really gives you an inside look at what NASCAR is all about and covers everything from the sponsorship side to the racing side.

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The Next program really shows NASCAR’s dedication to the future of our sport and their commitment to developing new drivers.

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The NASCAR Next program was instrumental in helping me achieve my goals of racing in NASCAR. I was able to learn what it takes to be successful on and off the track.

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The NASCAR Next program is a great introduction to what a career in NASCAR will be like. I learned a lot and met a lot of key people within the industry.

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I thought the NASCAR Next program was very beneficial, just for people to be aware of who I was and how I got started in racing.

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