NASCAR Draft Kit: 2022 Driver Rankings

NASCAR Draft Kit: 2022 Driver Rankings

This article is part of our NASCAR Draft Kit series.

Below are our driver rankings and outlooks for the 2022 NASCAR season.

  1. Kyle Larson – What Larson accomplished last season is nothing short of spectacular.  He returned from NASCAR suspension, took on a new team and drove his new car to spectacular heights.  Larson's 10-win, 20-Top 5 performance shattered all his previous career-best marks.  His 2,500-plus laps led were nearly more than all the laps led he had in the seven previous seasons combined.  The ultra-dominant performance propelled him to the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series championship.  The campaign was one of the more dominant and impressive in modern NASCAR history, and rivalling some of the championship campaigns of Jimmie Johnson in the early 2000s.  What will Larson do for an encore in 2022?  We believe that the veteran driver has a lot more performance in him similar to what he put on display last year.  With crew chief Cliff Daniels returning to the team and no significant changes, Larson has a good opportunity to remain king of the hill for a while.
  2. Kyle Busch – The two-time Cup Series champion has struggled through what we'd term two challenging seasons of no practice and no qualifying.  Busch may be one of the highest profile drivers to be impacted the most by NASCAR's major change in racing policy.  He went from posting 5.5 wins per season between 2015-2019 to posting just 1.5 wins per season over the last two campaigns.  The impact to his consistency and dominance has been obvious.  In 2022
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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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