NASCAR ROTY RANKINGS 1986: Ranking the Rookie of the Year Classes Through the Years



Alan Kulwicki
Join me as we take a look at every NASCAR Cup Rookie of the Year class from 1972 (the start of the modern era) through 2021, going from the worst to the first in terms of overall careers of each year’s rookie class.

1986

Winner: Alan Kulwicki (AK/Terry).  Runners Up: Michael Waltrip (Bahari), Chet Fillip (Circle Bar).  Aborted Attempts: Davey Allison, Jerry Cranmer, Rick Baldwin, Jonathan Lee Edwards, Wayne Kramer

How their careers turned out: Alan Kulwicki faced long odds, running his own equipment often with limited funding, but beat them all to win the 1992 Cup championship—only for his career to tragically be cut short the following year.  Michael Waltrip, meanwhile, had a lengthly career going from a driver famous for NOT winning to winning the biggest races of them all.  Chet Fillip is probably better known for his CART/IndyCar career, only making seven Cup attempts after his rookie season (and the less said about Circle Bar’s other driver, the better).

“Fun” “Fact” about the winner: No snark here—AK was one of the greats for what he did, and I just wish we got to see more of him.

Ranking: #15 out of 50



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Spade Racing presents The Hero Card Project (Part 2)



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On March 15th, I mailed out to every major, mid-major, and minor Nascar team in the three touring series for Hero Cards, the free glossy card-stock giveaways provided by race teams.  Last week I posted my first responses, but I got so many this past week I wanted to post what else I’ve received!  See what came in below, and click here to learn more about collecting Hero Cards


Two AUTOGRAPHED cards from RackleyWAR

Two identical cards from Big Machine

Five matching hero cards from Truck Series mainstay TRICON

Four cards (and an air freshener!) from Rick Ware Racing

A card form part-time Cup team Beard Motorsports




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Texas Race Picks: Uncle Max vs. 13th Place



As nice as it was getting another (Xfinity) race pick right last weekend, these double and tripleheader weekends are kinda nutty.  I mean, it’s not like baseball where the first month of the season has about 2-3 off days a week.  Or like football where no one else dares compete with the NFL.  You have all three Nascar national touring series competing on the same weekend, pretty much every weekend.

And I guess that’s one of the reasons why I’ve become so defensive about people bashing drivers as “non-athletes”.  I mean, yeah, I’m still a bit of a novice Nascar fan, but still—you mean to tell me an average Joe could run up to 500 miles a week in the sweltering heat of a stock car 36 times a year with only two weeks off all season?  Come onnnnnnnn…


Friday Night TRUCK SERIES (1 win) Speedy Cash 250: KYLE BUSCH—“and put your little hand in miiiiiine, there ain’t no river or moun—“ *bashes alarm clock*.


Saturday Night XFINITY SERIES (2 wins) Andy’s 300: RYAN TRUEX—You can call him Ryan, and you can call him Truex, but don’t call him Junior.


Sunday CUP SERIES Autotrader 400: 13th Place Picks TODD GILLILAND.  FAVORITE (1 win): WILLIAM BYRON—continuing his regular season dominance.  NEXT FAVORITE: ROSS CHASTAIN—“FOR SALE: 2024 Chevrolet Camaro, some melon damage”.  DARK HORSE: JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK—maybe those sponsors all know something we don’t.



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