NASCAR ROTY RANKINGS 1990: Ranking the Rookie of the Year Classes Through the Years

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.


Rob Moroso's rookie car

Winner: (posthumously): Rob Moroso (Moroso).  Runners Up: Jack Pennington, Jerry O'Neil.  Aborted Attempts: Jeff Purvis

How their careers turned out: While Rob Moroso showed his talent in the Busch Series, it’s hard to say anything good about his time in Cup, which ended abruptly in a fatal drunk-driving accident.  Meanwhile, competition for the ROTY award was so thin that Moroso still clinched it despite missing the end of the season.

“Fun” “Fact” about the winner: By way of sponsor Crown Petroleum, Rob was dubbed “The Crown Prince of Racing”, easily the lamest nickname until “The Rainbow Warrior”.

Ranking: #50 out of 50 updated four times weekly

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