The 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup season is just around the corner with a brand new title sponsor in tow and renewed energy and anticipation. And after watching Jimmie Johnson make history with his record-tying seventh championship, fans can’t wait for the green flag to drop on a new season. The 15th edition of Athlon Sports Racing arrives just in time to provide the preseason analysis and predictions craved by race fans from Sonoma to Daytona and everywhere in between.
We take a few laps around the track, asking “10 Tough Questions” and providing the politically incorrect answers — exploring hot topics like whether Monster Energy is a good fit for the sport, Carl Edwards’ near-miss on the 2016 title, the verdict on franchising, NASCAR’s controversial yellow-flag system and more.
In this year’s edition, Athlon gets personal with some of the sport’s most compelling figures. We take a look at how Martin Truex has built a championship-contending operation far from the sport’s epicenter in Charlotte. Our exclusive Q&A with Rusty Wallace brings you the unfiltered opinions of a true NASCAR legend.
Of course, there’s no more compelling figure in NASCAR than the sport’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and his return from concussion symptoms will provide the season’s most-watched storyline. Matt Crossman digs deep into the uncertain future of NASCAR’s favorite son in his essay “What’s Next for Dale Jr.?”
As always, Athlon Sports takes you inside the garage with anonymous, highly opinionated quotes from rival head wrenches, crewmen and wheelmen. Every track is previewed extensively, as are the top 25 drivers and the best of the rest racing for the checkers. There’s also a rundown of the Truck Series and XFINITY Series, both of which are populated by racing’s future stars.