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Trevor Bayne (left) at Iowa Speedway. Bayne will be competing for Rookie of the Year honors in 2015.
The 2015 season is on the horizon, and many teams are ready and waiting for it to begin. This begins a crucial year for many sophomore drivers who competed in 2014's Rookie of the Year battle. It seems that may be more of a focus than this year's Rookie of the Year campaign.
Trevor Bayne will be competing in his first full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Roush Fenway Racing, and is eligible to run for Rookie of the Year, even though he already has a Daytona 500 win on his resume, as well as more than 50 starts at the top level. Bayne, 23, is the only rookie candidate announced this season, as most teams have already put together their driver and crew chief lineups for 2015.
With less than 30 days until the 57th running of the Daytona 500, which also serves as the beginning of the 2015 season, the number of rookies between last year and this upcoming year will be drastically different.
During the 2014 season, there were eight eligible Rookie of the Year candidates; Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, Alex Bowman, Cole Whitt, Ryan Truex and Parker Kligerman. Larson was the winner of the group, edging out Dillon after a season long battle, while Truex and Kligerman failed to finish the full season.
With the difference in the number of rookies, many wonder if some rookies moved up too soon. With upcoming names such as Chase Elliott, Brian Scott, Erik
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Trevor Bayne's 2014 Sprint Cup car.
Jones, Bubba Wallace, and Ryan Blaney, their futures are all unclear as to when they may move to the Cup level, and where they will end up. Seats are not cheap in the Sprint Cup Garage.
Next year, we may see another great rookie battle, as we did last year between Larson and Dillon, but for now, the 2015 Rookie of the Year battle seems to be over before it begins.
2015 may be the first time since 1958, and only the third time in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history, a driver will run uncontested for Rookie of the Year honors.