How to become a great NASCAR driver

Danica
during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 18, 2016 in Fontana, California.

So what does it take in this era to become a great driver in the NASCAR Sprint cup series?  Like within every sport today, there are always certain athletes that become and remain tops in their sport.  Let’s focus on NASCAR racing and its top drivers.

On any given race day certain drivers qualify and race better than others, is it because of better equipment, higher funded teams, probably but driver skill must surely account for on track success too.  Some drivers in the series just never seem like they are poised to win a race.

Danica Patrick has been racing full body stock cars since 2010 where she made her debut in the ARCA racing series in Daytona and finished sixth.  She then teamed up with JR Motorsports to compete in the Nationwide series and finished tenth in points in 2012.  And she has proven to the racing community that she runs great on the big tracks capturing the pole at Daytona and leading laps in the 500 back in 2013.  But since then she just doesn’t seem able to stay up with the leaders during the races.

Enter Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney this year, they are competing for Rookie of the Year in the Sprint Cup Series this year and they are racing like seasoned veterans.  Now they are young and come from racing fathers but they are able to qualify well and they are able to lead laps and stay with the race leaders and challenge for wins week in and week out.  What is so different between these two drivers

and Danica?  You would think that if she’s capable of racing in the Indy series and racing well that the transition to Cup cars would be relatively easy, guess not.  The rookies seem to have made the transition seamlessly.  Here’s hoping that soon NASCAR fans will see her challenge for wins, its time.

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