NASCAR Rookie of the Year

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The NASCAR Rookie of the Year Award is presented to the first-year driver that has the best season in a NASCAR season. Each of NASCAR's national and regional touring series selects a RotY winner each year.

History of the Award[edit]

The Rookie of the Year award for NASCAR's premier series was first presented to a driver named Blackie Pitt by Houston Lawing, NASCAR's Public Relations director, in 1954. While it wasn't an official award, it would help set the standard for the top rookie prize. An official award started with the 1958 season.

From the 1958 through the 1973 seasons, NASCAR did not have an official points system to determine the Rookie of the Year, so NASCAR's officials merely gathered together to select a winner. Some years were straight forward, such as James Hylton's selection in 1966, when he finished second in the overall championship, the highest ever finish for an eligible rookie.[1] In other years, the system came under controversy, as officials didn't consider former champions from rival racing series and there were no transparent and consistent criteria for selecting the winner. Since 1974, the Rookie of the Year points system described below has been used, even if it meant the winner was not the highest finisher in championship points.

As of the 2018 season, the rookie of the Year points are the same as the championship points.

The award is currently sponsored by Sunoco. Drivers competing for the award must display the Sunoco contingency decal.


Drivers must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to run for or receive the Rookie of the Year award.

  1. Must have run no more than five (prior to 2001) or seven (2001–present), and have been declared to race for driver points in that series (2011–present), races in any previous season.[2]
  2. Drivers who compete in more than five races in a higher NASCAR-sanctioned series are not eligible for the award in a lower series if they have not declared for the higher series.
  3. In the Truck Series, must be 18 years of age or older by the start of the first playoff race.
    1. A Truck Series driver who is 16 or 17 as of the first playoff race may participate in all eleven eligible races (Austin, Martinsville, Bristol (both dirt and concrete), Madison, IL, Sonoma, Knoxville, IA, Mid-Ohio, Lucas Oil Raceway, Richmond, and Phoenix) without losing rookie eligibility.
    2. Truck Series drivers who turn 18 before the first playoff race may participate in up to ten races without losing rookie eligibility (with age-eligible race restrictions in place).
      1. A driver who turns 18 after the first playoff race will be declared a 17-year old driver for purposes of rookie eligibility.
      2. Talladega contains unique restrictions because of pack racing and being the fastest circuit on the series. NASCAR will not allow a driver to participate at Daytona or Talladega without having participated in an intermediate track and passed proficiency standards because of safety issues. Special rules are in effect at Talladega because drivers who turn 18 after the Daytona race but before the Talladega.
  4. If a driver who is 18 at the first race of the season does not start eight races before the end of Race 20 on the schedule, they will immediately become ineligible to earn rookie points for the rest of that season and starting in 2011, remained declared for that series. Drivers may change series declaration in order to avoid this. (Again, the rule does not apply to drivers who are 16 or 17 at the start of the season in the Truck Series.)
  5. A driver may not receive rookie points if they start a race for a team that they did not qualify with. However, they are still eligible for championship points in that race.
  6. A driver must be in good NASCAR standing at the end of the season. The driver may not have been involved in incidents of moral turpitude. (As of 2016, NASCAR reserves their right to indefinitely suspend drivers involved in any off-track discriminatory behavior and/or criminal charge or conviction,[3] as well for failing NASCAR's substance abuse policy.)

There have been a few cases before the 2011 rule change where aspiring Cup drivers have sacrificed their future eligibility to be Rookie of the Year candidates by driving part-time schedules including more than seven Cup races. For example, in 2009, Brad Keselowski ended up running 15 races, including a win at Talladega. Two other famous drivers who did the same thing are Carl Edwards (13 Cup races in 2004), and Marcos Ambrose (11 races in 2008).

On the other hand, 2007 Rookie of the Year winner Juan Pablo Montoya was eligible even though he had previously been the 1999 Rookie of the Year in the CART series (which at the time was the top level of open wheel racing.)

The 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year was Johnny Sauter, who was a veteran of both the Nationwide and Cup Series. He had never run more than three Truck races in any previous season, and made no 2009 starts at all in either of the two higher-level series, hence he was eligible for the truck series' rookie award. The 2006 Busch Series ROTY runner-up John Andretti was a veteran of the Cup Series but had made only one prior Busch Series start, making him eligible for the award.

In 1992, Ricky Craven, the Busch Series Rookie of the Year, actually had run seven races when the limit was five in 1991. However, Craven was only credited with two Busch-only starts, as the other five starts were in combination races with the Busch North Series (now ARCA East), which he was a full-time regular at the time. Since he was a full-time regular in the North Series, he was declared a North Series driver, so he could enter the combination race in that series and not compromise his eligibility in the "South" series under combination rules (both series shared one rule book).

Beginning in 2011, drivers that are ineligible for points in one series cannot earn Rookie points in that series. For example, Trevor Bayne ran 18 races in 2011; however, due to him declaring to run for the Nationwide championship, Bayne was also ineligible to declare for ROTY in 2011. Bayne therefore retained the right to declare for Rookie eligibility at a later date. However, when Bayne finally declared for Sprint Cup points in 2015, a previously little-known provision came into play that places a limit on the cumulative number of races a driver can run without declaring for points before he loses future Rookie eligibility. Bayne was confirmed by NASCAR to have exceeded this limit (although there has yet to be a definite announcement on what this limit actually is) and is therefore ineligible to run for Rookie of the Year in 2015. Danica Patrick ran 10 races in 2012 in Sprint Cup, though she declared she would race for the Nationwide championship, allowing her in 2013 to declare in Sprint Cup, and race as a rookie. This also allows lower-tier drivers to substitute for injured drivers in higher-tier series without risk of losing rookie eligibility. Erik Jones did that in 2015 twice for four races (three starts) to replace Cup teammates who had fallen ill, been injured, or suspended.

Furthermore, in 2013, NASCAR added rules where drivers 16 and 17 years of age may race in the Camping World Truck Series and not lose rookie eligibility because a driver can only race 10 of the 23 races on the schedule (tracks under 1.25 miles (2.01 km) or shorter and road courses). In 2015, two rookie contenders in the series – Erik Jones and John Hunter Nemechek – were declared rookies though they had exceeded the seven-race limit because of age restrictions (Jones turned 18 in the middle of the 2014 season, and Nemechek turned 18 in the middle of the 2015 season). Cole Custer was declared a 2016 Truck Series rookie despite having raced two seasons because of age eligibility (turned 18 before the start of the 2016 season). Starting in 2018, the restrictions were tightened, since one driver-eligible track, New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1.058 miles), was removed from the schedule in favour of a second race at a driver-ineligible track, Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5 miles). In 2020, one new driver-eligible track, Richmond Raceway (0.750 miles), was added.

Currently, drivers under 18 can only compete at ten tracks in that series – Martinsville Speedway (0.526 miles), Bristol Motor Speedway (0.533 miles, both dirt and concrete races), Richmond Raceway (0.750 miles), Phoenix International Raceway (1.022 miles), World Wide Technology Raceway (1.25 miles), Circuit of the Americas (3.427 miles road course), Sonoma Raceway (2.523 miles road course), Knoxville Raceway (0.500 miles dirt), Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.25 miles road course), and Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (0.686 miles).

Cup Series[edit]

2023 ROTY contenders[edit]


Below is a list of all winners, and known runners-up.[4][5] (Note: some of the drivers listed here are not confirmed as ROTY contenders, and competed in more than the maximum number of races to be eligible for ROTY honors.)

ROTY who later became the Series Champion
Did not declare for ROTY and ran more than seven races (or 10 in the Truck Series 2013–), but did not run for series points (2011–) and thus could be eligible in a later year.
Did not declare for ROTY, but ran more than five (or seven as of 2001, or ten in the Truck Series 2013–) races (while eligible for series points, 2011–) or did not run for series points but ran too many races in that series (limit is unknown as of yet) and are completely ineligible for the award.
* Declared for ROTY, but did not make minimum five (or seven as of 2001) races, thus could be eligible in a later year.
± Marked drivers during Daytona 500 practice or qualifying events were killed during their rookie seasons and were unable to complete the schedule.
Ø Moroso died after race 25 of 29 during his rookie season in a vehicular incident where he and his girlfriend were driving home from the September North Wilkesboro round, receiving the award posthumously. Toxicology reports noted Moroso had a BAC more than twice the legal limit (was .22 BAC), leading to a NASCAR rule change later that states a driver must finish the season in good standing. Under modern rules, a driver who is found to be under current indictment of a crime (including DUI/DWI) would be ineligible for the award, in addition to facing an indefinite suspension from the sport.[3]
Hylton finished second in the overall 1966 championship, the highest ever finish for an eligible rookie.[1]
æ Pitt did not receive an official award.
Year Winner Runner(s) Up
2022 Austin Cindric Harrison Burton, Todd Gilliland
2021 Chase Briscoe Anthony Alfredo, Justin Haley
2020 Cole Custer Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, John Hunter Nemechek, Brennan Poole, Quin Houff, James Davison
2019 Daniel Hemric Ryan Preece, Matt Tifft, Quin Houff¶, B. J. McLeod†, Cody Ware†, Joey Gase†, Justin Haley¶, Garrett Smithley¶, Bayley Currey¶, Josh Bilicki
2018 William Byron Bubba Wallace, Ross Chastain
2017 Erik Jones Daniel Suárez, Ty Dillon, Corey LaJoie†, Gray Gaulding
2016 Chase Elliott Chris Buescher, Ryan Blaney, Brian Scott, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Ty Dillon
2015 Brett Moffitt Matt DiBenedetto, Jeb Burton, Alex Kennedy, Tanner Berryhill*, Ryan Blaney¶, Brian Scott
2014 Kyle Larson Austin Dillon, Justin Allgaier, Cole Whitt, Michael Annett, Alex Bowman, Ryan Truex, Parker Kligerman, Trevor Bayne
2013 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Danica Patrick, Timmy Hill, Trevor Bayne¶, Austin Dillon
2012 Stephen Leicht Josh Wise, Timmy Hill*, Trevor Bayne¶, Danica Patrick
2011 Andy Lally T. J. Bell*, Brian Keselowski*, Trevor Bayne
2010 Kevin Conway Terry Cook*, Landon Cassill
2009 Joey Logano Scott Speed, Max Papis, Dexter Bean*, Brad Keselowski
2008 Regan Smith Sam Hornish Jr., Patrick Carpentier, Michael McDowell, Dario Franchitti, Jacques Villeneuve*, Aric Almirola†, Marcos Ambrose
2007 Juan Pablo Montoya David Ragan, Paul Menard, David Reutimann, A. J. Allmendinger, Brandon Whitt*
2006 Denny Hamlin Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., Reed Sorenson, J. J. Yeley, David Stremme, Brent Sherman*, David Gilliland†, Chad Chaffin
2005 Kyle Busch Travis Kvapil, Mike Garvey, Stanton Barrett, Eric McClure*, Boris Said†, Carl Long
2004 Kasey Kahne Brendan Gaughan, Brian Vickers, Scott Wimmer, Scott Riggs, Johnny Sauter, Kirk Shelmerdine†, Carl Edwards
2003 Jamie McMurray Greg Biffle, Tony Raines, Casey Mears, Jack Sprague, Larry Foyt, Hideo Fukuyama*, Christian Fittipaldi
2002 Ryan Newman Jimmie Johnson, Shawna Robinson*, Carl Long*, Hermie Sadler
2001 Kevin Harvick Kurt Busch, Casey Atwood, Jason Leffler, Ron Hornaday Jr., Andy Houston, Bobby Hamilton Jr.
2000 Matt Kenseth Dale Earnhardt Jr., Dave Blaney, Scott Pruett, Stacy Compton, Mike Bliss, Ed Berrier, Jeff Fuller*
1999 Tony Stewart Elliott Sadler, Buckshot Jones, Stanton Barrett*, Dan Pardus*, Mike Harmon*
1998 Kenny Irwin Jr. Kevin Lepage, Jerry Nadeau, Steve Park, Dennis Setzer
1997 Mike Skinner David Green, Jeff Green, Robby Gordon, Lance Hooper
1996 Johnny Benson Jr. Randy MacDonald*, Stacy Compton*, Gary Bradberry
1995 Ricky Craven Robert Pressley, Randy LaJoie, Davy Jones, Steve Kinser*, Mike Chase*, Gary Bradberry*, Terry Byers*, Elton Sawyer
1994 Jeff Burton Steve Grissom, Joe Nemechek, John Andretti, Mike Wallace, Ward Burton, Jeremy Mayfield, Loy Allen Jr., Billy Standridge, Curtis Markham*, Rick Carelli*, T. W. Taylor*, Rodney Orr±, Rich Bickle
1993 Jeff Gordon Bobby Labonte, Kenny Wallace, P. J. Jones, Todd Bodine
1992 Jimmy Hensley Andy Belmont, Dave Mader III*, Bob Schacht
1991 Bobby Hamilton Ted Musgrave, Stanley Smith, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Jeff Purvis, Sammy Swindell*, Rich Bickle*, Dave Mader III*, Dorsey Schroeder*
1990 Rob Moroso Ø Jack Pennington, Jerry O'Neil, Jeff Purvis*
1989 Dick Trickle Hut Stricklin, Larry Pearson, Jimmy Spencer, Rick Mast, Ben Hess, Chad Little, Butch Miller, Mickey Gibbs
1988 Ken Bouchard Ernie Irvan, Brad Noffsinger, Jimmy Horton
1987 Davey Allison Dale Jarrett, Steve Christman, Rodney Combs, Derrike Cope, Jerry Cranmer*, Mark Stahl†, Brett Bodine
1986 Alan Kulwicki Michael Waltrip, Chet Fillip, Davey Allison*, Jerry Cranmer*, Rick Baldwin*, Jonathan Lee Edwards*, Wayne Kramer*, Pancho Carter†, Jim Sauter
1985 Ken Schrader Eddie Bierschwale, Don Hume
1984 Rusty Wallace Greg Sacks, Phil Parsons, Clark Dwyer, Tommy Ellis†, Doug Heveron†, Dean Combs
1983 Sterling Marlin Trevor Boys, Ronnie Hopkins, Ken Ragan, Bobby Hillin Jr.
1982 Geoff Bodine Mark Martin, Brad Teague
1981 Ron Bouchard Morgan Shepherd, Tim Richmond, Mike Alexander, Elliott Forbes-Robinson, Joe Ruttman, Stan Barrett, Connie Saylor, Gary Balough, Rick Wilson†, Johnny Rutherford
1980 Jody Ridley Lake Speed, Kyle Petty, Slick Johnson
1979 Dale Earnhardt Joe Millikan, Terry Labonte, Harry Gant
1978 Ronnie Thomas Roger Hamby, Blackie Wangerin, Baxter Price, Al Holbert
1977 Ricky Rudd Sam Sommers, Janet Guthrie, Tighe Scott, Tommy Gale, Gary Myers
1976 Skip Manning Terry Bivins, Neil Bonnett, Jimmy Means, Bill Elliott, John A. Utsman, Johnny Ray
1975 Bruce Hill Carl Adams, Bruce Jacobi, Grant Adcox, Chuck Bown, Joe Mihalic, Travis Tiller, Ferrel Harris, Dick May
1974 Earl Ross Richie Panch, Jackie Rogers, Ramo Stott
1973 Lennie Pond Darrell Waltrip, Johnny Barnes
1972 Larry Smith David Sisco, Doc Faustina
1971 Walter Ballard Maynard Troyer, Richard Brown, D. K. Ulrich
1970 Bill Dennis Joe Frasson, Jim Vandiver, Talmadge Prince±
1969 Dick Brooks Buddy Young, Hoss Ellington
1968 Pete Hamilton Dave Marcis, Don Tarr
1967 Donnie Allison Charlie Glotzbach, Paul Dean Holt
1966 James Hylton Bill Seifert, Frank Warren
1965 Sam McQuagg Henley Gray, Clyde Lynn[N 1]
1964 Doug Cooper J. T. Putney, Buddy Arrington
1963 Billy Wade Bobby Isaac, Larry Manning, J. D. McDuffie
1962 Thomas Cox Cale Yarborough, Ed Livingston
1961 Woodie Wilson Wendell Scott, Lee Reitzel
1960 David Pearson Gerald Duke, Paul Lewis
1959 Richard Petty Fritz Wilson, Buddy Baker, Bob Burdick
1958 Shorty Rollins
1957 Ken Rush
1956 not awarded
1955 not awarded
1954 Blackie Pitt æ

Xfinity Series[edit]

2023 ROTY Contenders[edit]


ROTY who later became the Series Champion
Year Winner Runner(s) Up
2022 Austin Hill Sheldon Creed, Kyle Sieg, Jesse Iwuji, Sammy Smith
2021 Ty Gibbs Josh Berry, Jade Buford, Sam Mayer, Ryan Vargas, Jordan Anderson
2020 Harrison Burton Riley Herbst, Myatt Snider, Jesse Little, Joe Graf Jr., Kody Vanderwal
2019 Chase Briscoe John Hunter Nemechek, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Gray Gaulding, Brandon Brown, Zane Smith†, Ronnie Bassett Jr.†, Tyler Matthews†, Kyle Weatherman†, Bayley Currey¶, Harrison Burton¶, Riley Herbst
2018 Tyler Reddick Christopher Bell, Austin Cindric, Alex Labbe, Kaz Grala, Spencer Boyd, Vinnie Miller, Chad Finchum, Josh Bilicki, Matt Mills, Shane Lee†, Ty Majeski†, Josh Williams
2017 William Byron Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric, Matt Tifft, Spencer Gallagher, Ben Kennedy, Tyler Reddick¶, Brandon Brown¶, Christopher Bell
2016 Erik Jones Brennan Poole, Brandon Jones, Ryan Preece, Garrett Smithley, Ray Black Jr., B. J. McLeod, Cody Ware*, Corey LaJoie†, Martin Roy†, Todd Peck†, Matt Tifft¶, Spencer Gallagher
2015 Daniel Suárez Bubba Wallace, Ross Chastain, Cale Conley, Harrison Rhodes, Peyton Sellers, Josh Reaume, Ryan Blaney†, Ben Rhodes†, Mario Gosselin†, Dylan Lupton†, Derek White†, Jimmy Weller III†, Erik Jones¶, B. J. McLeod
2014 Chase Elliott Ty Dillon, Chris Buescher, Ryan Reed, Dylan Kwasniewski, Dakoda Armstrong, Ryan Sieg, Tanner Berryhill, Chad Boat, Tommy Joe Martins, Harrison Rhodes*, David Starr†, Carlos Contreras†, Ryan Ellis†, Ryan Blaney¶, Cale Conley
2013 Kyle Larson Alex Bowman, Nelson Piquet Jr., Jeffrey Earnhardt, Kevin Swindell, Dexter Stacey, Hal Martin, Juan Carlos Blum, Ty Dillon
2012 Austin Dillon Cole Whitt, Jason Bowles, Brad Sweet, Johanna Long, Joey Gase, Casey Roderick, Benny Gordon, Jamie Dick†, Josh Richards†, Travis Pastrana†, Daryl Harr†, Tim Schendel†, Ryan Blaney
2011 Timmy Hill Blake Koch, Ryan Truex, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Charles Lewandoski, Carl Long†, Tim Andrews
2010 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Brian Scott, Colin Braun, James Buescher, Parker Kligerman, Tayler Malsam†, Danica Patrick
2009 Justin Allgaier Brendan Gaughan, Michael Annett, Michael McDowell, Erik Darnell, Scott Lagasse Jr., John Wes Townley, Ken Butler III, Terry Cook, Peyton Sellers, Marc Davis*, Trevor Bayne†, Shelby Howard†, Matt Carter†, Kevin Conway†, Jeremy Clements
2008 Landon Cassill Bryan Clauson, Dario Franchitti, Cale Gale, Brian Keselowski, Chase Miller, Patrick Carpentier, Joey Logano†, Josh Wise†, Danny Efland†, Brandon Whitt†, Justin Hobgood
2007 David Ragan Marcos Ambrose, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Krisiloff, Brad Coleman, Juan Pablo Montoya, Robert Richardson Jr., Sam Hornish Jr., Justin Diercks*, Timothy Peters*, Bobby Santos III*, Alex García*, Brian Conz*, Kelly Bires†, Richard Johns†, Bobby East†, D. J. Kennington†, Brett Rowe
2006 Danny O'Quinn Jr. John Andretti, Todd Kluever, Burney Lamar, Mark McFarland, Stephen Leicht, David Gilliland, Tracy Hines, Joel Kauffman, A. J. Foyt IV*, Jorge Goeters*, Kevin Conway*, Chris Wimmer*, Auggie Vidovich II†, David Reutimann†, Steve Wallace†, Aric Almirola†, Shane Huffman
2005 Carl Edwards Reed Sorenson, Denny Hamlin, Jon Wood, Brent Sherman, Kertus Davis, Michel Jourdain Jr., Tyler Walker, Ryan Hemphill, Brandon Miller, Paul Wolfe, Boston Reid*, A. J. Fike*, Blake Feese*, Kim Crosby*, Donnie Neuenberger*, Jerry Robertson
2004 Kyle Busch Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, J. J. Yeley, Billy Parker, Stan Boyd, Travis Geisler, Donnie Neuenberger*, Rick Markle*, Kevin Conway*, Brian Conz*, Aaron Fike†, Andy Ponstein†, Tina Gordon
2003 David Stremme Coy Gibbs, Joey Clanton, Chad Blount, Jason White, Chase Montgomery, Regan Smith, Damon Lusk, Chris Bingham, Martin Truex Jr.†, Tammy Jo Kirk
2002 Scott Riggs Johnny Sauter, Shane Hmiel, Kerry Earnhardt, Casey Mears, Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne, Dan Pardus, Larry Gunselman†, Ron Young†, Brian Weber†, Joe Buford
2001 Greg Biffle Scott Wimmer, Jamie McMurray, Larry Foyt, Tim Sauter, Marty Houston, David Donohue, Ryan Newman†, Kelly Denton†, Brad Baker†, Christian Elder†, Steadman Marlin†, Ken Alexander†, Bill Hoff
2000 Kevin Harvick Ron Hornaday Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Jay Sauter, Michael Ritch*, P. J. Jones, Anthony Lazzaro, Mike Stefanik, Mike Borkowski, Derrick Gilchrist, Kelly Denton*, Jay Fogleman*, Dave Steele*
1999 Tony Raines Hank Parker Jr., Adam Petty, Bobby Hamilton Jr., Tony Roper, Andy Kirby, Jimmy Kitchens, Ted Christopher*, Kelly Denton* Phillip Morris*, Kerry Earnhardt*, Skip Smith*
1998 Andy Santerre Dave Blaney, Blaise Alexander, Kevin Grubb, Wayne Grubb, Casey Atwood, Mike Cope, Matt Hutter, Lance Hooper, Jason Jarrett, Kevin Schwantz, Brad Loney, Hank Parker Jr.*, Mike Stefanik*, Ashton Lewis Jr.
1997 Steve Park Matt Kenseth, Johnny Chapman, Mark Krogh, Jeff Krogh, Lyndon Amick, Chris Diamond, Jimmy Foster, Jeff McClure, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tim Bender, Doug Reid III, Stanton Barrett, Tim Steele, David Hutto*, Tim Steele†, Scott Lagasse†, Dale Fischlein
1996 Glenn Allen Jr. Mike Dillon, Shane Hall, Mark Green, Tony Stewart, Mike Harmon, Jerry Nadeau*, Johnny Chapman*, Tim Bender*, Pete Orr*, Andy Hillenburg*, Jimmy Kitchens*, Greg Clark*, Mike Laughlin Jr.*, Elliott Sadler†, Ron Barfield Jr.
1995 Jeff Fuller Curtis Markham, Kirk Shelmerdine, L.W. Miller, David Bonnett, Greg Clark*, John Tanner*, Tim Bender*, Dale Williams*
1994 Johnny Benson Jr. Dennis Setzer, Kevin Lepage, Stevie Reeves, Randy Porter, Dirk Stephens, Johnny Rumley, Mike Garvey, Robbie Reiser, Chad Chaffin, Michael Ritch*, Kirk Shelmerdine*, Mike Stefanik*, George Crenshaw*, Jeff Neal*, Andy Hillenburg*
1993 Hermie Sadler Joe Bessey, Tim Fedewa, Roy Payne, Nathan Buttke, Jason Keller, Michael Ritch*, Tom Hessert*, Alan Russell*, Ken Wallace*, Page Jones*
1992 Ricky Craven^ Shawna Robinson, Robert Huffman*, Randy MacDonald*, Greg Trammell*
1991 Jeff Gordon David Green, Tracy Leslie, Troy Beebe, Cecil Eunice, Richard Lasater, Jeff Green, Mike Wallace, Mike Oliver, Mike McLaughlin, Rich Burgess*, Shawna Robinson*
1990 Joe Nemechek Bobby Moon, Ward Burton, Jack Sprague, Dana Patten, Davey Johnson, Dave Mader III, Ed Ferree, Frank Fleming, Clifford Allison*
1989 Kenny Wallace Bobby Hamilton, Jeff Burton, Dave Rezendes, Robert Pressley, Brandon Baker, Dave Simpson, Ed Ferree*, Tom Harrington*

^ Craven started seven races in 1991 (the limit was five) but was charged with only two starts. The other five starts were in combination races with the Busch North Series, where he raced as a regular. Both 1991 Busch Series wins were in combination races as a North driver.

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

2023 ROTY Contenders[edit]


ROTY who later became the Series Champion
Year Winner Runner(s) Up
2022 Corey Heim Lawless Alan, Dean Thompson, Jack Wood, Blaine Perkins
2021 Chandler Smith Carson Hocevar, Hailie Deegan, Chase Purdy, Kris Wright, Tim Viens
2020 Zane Smith Christian Eckes, Derek Kraus, Raphaël Lessard, Tanner Gray, Tate Fogleman, Ty Majeski, Spencer Davis
2019 Tyler Ankrum Sheldon Creed, Harrison Burton, Tyler Dippel, Gus Dean, Spencer Boyd, Brennan Poole, Natalie Decker, Anthony Alfredo
2018 Myatt Snider Todd Gilliland, Dalton Sargeant, Justin Fontaine, Bo LeMastus, Robby Lyons
2017 Chase Briscoe Austin Cindric, Grant Enfinger, Noah Gragson, Kaz Grala, Justin Haley, Cody Coughlin, Stewart Friesen, Wendell Chavous, Austin Hill†, Josh Reaume†, Camden Murphy
2016 William Byron Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, Ben Rhodes, Rico Abreu, Austin Wayne Self, Matt Tifft, Grant Enfinger*, Cody Coughlin*, Ryan Truex†, Tommy Joe Martins†, Brandon Brown
2015 Erik Jones John Hunter Nemechek, Cameron Hayley, Daniel Hemric, Brandon Jones, Spencer Gallagher, Ray Black Jr., Korbin Forrister, Austin Theriault, Justin Boston, Wendell Chavous*, Cody Ware*, Jordan Anderson†, Tyler Tanner†, Ryan Ellis
2014 Ben Kennedy Tyler Reddick, Mason Mingus, Tyler Young, Jimmy Weller III, Chase Pistone*, Justin Jennings
2013 Ryan Blaney Darrell Wallace Jr., Jeb Burton, Germán Quiroga, Brennan Newberry, Ryan Truex*
2012 Ty Dillon Cale Gale, Ross Chastain, John Wes Townley, Dakoda Armstrong, Bryan Silas, Max Gresham, Paulie Harraka, Caleb Holman*, John King*, Jeb Burton*, Dusty Davis*, Tyler Young*, T. J. Duke*, Tim George Jr.†, Jeff Agnew
2011 Joey Coulter Nelson Piquet Jr., Cole Whitt, Parker Kligerman, Miguel Paludo, Johanna Long, Craig Goess, Jeffrey Earnhardt*, Justin Johnson*, Dusty Davis*, Chase Mattioli*, Chris Eggleston*, Blake Feese†, Josh Richards
2010 Austin Dillon Justin Lofton, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Brett Butler, Chris Eggleston*, Dillon Oliver*, Landon Cassill*, Narain Karthikeyan†, Brad Sweet†, Mike Garvey†, Clay Greenfield†, Carl Long†, Chris Lafferty
2009 Johnny Sauter Tayler Malsam, James Buescher, Ricky Carmichael, J. R. Fitzpatrick, Brian Ickler, Brent Raymer, Chris Jones, Chase Austin*, Ryan Hackett*, Mario Gosselin†, Ryan Sieg†, Nick Tucker†, Chris Fontaine
2008 Colin Braun Brian Scott, Scott Speed, Donny Lia, Justin Marks, Marc Mitchell, Andy Lally, Phillip McGilton*, Michael Annett†, Ryan Lawler†, Keven Wood†, J. C. Stout†, Norm Benning
2007 Willie Allen Tim Sauter, Joey Clanton, Jason White, Blake Bjorklund, Aaron Fike, Tyler Walker*, Kelly Bires*, Peter Shepherd*, Kevin Hamlin*, Casey Kingsland*, Brian Sockwell*, Ryan Mathews†, Clay Rogers†, Josh Wise†, Scott Lynch
2006 Erik Darnell Chad McCumbee, Marcos Ambrose, Aric Almirola, Bobby East, Kerry Earnhardt, Erin Crocker, Boston Reid, Joey Miller, Robert Richardson Jr., Kraig Kinser, Scott Lagasse Jr., Ryan Moore, Michel Jourdain Jr.*, Sean Murphy*, J. R. Patton*, Tam Topham*, Chase Miller
2005 Todd Kluever Timothy Peters, Shigeaki Hattori, Regan Smith, Clay Rogers*, Jimmy Kite*, Nick Tucker*, Kerry Earnhardt*
2004 David Reutimann Tracy Hines, Robert Huffman, Brandon Whitt, Chase Montgomery, Shane Sieg, Kelly Sutton, Ken Weaver, Chris Wimmer, Shelby Howard, Brad Keselowski, Hank Parker Jr.†, Deborah Renshaw†, David Ragan
2003 Carl Edwards Jody Lavender, Randy Briggs, T. J. Bell, Tina Gordon, Doug Keller, Teri MacDonald*, Kenny Hendrick†, Roland Isaacs
2002 Brendan Gaughan Bill Lester, Jason Small, Dana White, Trent Owens*, Rodney Sawyers*, Loni Richardson*, Aaron Daniel*, Randy Briggs*, Angie Wilson*, Donnie Neuenberger*, Eric Jones
2001 Travis Kvapil Ricky Hendrick, Matt Crafton, Billy Bigley, Jon Wood, Willy T. Ribbs, Brian Rose, Nathan Haseleu, Larry Gunselman, Chuck Hossfeld, Ricky Sanders, Jason White*, Jason Small*, Bill Lester*, Mark Petty*, Tom Carey Jr.†, Jonathon Price
2000 Kurt Busch Carlos Contreras, Scott Riggs, Jamie McMurray, Rick Ware, Wayne Edwards, Coy Gibbs, Kenny Martin, Donny Morelock*, J. D. Gibbs*, Andy Genzman
1999 Mike Stefanik Scott Hansen, David Starr, Marty Houston, Tim Steele, Ryan McGlynn, Phil Bonifield, Ernie Cope*, Mike Clark*, Nipper Alsup*, Randy Nelson*
1998 Greg Biffle Andy Houston, Scot Walters, Wayne Anderson, Kevin Cywinski, Dominic Dobson, Rob Morgan, Rick McCray, Randy Nelson*, David Starr*, Joe Gaita*, Billy Pauch*, Joe Bush*, Tommy Archer*, Mike Hope*, Freddie Query*, Andy Michner*, Dave Stacy*, Jimmy Davis*, Monty Klein*, Randy MacDonald†, B. A. Wilson†, Tom Hubert
1997 Kenny Irwin Jr. Rick Crawford, Stacy Compton, Tony Raines, Boris Said, Tony Roper, Tammy Jo Kirk, Randy Tolsma, Terry Cook, Kevin Harvick, Rob Rizzo, Lonnie Rush Jr., Kelly Denton, Mike Cope, Andy Genzman*, Toby Porter*, Brandon Butler*, Kenny Hendrick*, Bob Schacht*, Mike Colabucci*, Dave Smith*, Brian Cunningham†, Barry Bodine
1996 Bryan Reffner Doug George, Lance Norick, Bobby Gill, Jay Sauter, Lonnie Cox, Charlie Cragan, Ron Barfield Jr., Butch Gilliland, Joe Gaita*, Kevin Harvick* Dave Smith*, Joe Madore*, Steve Mendenhall*, Rodney Combs Jr.*, Terry McCarthy*, Jerry Robertson*, Doug Thorpe Jr.*, Rick Markle*, Mark Gibson†, Ricky Johnson†, Randy Renfrow†, Dan Press

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Dick Hutcherson won nine times and finished second in the championship standings in 1965, but was not considered to be eligible due to being a champion in the IMCA.


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