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The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season is just around the corner. And after watching Martin Truex Jr. complete a dominant season by winning his first Cup Series title, fans can't wait for the green flag to drop on a new season. The 16th 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 Chevrolet’s new Camaro design, Year 2 of the Monster Energy sponsorship, Chase Elliott’s pursuit of victory and more.
In this year’s edition, Athlon gets personal with some of the sport’s most compelling figures. Our exclusive Q&A with Elliott brings you the unfiltered opinions of the heir apparent to Dale Earnhardt Jr. as NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver. We also bid Junior a fond farewell with insightful comments from his peers and admirers on the legacy that Earnhardt leaves behind as he transitions from the track to the broadcast booth.
Speaking of Junior, he is but one of many of NASCAR’s high-profile drivers to depart the sport in the last year — but there is a talented assortment of youngsters ready and able to fill the void. We discuss this new era of NASCAR in our feature story, “Changing of the Guard.”
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.
Look for it on your local newsstand this week or order your copy online now!