The 2022 NASCAR season is just around the corner. And after watching Kyle Larson sprint to his first NASCAR Cup Series title with a dominant performance, fans can't wait for the green flag to drop on a new season.
The 20th edition of Athlon Sports Racing arrives just in time to provide the preseason analysis and predictions craved by NASCAR fans from Sonoma to Daytona and everywhere in between. It's the most complete preview available today at a whopping 144 pages — look for it on your local newsstand or order your copy now!
There's also the digital edition of this year's magazine, which offers you instant access at your fingertips on your smartphone or other devices. Click here to get a copy of the digital edition.
The 2022 Cup Series season marks a significant turning point for NASCAR. The sport is unveiling its Next Gen car, one that the governing body promises will redefine the competitive landscape for the better; NASCAR president Steve Phelps goes so far as to call it a "panacea" for the sport. You can read a lot more about the Next Gen car in the pages of this year's annual. Needless to say, there's a lot riding on this car's debut season.
We take a few laps around the track, asking "10 Tough Questions," which explore hot topics like the safety of the Next Gen car, drivers on the hot seat, and the budding rivalry between Larson and Christopher Bell.
In this year's edition, Athlon gets personal with some of the sport's most compelling figures, including NASCAR's real-life superhero, Jeff Gordon. As the sport enters a new era, there's no better individual to help NASCAR chart a new course than the four-time Cup champion. As the heir apparent to Rick Hendrick as the visionary leader of Hendrick Motorsports, he's poised to lead the sport into the most critical period in its recent history. You can read Matt Crossman's conversation with the sport's multi-talented man of steel on page 26.
Another legend, Dale Earnhardt Jr., is entering perhaps the most intriguing phase of his career, parlaying his notoriety and influence into a podcasting empire that could see him branch into other sports and even break into the broader popular culture in a more powerful way. Matt Weaver sat down with Dale to discuss this new phase of his life and career; check out Matt's recap of their conversation on page 22 of this year's annual.
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 Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series, both of which are populated by racing's future stars.
Athlon Sports Racing is the most complete preview available today. Order your copy now.