Move over, Harvick? NASCAR rookies Reddick, Nemechek are driving like elite talent.

Alex Andrejev, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Auto Racing

Reddick, the No. 8 Chevrolet driver, received high praise from another NASCAR veteran, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

"He continues to amaze me," Earnhardt Jr. said. " ... He's not making these rookie mistakes that are taking him out of the running, especially at a place like Darlington where it's easy."

Reddick has always been a highly touted rookie name in the Cup Series, along with last year's top Xfinity finishers, Cole Custer and Christopher Bell, who make up the "Big Three" of the rookie class. Sunday, Custer (ranked 24th in points) finished 22nd, and Bell (32nd in points) finished 24th.

Those three, in addition to Nemechek, who started 34th on a grid of 40 drivers and raced his way into the top-10, are proving they can compete with best, even driving for smaller, less well-funded teams. The rookie class will likely continue to shine as drivers' comfort and confidence grows with each return race on the biggest stage of their individual careers.

While names like Harvick, Johnson and Kenseth have long been in the "best of NASCAR" conversation, 2020 is proving we could soon see names like Reddick, Nemechek and Bell in the same sentence.


Race: Toyota 500

Distance: 228 laps, or 311.4 miles (stage breaks on Laps 60, 125, 228)


Where: Darlington Raceway

When: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

TV: FS1 (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

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