It’s no secret that the last few years have been difficult for NASCAR.

Ratings and attendance have steadily declined, and the sport has lost nearly all of its star power over the last few years. Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have all retired in recent years, and it’s been a tough transition for NASCAR.

However, there are promising young drivers rising through the ranks, and Dale Jr. actually thinks NASCAR is in a good place moving forward.

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Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Bubba Wallace, William Byron, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez, Alex Bowman and Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon are all in their 20s, and they are all talented drivers. Most of them already have postseason experience, and almost all of them should be back in the playoffs this year.

The 2018 Daytona 500 was very entertaining and competitive, and Wallace, Blaney and Dillon were all competing in the end for the win.

The talent is there among the young drivers, and a resurgence is certainly possible if they can continue to deliver like they did during the opening weekend.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks his feelings on new-look NASCAR Daniel Shirey/Getty Images
Cole Frederick About the author:
Cole Frederick is from a small town in Alabama, and he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. He loves all sports - especially football and basketball - and quotes The Office frequently.
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