2012 Top Rookies: Newcomers to Watch
2012 Top Rookies: Newcomers to Watch

This article is part of our NASCAR Draft Kit series.

The 2012 rookie class will be short on numbers once again. In fact, this year's field has only one eligible candidate for Rookie of the Year. This is due in part to the poor economy and shrinking corporate sponsorship in NASCAR. Still, we have some talented, young drivers whi will make some part-time forays into the world of Sprint Cup Series racing from the sport's lower divisions. The transition from the Nationwide Series or Camping World Truck Series to the top division of NASCAR is always a big adjustment for young drivers. Joey Logano's performance in 2011 is a good example of even how a future star of the Sprint Cup Series takes some time to adjust to the sport's top division. We'll look at the ROTY candidate and some of the young, up-and-coming drivers who will likely make part-time starts in the Sprint Cup Series this season and analyze which rookie drivers are the ones to watch closely in the future.

1. Austin Dillon
Car:
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Owner: Richard Childress Racing
Manufacturer: Chevrolet

RACESWINSPOLESTOP 5sTOP 10s
ARCA Series40023
K&N Pro Series East1511712
K&N Pro Series West10000
Camping World Truck Series524121732
Nationwide Series110024
Sprint Cup Series10000

The grandson of car owner Richard Childress is making quite a reputation for himself in the lower divisions of NASCAR. Dillon

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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