Driver of the Year

Driver of the Year

The drivers the editorial staff selected for Driver of the Year combined for 45 wins in 2015. Who would you select for Driver of the Year?

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The editorial staff each puts in their selection for driver of the year based off the series' the website covers.

MRN Staff Selection
Pete Pistone
Pete Pistone @PPistone

Kyle Busch: In one of the most unlikely stories of recent years, Busch came back from a devastating injury to start the year to win the Sprint Cup title. Busch missed 11 races while recovering from the serious leg and foot injuries suffered at Daytona in February to win four races in the regular season and cap off the amazing comeback by taking the checkered flag in the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to seal his first career Sprint Cup crown. An amazing performance and story.

Jeff Wackerlin
Jeff Wackerlin @JWackerlin

Donny Schatz: Donny Schatz dominated the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series in 2015, winning 31 times en route to claiming his seventh championship. This year Schatz surpassed the 200 career wins mark (ended year with 204) and won the title by 544 points, the fourth-largest margin of victory in the sport’s 38-year history. Another amazing stat is that Schatz has now gone 178 races without a DNF, which dates back to September 2013. Schatz is now the only driver besides Steve Kinser that has won 30 or more races in a single-season. One of Schatz’s victories this season came in the prestigious Knoxville Nationals, an event he’s won nine times in the last 10 years.

Robbie Mays
Robbie Mays @RobbieMays

Kevin Harvick: The 2014 Sprint Cup Champion had the most complete 2015 season despite finishing runner-up in the standings. Harvick finished second 13 times in 2015 – a modern-era NASCAR record - including in the Daytona 500 and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. If not for an ill-handling car in the closing laps of the finale, he may have picked up his second straight championship. Harvick only went to Victory Lane three times this season, but was in position to win more and set personal bests with 23 top-five and 28 top-10 finishes and led the series in laps led (2,294) and best average finish (8.7.).

Jeff Wackerlin
John Singler @JohnSingler2

Joey Logano: From the start of the 2015 season to the finish, Joey Logano and his No. 22 Team Penske Ford were the class of the Sprint Cup Series...six wins (including the Daytona 500), six poles, 28 top-10 finishes in 36 starts. Need I say more? Were it not for Matt Kenseth’s “cowardly” indiscretion at Martinsville Speedway (Logano’s word, not mine), Logano would have easily qualified for The Championship Four and gone to South Florida for the season finale as one of the favorites to win NASCAR’s 67th title. I’ll tip my hat to champion Kyle Busch, but Logano was robbed!.

The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Motor Racing Network.

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