We’ve seen the best NASCAR Cup races of 2017, now NASCAR.com is ranking what it thinks are the best moments of 2017.
Truth be told, both lists look similar with a lot of the same races. Where they diverge is worth noting.
The win by Ryan Blaney at Pocono was a foretelling of what looks to be a great career for the 24-year-old. He got his first ever Cup series win, plus he gave Wood Brothers Racing their first victory in six years.
Also worth noting is Ricky Stenhouse, Jr’s. first Cup win, at Talladega no less. Then he went on to win at Daytona. His first two Cup wins at two of the most storied tracks in NASCAR. That’s impressive.
Another sign of a great youth movement is the back to back wins at Michigan by Kyle Larson just two months apart. Larson would take four checkered flags in 2017, expect that to continue in 2018.
All season, all eyes were on the final go around for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. While he didn’t get a Cup win, he did manage to achieve a first in his storied career. Earnhardt, Jr. took the pole for the very first time at Talladega for the Alabama 500. Too bad the actual race result wasn’t as good.
The best moment in my book and ranked high by the NASCAR team is the brawl in the desert between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano. Busch clearly thought Logano pushed him from behind, causing him to spin out. That was good, but the aftermath was better when Busch went to have a few words with Logano and ended up on the bottom of a pile of Joey’s crew, battered and bloody. That’s was some good stuff right there.
Related: Here are the top NASCAR Cup races from 2017