MENCS: 2019 Staff Predictions


*Editor’s note: Since there are more drivers who make the MENCS playoffs than the other series, we are not going that extensive with stats*

As the 2019 season approaches our staff at Rubbings Racing will be sharing their predictions for each of the top-three series. We will all provide our staff picks for who makes the playoffs, and who we think will win the playoffs this season. Let’s round out our staff predictions for this season with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Sarah Handy, staff writer

In on wins: Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Larson.

If I had to take a guess at who will have multiple wins in 2019, I’d say Harvick, Truex Jr, Johnson, and Keselowski.

In on points: Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, William Byron and Erik Jones.

Championship Four: Kyle Busch, Harvick, Johnson and Truex Jr.

2019 Monster Energy Cup Champion: Martin Truex Jr.

I feel with the MENCS it always comes down to Homestead now. Teams are very competitive, so it’ll still come down to that last race. With that said, it’s hard to predict this far in advance who will win it all. However, I’m going to say it’ll come down to the final four of Harvick, Johnson, Kyle Busch and Truex Jr. I’m picking Martin Truex Jr to capture his second MENCS title in 2019. He may have moved to Joe Gibbs Racing this season with a new number in 19, but it’s excellent equipment and he has the same crew chief and much of the same crew behind him. Truex Jr will hold that trophy in November.

Damin Sawyer, staff writer

In on wins: Kyle Busch, Harvick, Truex Jr, Keselowski, Logano, Larson, Blaney, Almirola, Elliott, Busch, Menard and Matt DiBenedetto

In on points: Bowyer, Daniel Suarez, Johnson and Jones

Championship Four: Kyle Busch, Harvick, Truex Jr and Larson

2019 Monster Energy Cup Champion: Martin Truex Jr.

Going out on a limb with a few of my picks, but I really feel that Menard and DiBenedetto will find themselves in the right place at the right time and take that surprise win. A track like Bristol, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, and/or the Brickyard 400 always prove ripe to product surprise finishes and winners, and I feel this trend will continue in a big way.

Camden Lazenby, staff writer

In on wins: Almirola, Hamlin, Blaney, Kyle Busch, Truex, Logano, Johnson, Keselowski, Elliott, Harvick, Larson, and Bowyer.

In on points: Kurt Busch, Jones, Byron, and Suarez,

Championship four: Kyle Busch, Truex, Logano, Elliott

2019 Monster Energy Cup champion: Chase Elliott.

With this year’s new rules package it’s really difficult to pick clear cut favorites, so I’m going with the drivers we saw put together solid runs in 2018. Byron and Suarez will make their first playoffs but will do so with the points they accrue over the season. Jones and Kurt Busch will do the same. Picking the final four is really just guess work, but I can’t go against a couple of these drivers. Not picking Harvick was a difficult decision, I just think it’s time a new face drove his way to the biggest stage in NASCAR; Elliott is that guy. After notching three wins in the back half of last season I’m expecting Elliott to continue lighting up the track in 2019.

Jacob Mullins, managing editor

It’s always fun to be the last one to add my predictions to see who the other writers are going with. I see a couple bold predictions, but that’s what makes this so much fun.

In on wins: I’m not diverting too far from the previous drivers listed, but in 2019 I believe we’ll see the following racers in victory lane: Blaney, Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Elliott, Keselowski, Hamlin, Harvick, Johnson, Jones, Larson, Logano, Truex.

I believe that the following drivers will end the regular season with multiple race wins Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Elliott, Keselowski, Harvick, Larson, Logano, Truex.

In on points: Kurt Busch, Bowman, Austin Dillon, Almirola

Championship Four: Elliott, Harvick, Keselowski, Truex Jr.

2019 Monster Energy Cup Champion: Martin Truex Jr.

This is a tough choice, but I believe that Truex will be the only JGR car in the Championship Four. In addition, I believe that the four drivers will be comprised of four different organizations and it will ultimately come down to sheer speed and experience. With three of my four picks being past champions, it’s going to be Truex Jr. who hoist the trophy again for his second career MENCS championship. Despite making the move to Joe Gibbs Racing during the offseason, Truex has been in JGR equipment over the last couple of years.

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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