February 19, 2018
By Aaron Burns
- JOEY LOGANO: Led everyone with six wins. Revenge, bad luck cost him a title.
- KEVIN HARVICK: Had 16 top-twos, led over 2,200 laps, but finished second 13 times.
- KYLE BUSCH: Champion missed 11 races. Was hit-miss, but won when he had to.
- MARTIN TRUEX JR.: Huge turnaround from 2014. Pocono winner and title contender. An impressive season.
- BRAD KESELOWSKI: Was consistently fast. “Bad Brad” gave away a couple of Chase wins.
- DALE EARNHARDT JR.: Three wins and 16 top-five finishes. Deserved better than 12th in points.
- JEFF GORDON: Swan song included a win at Martinsville and a surprise Championship round berth.
- KURT BUSCH: Rebounded from a suspension to win twice and finish eighth in points.
- DENNY HAMLIN: Two wins and six Chase top-10s. Like Earnhardt, deserved better points finish.
- MATT KENSETH: Five wins would put him higher if it weren’t for the suspension.
- JIMMIE JOHNSON: Five wins, but six finishes outside top 30. Eliminated early in Chase.
- CARL EDWARDS: Did his best work at Charlotte, Darlington and late in the Chase.
- RYAN NEWMAN: Wasn’t spectacular, or a real title contender. He overachieved to finish 11th.
- JAMIE MCMURRAY: Had moments in first Chase season, but were few and far between.
- PAUL MENARD: Squeaked into his first Chase berth. That’s good, but their Chase wasn’t.
- CLINT BOWYER: Was in the back throughout the Chase. At least he made it.