Top Rookies of 2017

by Richard Slifkin – on Twitter at @MotorsportsPR

We will be compiling additional information and updating this article with rookie of the year details for many more series throughout the off-season. Currently, this article cover the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series, Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda, NASCAR Pinty’s SeriesARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Check back for updates!

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Chase Briscoe
Team/Truck: No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Cooper Standard Ford
Crew Chief: Mike Hillman, Jr.

2017 stats:
Starts: 23 of 23
Final overall driver point standings: 6th
Race wins: 1
Stage wins: 2
Poles: 4
Top 5‘s: 10
Top 10‘s: 14
DNF’s: 0

Final Rookie of the Year Standings – Top 3:

  1. Chase Briscoe / 285 points
  2. Grant Enfinger / 263 points
  3. Austin Cindric / 261 points

Chase Briscoe… 2018 plans: 12 NASCAR XFINITY Series races, driving for Roush Fenway Racing and at least one FINITY race for Biagi-DenBeste Racing. Also, select Mustang GT4 races in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series as well as select Mustang events in the Trans-Am TA2 class.


NASCAR XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year: William Byron
Truck/Team: No. 9 JR Motorsports Liberty University Chevrolet
Crew Chief: David Elenz

2017 stats:
Final overall driver point standings: 1st
Starts: 33 of 33
Race wins: 4
Stage wins: 3
Poles: 2
Top 5‘s: 12
Top 10‘s: 22
DNF’s: 4

Final Rookie of the Year standings – Top 3:

  1. William Byron / 357 points
  2. Daniel Hemric / 307 points
  3. Cole Custer / 300 points

William Byron… 2018 plans: Full Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule, driving the No. 24 Chevrolet.


Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires top finishing rookie: Colton Herta
Car/Team: No. 98 Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing Deltro Energy Mazda

2017 stats:
Final overall driver point standings: 3rd
Starts: 16 of 16
Race wins: 2
Poles: 7
Top 5‘s: 9
Top 10‘s: 13
DNF’s: 2

Top 3 rookies in final point standings:

  1. Colton Herta (3rd overall)
  2. Matheus Leist / (4th overall)
  3. Aaron Telitz  / (6th overall)

Colton Herta… 2018 plans: Herta was behind the wheel of his Indy Lights car Chris Griffis Memorial Test October 21 – 22 on the Indianapolis Grand Prix Circuit, finishing at the top of the chart in three of the 8 test sessions. Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing has announced that Colton will make his Formula E debut at the upcoming rookie test in Marrakesh, Morocco on January 14. His full 2018 plans have not yet been announced.


NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Chase Purdy
Car/Team: No. 17 David Gilliland Racing Bama Buggies/Textron Off-Road Toyota
Crew Chief: Charles Barraclough

2017 stats:
Final overall driver point standings: 4th
Starts: 14
Race wins: 0
Poles: 4
Top 5‘s: 5
Top 10‘s: 8
DNF’s: 1

Final Rookie of the Year Standings – Top 3:

  1. Chase Purdy / 118 points
  2. Chase Cabre / 109 points
  3. Enrique Baca / 47 points

Chase Purdy… 2018 plans: Full ARCA Racing Series schedule, driving for MDM Motorsports


NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Derek Kraus
Car/Team: No. 19 Bill McAnally Racing Carlyle Tools Toyota
Crew Chief: Ty Joiner

2017 stats:
Final overall driver point standings: 3rd
Starts: 14 of 14
Race wins: 1
Poles: 1
Top 5‘s: 9
Top 10‘s: 10
DNF’s: 1

Final Rookie of the Year Standings – Top 3:

  1. Derek Kraus / 125 points
  2. Will Rodgers / 118 points
  3. Kody Vanderwal / 99 points

Derek Kraus… 2018 plans: Bill McAnally Racing announced on December 13 that Derek Kraus will drive the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry for BMR in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 2018.


Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda top finishing rookie: Oliver Askew
Car/Team: No. 3 Cape Motorsports Mazda Motorsports/MC Racing

2017 stats:
Final overall driver point standings: 1st
Starts: 14 of 14
Race wins: 7
Poles: 8
Top 5‘s: 12
Top 10‘s: 12
DNF’s: 1

Top 3 rookies in final point standings:

  1. Oliver Askew / (1st overall)
  2. Rinus VeeKay / (2nd overall)
  3. Kaylen Frederick / (4th overall)

Oliver Askew… 2018 plans: As champion of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Series, Askew earned a Mazda Scholarship worth almost $400,000 to ensure his graduation to the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, the top step on the Mazda Road to Indy open-wheel development ladder, for 2018.


NASCAR Pinty’s Series Jostens Rookie of the Year: Adam Martin 
Car/Team: No. 11 GO-VR.com Dodge
Crew Chief: Herby Drescher

2017 stats:
Final overall driver point standings: 9th
Starts: 13 of 13
Race wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top 5‘s: 0
Top 10‘s: 4
DNF’s: 1

Adam Martin… 2018 plans: Not yet announced.

Final Rookie of the Year standings:

  1. Adam Martin / 116 points
  2. Donald Theetge / 77 points
  3. Armani Williams / 41 points

ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Scott Rookie Challenge winner: Riley Herbst 
Car/Team: No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing NOS Energy Drink
Crew Chief: Shannon Rursch

2017 stats:
Final overall driver point standings: 6th
Starts: 19 of 20
Race wins: 1
Poles: 1
Top 5‘s: 6
Top 10‘s: 10
DNF’s: 4

Riley Herbst… 2018 plans: Full 2018 ARCA Racing Series schedule, driving for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Final Rookie of the Year standings:

  1. Riley Herbst / 400 points
  2. Gus Dean / 396 points
  3. Bret Holmes / 386 points

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Calvin Carroll
Car/Team: No. 39 Power with Prestige Chevrolet
Crew Chief: Joe Carroll

2017 stats:
Final overall driver point standings: 12th
Starts: 16 of 16
Race wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top 5‘s: 0
Top 10‘s: 0
DNF’s: 4

Calvin Carroll… 2018 plans: No yet announced.

Final Rookie of the Year standings:

  1. Calvin Carroll / 136 points
  2. Walter Sutcliffe Jr. / 101 points
  3. Ronnie Williams / 84 points

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