Since Cup drivers are retiring with regularity, I thought it would be fun to guess who the next one will be. Of those that have been around for a number of years, who do you think will be the next to retire?
I envy the dude honestly. To hit a few home runs early and in the middle of his run and then ride a big enough wave for another 7 or 8 seasons, basically just being an “also ran” is something a lot of drivers probably dream of...
Jamie McMurray. The guy has not done anything to justify his position on the circuit for a few years now. There are rumors swirling around that he may finally get the boot at the end of the season. I can not see him coasting around for much longer.
I don't know why this seems to be an unpopular opinion here and on Reddit, but I think Jimmie races into his 50s. His wife doesn't seem to be pushing him to retire any time soon, and why not try to get 8, maybe even 9 championships, 100+ wins, cement your legacy as the GOAT? Hendrick will let him race as long as he wants.
I think Harvick hangs it up after 2021. That's when his contract seems to expire, Keelan will be 9 and Harvick will have gone a full two decades.
Kurt might also make it to 50 if he keeps a solid ride.
Jamie Mac really needs this Kurt-to-KBM rumor to be true, or I think he's done after this year. Newman is probably done after 2019 due to a lack of a decent ride.