New faces will enter NASCAR as we head into the 2021 season with renewed optimism and confidence. At the same time, the sport will miss a few familiar faces that have been part of the three divisions at some stage in their careers.
Make no mistake, these were popular figures who influenced the sport in quite a positive manner. Surely, their experience will be worth its weight in gold as aspiring racecar drivers look towards them as their role models.
Here are a few important NASCAR personalities that retired from the top division of stock car racing.
686 race starts, 83 race wins, and seven championships, and one wonderful racing legend. A long-time star driver for Hendrick Motorsports, Jimmie Johnson announced his intention to retire after the 2020 NASCAR edition.
He has entertained varied sections of the audience with his immaculate racecraft. He also won the trust of supporters for his off-track personality.
Another long-standing campaigner in the top division was Clint Bowyer. Starting off with Richard Childress Racing, his initial seasons were quite eventful with a handful of race wins.
His best shot at the title came in 2012, but sadly, he could not capitalize on the opportunity. He bowed out of racing, having accumulated 541 race starts and 10 victories.
Kenseth ended his time in the division with Chip Ganassi Racing, after replacing Kyle Larson a few races into the 2020 season. His best finish in his final season came at Indiana when he crossed the checkered flag to take home second place.
Complementing drivers such as Stacy Compton, Jimmie Johnson, and William Byron, Knaus has been an excellent crew chief. His most significant achievement is obviously being a huge part of all seven of Johnson’s titles.
Knaus now moves into an executive role as Vice President of Competition at Hendrick Motorsports itself. But his tactical nous and racing instincts will surely be missed on the track.