For obvious reasons, nobody can expect their favorite sports stars to play the game forever. Until someone discovers the secret to immortality and eternal youth, every great athlete has to retire at some point. The same holds true for NASCAR drivers, especially since quite a few of them are in their late 30s and early 40s.
The likes of Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch are already in their 40s, with Newman being 43 years old, and Busch, 42. Even a driver like Martin Truex Jr is in his 40s, though he seems to be in a good run of form.
Additionally, Busch’s contract at Chip Ganassi Racing is expected to last only until the 2021 season.
There is also a very slim possibility of 45-year-old Kevin Harvick becoming a surprise retiree. In 2020, he stormed to nine wins in a single season, but he could not go the final step and win the title.
If he can carry on that red hot form in 2021, he will definitely try and give it his all for possibly one last hurrah and another title before retiring on a high.
Moving away from the Cup Series, there are a number of Truck and Xfinity drivers who are arguably ‘over the hill.’
Initially, he announced his retirement in June, set for the end of the 2020 season. However, he quickly backtracked and affirmed that he would stick around in 2021. Since he will be 51 next year, one has to wonder how much he has left in the tank.
One thing is for sure, none of these drivers will race forever. In fact, there are a good number of drivers in their mid-30s, who could potentially call time on their careers.