The young guns are here and more are coming, a youth movement that has some of NASCAR's veterans thinking through the final years of their respective careers.
Chip Ganassi Racing's Jamie McMurray (41), who has one of those young superstars in Kyle Larson as a teammate, has a planned finite timeline for the remainder of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.
"My goal is to be able to race for four more years, maybe a little bit more," McMurray said during Champion's Week in Las Vegas earlier this month. "At this point, you know that your days are somewhat numbered. But I don't know. At the same time, (the youth movement) is a part of our sport."
Another year like 2017, and racing until 2021 or longer appears not only possible, but likely.
McMurray qualified for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs for the third consecutive year in 2017, and advanced to the Round of 12 for the first time.
McMurray's 17 top-10 finishes were his most in a season since 2004, and some of his more impressive Loop Data statistics include: 74 percent of all laps run in 2017 were in the top 15 (eighth-best in the series) and 86 percent of McMurray's laps logged came when he was on the lead lap (also good for eighth-best in the series).
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