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These are the Dumpster Fire Starts for the 2024 season

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What’s Happening?

We are now two weekends into the 2024 NASCAR season, and some drivers are already off to a horrid start. Some big names who had high expectations have failed to garner results so far in 2024, and they find themselves near the bottom of the standings. Which drivers’ seasons have been an absolute dumpster fire to start 2024?

  • For this list, we will look at all three National Touring Series. There will be three Cup Series drivers along with one NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver and one Xfinity Series driver.
  • This list is not meant to indicate that these drivers’ bad streaks will continue. What it is meant to showcase is which drivers have struggled so far. Some of these drivers have shown promise that they can and will rebound.
  • Fans often point out when drivers are struggling throughout a season. It has become a major part of the social discourse surrounding NASCAR, and which drivers are struggling dominates all racing headlines.

Cup Series: Joey Logano

Joey Logano’s season has been an absolute enigma. Twice he has qualified on the front row, and he has the 2nd most laps led in the series. The result was no stage points, two finishes outside of the top-25, and two wrecks. It’s been nothing but bad on race day for Logano to start the season.

He now sits in 33rd spot in the points standings. He is 59 points behind leader Kyle Busch and 29 points out of the Playoffs. Again, it’s very early in the season, but, those are large deficits considering the maximum points for a race is 60 points.

Will he turn it around? Logano has shown a lot of speed so far, but he has been done in by being in the wrong place at the wrong time at Daytona and another accident at Atlanta. However, he has not won a race since last March, so, this is a part of a larger pattern.

Xfinity Series: Josh Williams

Josh Williams was one of the most hyped Xfinity Series drivers heading into 2024 as he signed a full-time deal with Kaulig Racing. Well, in three races between the Cup and Xfinity Series with the team, Williams has failed to finish higher than 34th, and he has no stage points.

He sits 39th in the Xfinity Series standings, with fewer points than EIGHT drivers who have only competed in one race. He is 98 points out of the points lead and 52 points out of the Playoffs. That’s a deep hole.

Will he dig out of it? The equipment at Kaulig Racing is good enough, but, this is Williams’ first time in top equipment. He has yet to fully prove himself at this level, so, the jury is still out on Williams.

Cup Series: Brad Keselowski

During the 2024 off-season, it felt like this may be Keelowski’s year to finally break through and win a race as an owner-driver. Like Logano, Keselowski has led laps in both races, so, it has not been from lack of speed. However, two accidents have left Keselowski with consecutive 33rd place finishes.

He is tied with Austin Dillon for last amongst full-time drivers in the 2023 standings. Keselowski is 61 points behind the points lead and 32 points out of the Playoffs.

Will Keselowski climb out of this struggling start? Like Logano, Keselowski has speed, and Keselowski is coming off of a solid season with RFK in 2023 where he finished in the top-10 in the points standings. However, he still remains without a victory as an owner.

Truck Series: Layne Riggs

Layne Riggs entered 2024 as one of NASCAR’s most exciting prospects getting an opportunity in Championship-caliber equipment. His season started with a crash and a disqualification.

He now sits dead last in the Craftsman Truck Series standings. He’s 83 points out of the lead and 45 points out of the Playoffs as it stands.

Can he find a way back up the standings? Front Row Motorsports equipment is absolutely good enough, but, Riggs is a question mark. He has only 11 NASCAR National Touring Series races under his belt, so, he is still unproven. There is plenty of adversity for Riggs early in his career.

Cup Series: Austin Dillon

Austin Dillon is coming off of the worst season of his career in 2023. It started off rocky by getting caught up in an early crash in the Daytona 500. While Dillon ultimately finished the race, he scored a measly one point, and he followed that up with a 22nd-place finish at Atlanta.

Dillon is tied with Keselowski for last in the point standings. Like Keselowski, Dillon is sitting 61 points out of the lead and 32 points out of the Playoffs.

Will Dillon turn it around? He finished 29th in the points standings in 2023, and he had a career-low in average finish. Teammate Kyle Busch has shown that RCR equipment is not that bad, but, can Dillon get the most out of it?

Which of these drivers will turn it around as the 2024 season progresses? It will be fun to watch as the early portion of the season progresses.

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