Goodbye Montoya and hello Larson?

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

The driver’s seat of the No. 42 Target Chevy car needs a new NASCAR rockstar in the wake of Juan Pablo Montoya’s departure. Even though Montoya was a pleasant guy with international appeal, his measly two wins after seven years just can’t be excused. Up-and-coming young racers like 29-year-old Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski, 21-year-old NASCAR Nationwide rising star Kyle Larson, and 31-year-old NASCAR Sprint Cup contender AJ Allmendinger are signs that there’s a changing of the old guard in NASCAR. The reason people are paying particular attention Larson, despite his youth, is because he’s already being hailed as the next Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart. As the protégé of mentor Mark Martin, Larson could very well be positioned by Martin’s influential connections.

Featured image courtesy of Marco Becerra on Flickr.