The NASCAR Cup Series is certainly changing as the teams adjust to the Next Gen cars and young drivers continue to make major strides. This trend creates questions about whether there will be any dominant drivers like in years past when Kevin Harvick won nine times (2020) or when Martin Truex Jr. won eight times (2017).
It’s more likely that the 2023 season will play out like 2022 when a variety of drivers reached Victory Lane. Having 19 different winners again will be difficult due to the teams making strides with their notes and setups, but there could still be 15 like in 2012.
That being said, if there was a dominant driver, it would make sense if they came from HMS. The organization has seen five different seasons with at least 10 wins from one driver. Jeff Gordon was first with 10 trips to Victory Lane in 1996. He then added 10 more wins in 1997 and 13 in 1998.