This NASCAR Sprint Cup season features two top rookie of the year candidates, Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
I think being a rookie today in NASCAR is probably a little different than what we're really accustomed to seeing because most of our competitors have a pretty good background in racing in other series, whether it's been in the Nationwide Series or other forms of racing like open wheel or dirt cars.
I think the intimidation factor is not quite as great.
I think also it has a lot to do with how good your equipment is. Patrick has joined the established and championship-winning Stewart-Haas Racing organization with crew chief Tony Gibson.
Stenhouse, a two-time Nationwide champion, takes over the championship-winning No. 17 of Matt Kenseth.
I do remember back in the early years, watching rookie racers get in and try to race. A lot of times they found themselves with underfunded teams and it made it very hard for them to learn.
I think in today's environ...