Following the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season, seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson announced that the 2020 season will be his final full-time season in the Cup Series. Johnson has competed for 18 full seasons, all for Hendrick Motorsports, and is slated to compete for a 19th this upcoming season.
Johnson continues the recent streak of drivers to call it quits. There was Jeff Gordon after 2015, Tony Stewart after 2016, Dale Earnhardt Jr. after 2017 and Matt Kenseth after 2018. Other drivers to retire recently include but are not limited to Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, David Ragan and Paul Menard.
The age for retirement in NASCAR seems to get younger and younger. This brings up some interesting questions as to who could follow Johnson, who is 44 years old and is slated to be 45 upon his retirement, as the next big-name driver to announce his retirement.
It seems as though we could see the youth movement take full effect and take over the sport as we enter a new generation of NASCAR Cup Series racing.
Here are five drivers who could be next.