2023 NASCAR: Best race, rivalry, paint scheme and many more

A review of the best moments and events from the 2023 NASCAR season.


Race of the Year: Kansas Spring Race

The Kansas Spring Race earned the title of Race of the Year for the 2023 NASCAR season. It featured a record number of lead changes (37) for a 400 mile intermediate event, thrilling restarts, an overtime finish, and a battle between Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson. The race also had a memorable pit road altercation between Ross Chastain and Noah Gragson.

Honorable Mention: The Chicago Street Course also delivered an exciting show, especially after a heavy rainfall.

Event of the Year: All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro Speedway

The All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro Speedway stood out as the Event of the Year. While the race itself may not have been the most exciting, the atmosphere and the return of this historic venue made it a special event. The legendary Darrell Waltrip was visibly mesmerized by the reopening of the speedway and expressed his disbelief at the sight.

Honorable Mention: The Chicago Street Course, NASCAR's first true street course, also provided a feel-good event.

Undertaker Out Of the Coffin Resurrection Award: North Wilkesboro Speedway

The North Wilkesboro Speedway was awarded the Undertaker Out Of the Coffin Resurrection Award for its remarkable revival. After being closed since 1996, many believed the racetrack would never return. However, it was reopened in 2023, bringing back a piece of NASCAR history.

Honorable Mention: RFK Racing, formerly Roush Fenway Racing, exceeded expectations by making it to the Playoffs and securing three victories.


Breakthrough of the Year: Chris Buescher

Chris Buescher was recognized as the Breakthrough of the Year in NASCAR. After making his Cup Series debut nine seasons ago, Buescher finally had a successful season, winning three times and becoming the most successful Roush driver since Matt Kenseth in 2012.

Disappointment of the Year: Chase Elliott

Chase Elliott experienced a disappointing season, failing to win a race and missing six races due to injury. As the 2020 Cup champion, his performance fell short of expectations.