2024 High Limit Racing at East Bay Raceway Park

Ranking The 10 High Limit Racing Championship Favorites

Ranking The 10 High Limit Racing Championship Favorites

Ranking the 10 drivers who have the best shot to win the 2024 High Limit Racing championship.

Feb 8, 2024 by Kyle McFadden
Ranking The 10 High Limit Racing Championship Favorites

High Limit Racing’s first national Sprint Car campaign is less than a week away, a 59-race season that launches at Tampa, Fla.'s East Bay Raceway Park next Monday and Tuesday.

Below we've broken down 10 championship favorites to keep an eye on throughout the season.

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1. Brad Sweet

If Wednesday’s World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season opener at Volusia Speedway Park revealed anything, it’s that the Big Cat remains Sprint Car racing’s gold standard. As the five-time reigning WoO champion shared on the most recent High Limit Room podcast, he’s more determined than ever to prove himself this year. The businessman in Sweet probably wouldn’t mind seeing another driver win the title, but the competitor in him dang sure would mind. Anything less than a championship for the NAPA No. 49 bunch wouldn’t necessarily be shocking, but it’d be offbeat for sure.

2. Rico Abreu

Has there been anyone with more star power and fandom in the history of Sprint Car racing who’s yet to chase a national title than Rico? Perhaps not. After more than a decade of cherrypicking his way to stardom, and a year after falling seven points short of Kyle Larson in the midweek series standings, the St. Helena, Calif., fan favorite has never been more serious to add a championship to his growing list of accomplishments. With 10-time World of Outlaws champion crew chief Ricky Warner calling the shots, Rico will be tougher than anyone to oust on a nightly basis.

3. Brent Marks

When the Myerstown Missile dropped off the World of Outlaws tour following the 2019 season, he knew he wasn’t his best self and wasn’t quite ready to be on the road full-time yet. Four years later, he’s put in the work to rejoin the national Sprint Car scene with confident expectation. Last year felt like a down year for Marks, but in actuality, his 13 wins were third-most among winged 410 competition. When Marks is on, he’s on, as evidenced by his Kings Royal sweep two years ago and No. 1 rating per sprintcarratings.com. Limiting the miscues, however — like when he finished 20th or worse nine times last year as opposed to Brad Sweet’s two finishes of that nature — will be make or break his season.

4. Tyler Courtney

It was only a matter of time that a talent like Sunshine’s would level-up and embark on a national tour. The two-time All Star Circuit of Champions title winner has beaten the sport’s best on occasion, such as triumphing the 2021 Kings Royal, but can he now do it over the duration of a full national season? For Courtney to keep in step with the likes of Sweet and Rico — the clearcut 1A and 1B drivers of the series at least from the outset — he’ll need to limit the bad runs (last year Courtney had eight finishes of 20th worse whereas Sweet and Rico combined for six races of that nature).

5. Corey Day

Does a 17-year-old with marginal touring experience deserve to be lumped among Brad Sweet and company as a championship favorite? Hear this out for a second: Though it’s a small sample size, if Day’s 13-race point average with the WoO last year were multiplied by the 71-race full season, he’d hypothetically finish third in the standings (56 points behind David Gravel, who finished 60 points behind Sweet). Last year’s NARC King of the West champion wasn’t supposed to race a national tour until 2025, but clearly his backers don’t have enough reasons to keep him from a title pursuit and charter bid from the tour’s inaugural national campaign. While Day has boundless upside, what could hold him back in Year 1 is his very limited half-mile experience.

6. James McFadden

The Australian who's jumped ship from the World of Outlaws has the equipment and ability to make a run for the inaugural series title. He won six times on the WoO tour last year and with Brian Ventura turning the wrenches on the iconic Roth Motorsports. No. 83 machine and could top that figure this season if enough comes together for J-Mac.

7. Zeb Wise

The 21-year-old of Angola, Ind., has a lot going for him ahead of the 2024 season. He's fresh off the All Star Circuit of Champions title, has a fresh Ford Performance 410 engine that's powering his growing ability, and last October picked off his first World of Outlaws victory at Port Royal Speedway. Two races that could boost Wise's season with Rudeen Racing will be the $26,000-to-win Rayce Rudeen Foundation Race at Missouri’s I-70 Motorsports Park on June 7-8 and the $100,000-to-win Skagit Nationals at Washington’s Skagit Speedway on August 29-31 outside car owner Kevin Rudeen’s headquarters.

8. Spencer Bayston

The Indiana hotshoe likely has another level he's yet to reach and show the Sprint Car world. For starters, he's a former USAC Midget champion and is entering Year 3 with Barry Jackson's and Chad Clemens's CJB Motorsports group, the same team that made World of Outlaws championship pushes back in 2017 and '18. Last year Bayston won once on the WoO tour, so he figures to up the success this year.

9. Justin Peck

The 26-year-old driver is one of High Limit Racing's winners from last year's midweek series and could be in line to take the next step this 2024 season. Peck's shown flashes of brilliance in his young career, like when he won the High Limit event at Kokomo (Ind.) Raceway last year and when he was on the verge of Knoxville Nationals high-point man last August before a crash in his prelim wrecked those hopes. High Limit allows Peck the room to show more of his potential.

10. Cory Eliason

Now with the Iowa-based Ridge & Sons Racing team, Cory Eliason has a lot going for him as well with Tyler Swank as his crew chief for 2024. The 32-year-old finished third in High Limit's midweek series last year, following only Kyle Larson and Rico Abreu. A 10-time All Star Circuit of Champions winner and two-time World of Outlaws winner, the Visalia, Calif., native is no stranger to competing and succeeding with the best in the business.