The NASCAR Next program spotlights some of the sport's rising stars, counting 2014 standouts Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson among its ranks.

Announced Friday, the 2014-2015 NASCAR Next class consists of:  Cole Custer, Ruben Garcia Jr., Gray Gaulding, Ryan Gifford, Austin Hill, Erik Jones, Jesse Little, Dylan Lupton, Brandon McReynolds, Ryan Preece, Ben Rhodes and Kenzie Ruston.

Despite being in the early stages of their careers, several of these up-and-comers have already proven their mettle on the banks of the Last Great Colosseum.

  • Gray Gaulding - The 16-year-old Colonial Heights, Va. native holds the distinction of the youngest pole sitter in the K&N Series East and West divisions. In his two Bristol appearances, Gualding placed sixth and second respectively.
  • Ryan Gifford - Hailing from Winchester, Tenn., the 25-year-old posted two third-place finishes in Bristol's 2013 and 2014 K&N contests. The young driver also earned a top-10 performance at Iowa last year in his Nationwide Series debut.
  • Austin Hill - Notching two top-five finishes in four races this season, the Winston, Ga. native improved his 16th place finish in the 2013 K&N Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway with a fifth place finish at this year's  PittLite 125.
  • Jesse Little  - The 2013 NASCAR  K&N Pro Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year posted two top-10 qualifying runs in his visits to the Last Great Colosseum, ultimately recording 13th and 14th place finishes.
  • Ryan Preece - Becoming the youngest champion in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour history last season, Preece started and finished in the top-10 in his four Bristol appearances - including fourth in the Titan Roof 150 last August.
  • Ben Rhodes - The K&N Series current points leader sat on the pole for the 2014 PittLite 125 in March, leading a dominating 130 laps and coming home third.
  • Kenzie Ruston - The lone female in this year's class, Ruston qualified sixth and ran in the top-10 for most of her 2014 Bristol appearance before a late-race crash ended her day.

To watch some of these next generation stars battle at the Last Great Colosseum this August, reserve your seats now to one of the sport's most exciting doubleheaders - Wednesday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by ZLoop and Whelen Modified 150. Tickets start at just $30 with free entry for youth 15-and -under.

Ticket options also remain for those ready to experience the excitement of racing inside the Last Great Colosseum. Beginning at just $75 for single-day tickets or $99 for weekend packages, fans purchasing early can save $5 off the race week price. Cost for Food City 300 tickets start as low as $35 and half-price for youth 15-and-under.

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