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Abreu headlines NASCAR's 2015 class of 'Next' stars

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Rico Abreu, the reigning USAC national champion and winner of this year's Chili Bowl, was among the 12 drivers named to NASCAR's latest "Next" class on Tuesday.

The Next program, which is designed to spotlight NASCAR's emerging stars, has included in its previous four classes 2014 Sprint Cup rookie of the year Kyle Larson and reigning Xfinity Series champion Chase Elliott. The class also includes for a second year Cole Custer, who became NASCAR's youngest national winner last season at age 16 with his Truck Series victory at New Hampshire.

Standings: NASCAR Sprint Cup

As of: GEICO 500
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Kevin Harvick3941
2Martin Truex Jr.3543
3Jimmie Johnson3424
4Joey Logano3352
5Dale Earnhardt Jr.3198
6Brad Keselowski3055
7Jamie McMurray2979
8Matt Kenseth2927
9Kasey Kahne2866
10Denny Hamlin28112
11Paul Menard28013
12Aric Almirola27911

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