As the days get closer to the beginning of a brand new year and to the Daytona 500, many drivers come to mind as contenders for the Cup title in 2013.
NASCAR may be in it’s off season after crowning a new champion in Brad Keselowski after an unforgettable 2012 season but there where several drivers who made themselves get noticed as a championship contender. There were also drivers who are known as a championship contender but failed to qualify into the 2012 chase. As some drivers prepare to continue to race well other racers prepare to pick up the slack from the previous season.
Heading into the 2013 season many drivers will be considered to be contenders for the championship but five drivers will have the best chance to win the 2013 Sprint Cup Series championship. The drivers with the best chance to contend for the championship next season are Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, and Kyle Busch.
Although some of the five drivers did not qualify into the 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, but they came close a couple of times to contend for a win. For Busch and Edwards, they will have the motivation to improve and compete for a win.
In the 2013 season Johnson, Hamlin, and Kahne will be looking towards continuing the success from 2012 and try to keep themselves in contention for the championship.
The championship was within Johnson’s hands at the 2012 finale until mechanical failure. For Hamlin his championship chances were taken away after mechanic failure at a track he has past success at. Meanwhile Kahne he maintained himself within contention into the final races.
The 2013 season will be a fresh start for all of the drivers but Johnson, Hamlin, Edwards, Kahne, and Busch will hope to be in championship contention next season.