Five NASCAR Drivers With A Second Chance In Their Careers Heading Into 2013

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Trevor Bayne Gets Another Shot At The Nationwide Series

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After losing his primary ride and a shot at racing for a championship in 2012 due to a lack of sponsorship, Trevor Bayne will get another opportunity in the upcoming 2013 season.

Going into the new year Bayne will be making his return to racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series full time following Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s move into the Cup Series. The 2011 Daytona 500 champion spent the past season racing a part time Cup Series schedule with Wood Brothers Racing after his Nationwide ride with RFR would go into a hiatus due to sponsorship problems.

With his return to the Nationwide Series in 2013 Bayne can now compete for the championship he was expected to compete for the past season. The new year will also allow Bayne to compete in a full time ride for the first time in his career.

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David Stremme Is Set To Race With A New Team

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The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season will allow David Stremme to breathe a little easier now that he will have another opportunity to be competitive.

As the days for the start of a new season approach, it will also be the start of a second opportunity for Stremme as he will be a part of a brand new race team in the cup series. Along with the newly formed Swan Racing, Stremme will look towards being more competitive and be able to compete in more races.

Along with a new team, Stremme will be working with a brand new crew chief, one that has experience within several of NASCAR’s series. In 2013 Stremme will have Tony Eury Jr. on top of his pit box to help guide him towards the success he wants to achieve and his new opportunity in 2013 will allow him so.

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Brian Vickers Is Ready To Go Back To Full Time Racing

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When Red Bull Racing closed all of its operations following the 2011 season, it left the future unclear for Brian Vickers.

During the 2012 season an opportunity came through for Vickers when he got a deal to race with Michael Waltrip Racing for eight races in the No.55 car. The partial schedule with MWR allowed Vickers to go out but not only race but to show that he deserved a full time ride.

Vicker’s success in the No.55 car in 2012 allowed him to sign on to MWR in 2013 for another partial season but following the agreement a new opportunity came through.

In the new season Vickers will go back to full time racing as he will be one of the newest drivers with Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series. Not only does Vickers have the chance to go back full time racing but also be eligible to compete for a championship.

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David Reutimann May Find Stability In 2013

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After his time with Michael Waltrip Racing came to an end following the 2011 season, David Reutimann was left with some uncertainty.

When the 2012 season began he started the season racing in one of the two entries for the then newly formed BK Racing team. Following his Daytona appearance with BK Racing, Reutimann went on to compete in the season but with several different race teams through out the year.

In just one season Reutimann raced with BK Racing, Tommy Baldwin Racing, Phoenix Racing, and Xxxtreme Racing in the cup series. He drove with TBR in the races Danica Patrick did not race in the No.10 and he also drove the No.51 car at Pocono for the then suspended Kurt Busch.

The 2012 season left Reutimann without a stable team but the upcoming 2013 season looks like the opportunity he has been looking for. He has been linked to BK Racing with the possibility of becoming the third car in the team, although it has not been made official. It would allow him to go back with the team he started the 2012 season with.

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Joey Logano Moves To A New Team

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After spending his entire career with the only team he had raced with, Joey Logano will be making his way to Penske Racing.

Once known as the best thing to come into NASCAR after his success racing prior earned Logano the nickname of Sliced Bread. Going into NASCAR with high expectations and many expected him to succeed with the team he was with, the past four years did not go the way many expected for Logano.

After being considered one of the best things to happen to the sport, in his first four seasons in the Cup Series Logano has captured two wins and the Rookie of the Year honors in 2009. His teammates qualified into the chase meanwhile he failed to qualify and when his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing was set to end Logano’s future was unknown until the fall.

Going into the 2013 season Logano will be the newest teammate to the 2012 Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski over at Penske Racing. With the champion as his new teammate it could help Logano in the quest for the expectations many had when he began his NASCAR career.

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Sometimes opportunities come as a once in a lifetime thing and second chances are a rare opportunity but for some NASCAR drivers that rare feature is within reach.

Heading into a brand new season in 2013 some drivers will be getting a second opportunity in their careers. For five drivers within NASCAR’s Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series, their new opportunity in 2013 will allow them to chase new goals within their career.

For some drivers the 2013 season will allow them to compete full time without worrying if they will be able to make and finish a race. Others will have the opportunity to achieve better results than they have in previous seasons. Going into a new season, some drivers will be able to go back to full time racing or compete for their first championship.

The new opportunity for some drivers will be with new teams ad some with old.

Going into the 2013 season Trevor Bayne, Brian Vickers, David Stremme, Daivd Reutimann, and Joey Logano will be looking forward to getting back on the track for a whole new opportunity.

In seasons past all of the drivers have gone through situations that made their careers take a hit.  For drivers like Stremme it has been weeks of inconsistency in qualifying and being able to finish a race. For Bayne the past season left him without a championship to compete for. With Reutimann it was switching teams without a place to call it his team. With Vickers he was left without a full time ride and for Logano the expectations did not match his results.

Going into a new year it will be a clean slate for all five drivers, with a second opportunity to rebuild their careers.