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Five NASCAR Drivers With New Rides In 2013

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Matt Kenseth Joins JGR

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After spending most of his career with the same team, Matt Kenseth has made the move into a new team for the 2013 season.

After several accomplishments in his NASCAR career since the 2000 season, Kenseth and Roush Fenway Racing went through it all together. In his time with RFR Kenseth captured a Cup Series championship, two Daytona 500 championships, and milestones. Going into 2013 Kenseth now joins Joe Gibbs Racing in his quest for another championship.

In his last season with RFR Kenseth qualified within the 12 chase contenders. Kenseth went on to capture three wins at Daytona, Talladega, and Kansas. Along with the wins Kenseth captured a pole, 13 top-fives and 19 top-10s and finishes seventh in the final points standings.

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Parker Kligerman Goes To The Nationwide Series

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After competing with two different teams in the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, Parker Kilgerman will make his way into a new challenge.

Heading into the 2013 season Kligerman will be making his way into a new series and a new team after finding success in the trucks series in the second half of the season. After two years in the truck series he will join Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Nationwide Series for his first full Nationwide season, as well as the team’s first opportunity at a drivers championship in the series.

Kligerman hopes to find success in the Nationwide Series after capturing his first win in the truck series at Talladega in the fall. He also ended the season within the top five in points with a fifth place finish and two poles, eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes while racing with Brad Keselowski Racing and Red Horse Racing.

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Regan Smith Gets A New Opportunity

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After spending several years with a team the 2013 season will give Regan Smith a new challenge and another opportunity in his career.

The 2012 season was the end of Smith’s time with Furniture Racing as the team decided to go with a new driver for the new year. After competing in select races in 2012 with Hendrick Motorsports and Phoenix Racing, a new opportunity came around for Smith as he would sign onto JR Motorsports to race in the Nationwide Series in 2013.

With his new ride set for 2013, Smith got a head start at Homestead for the Nationwide Series 2012 finale. JR Motorsports and Smith got off to a great start as Smith won the final race of the season.

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Joey Coulter Moves To KBM

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The 2012 season gave Joey Coulter one of his best seasons in his NASCAR career, but the 2013 season will allow him to continue to improve.

Going into the new season Coulter will be making his way to a new team following his best season in the trucks series. After two seasons with Richard Childress Racing, Coulter has joined Kyle Busch Motorsports in his quest for his first championship as well as the team’s first driver championship.

In the 2012 season coulter captured his first Truck Series win during the race weekend at Pocono Raceway in the summer. In his final season with RCR Coulter captured a win, three poles, eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. He also ended the season third in the point standings.

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Brian Scott Looks To Improve With New Team

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For Brian Scott the upcoming 2013 season will be of new beginnings as he will join a new team in his quest for Nationwide success.

As the new year approaches Scott will make his return to the Nationwide Series with Richard Childress Racing in the No. 2 car. After racing with Joe Gibbs Racing the past two seasons, Scott looks to improve with his move to RCR.

In the past two seasons Scott has finished within the top ten in the point standings, with a ninth place finish in 2012. Within the season Scott captured two top-fives and 11 top-10s.

Along with his Nationwide appearance Scott raced in select truck series race with Kyle Busch Motorsports. He would become one of 16 different winners with a win at Phoenix.

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As the year 2012 is getting ready to say goodbye, some NASCAR drivers are saying hello to 2013 and their new rides.

A new year is set to begin and the days until the first activities at Daytona begin, five drivers will be getting into new rides at the start of the 2013 season. Within the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide Series, and Sprint Cup Series it won’t only be new faces in new places but new numbers and paint schemes.

For some drivers it will be new year, new series. For others it will be new goals within new teams and another shot at a championship.

Going into the 2013 NASCAR season for Matt Kenseth, Joey Coulter, Parker Kligerman, Regan Smith and Brian Scott, the new year brings new opportunities.

Some of these five drivers spent several years of their career with the same team. Others were still looking for the success and the right opportunity. Others were looking for a team that gave them a shot for a full season to be able to compete for a NASCAR championship.

Going into a new season for these five drivers the new year will give them the opportunity they have been looking for. It will give them another shot to achieve the success plenty are looking for but most of all an opportunity to compete full time all season long.

New season and new rides will allow these drivers to be able to add more to their accomplishments within their NASCAR careers.