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Five NASCAR Teams To Watch In 2013

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Penske Racing Is Set To Defend Their Cup Championship

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Following their championship season in 2012, all eye will be on Penske Racing as the team along with 2012 cup champion Brad Keselowski will be set to defend their title in 2013.

After winning the first Cup championship since their debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Penske Racing will be looking to win more. Going into the new season the team made a change within its roster of drivers when Joey Logano joined to take over duties in the No.22. Sam Hornish Jr. who drove the car in 2012 will make another run in the Nationwide Series for a championship there.

Penske Racing may have not made many new additions to the team but as the championship team many eyes will be on them as the season progresses.

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Kyle Busch Motorsports Begins New Era

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The upcoming 2013 season will be a year of whole new beginnings for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Over the past few years KBM has been growing since it’s debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and since then it has started to expand. Since the team’s debut team owner Kyle Busch has been behind the wheel of his cars and trucks in order to get the team off to a right start. As the seasons has progressed a few drivers have been a part of the team in select races, but in 2013 it all changes.

In the upcoming 2013 season KBM will field a full-time ride in the truck series and the Nationwide Series, but it will also be the team’s opportunity to not only compete for an owner’s championship but for a drivers championship as well. Joey Coulter joined the team in their trucks program and Parker Kligerman in the Nationwide Program.

It will be a new beginning for the team with new drivers as well as a new quest for KBM.

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JR Motorsports Is Set For A Fresh Start In 2013

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The 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Season will be kind of like a rebirth for JR Motorsports as the team will be back with new drivers for the upcoming season.

JR Motorsports made plenty of movements within its team in order to figure out what direction the team would go into for the future. Towards the end of the 2012 season the team welcomed Regan Smith as their new full-time driver. In the off-season Kasey Kahne and Brad Sweet went over as the team’s new part time racers after both drivers raced for Turner Motorsports.

Going into a new season JRM will have new hope in Smith to win races and possibly a championship after getting off to a great start with a win at the 2012 finale. Kahne and Sweet also provide the team an opportunity to race for a owner’s title with their duties behind the wheel of the No.5 car.

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Joe Gibbs Racing Adds Experience And Title Contenders To The Team

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Going into the 2013 season Joe Gibbs Racing will be ready to see if their latest changes will be their key to success.

During the 2012 season and throughout the off-season JGR made changes to their Cup Series teams and Nationwide Series teams. In the Cup Series JGR welcomed Matt Kenseth to the team as the new driver of the No.20 car, and former No.20 driver Joey Logano departed from the team.

In their Nationwide program JGR did a complete overhaul and welcomed in two new drivers in Brian Vickers and Elliott Sadler.

JGR will be one of the teams to watch in 2013 in the Cup Series to see how the teams reacts with the arrival of Kenseth, a previous cup champion. It would be interesting to see what advice and help Kenseth can bring to the team. In the Nationwide side JGR will have two full time entries and will have a possibility at a title with 2012 runner up Sadler and will also feature the full-time return of Vickers.

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Roush Fenway Racing Adds More Drivers To Its Team

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Roush Fenway Racing will be ready to race in the upcoming 2013 NASCAR season, especially with the return of one of the most historic cars to the track.

In 2013 not only will RFR be looking for wins and for spots in the chase but they are welcoming in Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to the Cup Series after back-to-back Nationwide championships. In the upcoming season Carl Edwards is expected to rebound and perform well following his slump in 2012 after his runner-up finish in the chase the 2011 championship.

On the Nationwide Series the 2013 season will feature the return of the No.60 to full-time competition, as one of the series most winning car. Along with the return of the No.60 car it was also be the return to full-time racing for Trevor Bayne. As a new addition to the team will be Travis Pastrana as he will be behind the wheel of the No.60 car.

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As a new year is underway another NASCAR season is approaching, and with a new year come new changes.

With a new season just weeks away, teams from all of NASCAR’s series are getting ready to get back to the racetracks. Within the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide Series, and Sprint Cup Series there have been changes competition wise but within all of the series several things are getting ready to debut changes.

As the days to the new season approach some teams will be looking different. In 2013 the five teams to watch will be Kyle Busch Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Penske Racing, and JR Motorsports.

Within these five teams, there have been changes some that made major changes or a few tweaks within their teams. Others did complete overhauls making the 2013 season a fresh start.

Going into the new season most of these teams have always been some of the teams to watch throughout the season, some for their growth over the years. One team in particular will have many eyes on them following their championship season in 2012.

Most of these teams have several teams within all of NASCAR’s series and will be looking to see if they can win championships. One team will be on the chase for their first driver championship for their team with new drivers in two series, a first time for that team without their owner behind the wheel.

Many teams will be competitive this upcoming season but these will be the ones to keep an eye on.