Five NASCAR Nationwide Series Drivers To Watch In 2013

By Christy Valdez
Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

The first green flag for the NASCAR Nationwide Series is just days away to be waved at Daytona International Speedway and all drivers will be ready to have their opportunity at the championship.

It’s a whole new season in the Nationwide Series and within the new season familiar faces are back, new faces have arrived and some drivers have gone on to other projects. The upcoming season also features the return of former Nationwide drivers as well as iconic cars from the series.

The upcoming 2013 season will feature many changes, one of those changes will concern with qualifying into the races but another change will be seen as the year goes on. The reigning two-time Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has gone onto the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and it means that there will be a brand new champion in 2013.

With an opportunity for all drivers to become champion, many will step up to the occasion. As the season progresses following the season opener at Daytona, the list of potential championship contenders will begin to narrow down.

In the 2013 season, many drivers will look for their shot to be the best of the best, but there will be five drivers to watch throughout the season. Within these five drivers some of them will look for another shot at the championship they were close to winning last season, others will continue their improvement, and others look to compete in a new series.  For Elliott Sadler, Austin Dillon, Sam Hornish Jr., Michael Annett and Regan Smith, the 2013 season will be their time.

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