The 2013 NASCAR season is nearly here. Man, that what quick. It seems like Brad Keselowski was just raising the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship trophy above his head at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
2012 was a crazy year for NASCAR. Fighting, suspensions, penalties, you name, it happened in NASCAR. This year, the sport is making several upgrades that will hopefully boost the competition to be stronger than ever. Though most races saw 20-30 cars on the lead lap, there were some races that just flat out stunk and were definitely too spread out. NASCAR realized this and decided that they needed to do something about it.
The Generation Six car will likely make the competition stronger at most tracks, especially 2.5 mile speedways such as Michigan and Auto Club where the racing hasn’t been to the liking of race fans over the past few years. However, the Super Speedway races were outstanding in 2012 and hopefully will be similar in 2013. Though the new body style doesn’t align with other cars, basically eliminating the ‘two-car-tango,’ the new car will likely be able to stay in traffic just like racing was before the Car of Tomorrow.
NASCAR drivers are gearing up for what could be the best season for the sport in quite some time. The “Next Nine” is starting to move up towards the top-three NASCAR series with some of them making their debuts this season while others are returning to the Home Track series to gain some experience before taking that next step up to the toughest racing in the world.
It should be a great 2013 season as there will definitely be some underdog’s up towards the top of the rankings for the first time in quite sometime. With that, here’s the 2013 NASCAR preseason power rankings beginning with drivers ranked from 15th-11th.
Joseph Wolkin can be followed on Twitter at @JosephNASCAR.