2013 NASCAR Chase Predictions; Who is Out
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. made the Chase for the Sprint Cup last year. He didn’t win a race and ended up the season eleventh in the standings. Their good finishes and consistency throughout the season got them into the chase. The last two years it has been proven that you need to win at least two races in the chase to even have a chance. This new car will be very tough to drive and stringing good finishes and consistency will be nearly impossible. Martin Truex Jr. will have to win races to make the Chase. They won’t and consequently will miss the Chase this year.
Ryan Newman has only made the Chase two of the last seven years. He is in the final year of his contract. Although Ryan has been paired with his old crew chief Matt Borland from when he consistently made the top ten in the standings there is enough side issues at Stewart Haas Racing that will keep him from victory lane. A top 15 team needs race wins in order to make the Chase. Ryan will not have them and will miss the Chase.
Jeff Burton finished the season nineteenth in points or one position better than the previous year. Richard Childress Racings cars did not seem to have the speed as the other cars. This relegated Jeff to 15th to 20th place finishes. Like Ryan Newman above finishes in this area require race wins in order to make the Chase. This is not going to happen.
Joey Logano missed the Chase for the Sprint Cup last year and finished the season seventeenth in the standings. Joey has never made the Chase. That is why he has moved over to Penske Racing. This is probably his last shot at a great team at the Sprint Cup level. Unfortunately for Joey the new car will not be an equalizer but a magnifier of the struggles of learning a new team and car. Joey will miss the Chase one more year.
Kevin Harvick didn’t announce last year but it did get confirmed after this season he will not be back at Richard Childress Racing. Other drivers such as Matt Kenseth, have managed to put together good seasons in their lame duck year. They all had one thing in common. They were driving for teams that were performing before they announced their departure. Kevin Harvick’s team struggled last season to make the Chase. This year will be a rebuilding year and they will not make the Chase.
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This time of the year members of the media and race fans attempt to make predictions as to who will win the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup. I am no exception. Unless you picked Jimmie Johnson for a few years the odds of actually predicting the champion are pretty slim. Nevertheless, we will try our hand because there is some entertainment in it while we wait for the big race.
Who would have thought that Brad Keselowski and his team could put together the season they did and win the Championship last year? Who would have thought that Clint Bowyer and his team would go on a run throughout the season and in the Chase to finish second? If you did then you deserve a big Atta Boy, if you didn’t then join the rest of us and try again.
While doing my predications one thing has come to mind. There are about 17 drivers and teams that have the wherewithal to make the Chase. Since there are only twelve spots someone will be left out. In order to pick the top twelve teams we must pick the five that will be out. Yes, that also means there are about 18 other drivers and teams that we will not discuss here that will also not make the chase.
It has been said by many that this year the new generation six car will be the great equalizer. Every team is starting from scratch and has a chance. I disagree with that. The teams who have been able to adapt to changes quickly in the past will continue their success. With that here are some notable drivers and teams who will not make the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2013.