This is my 4th part of many for Sprint Cup Driver Previews. Sponsorship can change at any time. Up next will part time Sprint Cup Teams/Drivers.
47--Bobby Labonte--JTG Daugherty Racing
Bush's Baked Beans, Little Debbie, and other cars will sponsor this team again in 2012. Booby though only finished 29th place in the points with two top ten place finishes. He will get no more than five top ten place finishes in 2012 and do 26-28th place in the points at the end of the season.
48--Jimmie Johnson--Rick Hendrick
Lowe's will be back again to sponsor this car that finished sixth place in the points with two wins and 21 top ten place finishes. I see him getting no more than three wins in 2012 with 20-22 top tens and finish 5-8th place in the points.
49--J.J. Yeley--Robinson Blakeney Racing
This is a brand new team. J.J. though finished 35th place in the points last season with no top ten place finishes. Sponsorship has not been announced yet. I see this car getting no top tens and finishing 30-35th place in the standings.
51--Kurt Busch--Phoenix Racing.
Kurt takes over a car for only one season that finished 30th place in the standings with no top tens. Kurt though had 2 wins in 2011 with 16 top tens to finish 11th place in the points. I say Kurt only gets a couple top tens in 2012 and finishes 23-26th place in the standings.
55--Michael Waltrip, Mark Martin, and ???--Michael Waltrip Racing
This car was the 00 car that David Reutimann had that only had 3 top tens and finished 28th place in the points. Michael Waltrip was only in three races in 2011, but had one top ten. Mark Martin though had a full season of racing last year, but had no wins and ten top ten finishes. Michael gets the car for five races while Mark gets 25. The rest is supposed to be filled by some other driver. Aaron's is going to sponsor this car. I say Michael gets one top ten in 2012, Mark gets more than 25 races and pulls in only 10 top ten finishes. The car will finish 27-29th place in the points.
56--Martin Truex Jr.--Michael Waltrip racing
Finishes 18th place in the points with 12 top ten place finishes and no wins. I say he pulls off one win in 2012 and 13-15th top ten place finishes. He will finish 13-15th place in the points. NAPA will be back to sponsor this car.
78--Regan Smith--Funiture Row Racing
Regan had five top tens in 2011 with one win to finish 26th place in the points at the end of the season. Funiture Row will be back to sponsor this car in 2012. I see him with 8 top tens in 2012 with a shot to win another race, but will finish 22-25-th place in the points at the end of the season.
88--Dale Earnhardt Jr.--Hendrick Motorsports
Dale finished the year seventh place in the points with only 12 top tens. Diet Mountain Dew will be back to sponsor this car. I see him with a win in 2012 and making the chase. He will have 12-15 top tens in 2012 to finish 6-9th place in the points in 2012.
99--Carl Edwards--Roush Fenway Racing
Carl finished second place in the points with one win and 26 top ten place finishes. Best Buy, Kellogg's,Fastenal, and more will sponsor this car in 2012. I say Carl gets three wins with 24-26 top tens to finish 1st place in the standings at the end the season.