The Pit Stop

February 2, 2013 4:15 PM

2013 Sprint Cup Driver Preview Part 6

56--Martin Truex Jr.--Michael Waltrip Racing
Napa will be back again to sponsor this car. Martin had no wins in 2012, but had 19 top tens to finish 11th place in the points. I say he can pull off a win and get 18-20 top tens for a 9-12th place in the standings.

78--Kurt Busch--Furniture Row Racing
Kurt had 5 top yens in 2012 with most of them being at Furniture Row Racing. Furniture Row will be back to sponsor this car. I say this car gets two wins with one win in the final ten races. No chase for him, but will finish 13th place in the points.

83--David Reuitmann--BK Racing
David only had 25 starts last year with no top tens to finish 34th place. This car is a full time car with Burger King as a sponsor. I think at best he gets one top ten and finishes no better than 30th place in the points.

88--Dale Earnhardt Jr.--Hendrick Motorsports
Diet Mountain Dew and the Army National Guard will be back to sponsor this car. Dale finished 12th place in the points as he was in only 34 races last year. He picked off only one win with 20 top tens. I say he is only a one win driver in 2013 with 20-24 top tens to finish 9-12th place in the points.

93--Travis Kvapil--BK Racing
Travis only had one top ten in 2012 to finish 27th place in the points. Burger King will be back to sponsor this car. I do not see anything better for him in 2013. One top ten all season long to finish 25-28th place in the points.

99--Carl Edward--Roush Fenway
Carl had a dud of a season in 2012 with only 13 top tens and no wins to finish 15th place in the points. Best Buy, Fastenal, and more companies will sponsor this car. I say he rebounds a bit from last year and picks up a win with 15-17 top tens. I say he finishes 14-16th place in the points.

1---Jamie McMurray---Earnhardt Gnassi Racing
Had a disappointing 2012 season with only three top tens and no wins. He finished 21st place in the standings. McDonalds will sponsor this car. I do not think he picks up a win in 2013, but gets six top tens to finish 17-20th place in the points at the end of the season as a change to Hendrick engines helps.

2--Brad Keslelowski--Penske Racing
Won the 2012 championship with five wins and 23 top tens. Miller Lite will be back to sponsor this car as this car moves over to the ford brand. I say the change backfires on them a bit. I will give Brad a couple wins max, but makes the chase. He will finish 9-12the place in the points.

5--Kasey Kahne--Hendrick Motrsports
He picked off two wins and 19 top tens to finish fourth place in the standings. Farmers Insurance is coming back to sponsor the car for 22 races with a couple other companies as well. I say he gets 2 wins in 2013 with 18-20 top tens to finish 4-6th place in the standings.

7--Dave Blaney--Tommy Baldwin Racing
This car was the #36 car last season that Dave had for almost all of the season. He drove 32 races with Tommy Baldwin Racing picking up only one top 20 finish. Sponsorship is not 100% know at the time. He finished the season 33rd place in the points. I see this car picking up a couple top 20 finishes at best and finishes 30-33rd place in the standings.

9--Marcos Ambrose--Richard Petty Motorsports
Black and Decker will back to sponsor this car that had one win and 8 top tens to finish 18th place in the points. I see him in 2013 getting no more than 2 wins, but picking up 10-12 top ten finishes to get 14-16th place in the points at the end of the season.

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