2013 Chase Predictions and Champion: Who’s Up, Who’s Down, Who Will Wear the Crown?
Alright folks, you asked for them and here they are, my 2013 NASCAR predictions. Last year I didn't totally bomb on my picks so here's hoping that this year I at least equal if not better them.
As for the NASCAR season and Chase, we can only hope that this year, the new car will bring us as much excitement as last year. In alphabetical order, I present you my predictions. Happy racing y'all!
After leading the points for much of the regular season, Greg Biffle took a dive after some mediocre finishes in the first three Chase races. Once again, his consistency will get him into the Chase. The question is can him and his team ride that wave to take home the trophy?
After a surprise second place finish last year, Clint Bowyer will look to break the second place curse. While he will make the Chase again, the curse will not be broken this year. The question is can he match the excitement and results from last year?
He missed the Chase last year by thismuch, for the first time in his career. He needs to use his disappointment from last year to fuel his desire for this year. And he will. He will return to victory lane and the Chase. However, he will be thisshort of winning his first championship.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
He finally broke his winless streak last year, but his already flimsy championship hopes were derailed when he had to miss two races due to concussions. He needs to visit victory lane more often this year and he and his team need to find more consistency during the latter part of the season. If he can put those together, he will make a serious run for the title.
His drive for five is still alive. Unfortunately for him, his luck was horrible last year. He did make the Chase, barely. He and his team hope that all the bad stuff is behind them. They hope that all the good mojo earned from winning the season ending race at Homestead will carry them to a more consistent season and better finish in the standings.
He is entering his last season with Richard Childress Racing. Will the so called “Lame Duck Status” hurt his chances for a title? Put that thought out of your head because he will make the Chase and he will contend for the Sprint Cup, however it will remain as elusive as ever.
Five time is still looking for a six pack of Sprint Cup Championships trophies. Last year saw Johnson and his crew have uncharacteristic mishaps during the Chase last year, leaving him in third place. Will he and his crew chief Chad Knaus be able to recapture their glory?
He started last year with some terrible luck but bounced back to make the Chase and finish the season strong. This year look for him and his team to start strong and have more consistency through the entire schedule.
He has a new number, new team, new manufacturer, and new owner. Will all these changes be too much for the usual steady Matt Kenseth? He will make the Chase and at the same time emerge as the leader at Joe Gibbs Racing.
The reigning champ’s hangover is going to last into the new season. He will make the Chase for the third straight year but we will not have a repeat champion this time around.
Carl Edwards had a terrible season last year by his standards. Not winning a race and missing the Chase. He will return to victory lane and the Chase but still fall short of the ultimate prize.
As owner of Stewart Haas Racing he has added pressure by adding a new team with a very high profile rookie driver. This distraction will shift his focus from himself causing him to slide into the Chase. When all is said and done, he will find another Sprint Cup just out of reach.
Even though he was plagued by bad luck last year, he still showed what he was capable of doing in Hendrick equipment. So this year I’m going out a limb and picking him to win it all.