The best part about winning the NASCAR championship is that you are the top driver in the sport for a year. The bad part about winning the championship is that every other team is trying to take away your title.
Winning a championship in NASCAR is very difficult. Many great drivers raced for years and never won the championship (see Mark Martin). As difficult it is to win one championship, winning back-to-back championships is even harder (unless your name is Jimmie Johnson).
This year Tony Stewart will try to defend his NASCAR championship. During the offseason Stewart made changes in his organization to help him stay on top of the sport. Stewart added Steve Addington as his new crew chief and his old crew chief at Joe Gibbs Racing, Greg Zipadelli will serve as the Competition Director for Stewart Haas Racing. It will be interesting to see if these changes make Stewart’s team stronger, or if they backfire on him. One thing is for sure, the other teams want his championship.
Here is a list of 10 drivers I think will compete for Stewart’s championship in 2012...