The 2011 season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was proof positive of the high level of competition, with five drivers who found Victory Lane for the first time and a total of 18 different drivers had wins in the series.
There is always the chance at any given race that any one of the 43 drivers could potentially be first in line when the checkered flag is waved on the final lap.
It can be predicted that certain drivers are going to win races in 2012. Many of them primarily run in the Cup series and dip their toes into the Nationwide Series along with the regulars in the second tier.
There are drivers with the premier teams who have a distinct advantage with top-tier equipment and elite technical support that are expected to garner wins, and they do.
Some drivers in this slideshow face new teams and the challenges that go along with that. In the case of one Cup pilot, his ride is a dramatic upgrade, yet for another it is the opposite.
There is young talent in the NASCAR Nationwide Series who made the cut for this list because of his talent behind the wheel and the first-class equipment afforded him.
So in no particular order you will see 13 drivers that are extremely likely to visit Victory Lane during the 2012 season. There are no guarantees in NASCAR racing, but place your bets on this group.