Predicting winners is hardly a science, but analysis of past performance often gives insight into the future. So with the ending of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, we look for the title contenders in the upcoming season.
Some new blood is coming into the Cup level of NASCAR along with drivers pairing with new teams and crew chiefs. Such variables are among many that can skew the expected performance of drivers.
The 2012 season produced a strong field of contenders for the Chase, however, there were drivers scattered throughout the final point standings who should have been title contenders.
This slideshow will focus on the potential field of Chase drivers we will see after the 26th points race of the season next year. They are listed in no particular order.