The Nationwide Series has lost both Danica Patrick and two-time champ Ricky Stenhouse Jr., with both drivers moving up to full-time Sprint Cup rides in 2013.
However, there are still quite a few great drivers remaining in NASCAR's junior league, and they'll likely see an uptick in exposure and performance with Stenhouse and Patrick gone.
The NNS has been a great feeder system for the Sprint Cup Series over the years. And while there have been some peaks and valleys when it comes to drivers potentially moving up over the last few years, we think you'll see several NNS drivers make the jump to the Cup circuit by 2014—if not sooner—as a potential replacement driver for a team whose driver may struggle during the first part of the 2013 season.
We thought we'd take a look at some of the Nationwide Series' best drivers and see who we feel are the top five picks to soon be in Sprint Cup racing.
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