The 2013 Sprint Cup season promises to be one of great excitement and optimism. Right now, everyone looks like a championship contender—at least on paper.
But how quickly many teams and drivers adapt to some of the key changes this season—most notably the new, so-called Generation 6 car—will go a long way in determining who hoists the Sprint Cup at Homestead in November.
Picking a champion is a slippery slope, as you wind up looking either like a genius or a fool.
So, while we still may make some changes in our picks between now and the Daytona 500, we thought that with the three-day test session coming up at Daytona Jan. 10-12, it would be a good time to look at 20 of the sport's top drivers and see where they stack up: