NASCAR: Predicting the Winner of the Top 20 Sprint Cup Races in 2013

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NASCAR: Predicting the Winner of the Top 20 Sprint Cup Races in 2013
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For all of the testing we've seen of it already during NASCAR's not-quite-an-offseason, the Generation Six model of cars is still proving a bit unstable. So much so, in fact, that attempting to predict any Sprint Cup race winners before the start of this season seems like a futile effort.

So guess what? We're going to do it anyway.

Let's be honest—the same teams that always run up front are going to stay where they are because they've got the most money and the most talented people on board. New car and universal blank sheet of paper aside, don't expect a low top 35 team to suddenly shock the world and dominate this year's championship. In fact, many of these predictions probably wouldn't have been too far off had they been made in 2012.

The 20 races we pick winners for here are split between the regular season and the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The 10 most important regular season races are spotlighted, and the final 10 of the year are as well.

Without further ado:

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