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Despite Joey Logano's antics, his cars have been bad fast.
I almost considered putting Logano on the slide before this, but the reason he drops to this slide is the same reason Kyle Busch doesn't have a championship.
Logano is a young, rather hot-headed driver with something to prove, like Busch was. It's a formula that doesn't usually end well. However, Brad Keselowski did it last year, so Logano might be capable of contending for the championship in 2013.
Overall, Logano has run very well thus far, and his cars have been consistently speedy. He may have had the best car in Bristol, but got into it just a bit (or a lot) with Denny Hamlin. Then he lost the win at Auto Club Speedway on the final lap.
With tracks like Pocono, Charlotte and Michigan—three of his best tracks—still on the schedule, Logano will look to notch a few victories before the season enters the stretch run.
Cousin Carl has his mojo back. You can tell in his interviews that he is happy and his team is working well together. Jimmy Fennig came over to the 99 team for the 2013 season after Matt Kenseth departed for Joe Gibbs Racing, and it seems as if the switch is working well. Edwards broke through at Phoenix and won in dominating fashion.
As always, Edwards has been best on 1.5- to two-mile tracks, but if the No. 99 can perform well at the shorter tracks on the circuit, the 99 may be one to watch.
It seems as if the Biff is always near the top of the point standings but never really makes a serious charge. Believe it or not, Biffle led the 2012 season standings for 14 weeks before stalling out down the stretch.
The No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford is consistently near the top of the leaderboard as well, but lacks the elite speed.
Biffle is usually good for a couple wins each season, considering his success on 1.5-mile tracks. If the No. 16 team can mount the kind of tun they had early on last season in this year's Chase, anything can happen.
On the cusp: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr.
Not quite there yet: Jamie McMurray, Tony Stewart, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Jeff Burton, Marcos Ambrose.