Breaking Down the Early Favorites for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

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Breaking Down the Early Favorites for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
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Does Kyle "Shrub" Busch have what it takes to win his first championship?

Early favorites for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup are beginning to emerge, and early on, there are definitely some surprises near the top.

Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch lead the pack, and that can't come as much of a surprise. But are they the favorites? 

When judging title contenders, it's difficult to discount teams leading the standings. Sometimes, though, those teams are not the fastest. Overall, we must analyze not only the standings but also the individual races.

Who has displayed consistent speed week in and week out? While running consistently and posting top-10 finishes is great, it doesn't usually translate into a championship, especially in the Chase era. 

A team must be up front and show the speed it takes to win, because at the end of the season, winning is everything. 

This article will break down the favorites for the championship, the main challengers to the favorites and a couple dark horses as well. 

All statistics in this article were obtained from

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