Winners and Losers of the 1st Half of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season

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Winners and Losers of the 1st Half of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season
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Since Daytona, we've seen various pieces of NASCAR rise and fall with each race.

Despite Danica Patrick's pole at the 2013 Daytona 500 seeming like it was just days ago, NASCAR's halfway point in the 36-race regular season is here. Oh, what a go we've had.

From Jimmie Johnson's assertive win to open the season at Daytona, to Brad Keselowski's takedown of garage area tactics, the big names and big stars have been making their usual ruckus. We've endured the worry for Denny Hamlin's injury and listened to Kyle Petty lament Patrick's use in the sport. Then there was Kurt Busch causing a big crash and David Ragan somehow winning a race.

Through it all, there have been plenty of winners and losers along the way in this edition of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The season's second half promises to bring plenty more chargers and chumps as the summer heat wanes to fall championship pressure. Some will rise; some will fall.

But until then, here's a look at some of NASCAR's best and worst of the first half of 2013.

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