Grading the Sprint Cup Series' Confirmed 2014 Driver Changes

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Grading the Sprint Cup Series' Confirmed 2014 Driver Changes
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Both Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman will be changing teams in 2014.

With the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season beginning to wind down, some teams are starting to shift their focus toward next season. Preparations have begun to make sure that it will be a successful one.

As has become customary around this time every year, announcements are continuously being made about drivers signing with different teams for the upcoming season. Some of the moves come as no major surprise, as rumors began to fly earlier in the season. But other signings seemingly come out of left field.

Both teams and drivers have similar thoughts in mind when deciding to invest in a working relationship with one another: being competitive, winning races and, ultimately, qualifying for the Chase and racing for a championship.

Some driver signings seem like a great fit right from the get-go, while others raise far more questions.

In the slides ahead, we will take a look at seven cases in which the driver behind the wheel in 2014 will be different from the one that was there during the 2013 season. We will analyze what is to like or not to like about the driver in his new situation and assign each new pairing a grade based on how successful it will be.

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