Ranking the 10 Biggest Surprises from the 2013 NASCAR Season

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Ranking the 10 Biggest Surprises from the 2013 NASCAR Season
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David Ragan's Talladega win was one of many surprises during the 2013 Sprint Cup season.

Every NASCAR season has its obvious occurrences. Jimmie Johnson winning races and competing for the series championship is never breaking news. Nor does it shock anyone when Tony Stewart scores at least one victory in a season, as that is something he has done every year of his career.

But once in a while, in between all of the normal run-of-the-mill stories, something happens in the NASCAR world that was totally unexpected and out of the blue.

Those surprising moments are the ones that have us talking long after the fact and keep us continuously tuned in to see what will happen next.

Whether it is a first-time winner, a controversy or a driver predicted to do big things who does not live up to expectations, every year has its surprises, and 2013 was no exception.

In the slides ahead, I will count down the 10 most surprising events from the recently completed 2013 NASCAR season. Whatever the reason, these were the moments that had us shaking our heads in disbelief, and wondering if what we just witnessed really happened or not.

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