A fresh, new season always instills confidence in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. It's a chance to undo prior bad tastes and to show off the capabilities of the drivers.
Inevitably, that feeling of unbridled confidence and brimming potential doesn't stick for every competitor. Some take checkered flags. Some fire crew members. Some run up front easily. Some get caught in every crash.
Find out which of the sport's key parts, teams and drivers finished 2013 on top—and which ones didn't.