Small-Team Drivers with Best Chance to Shake Up 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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Small-Team Drivers with Best Chance to Shake Up 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
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Kurt Busch and Furniture Row Racing set the bar for small Sprint Cup teams with what they accomplished in 2013. Who can follow Busch's footsteps in 2014?

Kurt Busch left some pretty big shoes to fill after what he accomplished this past season at Furniture Row Racing.

Busch, who will become part of a four-driver team for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014, did an outstanding job at FRR in 2013, becoming the first driver in the history of the Chase for the Sprint Cup to make the playoffs from a single-car team.

As we begin our look ahead to 2014—after all, there are only 79 days left to the season-opening Daytona 500—what Busch accomplished has become incentive fodder for other small teams—and the drivers that race for them—in what they hope to accomplish and achieve in the series.

They want to make names for themselves and their teams, and not let organizations like SHR, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Childress Racing get all the attention from fans and the media.

While some smaller teams are still working on their plans for 2014—six already stand out as having good chances to shake things up in the Sprint Cup Series next season:

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