As the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season continues to draw ever closer, teams are already fully engulfed in preseason preparations.
At this point, the goal for every driver and team is the same. They are all looking to do what Jimmie Johnson did for the sixth time in 2013—win the season championship.
For some teams, a championship is a realistic expectation. Drivers for Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing and a handful of others have every reason to be confident in their chances of winning the title. Drivers at smaller teams like Front Row Motorsports and Furniture Row Racing may have championship hopes, but the reality is, they are not quite at that level yet.
While every team has the same goal for the upcoming season, each also has at least one concern as the season quickly approaches.
Whether it is a driver returning from an injury or just trying to maintain the momentum that was gained in 2013, every team in the sport's top series has an obstacle to overcome.
In the slides ahead, I will take a look at what each team's primary concern is for the 2014 season. For some, it may be a minor inconvenience, while for others, the concern may be what ends up costing them their chance at winning NASCAR's top prize.