10 Bold Predictions for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season

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10 Bold Predictions for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season
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One of our biggest bold predictions: Jimmie Johnson will not win the championship this season; he won't even make the final four-driver field for the final deciding race.

Next to Christmas, it's the most wonderful time of the year if you're a NASCAR fan.

With less than one week before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, fans are going over their last-minute wish lists for their favorite drivers.

For the 15th straight season, Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans are once again saying that this will be Junior's year.

Tony Stewart fans are saying he's really going to kick some ass with his surgically repaired right leg—complete with a titanium rod inside.

Jimmie Johnson fans are saying it's a foregone conclusion that their favorite driver will tie Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for most career Sprint Cup championships (seven).

But it's also that time of year to really go out on a limb with bold predictions—good and bad—and see what potential surprises and even shocks may result. So with that, let's present Bleacher Report's annual 10 bold predictions for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

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