Making preseason predictions for the 2014 Chase before the Daytona 500 is a perilous assignment. One risks looking quite foolish come September.
While it is expected that this year's championship field will look very similar to the photo above, with a few additions, the change in the rules that opens up the Chase to 16 drivers should make for a few surprises when the checkered flag falls in Richmond.
NASCAR racing is often described as dramatic and unpredictable. And what often looks like a good Cup team on paper doesn't necessarily translate into real life.
However, there are still some things in NASCAR that are predictable.
And with that being said, I hereby offer my picks for the 2014 Chase field. Come September, they'll likely be as embarrassing as my high school graduation yearbook photo.
The numerical order in which they appear does not indicate the final points position, except for No. 1.