2014 Stock Watch for Drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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2014 Stock Watch for Drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
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Coming off a fascinating Coca-Cola 600, there are drivers on the way up, on the way down, and somewhere in between.

It took 12 races for Jimmie Johnson to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup race in 2014, breaking a 13-race winless streak dating back to last season.

It must be nice for a driver to discover that such a short winless streak is big news in the Sprint Cup garage, and Johnson did indeed find it amusing. Now his stock for the season is on the rise, and it's a pretty good bet that none of his fellow Cup competitors will find that funny at all.

"There are more people fretting about things than myself," Johnson told FOX Sports. "I mean, (it was) what 12 (races)? Give me a break."

As Johnson's stock clearly is on the rise, others are in a free-fall or a state of flux where it's too soon to see where their 2014 seasons are headed.

It's not all based on wins, although that's always a hefty factor in the favor of those fortunate enough to visit Victory Lane. A few drivers who don't own a win yet, or appear to be floundering lately, may deserve a closer look as summer approachesand for others, too many variables seem to be working against them to make it wise to stand by them at the moment

See who appears to be headed where as the Sprint Cup Series prepare to visit the tracks at Dover and Pocono the next two weeks.

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