The holiday season is fast approaching and soon the calendar will switch to 2014. Before it does Motorsports 101 takes a look back at the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with its year in review awards.
Mark Eddinger – David Ragan's underdog win in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 5th. A perfectly timed tandem draft from his Front Row Motorsports teammate David Gilliland powered the small organization past the powers in the sport and to victory lane for the first time. Brian Vickers gets an honorable mention for his win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 14th.
Mark Eddinger – Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway or better known as the last race before the Chase. Numerous drivers were in contention to grab a wild card berth into the Chase or a top ten points position which led to all heck breaking loose when Clint Bowyer spun kicking off a chain of events that took a win away from Ryan Newman and handed it to Carl Edwards and knocked Newman out of the Chase along with Jeff Gordon. Then NASCAR ruled that Martin Truex Jr would be docked points and out of the Chase and Newman would be back in. Later in the week NASCAR also added Jeff Gordon to make a 13-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup for the first time ever.
MOST SURPRISING DRIVER:
Mark Eddinger – Kurt Busch gets the nod for having a great season with the single car team of Furniture Row Racing. No he did not win a race but he did make the Chase for the team and was a contender up front on a regular basis. Most surprising was his attitude on and off the track. Busch has left the team for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014 but his one year at FRR was impressive and surprising that it worked so well.
MOST DISAPPOINTING DRIVER:
Mark Eddinger - Plenty of drivers had rough seasons. Kasey Kahne and Carl Edwards expected to be title contenders in the Chase but had a miserable last 10 races. Denny Hamlin was injured but when he returned was not a front runner until late in the season. Juan Pablo Montoya missed out on a few oval wins that were within grasp and then lost his NASCAR career. But the most disappointing driver was the defending champ Brad Keselowski for not even making the Chase to defend his crown.
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