Top Ten NASCAR drivers in 2013
As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Indianapolis after the final week off of the year, the cream is starting to rise to the top. There are just seven races before NASCAR’s playoffs, the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins, and we are now seeing who are truly contenders and who are the pretenders. As the season continues and we get into the Chase, we will see who are the contenders and the pretenders. But who are the top drivers at this point of the season? Here are the top ten drivers at this point in the season based on performance, not where they are in the points.
10. Martin Truex Jr: Truex is currently 11th in points. He won at Sonoma, his first win since his first career Sprint Cup win at Dover in 2007. Truex is sixth on the most laps led list and is fighting for a spot in the Chase.
9. Brian Vickers: Vickers competes full-time in the Nationwide Series and part-time for Michael Waltrip Racing in the Cup Series. He won the most recent Cup race at New Hampshire and will probably be driving full-time in Cup for MWR next year. Vickers always does a good job when in the Cup car, his number 55 team would be in the Owner points chase as a wild card if the Chase started now, according to From the Marbles.
8. Brad Keselowski: The defending champ started the season where he left off last year. He then had penalties at Texas and some bad luck. He has yet to win this year, but he finished fourth at New Hampshire and could win soon.
7. Clint Bowyer: Bowyer is Mr. Consistent. He hasn’t won yet this year, but he seems to be in the top ten at the end of every race. Bowyer is currently second in points.
6. Kasey Kahne: Kahne only has one win, but he could have more if it weren’t for crashes and bad luck. He is currently 10th in points and is fighting for a spot in the Chase. He could win again as he’s got good tracks for him coming up.
5. Kevin Harvick: Harvick is in his last year at Richard Childress Racing. He has two wins and is fourth in points. He will be a contending for the championship this year.
4. Kurt Busch: Busch has been in contention to win many races, but has yet to close the deal. He’s fifth in the laps lead category and will win a race before the end of the season. He’s 14th in points and hoping to make the Chase.
3. Kyle Busch: Busch has two wins and is seventh in points. He’s led the most laps this year beating Jimmie Johnson in that category by 17, according to NASCAR.com. He’ll make the Chase and contend for the title.
2. Matt Kenseth: He’s proving that his move from Roush Fenway Racing to Joe Gibbs Racing was the right move. He has four wins, tied with Jimmie Johnson for most win. Kenseth seems to be Johnson’s biggest threat for the title.
1. Jimmie Johnson: How could the five-time champ not be the top drive so far this year? Johnson has four wins and looks to be on his way to his sixth championship. He is the points leader and will be hard to beat for the championship.