Predictions for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season

Really enjoyed every second of the Kansas races this weekend. Had some new viewing and listening experiences with that that’ll share in another post. But while watching and taking in the current state of things, I have a few predictions based on really nothing but my own gut:

Prediction #1: Martin Truex, NAPA and Team Will Continue Relationship – With the announcement a few days ago, that Chad Johnston is leaving Michael Waltrip Racing at the end of 2014, I think it’s pretty close to a done deal that 2014 MWR will be a two car team. I do think though that NAPA is seeking to continue its relationship with Truex elsewhere. I can’t figure out where, but my gut says we’re going to see a wholesale transplant of the No. 56 car and its primary sponsor to another team.

Prediction #2: Egos/Personalities will Clash at Stewart Haas in 2014 – I’m thinking of Kurt Busch specifically. They say he’s turned over a new leaf, but when things aren’t going his way in a given race, old Kurt comes back. I can see Busch butting heads next year with Tony Stewart especially, but possibly with new teammates Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick as well.

Prediction #3: Sam Hornish Jr. In the 78? – This is kind of out there but with Hornish in the hunt for the Nationwide champonship, but no ride next year, you gotta think an offer is going to materialize. Had Kyle Larson not taken the No. 42 spot, I’d have said Hornish would end up there. I’m thinking Hornish may end up in the Furniture Row No. 78 in 2014.

Prediction #4: Kansas and Talladega Will Continue to Be the Wildcards in Both Series – especially in the Chase/Championship run races. The speeds at both, and their spots in the schedule make them races you’ll continue to not want to miss. The surface of Kansas will continue to cause a lot of single car spins, and will continue to frustrate the younger Busch brother.

Prediction #5: Jeff Burton and Mark Martin Share Seat Time – With both still capable drivers, but out of their full time cars, I think we’ll see some team utilizing a combination of the two seasoned drivers for testing and races on occasions

Don’t agree with my predictions? Got some of your own. Feel free to comment below or on Twitter.

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