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2013 Year in Review

The racing was exhilarating and the competition fierce across all three NASCAR premiere series in 2013. Fans can expect more of the same in 2014.

February 25, 2014
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

While many veterans, including

Mark Martin, will be leaving the fulltime

circuit, young blood is flowing

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Mark Martin said goodbye to NASCAR racing in 2013 after a long and illustrious career.

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through the sport and will continue to

rev up a passionate base of NASCARcrazy

supporters across the nation.


Jimmie Johnson and the Gen-6 car

dominated the 2013 Sprint Cup

discussion, as NASCAR's mostdecorated

present driver edged Matt

Kenseth by 19 points to win his sixth


The season also saw impressive

campaigns from Kurt Busch and Kyle

Busch, who both earned big

comebacks into the Chase.

Hendrick Motorsports qualified all

four of its drivers Johnson, Dale

Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon and Kasey

Kahne for the Chase, while Joe Gibbs

Racing posted the most combined

victories among team owners.


It wasn't pretty, but Austin Dillon

won the 2013 title without earning a

race victory. He and Kyle Larson

another Nationwide standout are

heading to the Sprint Cup this season,

leaving the door wide open for other


Sprint Cup regulars like Kyle Busch

and Brad Keselowski will also surely

leave their mark on Nationwide this

season, as the pair combined to win

19 of the 33 races in 2013.


It was a year to remember for veteran

Matt Crafton, who leveraged his

perseverance and decade of experience

to clinch the 2013 Camping World Truck

Series championship.

He won the title just by starting the

season finale at Homestead-Miami

Speedway, ending a season marked by a

win at Kansas and 19 top-10 finishes.

Crafton also was in contention to win

the owner's championship for his team

but failed to do so as Sprint Cup star Kyle

Busch won the Homestead race to clinch

the title for his namesake Kyle Busch


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