1.) Jimmie Johnson will win his seventh championship in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. This will see Johnson tying the legendary Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. with six championships in 2014. This isn’t a bold prediction nor a prediction that many NASCAR fans are going to enjoy seeing. It’s a very likely prediction. How do you predict
against Jimmie Johnson winning a seventh championship?
2.) Tony Stewart & Denny Hamlin will both return with a vengeance in 2014. Denny’s victory in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway was a preview of his 2014 season. He’ll return to status quo and pick-up multiple wins throughout the season along with making the return to post-season playoffs. Tony Stewart will not have an easy return to NASCAR in 2014 since missing most of the 2013 season. Don't worry, he will return to victory lane and be one of those fighting for a finale position in “The Chase” heading into Richmond.
3.) Matt Kenseth will not fall victim to the championship runner-up jinx in 2014. There is a popular jinx in the world of NASCAR where the runner-up in the championship standings will struggle in the following.Matt Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing will not fall victim to the jinx in 2014. They may not see seven wins in 2014 but Kenseth will have no problem finding victory lane and contending for the championship in 2014.
4.) Roush Fenway Racing will lose a top driver and sponsor in 2014. Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle’s contracts are rumored to expire in 2014 along with multiple primary sponsors like 3M and Fastenal being up for renewal. Carl and Greg both will be looking for greener pastures and one of those will follow the lead of Matt Kenseth by moving to another team. They will also be joined by one of their primary sponsors at their new organization for the 2015 season. It’s never too soon to start talking silly season.
5.) Richard Childress Racing sees struggles without Kevin Harvick while Stewart-Haas Racing thrives with the addition of Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch. It’ll be the tale of two seasons for two Chevrolet teams as the loss of Kevin Harvick will see Richard Childress Racing struggle in 2014. Richard Childress Racing had a forgettable season outside of Kevin Harvick in 2013 and without Kevin Harvick, they seem almost doomed to find victory lane on a consistent basis. They will not have a single car in “The Chase” in 2014 while Stewart-Haas Racing will have a three car berth in “The Chase” and Kurt Busch will find victory lane for the first time since 2011.