When the 2013 season began, there were an assortment of individuals capable of winning the 2013 Nationwide title, especially considering the reigning two-time champion Ricky Stenhouse had moved on to Cup.
Some of NASCAR’s brightest young drivers come up through the ranks and the Nationwide series is their final step on the ladder before hopefully heading on to the Sprint Cup series. However, for all the efforts made to bring up-and-coming drivers to the top, several veterans were ready to muddle up the progress of teenagers and young adults as they try to re-establish themselves for another try at Cup.
And muddled was the word when the Nationwide series headed into August with any one of 10 drivers still vying for the championship – including five drivers 27 years of age or older capable of winning the title. With seven races remaining, arguably anyone in the Top 10 can still win the Nationwide championship but realistically, the current top five are in the best shape to grab the title that Stenhouse owned in 2011 and 2012. Here’s a look at those five drivers and note there really is only one 'young gun' left to challenge.
Sources: Racing Reference, NASCAR