The Top 10 Contenders for the 2013 Sprint Cup
By Charlie Kipp on Monday, February 11 2013

Jimmie Johnson

A 5-time champion will always be a major factor in the title picture at the end of the year. Look for the #48 car to be in the winner's circle a lot again this season.

Brad Keselowski

The defending champion will switch from a Dodge to a Ford, which could present some issues. But if Keselowski was good enough to take home the title last year, there's no reason he can't do it again.

Matt Kenseth

Kenseth moved from Roush Fenway Racing to Joe Gibbs Racing in the offseason. His new team could be what propels the always consistent Kenseth to his first Sprint Cup Championship.

Denny Hamlin

Hamlin is among the best drivers in NASCAR, but he hasn't had the right support staff around him in past seasons. That will change this year with crew chief Darian Grubb taking charge of the #11 car.

Jeff Gordon

A living legend, Gordon is in the twilight of his career, but his experience can be a huge advantage. Once the poster child of Hendrick Motorsports, Gordon is hoping for one more shot at glory.

Kyle Busch

The bad boy of NASCAR, Busch has been able to back up his talk with great driving.  The only question is whether he'll make more headlines on the track or off it.

Clint Bowyer

Last year's runner up, Bowyer has high hopes for the 2013 season. Bowyer will have to drive with the same consistency he did in last year's Chase, but he has as good a shot as anyone.

Kasey Kahne

My dark horse for the title, Kahne is already surrounded by superstars at Hendrick Motorsports and is the future of the team. Don't be surprised if he steals the spotlight on a star-studded team in 2013.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The undisputed fan favorite of NASCAR, Junior finally ended his 3 year drought with a win last year. Now Earnhardt Jr. has to build on last year's success, something many fans are hoping for.

Tony Stewart

The 3-time champion can never be counted out, but "Smoke's" form slipped late in the Chase last year. For Stewart to grab another title, he'll have to be sharp both physically and emotionally.

Sources: Getty Images, NASCAR, ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, SPEED

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