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"Analyzing the Sprint Cup Fields"
Posted by SoxFan24 on January 26, 2010
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As the Sprint Cup Season draws near, Sprint Cup teams start to form and teams are excited at the thought of a new season. This time of the year is the only time of the year as most Cup teams have a legitimate shot at race wins and a Sprint Cup. The reality is there are about 15-18 teams that have a shot only because they either have the right people in place, a quality driver and great equipment. Then there are about a half of dozen teams that could contend for a couple of race wins but a chase spot may be a little too much to ask for. For those teams that would be considered a success. Then there are about another half a dozen teams that you know will compete the whole schedule but for whatever reason the odds of them winning a race aren't that good. That leaves the rest of the field. Those teams will either just to fight to remain in the top 35 in owner points, make races and struggle to decide whether to run the whole race or just start and park and get a paycheck to buy you some tires for the next week. So based on the 2009 season and the changes made for 2010 here is my analysis for the Sprint Cup fields that will compete in 2010
The first 18 teams will be split up in two categories. The first 9 will definitely make the chase barring some type of collapse. The second 9 will compete for wins and chase spots. The first 9 are the players, the second 9 will be contenders
Juan Pablo Montoya
Dale Earnhardt Jr (I can't see him struggle again in that equipment)
OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
Martin Truex Jr
Sam Hornish Jr.
THE REST OF THE PACK
Bobby Labonte (Equipment)
Casey Mears (Equipment)
Robert Richardson Jr
These drivers are either running the full schedule, rumored to run the whole schedule or will run the whole schedule barring sponsorship
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