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The Unrestricted Plate writes:
"The Sprint Unlimited Entry List and Predictions"
Posted by Avery on February 12, 2014
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After trying to comprehend the multitude of modifications and driver swaps in the offseason, we are finally set to begin the 2014 season. While the Daytona 500 is still about a week and a half away, the Sprint Unlimited is this Saturday. Since The Sprint Unlimited only has the drivers that received a pole last year (as well as some other criteria), it obviously doesn't have a full field of 43 cars. The field for the 2014 Sprint Unlimited looks to be fairly small, with only 18 drivers entered. They are as follows:

1) #1-Jamie McMurray, Cessna Chevy
2) #2-Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite Ford
3) #4-Kevin Harvick, Jimmy Johns Chevy, [won in 2013, 2010, 2009]
4) #9-Marcos Ambrose, Stanley Ford
5) #10-Danica Patrick, GoDaddy.com Chevy
6) #11-Denny Hamlin, FedEx Express Toyota
7) #14-Tony Stewart, Mobil1 Chevy, [won in 2007, 2002, 2001]
8) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Nationwide Ford
9) #18-Kyle Busch, M&M's Toyota
10) #20-Matt Kenseth, Dollar General Toyota
11) #22-Joey Logano, Sheel Pennzoil Ford
12) #24-Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger Chevy [won event in 1997 & 1994]
13) #31-Ryan Newman, Caterpillar Chevy
14) #32-Terry Labonte, C&J Energy Services Ford [won 1985]
15) #41-Kurt Busch, Haas Automation Chevy
16) #48-Jimmie Johnson, Kobalt Tolls Chevy
17) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., National Guard Chevy
18) #99-Carl Edwards, Fastenal Ford

Out of those 18 drivers, two of them stick out as favorites. Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart. While it is true that any one of those drivers can end up in victory circle, I believe Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart have the best shot at winning. Harvick has won 3 of the last 5 Sprint Unlimiteds, and his Stewart-Haas teammate Tony Stewart hasn't won it since 2007, but he does have 3 wins in the event, almost four if it wasn't for Kyle Busch beating him by 0.013 seconds in 2012. Kyle Busch will also be a formidable competitor, since these short, segmented races fit his style of racing. We don't know the format of The Unlimited, but I hope the fans voted for the 10-lap dash at the end. Obviously, the fans want Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to take the checkered flag, but I believe that won't happen until the Daytona 500. Although it is true that anyone can win this (Yes, even Danica Patrick), the two SHR teammates have the best shot at winning it. Now, who's ready to begin this thing?


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