Gas 'N' Go: Cup Title Predictions

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The pits are open for the first time this season and the MRN.com editorial staff answers this week’s featured question in "Gas ‘N’ Go.”

Who will win the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship?

MRN Staff Answer
Pete Pistone
Pete Pistone
Jimmie Johnson: Sure, there's a new format for the Chase.  But that certainly doesn't mean Johnson still isn't the guy to beat for the title.  The best always rises to the top in any sport and no matter how the champion is determined, in Sprint Cup racing the best remains Johnson and the "48" team.  It won't be a walk in the park by any means, but Johnson will enjoy an historic seventh championship in 2014.
Dustin Long
Dustin Long
Kevin Harvick: Harvick will do what Matt Kenseth nearly did last year - win the championship in his first year with a new team.  The combination of Harvick, crew chief Rodney Childers and Stewart-Haas Racing is a winning combination.  Childers is an underrated crew chief who will get his chance to compete for a championship and will take advantage by helping Harvick claim the crown.
John Singler
John Singler
Kevin Harvick: Starts a new phase of his career, jumping from Richard Childress Racing to Stewart-Haas.  With teammates Kurt Busch, Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart, the four-car team has a garage full of strong personalities.  Along with that comes the potential for any number of distractions and disturbances.  I think of those four, Harvick is best-equipped to tune it all out and focus on his racecar.  I expect him to win three or four during the regular season and then shine in the new "playoff" format.  His nickname is "The Closer," right?
Jeff Wackerlin
Jeff Wackerlin
Denny Hamlin: Hamlin has put in his hours to get back as healthy as he can be and he does not want to be the weak link in his team.  The 2014 season will be a redemption year for Hamlin after being knocked out of contention last season due to a back injury.  The new format could fit right into Hamlin's hands as 12 of his 23 career wins have come on Chase tracks - including at least one in each elimination segment ... not to mention he won last year's race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, his second win at the track.

The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Motor Racing Network.

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