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2013 Year in Review driver profiles

December 18, 2013, NASCAR.com

Recapping the 2013 season for all 13 Chase drivers

13. Carl Edwards

One year after missing the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Carl Edwards qualified for the 2013 10-race playoff. He also added two victories on the year, which eased the sting of finishing last in the Chase field. | Read the full story

 

12. Kasey Kahne

The Hendrick Motorsports driver struggled with consistency this year following his fourth-place finish in the final standings in 2012. Kahne knows what he has to do to return to that form in 2014. | Read the full story

 

11. Ryan Newman

In what was his final season with Stewart-Haas Racing, Ryan Newman won at Indianapolis and was added to the Chase field following the controversial regular-season finale at Richmond. The driver is ready for some stability with Richard Childress Racing in 2014. | Read the full story

 

10. Kurt Busch

We saw the return of "The Outlaw" in 2013, with Kurt Busch driving the single-car Furniture Row Racing team into its first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Now the veteran hopes to bring the same edge to Stewart-Haas Racing next year. | Read the full story

 

9. Greg Biffle

Biffle did something in 2013 the majority of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers didn't -- won a race and qualified for the Chase. But the veteran contends his year was "average" after finishing ninth in the final points standings. | Read the full story

 

8. Joey Logano

The addition of Logano proved to be quite fruitful for Penske Racing. The 23-year-old had a career-best year and sets up a promising Penske future with teammate and 2012 series champion Brad Keselowski. | Read the full story

 

7. Clint Bowyer

Bowyer's season wasn't defined by his 10 top-five finishes, or how he responded to finishing second in the 2012 final standings. One spin at Richmond changed the trajectory of Bowyer's year, and he speaks out about that impact. | Read the full story

 

6. Jeff Gordon

Added to the Chase as the field's 13th driver on the Friday before the 10-race playoff began, Jeff Gordon made the most of his opportunity. The 42-year-old scored his best finish in the final standings since 2009. | Read the full story

 

5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Earnhardt Jr. didn't find Victory Lane this year, but he closed with perhaps his best-ever showing in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Can the series' most popular driver carry that momentum over into 2014? | Read the full story

 

4. Kyle Busch

Busch again ran into misfortune during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Unlike in years past, however, 'Rowdy' rallied and recovered from his misfire to close strong and post the best season-long finish of his career. | Read the full story

 

3. Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick, lame duck? Not exactly. True, it was the driver's 13th and final season with Richard Childress Racing, but Harvick caught fire in the summer and was a championship contender until the checkered flag fell at Homestead. | Read the full story

 

2. Matt Kenseth

During his first year with Joe Gibbs Racing, Kenseth finished second in the standings in the closest Chase in history ever, even after being virtually certain he'd never have another chance to win a title again. | Read the full story

 

1. Jimmie Johnson

A brief slump prior to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup didn't shake Jimmie Johnson's confidence. The Hendrick Motorsports driver rallied in the postseason to win his sixth career championship. | Read the full story

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