Although it’s a few months time before the 2013 NASCAR season rolls around, one of its features will be drivers within the NASCAR Nationwide Series who will be hungrier than ever for victories and a series championship.
The past two seasons, Elliott Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. went back and forth for most of the season vying for a points title with Stenhouse holding on for the championship a year ago as well as 2012. In a battle between youth and experience, youth won, much to Sadler’s chagrin.
In 2013, the plot will thicken even more with the addition of a past series champion.
Brian Vickers, the 2003 series champion, has landed a full-time ride with the top team in terms of owners points in the Nationwide Series, Joe Gibbs Racing. He’ll be behind the wheel of the No. 20 car with a goal of claiming a series championship.
Make no mistake, Vickers is aware of the expectations at Joe Gibbs Racing, which may as well be ‘Championship or Bust.”
“When you look at the Nationwide Series over the past several years, no team has dominated like Joe Gibbs Racing,” Vickers said in a news release.
Meanwhile, Sadler will be going elsewhere in 2013 driving JGR's other Nationwide Series entry.
At the end of the day, it all means this – the NASCAR Nationwide Series, which’ll include a Labor Day Weekend stop at Atlanta Motor Speedway, will be more hotly contested than it has ever been. You not only have young hotshoes like Ryan Blaney, Austin Dillon and Justin Allgaier aiming for the top, but you also have more experienced drivers such as Sadler and Vickers.
If you think the past two seasons have been enough to keep you on the edge of your seat, then 2013 isn’t likely to disappoint!