NASCAR: The Sprint Cup Hopefuls

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For those new to NASCAR racing, the Sprint Cup is the highest level of action that fans can enjoy. The current season got under way in February with the Sprint Unlimited race at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, and culminates in mid-November at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

NASCAR is a must for all true fans of motor sport, with real danger and true heroes at the wheel. Here we’ll look at the drivers likely to stay at or near the top of the standings throughout the season. You can keep up with all the latest news and odds for the Sprint Cup with SportsInteraction at the link.

Jeff Gordon

At the time of writing, Jeff Gordon tops the leaderboard despite coming in 17th place in the All-Star Race on May 17th. 42-year old Jeff is a California native and a Sprint Cup legend, having achieved more pole positions than any other driver. He’s won the series 4 times since 1995, with his last victory coming in 2001. Fans will be wondering, now that Jeff’s at the top of the table, can he keep his form going throughout the season? Finishing 6th last year was his best result since 2009, when he came in 3rd; there’ll be plenty of fans (of both his driving and philanthropic work) urging him onwards this season.

Matt Kenseth

Just behind Jeff Gordon in the standings is Matt Kenseth, also 42, who hails from Cambridge, Wisconsin. Matt was Rookie Of The Year at the age of 28 and won the famous Daytona 500 five years later, a feat he replicated in 2012. He came in 3rd behind Jamie McMurray and Kevin Harvick at the All-Star, and currently sits just 15 points behind Jeff Gordon on 379. Matt has raced 519 times in the Sprint Cup, registering 31 wins and coming in the top ten 256 times.

Kyle Busch

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Currently lying third in the Sprint Cup is Kyle Busch, a relative youngster at just 29.

Kyle’s older brother Kurt won the Sprint Cup 10 years ago, so a certain amount of brotherly rivalry will be pushing him onwards again this season. Last year he managed his best Sprint Cup finish, a creditable 3rd. In the 339 races he’s participated in in the series, he’s won 29 of them; an impressive statistic. Many fans will remember the incident in 2011 (during the Camping World Truck season) when Busch deliberately drove Ron Hornaday off the track. He was banned for a while and fined, and later apologised; it seems he’s learned his lesson.

(Images courtesy of sprintcupschedule.com, latimes.com)


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