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NASCAR predictions for 2014?
It's here. The 2014 NASCAR season is underway, with front-row qualifying complete for the Feb. 23 Daytona 500. On the pole: rookie Austin Dillon, who is driving the No. 3 made famous by the late Dale Earnhardt. Meanwhile, defending champion Jimmie Johnson -- who is aiming for his seventh title, which would tie Earnhardt and Richard Petty -- must wait for his place on the opening-day grid (the rest of the field will be set Thursday). How will J.J. fare this season? What do you make of all the changes? Cast your votes below!
Jimmie Johnson wins sixth title
Jimmie Johnson's sixth title in eight years has brought up comparisons to Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, and why not? Johnson trails them by just a single title, and Petty himself thinks Johnson might end up with eight or 10. Johnson will be hosting the 6 p.m. ET "SportsCenter" on Tuesday, so we'll get a firsthand account of what Johnson thinks his chances are of becoming the greatest NASCAR driver of all time.
Who will make the Chase?
Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond is the last on the schedule before the circuit's 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup begins. For several drivers who need strong results to qualify for the Chase, the playoffs start now. Will defending champion Brad Keselowski overcome long odds and make the 12-car Chase field? Will four-time champ Jeff Gordon clinch a place in stock car racing's playoffs with a win?
Jimmie Johnson wins at Daytona
Jimmie Johnson hasn't won the Sprint Cup since 2010 (we know -- what a drought, right?), but it looks like he's back in championship form. Johnson has won four races this season and is 49 points ahead of Clint Bowyer, who's in second place despite winning zero races. Our analysts have Matt Kenseth as the driver with the best shot of taking Johnson down, but will it be déjà vu all over again when the 2013 Chase is finally over?