Welcome to From the Marbles' 2013 driver reviews. Here, we're going to critique, praise and bloviate about the top 30 drivers in the 2013 NASCAR season. It's Casey's corner now.
Thanks for joining us Casey. Where should we begin?
You potentially had the most consistently nondescript season of anyone in the Cup Series this year. And before you get all riled up and think that's going to merit a bad review, it's not. It's the truth, and in your situation, it's not a bad thing, is it?
Your team is small, has fairly limited resources and just a year or so ago was in a situation where you were having to do the start and park furlough thing. This year, there was none of that and it showed in your performance.
The restrictor plate lottery fell in your favor once this season as it seems to do for all small teams and that July Daytona night was the best finish of the season for you all. Below that, there were a lot of top 20 qualifying efforts -- eight of them -- and nine top 20 finishes.
However, there is a bit of cause of concern. Perhaps it's because you're on such a small team, you had four of those top 20s in the first six races. Your last top 20 was at Watkins Glen in August. Woof.
But here's where that consistency comes in. Save for three races in which you retired from because of crashes, you were running at the finish in every race. No terminal issues is a big victory for a small team.
What's in store for next year? We're thinking more of the same.
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