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2014 NASCAR World Cup: Can McMurray challenge Busch and Harvick in Group B?

Jamie McMurray (1) leads Kevin Harvick (4) in Turn 2 in the closing laps of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Saturday, May 17, 2014
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Jamie McMurray (1) leads Kevin Harvick (4) in Turn 2 in the closing laps of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Saturday, May 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Jordan)

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Group B: Kyle Busch (6th in points, 1 win), Kevin Harvick (12th, 2), Jamie McMurray (21st, 0), Casey Mears (25th, 0)

Michigan Matchups: Busch vs. Mears, Harvick vs. McMurray

Sonoma Matchups: Busch vs. Harvick, McMurray vs. Mears

Kentucky Matchups: Busch vs. McMurray, Harvick vs. Mears

The inconsistency of Harvick and McMurray means this group is extremely unpredictable. Sure, your first reaction is to consider Busch and Harvick the two clear choices to advance from the group, and they may very well do so. However, the issues that Harvick has had with mistakes and issues ruining good runs makes him an incredibly risky pick. It wouldn't surprising to see him win the whole tournament or go out in the group stage. Heck, you could say the same for Busch, right?

And while McMurray has had the speed to capitalize on any potential misfortune of Busch and Harvick, he's had some bad finishes too. He has eight top-15 finishes, but three of 38th or worse. This is going to be a very close group and we think it may come down to finish differential. Yes, that means that while Mears has shown much more speed in 2014 than he did in 2013, we believe he's heading for a winless group stage.

Projected standings: Busch 2-1, Harvick 2-1, McMurray 2-1, Mears 0-3

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Nick Bromberg is the editor of From The Marbles on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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