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    Welcome to From the Marbles' 2014 season previews. Here's how we think the Chase will shake out in this first year of 16 drivers and eliminations. Will we be right? Unlikely, but it's fun to think about our soothsaying possibilities until the green flag waves for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23.

    Driver: Carl Edwards

    2013 Finish: 13th

    2013 Highlight: Edwards gets to be an answer to a pretty good NASCAR trivia question in a few years. "Who won the Richmond race that was plagued by Michael Waltrip Racing's race manipulation scandal?"

    After winning the second race of the season at Phoenix, Edwards didn't win a race again until that night in Richmond, which set him up nicely for the Chase. After running inside the top three for most of the season, he was fourth entering the Chase. It was setting up nicely for a run similar to the one he had in 2011.

    2013 Lowlight: Well, that optimism lasted a week into the Chase. And here's where Edwards gets to be the answer to another trivia question. "Before

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  • The points from the No. 56 (L) are now the points of the No. 55 (Getty Images)

    Dance like you've never danced before. The annual owner's points shuffle music is cued up.

    In recent seasons, swaps and deals to ensure that teams have a guaranteed starting spot, or a better provisional draw provision have been just as common as the annual Sprint Unlimited before the Daytona 500.

    This year, we've got some swaps, but no high profile ones. The biggest is an inter-team swap. Brian Vickers' No. 55 at Michael Waltrip Racing will be using the points from MWR's No. 56 last season.

    Why does Vickers' car need points? The points from the No. 55 are being given to the No. 66, which is being operated as a timeshare agreement between Jay Robinson Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing. The No. 66 will be driven by Waltrip at Daytona as an MWR car, but in the races that Waltrip or Jeff Burton don't participate in through MWR, it will be driven by Joe Nemechek. (It's a similar arrangement to the No. 33 last season. When Richard Childress Racing didn't run the No. 33 for Austin Dillon,

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    Welcome to From the Marbles' 2014 season previews. Here's how we think the Chase will shake out in this first year of 16 drivers and eliminations. Will we be right? Unlikely, but it's fun to think about our soothsaying possibilities until the green flag waves for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23.

    Driver: Jeff Gordon

    2013 Finish: 6th

    2013 Highlight: Hello, Martinsville. Gordon won at the track he used to dominate and got his lone win of the season. He led 78 laps, including the final 21 after he passed Matt Kenseth. We could also put making the Chase in here, as Gordon's Chase chances weren't exactly looking great through the first half of the season. Sure, he was 14th in points, but he had five DNFs in the first 18 races.

    2013 Lowlight: His chances at the Chase disappeared at Texas when he lost a tire and hit the wall, but let's be real for a moment; Jeff Gordon wasn't winning the Chase. Any storyline entering the Chase was propagated by a contingent that was desperate to add a third driver

    Read More »from 2014 Season Preview: No. 11 Jeff Gordon
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    Welcome to From the Marbles' 2014 season previews. Here's how we think the Chase will shake out in this first year of 16 drivers and eliminations. Will we be right? Unlikely, but it's fun to think about our soothsaying possibilities until the green flag waves for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23.

    Driver: Kurt Busch

    2013 Finish: 10th

    2013 Highlight: Should we say "making the Chase?" After moving to his second single-car team in two years, no one really knew what the expectations really were for Busch in 2013. Sure, the team's stated goal was to make the Chase, but most everyone says that entering a season. What else are you supposed to say on the media tour?

    Sure enough, the team did make the Chase. Busch moved into the top 10 for the first time at Daytona in July, and despite falling back to 14th the next week, he was in the top 10 when the checkered flag flew at Richmond.

    2013 Lowlight: Busch's low point isn't necessarily a single one, and it's a little different than everyone else's. The

    Read More »from 2014 Season Preview: No. 12 Kurt Busch
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    A sinkhole developed in the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. on Wednesday morning and eight cars have fallen into it. The sinkhole is reported to be 40-feet wide and 20-30-feet deep.

    According to museum officials, two cars are destroyed. All eight were owned by the museum and not on loan from individual owners. The two corvettes destroyed, according to lex18.com, were a 1993 ZR-1 Sypder on load from GM and a 2009 ZR-1 "Blue Devil" also on loan from GM.

    A fire alarm went off about 5:40 a.m. when the hole opened up. Bowling Green is in the largest karst region of Kentucky, where many caves run underground.

    "None of the cars affected were on loan from individuals," A museum statement said. "We have contacted a structural engineer who is arriving today to assess the existing damage and stability of the surrounding

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    Welcome to From the Marbles' 2014 season previews. Here's how we think the Chase will shake out in this first year of 16 drivers and eliminations. Will we be right? Unlikely, but it's fun to think about our soothsaying possibilities until the green flag waves for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23.

    Driver: Clint Bowyer

    2013 Finish: 7th

    2013 Highlight: After finishing second in 2012, Bowyer was winless in 2013. So we're going to go with a stretch from Dover in June through Bristol at the end of August. In those 12 races, Bowyer had seven top 10 finishes and stayed in the top three in the points standings. But because he didn't have a win, once Richmond came and the points were reset, Bowyer started the Chase in 8th place.

    2013 Lowlight: Oh Richmond ... We don't need to rehash it here once again, do we? From a perception standpoint, it'll be fascinating to see how Bowyer is viewed by NASCAR nation. He's one of the funniest guys in the garage. Will that funny return? Will it win over fans who

    Read More »from 2014 Season Preview: No. 13 Clint Bowyer
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    With the Daytona 500 less than two weeks away on Sunday, Feb. 23, it's time to get ready for Fantasy Auto Racing from Yahoo Sports.

    Join your fellow From the Marbles readers and writers in our Fantasy Auto Racing group. Signing up is simple. Create your team and click this link RIGHT HERE.

    Or as an alternate method, click here and enter 38 as your Group ID number and "marbles" (no quotes) as the password.

    That's it, you're in! See if you can beat us this season.

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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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    Welcome to From the Marbles' 2014 season previews. Here's how we think the Chase will shake out in this first year of 16 drivers and eliminations. Will we be right? Unlikely, but it's fun to think about our soothsaying possibilities until the green flag waves for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23.

    Driver: Joey Logano

    2013 Finish: 8th

    2013 Highlight: Easy. It's his dominating performance at Michigan in August. Logano had the pole, led 51 of the race's 200 laps and captured the win. Three weeks before Michigan, Logano was 18th in the points standings and in dire need of a win or two to make the Chase. He got the win at Michigan, but ended up not needing it. After Michigan, he was 13th in the standings, and was in the top 10 following Atlanta.

    2013 Lowlight: It happened as soon as the Chase began. Logano was on the pole for Chicago but suffered an engine issue and finished 37th. Much like Dale Earnhardt Jr., his Chase was over just as it began. Logano rebounded and didn't finish lower than 18th

    Read More »from 2014 Season Preview: No. 14 Joey Logano
  • Newman thinks of his 2013 pit crew. (Getty Images)

    Welcome to From the Marbles' 2014 season previews. Here's how we think the Chase will shake out in this first year of 16 drivers and eliminations. Will we be right? Unlikely, but it's fun to think about our soothsaying possibilities until the green flag waves for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23.

    Driver: Ryan Newman

    2013 Finish: 11th

    2013 Highlight: Newman won at Indianapolis in July, and then had an even bigger highlight after a potential lowlight. It wasn't nearly as climactic as getting to kiss the bricks, but Newman got into the Chase on the Monday after Richmond when NASCAR assessed penalties to Michael Waltrip Racing for race manipulation.

    2013 Lowlight: When Clint Bowyer spun and started the Richmond goofiness in earnest, Newman was leading the race. He wasn't off of pit road under the caution flag, and after the race he had some harsh words for his crew. Even though he ended up making the Chase and was rewarded with an early morning media trip to Phoenix, those comments were a bit

    Read More »from 2014 Season Preview: No. 15 Ryan Newman
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    Welcome to From the Marbles' 2014 season previews. Here's how we think the Chase will shake out in this first year of 16 drivers and eliminations. Will we be right? Unlikely, but it's fun to think about our soothsaying possibilities until the green flag waves for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23.

    Driver: Marcos Ambrose

    2013 Finish: 22nd

    2013 Highlight: Egads. Ambrose's best finish was at Michigan in August, but his best performance was at Watkins Glen the week before. However, he finished 31st in that race after crashing out in the esses.

    2013 Lowlight: Therefore, it qualifies as Ambrose's lowlight too. After Watkins Glen, Ambrose fell to 23rd in the Sprint Cup Series standings. A win wouldn't have gotten him into the Chase, but it would have officially extended a streak of dominance at the New York track to three straight years.

    Why is Ambrose here? We think he's going to get back to victory lane, either at Sonoma or the Glen in 2014. We're bound to have a driver make the Chase this season

    Read More »from 2014 Season Preview: No. 16 Marcos Ambrose

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