Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/24/14

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 23: Team owners Kevin Harvick (R) and wife DeLana Harvick pose with the 2009 Camping World Truck Series trophy during the NASCAR Nationwide/Truck Series Banquet at Loews Miami Beach Hotel on November 23, 2009 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR)

5. Kevin Harvick

Man oh man, Denny Hamlin BARELY missed the cut. Actually, I feel kind of bad now. No offense, Denny is a great driver, but I think Harvick is more dedicated and prepared to win a championship. Harvick entered 2012 as a favorite to win the championship and has been part of the main core competitors in recent years. He has always been good, but not THAT good to take it all home…yet. He has shown some flashes of breaking out the last two season’s, finishing in 3rd in the standings twice. No. 29 sits 7th in the points as we speak, but is still winless 9 races through.  I’m not gonna lie, I’m a pretty big Kevin Harvick fan. You had to figure I was gonna show some bias at some point.

4. Carl Edwards

Oh, Carl, Carl, Carl. You have so much potential, you are so good. But, you are just lacking one key component. You don’t win enough! If I had my life-savings on the line and I needed a Top 5, Carl would be my choice. It’s a shame he doesn’t rack up the win total’s Busch, Johnson, and Stewart do. Or he might have a couple championship’s by now. You can’t get much closer then Edwards did in 2011, one win would have set him apart from Tony, and ultimately won him the championship. Still just 32, Carl has a great chance to become a HOF  caliber driver in this league.

3. Jimmie Johnson

Give it up for Mr. 5 Time ladies and gentlemen. We can dive into the stats all we want, they don’t lie. Let’s see; 55 career wins, 152 Top 5′s, 231 Top 10′s, and 12,474 laps lead. He’s on pace to shatter a couple record’s. Yeah, we get it, he’s good. But there is one thing holding him back, in my opinion. Johnson has ran into a couple issue’s the last season or two. There has been some suspicion of cheating, whether it’s true or not, we will never know. NASCAR of course has done it’s best to keep the stories relatively quiet. Weird, right? Or is NASCAR just trying to make Jimmie look good?

2. Kyle Busch 

I was so close to putting Jimmie right here, but like I said, his recent troubles in the so called, “Cheating” department derailed any chance of that. Let’s take a look at Kyle’s stats though; 24 wins (105 in all three series), 82 Top 5′s, 125 Top 10′s, and 7290 laps lead. Geez, all that by the age of 27? Are you kidding me? Jimmie Johnson, Mr. 5 Time, had only 6 career wins by the age of 27. Only 6, and Kyle has 24. The scary part is, he’s only going to get better as he ages!

1. Tony Stewart

No one can stop this guy, no one. Tony was honestly born to race. I don’t think anyone could imagine this guy as anything else other than a NASCAR driver or Burger King employee. Going into last years chase he was talking about not deserving to even make the chase, then he goes out and wins 5 out of the 10 races. There is a pretty good chance we will never see a more dominating performance by a NASCAR driver in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. At the age of 41, Smoke has racked up 46 career W’s, to go along with 165 Top 5′s. Oh, did I mention his 3 championships?

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