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NASCAR Predictions: Who Is the Sprint Cup Sleeper This Season?

After a 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season that consisted of five first-time winners and a championship battle that came down to a tie-breaker, the 2012 season seems as though it is primed to be more wide open than any in recent years. Maybe that's why the term "sleeper" holds more significance in 2012 than it ever has before. Each of the past three Sprint Cup seasons has seen a new driver emerge from nowhere and contended for race wins, and in some cases Sprint Cup titles. In 2009, that driver was Mark Martin, who won five races and nearly took home his first Cup title, finishing second in the standings. In 2010, it was Jamie McMurray, who took the NASCAR world by storm by winning the Daytona 500, Brickyard 400, and the fall race at Char...

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