After the white-knuckle finish to the 2011 season which saw Tony Stewart crowned champion on a tiebreaker with Carl Edwards, and the shock upset of Brad Keselowski's title in 2012, this year the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returned to normal transmission.
Jimmie Johnson won five Cup titles back-to-back from 2006 to 2010, and 'Five Time' was getting anxious to add a sixth to the collection. He went about it with a steely determination from the start, and as the tension ramped up with the Chase in September he never faltered, gradually pulling clear of his closest rivals so that by the final race in Homestead-Miami all he needed to do was finish in the top 23 to clinch a brand new shiny championship.
If there was a surprise to the year it was in the terrific performance of Matt Kenseth who pushed Johnson all the way to the season finale and ultimately clinched the runners-up position in his first season with Joe Gibbs Racing after 14 years at Roush Fenway. All credit to Kevin Harvick as well for finishing in third place despite having announced his impending split from Richard Childress Racing way back before the start of the season.
Those are just some of the stories from the 2013 season, which was dominated by the race rigging furore at Richmond in what should have been the Chase line-up decider but just ended up in turmoil and an unprecedented 13-driver line-up for the play-offs as NASCAR did its best to come up with a solution that was fair to everyone, with poor Martin Truex Jr. the biggest loser as a result of the actions of his team Michael Waltrip Racing.
There were some high-profile injuries over the course of the 36-race season - Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart and Brian Vickers all ended up missing races in the season, and some big comeback performances for AJ Allmendinger and Kurt Busch after setbacks in recent years, plus what proved to be farewell seasons in the sport for Mark Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya the latter of whom is now bound for the IndyCar Series in 2013 with Team Penske.
So who among the NASCAR Sprint Cup line-up caught your eye and won your respect in 2013? Does Johnson's sixth title say it all, or are there others more deserving of a nod? It's up to you who you make your Crash.net
NASCAR Driver of the Year 2013: we've collected together all the drivers who made the Chase, won a race or a pole position together with a couple of wild card selections of our own, and now it's up to you to rate them from one (meaning very unimpressive) to ten (meaning an excellent or outstanding performance this year).
All you have to do is let us know your decision, and we'll collate all the votes and get back to you over the holidays once voting is completed to unveil which of them has won our prestigious title of NASCAR Driver of the Year for 2013. To start submitting your driver ratings, all you have to do is CLICK HERE.