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Still time: vote for your 2013 NASCAR Driver of the Year

CLICK HERE to rate each of the top 28 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers out of ten for their 2013 performances..
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.



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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, celebrates winning the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 17, 2013 during the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Johnson secured his title with a 9th place finish. This is the sixth career championship for Johnson. At left is Lowe`s crew chief Chad Knaus.(Photo Credit: HHP/Brian Lawdermilk for Chevrolet)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, celebrates winning the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 17, 2013 during the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Johnson secured his title with a 9th place finish. This is the sixth career championship for Johnson. (Photo Credit: HHP/Brian Lawdermilk for Chevrolet)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, celebrates in Champions Victory Lane after winning the series championship following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 17, 2013 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 15, 2013 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Home Depot / Husky Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 22, 2013 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane with his son Keelan and wife DeLana after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 10, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, celebrates with champagne alongside the other Chase contenders after making the Chase for Sprint Cup after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 7, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS, races to an eighth place finish with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS who finished in second place Saturday night, April 9, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Alan Marler for Chevy Racing)
Chase Elliott, driver of the #24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet SS, stops in his pit on his way to a fifth place finish Saturday night, April 9, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Elliott takes over the #24 car from retired driver Jeff Gordon.  (Photo by Ashley R Dickerson for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS, races to a fourth place finish Saturday night, April 9, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Alan Marler for Chevy Racing)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS, finishes in second place Saturday night, April 9, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevy Racing)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 as Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage (L) and John Godwin of Duck Commander (R) look on at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas (Photo Credit: Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, celebrates winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Stanley Toyota, leads the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 7, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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