Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/7/14

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 06: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #33 Cheerios Chevrolet, stands on pit road during qualifying for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 6, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Clint Bowyer and his Michael Waltrip Racing team put together a stellar year and a runner-up finish NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup. What does his finish, and those of other top performers, mean for 2013? Every time we think and we try to predict what something from this year means for next year, it means absolutely nothing. It means whatever you want to make out of it, but you still have to make it. You can predict, you can anticipate, you can wish and you can pray, but until you make it happen, you don't know what it really is going to turn into. You can say right now that Bowyer's No. 15 team is a logical challenger for the 2013 championship because it was a new team and because of what they accomplished. In 2013, they should be bigger and better than they were the year before, but we thought the same thing about Carl Edwards on a couple of different occasions and it hasn't happened. Now Carl has a whole new team - does that mean he's going to be back in contention? We don...
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