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The 2011 season is barely in the books, and it is already time to start thinking about the 2012 Sprint Cup season. Following a year that featured five first time winners and one of the most thrilling championship battles in the sport's history, the short offseason is just what NASCAR needed to keep the sport in the headlines and attract new fans. Throw in the added buzz that comes with Danica Patrick's debut at the Cup level, and the green flag can't wave at Daytona soon enough.

For fantasy owners, the offseason is a chance to do a little homework and get better prepared for the upcoming year. Granted, there are always busts and sleepers that seem to defy the numbers, but knowing some likely candidates for both can lead to a quick start. It is important to know a driver's full history to be able to recognize patterns and trends. It is also worth brushing up on drivers that switched teams as well as crew chief changes. There are a lot of little things that go on under the radar that can have a big impact on a driver's performance. As the old saying goes, knowledge is power.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  2. Carl Edwards, Arris/Stanley
  3. Kevin Harvick, Jimmy Johns/Busch Beer
  4. Kyle Busch, M&M's
  5. Matt Kenseth, DeWalt
  6. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  7. Jeff Gordon, Nationwide Insurance
  8. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  9. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite/Discount Tires
  10. Kasey Kahne, Procore
  11. Greg Biffle, KFC
  12. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Nationwide Insurance/Mountain Dew
  13. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  14. A.J. Allmendinger, Kroger
  15. Clint Bowyer, Mobil 1
  16. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  17. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  18. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  19. Jeffrey Earnhardt, Hulu
  20. Juan Montoya, Target
  21. Kurt Busch, Monster Energy/Haas Automation
  22. Paul Menard, Menards/Motorcraft
  23. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  24. Mark Martin, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  25. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  26. Regan Smith, Smithfield Foods
  27. Trevor Bayne, AdvoCare
  28. David Ragan, Snap Fitness
  29. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Fastenal/Fifth Third Bank
  30. David Reutimann, Burger King/Doctor Pepper
  31. Bobby Labonte, C&J Energy Services
  32. Casey Mears, TBA
  33. David Gilliland, Carquest Auto Parts
  34. Josh Wise, Ambient Edge
  35. Danica Patrick,
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