Can Danica Patrick show up her Nationwide Series team owner? Can she win a NASCAR race in 2012 before Earnhardt Jr. does? Earnhardt Jr. enters the season riding a 129-race winless streak; Patrick enters racing full time in the Nationwide ranks for the Earnhardt Jr.-owned team for the first time and with 10 Cup races on her slate. In 25 Nationwide starts, Patrick has an average finish of 22.9; in 435 Cup starts, Earnhardt has an average finish of 16.8 (he was also a two-time Nationwide champ). The two share much in common – mass fan appeal, marketing savvy and stellar sponsor backing. So which one can become a 2012 victor first? While we think that Junior will snap his streak this season, we say Danica wins first.
And since we're on a roll, we'll throw in a bonus prediction. Who will win the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship? It'll be a newcomer. —Lee Spencer and Rea White
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