2014 garage preview

As her husband's number returns to the track, Teresa Earnhardt has quietly removed her name and interest in what used to be known as Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. Juan Pablo Montoya is also out after 253 starts, two wins and one Chase appearance. His replacement is 21-year-old Larson, the latest in a lineage of open-wheel dirt racers turned stock car hopefuls that traces back to Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, who both openly salivate over his talent. "I wish there were a dozen guys coming in just like him," Gordon said last summer. "He's just ridiculous."


10. Richard Petty Motorsports
2013 Stats: (2 cars) 0 wins, 12 top-10s, 6 DNFs

Aric Almirola (18th): His six top-10s last year weren't just a career best -- they doubled his six-year career total.
Marcos Ambrose (22nd): Road course wins in 2011 and '12 were nice, but this Tasmanian is hungry for an oval victory.

The King's court is set for a while. Well, at least half of it is. In January, Petty announced a three-year extension for Almirola, and for sponsor Smithfield Foods. That's no small accomplishment for a team that was being read its last rites just three years ago. Ambrose is inconsistent but still a road-racing machine, and the new Chase is designed to reward drivers like him. In the past, one win a year merely earned a trophy and a pat on the back. Now it can put a team into the postseason.

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