From near-tragedy at the beginning to near-travesty at the finish, the Nationwide Series proved again in 2013 that NASCAR's second-tier national touring series is never boring.
Danica Patrick made her share of mistakes and experienced an ample dose of frustration in her rookie season, but she put a dent in the steep learning curve and can't wait to try again in 2014.
After a 20th-place finish in her final race as a Sprint Cup rookie, Danica Patrick is eager for 2014 to begin.
Denny Hamlin's season-ending victory Sunday at Homestead didn't make this Sprint Cup season any less arduous, but it did take the edge off.
Austin Dillon overcame an ill-handling race car at Homestead -- and took advantage of a lengthy caution late that hurt challenger Sam Hornish Jr. -- to win the Nationwide Series title in the iconic No. 3.
The Sprint Cup moonlighters -- Kyle Busch, anyone? -- may be taking the wins, but this could be the deepest collection of Nationwide Series drivers ever.
In the final Nationwide race of her first full season, Danica Patrick finishes 13th at Homestead and laments a pit strategy that left her lacking in fresh tires.
Danica Patrick and JR Motorsports could split after this Nationwide season, and if so, Richard Childress Racing has expressed an interest.