As the NASCAR Sprint Cup season draws near, expectations are immense and with that, literally everyone is in a first place tie. Hope springs eternal.
In 2012, there were several surprises with the winner of the series, Brad Keselowski certainly being one of them plus the emergence of Michael Waltrip Racing as a championship caliber organization.
However, there were also some disappointments with some big names not producing what many expected. Carl Edwards jumps out as probably the biggest name not to make the Chase after tying for the title in the prior year. Another high-profile name that frustrated many by his inconsistent driving was Kyle Busch. Also, Ryan Newman managed a win but did not earn a pole or get into the Chase, which was a signature ability of the ‘Rocket’ – he had achieved a pole in every full-time season of his career … until last season.
So which four big name drivers might surprisingly be disappointing and absent from the qualifying ranks for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase?