The NASCAR Sprint Cup calendar is a long 36 race season that starts in winter and doesn't end until a week before Thanksgiving. Yet, four drivers who were expected to contend for a championship have come up as dry as a Arizona desert so far and haven’t had the start they’re looking for.
Throw in some exhibition All-Star racing and it becomes obvious that there’s a lot of racing left on the schedule. However, with that said, the regular season is 26 races and with only 24 left, a race team doesn't have a lot of wiggle room with a poor start. And that’s what is offered here as these four race contenders haven’t begun the year very well and now have a little hole to dig out of.
Certainly two dozen events to go before the Chase should be ample time to get back into the battle for the Top 10 and an automatic spot in the playoffs. Let’s take a look at the results so far and how these four contenders can rebound in 2013 (listed by points).