NASCAR Sprint Cup: 10 Drivers Who Will Be the Most Disappointed in 2012

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NASCAR Sprint Cup: 10 Drivers Who Will Be the Most Disappointed in 2012
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NASCAR is on the brink of beginning what I think will be its best season. Coming off of the best battle for a championship in motorsports history, NASCAR has plenty of momentum.

If that isn’t enough to help NASCAR’s ratings in 2012, the addition of the most popular driver in racing will be. Danica Patrick signed with Stewart Haas Racing and will race the No. 10 Chevy in the Great American Race.

With NASCAR entering what could be its best season yet, the question is: Who will be the drivers competing for the championship in 2012?

There are numerous magazines and websites predicting who will be the winners this season. I am writing to predict who will be the losers in 2012.

When I use the word “losers” I do not mean the driver and the team will finish No. 40 or worse every week. I am referring to the drivers and teams who are expecting to compete for a spot in the Chase, but will come up short.

This list is based upon changes to a driver’s situation from the 2011 season, changes in the team personal, and most of all, my own opinion.

I did not use any scientific study to come up with this list. But each season often begins with high expectations for a driver and ends with dissatisfaction from his team.

Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team is a good example from last season. I am using what I have seen in the past to help predict the future.

Here is a list of 10 drivers I think will have the most disappointing season in 2012.

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