Every NASCAR race features at least a few irrelevant drivers. During qualification, they are called "go-or-go-homers" because they must qualify for the race based solely on speed. After the race, they become known as "start-and-parkers" and sometimes "also-rans."
The terms are not necessarily pejorative in nature, especially when referring to a driver who races for an underfunded team that just doesn't have the financial resources to compete with powerhouses such as Roush Fenway Racing or Hendrick Motorsports.
However, a few of those drivers on teams that certainly have enough funding to compete every week are approaching the precipice of relative irrelevance.
It is not to say that any one of these drivers is incapable of reversing that trend. Far from it.
Rather, the following drivers can ill-afford to have a poor showing in 2012 or they will be in danger of becoming "also-rans."