It's four races in to the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, and already it seems as though your driver has no shot at making the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
All that anticipation, all that waiting, all for naught.
I know the feeling.
If you're a Kasey Kahne fan, I feel your pain. If you're an A.J. Allmendinger fan, I hear ya. If you're a Jeff Gordon fan, I know what you're going through.
It isn't fun.
But just because your driver is outside the Top 20 in points and seems to have a better shot at falling out of the Top 35 than making the Chase does not mean it's time to throw in the towel and give up on your driver's 2012 season altogether.
Far from it, in fact.
In the nine-year history of the Chase, nine drivers have made the climb from outside the Top 20 after four races to make the Chase.
Two of those drivers nearly won the championship.
So if your driver is currently among the less-fortunate few who sits outside the Top 20 in the standings after four races, don't fret. Here are the nine drivers who proved that no early-season deficit is too large to overcome.