Jeff Gordon has had a rotten start to the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
Through six races, Gordon has mustered only one Top 10 finish and has compiled three finishes outside the Top 25.
Gordon's finishes have, for the most part, been a direct result of terrible luck.
Yet despite Gordon's 21st-place standing in the points, the general consensus is that the four-time Cup champ is still a lock to make the Chase, either by garnering enough points over the next 20 races to make the Top 10, or by means of a Wild Card berth.
But, should Gordon indeed make the Chase after his rough start, that puts several other drivers in a tough predicament—especially since Gordon has company outside the Top 15 in points, namely Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne.
Should Gordon and friends make the Chase, as many believe, others will be forced out of contention to make room for them. It is they, not Gordon, who will be most negatively affected by Gordon and others bad luck should they rebound.
Who exactly are these mystery drivers who may be more affected by Gordon's bad luck through six races than Gordon himself?
Here are 10 of them.