NASCAR: Who Are the 10 Most Overhyped Drivers Today?

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NASCAR: Who Are the 10 Most Overhyped Drivers Today?
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Are there any drivers that are more overhyped in NASCAR today than Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick?

A driver is successful if he or she is able to back up boasts by winning races and championships. But in a sport like NASCAR, it's easy to confuse performance and hype.

Here's a look at 10 drivers who are among the most overhyped in the sport. In other words, their performance doesn't justify where they rank in the points standings or where they stand in relation to other, more deserving drivers.

We're not talking about overrated drivers. That's a different subject. Overrated and overhyped are not the same. So please be aware of that when you read this, or choose to respond.

Also, some overhyped drivers in 2012 may not have been overhyped in other seasons when they were more successful.

Last but not least, the drivers we've chosen are not placed in any particular order.

So without further ado, here they are.

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