Sure, there have been some drivers who have had outstanding seasons thus far in the Sprint Cup Series, including Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson.
Others have had fairly good campaigns, including the other nine Chase for the Sprint Cup competitors. You really can't say any of them—even 12th-ranked Matt Kenseth, fresh off a win Sunday at Talladega – have had bad years if they made the Chase.
And then there's others who had such high hopes and expectations coming into 2012, only to see many of those lofty goals fall short—in some cases, way short.
Granted, there are guys like Jamie McMurray, Jeff Burton, Marcos Ambrose, Joey Logano, Casey Mears and others who have not had the greatest of seasons. They missed the Chase, may (or may not) have visited victory lane just once and, in totality, have been left to pretty much play out a string during the Chase since they're not part of it.
Perhaps more than in any of the eight previous editions of the Chase, listing the drivers who have had the most disappointing seasons in 2012 doesn't really require all that much thought. It's a virtual no-brainer: Their collective performance and lack of overall success speak volumes.
So without further ado, here's Bleacher Report's pick of the five drivers who had the most disappointing performances in 2012.