Predicting who is going to finish at the top of the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings is much easier than predicting which drivers will struggle. Each season a driver comes into the season with high expectations only to finish well below where most people predicted at the start of the season.
Two years ago, Denny Hamlin was coming off a runner-up finish in the 2010 point standings. Hamlin was predicted to compete for the championship in 2011, but ended up a disappointing ninth.
Last season Carl Edwards was a favorite to win the title after he lost the championship on a tiebreaker to Tony Stewart in 2011. Edwards missed the Chase and finished the season No. 15.
Here is a list of eight drivers who enter the 2013 season with high expectations, but will end up disappointments.