We may only be six races into this year's Sprint Cup season, but that doesn't mean it's too late to start eliminating some drivers from realistic Chase for the Sprint Cup contention.
In fact, it's not too early to start writing off some struggling drivers who typically make it into the Chase.
Sure, any one of these drivers could pull a Kasey Kahne; after sitting 31st in points at this time last year, Kahne finished seventh at Texas to begin a run of 19 top-10s in 30 races on the way to a fourth place championship finish. But the difference is that Kahne had shown plenty of competitiveness during his struggle, while most of these drivers haven't.
So which names have already put themselves out of reasonable Chase contention?