The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is months away, but that does not mean it is too early to start the conversation about which drivers will be on the hot seat.
Drivers entering the last season of their contracts will feel the most pressure during the season. Their teams probably would have renegotiated their contracts by now if they were confident in their drivers. Most teams want to see how their driver performs before they open the checkbook and add more years to the contract.
The first half of the season will be important for all drivers, especially the drivers on the hot seat. NASCAR teams usually do not announce driver changes until the season is well into the summer months. The first half of the season is used to evaluate the talent on the team, and changes are made later.
Here is a list of the drivers who will be on the hot seat in 2014.