In NASCAR there have been drivers with big expectations, or guys that make you wonder, "How did they get there?" Here is a slideshow of some of NASCAR's busts.
It's nothing personal against these drivers. Some of them still have potential to make it, but they just didn't live up to their expectations or the bar they set.
Chad Little? Wasn't this guy a Nationwide Series winner?
Chad Little, a comedian once said, "I think he'd have a better chance of winning a NASCAR race if he was driving a John Deere Tractor."
Nothing runs like a Deere...including Chad Little.
Leffler had two shots at NASCAR's Cup Series. 2001, and 2005. He stunk up the show in both.
Oh by the way, he isn't exactly tearing up the Nationwide Series, either. Blame equipment all you want, but he underperformed, even with Joe Gibbs.
Bouncing around the Cup Series, Stemme never really had a good run. Then again, he never really had a chance.
Stremme needs another chance, or else he isn't getting off this list.
Blaney is another guy who has bounced around in his career, but never really wound up on top.
I don't know if he'll have any more chances, but he certainly tried. From starter to start-and-parker.
Mike Skinner has been a big threat in the Camping World Truck Series. That being said, not one win in the Cup Series? Not one win!
He had years to try with Richard Childress Racing, but couldn't close the deal. Bust!
Scott Riggs has a great shot. He was winning races in the Nationwide Series, and got better equipment at Evernham Motorsports.
It's a shame that it never panned out. I know Riggs has the talent, but he just hasn't shown anything.
Casey Mears is a nice guy. And to be honest, I myself like Casey, but he hasn't really achieved. He raced for Chip Ganassi, Richard Childress, and Rick Hendrick.
He only managed one win, and that was a fuel mileage gamble. Now it is true that he had equipment at those teams that was nothing close to the "face" of the organizations, but he still did not put up enough numbers.
Casey, I hope you get another chance.
He was labeled as the next Jeff Gordon. Where is he now?
His career fizzled just as fast as many other rookies. In 2001, he was what to NASCAR what Joey Logano is now. He never panned out.
Perhaps he was rushed to the Cup series too fast too soon. Whatever it was, he faded out before he could shine.
Andretti won races, attempted the Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600 double dip, but was not a contender every Sunday. Andretti always seems to have a ride for the big races, but that's likely because of he last name.
Andretti never showed his hand, or perhaps he did and it wasn't that good. John, you should have used your name in Indy car. Maybe you would have won more than two races.
If Richard Petty was the King, Kyle Petty was the Prince. Kyle didn't even have a chance to take over the throne, before he was overthrown.
Kyle Petty, the rebellious kid of King Richard, never did live up to what his dad did. Sure its like comparing George Bush to George Washington, but Kyle had big expectations. He could have filled them better!
I think it's bad when your own team doesn't want you driving for them. I'm sorry, Kyle, but you can't even blame it on your dad's expectations.
It's bad when an eighth-place finish at Atlanta years ago, was your best run in the last decade. Also, your opinions aren't really great.