NASCAR has so many great drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle,Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, and etc. But the Sprint Cup Series always has it's bottom feeders in the sport and this slideshow is the 5 men that in my opinion should be released from their rides. I looked at the stats and the on track performance to determine the top 5 men and well it is a list that may or may not suprise you racing fans. So here is the list and please if you have any comments, leave them below in the comment box.
Here is the guy that I call the "Lovable Loser" of NASCAR. Eliott hasn't been anywhere near competative since he left Robert Yates Racing in 2006 and he also hasn't won a race since 2004 so to say that this guy is over rated in a understatement. Look he run's in the every single week, he dosen't lead laps and hell he hasn't even had a top 10 finish this season yet. This guy needs to be canned by Petty and fast oh wait he was last year until he cried to keep his ride. AJ Allemdinger had his ride but Eliott used lawyers and a few tears to keep his ride, but what a waste of talent, maybe he should try commercials for a living instead of being in the Sprint Cup Series.
Who should replace Elliott Sadler? My answer would be Timothy Peters, yes people may give me grief over this one but Peters is a great driver who finally got some good equipment last season, look at what he has done in the trucks this year and last, he won at Martinsville and Daytona so he can run well anywhere. Give Elliott the boot and put Peters in the racecar to prove that the 19 team is a good team that just needs a good driver.
Elliott Sadler's Career Stats: 3 Wins (2001 Bristol, 2004 Texas, 2004 Auto Club), 19 Top 5's, 68 Top 10's, and an average finish of 23rd.
Sam is a great indy car driver heck maybe the best of all time but stock cars are not his strong point at all. Sam went to NASCAR in 2008 with Dario Francitti and many other open wheelers but in the end, not one of them were good enough to crack a victory in NASCAR. Hornish just found out 3 weeks ago that Mobil 1 is leaving the team and well even though Penske said Hornish was safe, I doubt he is and I dont blame Penske for thinking about firing him. Look Hornish isn't even close to competive heck he isnt even the number 2 driver in the orginization since Keselowski came over and started to run pretty well. I believe Roger should move Sam to IRL where he can be great agian and be a contender every week but Sam needs to be fired from the 77 team.
Who should replace Hornish Jr.? Well I think the guy that should and may end up replacing Hornish is Justin Allgier. Allgier won the ARCA title in 2008, he also finished 6th in the Nationwide Series points last year, and he won at Bristol this March in the Nationwide Series so he maybe ready to move up to Sprint Cup and he is deserving to get a shot at the big times.
Sam Hornish Jr's career stats: 0 Wins, 2 Top 5's, 7 Top 10's, and an average finish of 28th.
David Ragan has been called many things from a dart with no feathers to the next breakout star but in 2010 in my eyes, he would have to be called a bust!
David had an ok rookie season in 2007 by showing flashes of greatness at the end of the year and then 2008 he nearly made the Chase for the Cup and was in contention to win several times that season. When people saw him last year, they were shocked because he was in the back every week and its same ol same ol in 2010. Yes he is young and he may end up being a good driver but he has to go from Roush-Fenway. I bet ya Jack is kicking himself for letting McMurray go last year because Jamie is consistant this year and he did win the Daytona 500. If David continues to ride in the back then he will most likely be let go at the end of the year but who could replace David?
Who should replace Ragan? Aric Almirola isn't a household name yet but he is destined to do great things in NASCAR if given the right oppertunity, Almirola is a great driver who hasn't gotten a full time ride to prove his worth so maybe Jack should think about given the guy a chance in the 6 car, hey he cannot do any worse than David has done in the last two years right?
David Ragan career stats: 0 Wins, 8 Top 5's, 20 Top 10's, and an average finish of 22nd.
The idiot has made the list in my view. Scott Speed is one of the most overrated and disrespectful drivers this sport has ever seen. He also well isn't the toughest guy in the sport by having his toenails painted on national television last July. If you look at him on the track, you notice a young man who dosen't have what it takes to succeed in NASCAR period. Speed and Vickers had their run ins last season and well overall Speed missed several races last year so to say he disapointed people is a huge understatement. I think this guy was over hyped when he won the Camping World Truck race at Dover in 2008 and I still think he is all hype today. He along with Sadler are great advertisment people but lack as race car drivers.
Who Should Replace Scott Speed? Well it's is tough to pick a replacement today but if I had to choose someone, it would be Reed Sorenson. Yes Reed is also an under achiever in NASCAR but he is young, respectful, and is willing to pay his dues in order to be a good driver in this sport. Sorenson is a free agent right now and he is so young that he can still learn alot in order to suceed in this sport plus Red Bull Racing needs a young guy who can be a team player and can prove his worth in the 82 car.
Scott Speed's Career Stats: 0 Wins, 1 Top 5, 2 Top 10's, and an average finish of 28th.
Here will be the suprise driver on this list to a lot of people, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale is a good driver and he is a great spokesperson for sponsers but he just dosen't fit in at Hendrick Motorsports. He reminds me of Jamie McMurray at Roush, a great driver in an star power orginization. Dale was good at DEI but he didn't have teammates that were championship contenders every single season and that helped Dale with little to no pressure within the team. I know Dale gets alot of bad press for things but he can be a champion still in this sport if he found a good team to be with. I think if he went to RCR, he could suprise a lot of people and plus he would work with people he fits in with better.
Who should replace Dale Jr? Well this would not be an easy choice because there are so many good drivers out there that would love to be at Hendrick but maybe it would be time to pick up a rookie to replace Jr. But I believe if Hendrick wanted a good solid driver to replace Dale Jr then he ought to try to snatch someone like Greg Biffle away from Roush or some veteran but it would be tough replacing NASCAR's most popular driver.
Dale Earnhardt Jr's Career Stats: 18 Wins, 89 Top 5's, 145 Top 10's, and an average finish of 17th.