The regulars have, in recent years, dominated NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series. Drivers such as Johnson, Hamlin and Edwards have racked up multiple win seasons and mostly shut out the little guy.
In 2009, three drivers found victory lane for the first time, but there has been none so far in 2010. Here are the drivers that could break through this season.
Oh so close.
Marcos Ambrose was in control at Infineon before making the small mistake of shutting off his engine while going up hill. Still, his performance was impressive and with Watkins Glen upcoming on the schedule, the No. 47 will be a threat.
Most likely tracks for win: Watkins Glen
The entire NASCAR community would smile to see this young driver go to victory lane.
As refreshing as a new face would be in the winner's circle, seeing the King's No. 43 take the checkers would make everyone feel good. A.J. has shown some bright spots this season and can win if they can put an entire race together.
Most likely tracks for win: Talladega, Atlanta
Sam Hornish Jr. is a champion.
He dominated the IRL and came to NASCAR for a new challenge.
While he has not found great success, he has improved steadily and is slowly climbing into contention. The Brickyard is coming up on the schedule and Hornish will be ready.
Most likely tracks for win: Indianapolis
Menard doesn't just come with talent; he comes with seemingly unending sponsorship. He started the season well and if he can take it up a notch, he could find himself in contention for a win.
Most likely tracks for win: New Hampshire, Talladega
Some say Regan Smith already has a victory.
In 2008, he gave Tony Stewart room and prevented a huge accident when he went below the yellow line when Stewart blocked hard. His reward? Moved from first to 17th in the final order. Had he held his ground, Stewart would have been in the fence, and Regan would not be on this list.
Trust this, if he gets in this position again, he will not make that mistake.
Most likely tracks for win: Talladega