NASCAR does not reward mediocre drivers, but there is a group of them who should be recognized for their performance that did not live up to expectations.
There are varied excuses that could be bantered about as to why they just cruised through the season, despite having good equipment, strong team owners and the ability to at least finish in the Top 10 regularly and maybe even win.
Some of these drivers faced extraordinary circumstances one could say detracted from their ability to secure finishes that would be expected of them.
The position these drivers hold in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings is not the criteria for this list. The mediocrity recognition is based on the fact these drivers have shown ability to win, place or show in the Cup series—nationwide or other series. They have had quality equipment, and in some races, they run like bandits only to finish mid-pack or worse.
Let's take a look at the leading candidates for missing expectations, given the opportunities they have had to showcase their talent as drivers in NASCAR's top-tier of racing.
The drivers are listed in no particular order.