We are one-third of the way through the NASCAR season, and more importantly, just about half way through the regular season.
That means that some drivers will begin jockeying for positions inside the coveted top 10, while other drivers will step their intense pushes just to get in the Chase field.
At this point in the season, some drivers have already made themselves into real championship contenders, while others still have some work to do to be considered legitimate threats for the title. I am going to look at 12 drivers that could win the championship, but by some standards may be considered under the radar at this point.
This is for the sake of argument, and I think we could all agree that Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch are the three drivers that are on everyone's radar as far as real championship contenders, so they will not be featured here.