FOXSports.com NASCAR writer Jared Turner takes a look at a handful of drivers who failed to live up to expectations in the 2014 Sprint Cup season.
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No. 1 - Clint Bowyer
A year after making the Chase and finishing seventh in points, the Michael Waltrip Racing driver missed NASCAR's playoff and placed 19th in the standings. And oh, by the way, Bowyer failed to win a race for the second consecutive season.
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No. 2 - Jimmie Johnson
Despite winning four races, Johnson and his team led by longtime crew chief Chad Knaus performed atypically mediocre for much of the season. The result? A career-worst 11th-place points finish for the six-time champion.
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No. 3 - Martin Truex Jr.
Truex entered the season with high hopes as he joined a Furniture Row Racing team that made the Chase for the first time ever the previous year with Kurt Busch at the wheel. Truex struggled badly, however, as he missed the Chase, was unable to find Victory Lane and came home a dismal 24th in the standings.
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No. 4 - Tony Stewart
His role in the tragedy that claimed the life of sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. aside, Stewart must be happier than virtually everyone to see 2014 come to an end. While winning the title as team owner for Kevin Harvick was certainly a high, Stewart the driver sputtered through a season that was easily his worst since joining NASCAR's top series in 1999. The most telling statistic: No wins, which marked the first time the three-time champ has failed to reach to Victory Lane in his lengthy career.
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No. 5 - Matt Kenseth
While it wouldn't quite be fair to call a year "bad" in which a driver scores 22 top-10 finishes and ranks seventh in points, the reality is that Kenseth's 2014 fell far short of expectations after the Joe Gibbs Racing driver raked in a career-high seven wins and finished runner-up to Jimmie Johnson for the championship in 2013.