The not top 10: Not everyone has a perfect season
Dec 23, 2013 at 4:15p ET
It was a great year for a lot of NASCAR drivers in 2013, with Jimmie Johnson capturing his sixth Sprint Cup championship, Matt Kenseth winning seven races and Kyle Busch and Joey Logano posting career-best points finish.
Alas, 2013 wasn't quite as kind to every driver. Here are some of the misses of the year to go along with the hits.
Fewest points over 36 races -- David Reutimann earned just 465 points, fewest of any driver who entered all 36 Sprint Cup races. Jimmie Johnson had more points after 13 races than Reutimann earned all season. Reutimann finished in the top 20 only once, in the season-opening Daytona 500.
Longest winless streak -- Of the Cup drivers slated to run full-time in 2014, Joe Nemechek has gone 330 races without a victory, the longest dry spell. Casey Mears is next at 240 races, followed by Reutimann at 125.
Fewest laps led -- Of the drivers who ran all 36 Cup races, Reutimann led the fewest laps -- one. Josh Wise, who made 35 starts, also led but a single lap. Danica Patrick led only five laps, all in the Daytona 500.
Oval futility -- Juan Pablo Montoya had moments of brilliance, but 2013 marked his final -- for now -- year in NASCAR. In 253 career Cup starts over seven seasons, Montoya never won on an oval track. He came close in 2013, finishing second to Tony Stewart in the first Dover race. And he did post two road-course victories.
Juan Pablo Montoya came close to his first oval win at Richmond and Dover, but left NASCAR with only two wins on the road courses.
Close but no cigar -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second five times in 2013, but went winless on the season. Of the drivers who made the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Earnhardt, Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch went winless.
Second-place jinx -- Historically, the driver who finishes second in the Chase one season has a bad season the following year. Clint Bowyer won three races and finished second in points in 2012, but fell to seventh with no victories this year. Then there was that whole itchy arm thing in Richmond.
DNFs -- Of the 13 drivers who made this year's Chase, the two tied for the most DNFs were Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman, with five each. Denny Hamlin, who finished 23rd in points, had a career-worst 8 DNFs.
Fewest laps completed -- Travis Kvapil completed 9,035 laps, or 85.62 percent of the laps run, worst among the drivers who started all 36 races.
Fewest bonus points -- David Reutimann and Danica Patrick earned just one bonus point each for the whole season.
Most caution laps -- Martinsville Speedway was home to the most intense traffic jams of the season. In the fall race, a whopping 111 of 500 laps were run under caution, with another 85 yellow-flag laps in the spring race.