by Jared Turner
It’s early in the season, but after three races—all held in the “Sunshine State” of Florida—the outlook is anything but sunny for several NASCAR Cup Series drivers who many expected to bring their “A” game in 2021. Those drivers—who all made the playoffs a year ago—are currently outside the top 16 in points and would miss the postseason if the 2021 playoffs commenced today.
So, what exactly is wrong with Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola and Matt DiBenedetto? Our Jared Turner takes a deep dive into each driver’s early-season struggles and offers a year-over-year comparison of where they finished 2020 versus where they stack up so far in 2021.