The NASCAR Cup Series drivers are advertised as the best drivers in America. You wouldn’t know it by the first two races of the season.

Don’t take that wrong, there is the utmost respect for every driver who makes it to the Cup level. Most have a championship history of racing back to their days as kids driving karts. They’ve progressed through the ranks to get to the top level of stock car racing.

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Jeff Birchfield is a sports writer for the Johnson City Press with a lifelong passion for motorsports. The father of two attended ETSU and served in the Tennessee Army National Guard.

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