#2 Alex Bowman
Alex Bowman should have probably appeared earlier on this list, but with the luck based nature of the playoffs, its perfectly reasonable to see him finishing ahead of a few drivers in the first round. With that being said, however, it also seems pretty evident that lack of experience, equipment and performance will all snowball into him being eliminated in the second or third
Of course that’s not to say that anything more should have been expected him of him in his first year with Hendrick Motorsports, but he needs time to grow into the championship threat that he can truly become. Unfortunately for Bowman, that’s not going to happen in one season and his lack of quality finishes at playoff tracks is going to come back to bite him.