NASCAR Chase 2012: Drivers Who Needed Big Day on Sunday but Didn't Get It

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent ISeptember 30, 2012

DOVER, DE - SEPTEMBER 30:  Matt Kenseth, driver of the #17 Ford EcoBoost Ford, is involved in an incidentn in front of Landon Cassill, driver of the #83 Burger King/Dr Pepper Toyota, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 30, 2012 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Sunday's Nascar Sprint Cup Series at Dover presented an opportunity for drivers lagging in the Sprint Cup standings, but it didn't go as planned for a few guys.

With Brad Keselowski holding onto the No. 1 spot in the standings, here are three drivers who couldn't make the most of their opportunity at Dover on Sunday.


Matt Kenseth

Sitting on the cusp at No. 12 in the standings, Matt Kenseth needed a big day to gain some ground in the Sprint Cup standings.

Instead, he was knocked out of the race and finished 35th, which didn't help him gain ground in the standings, where he currently trails leader Keselowski by 72 points.

With 10 top-five finishes in 2012, Kenseth and his team were looking for No. 11 on Sunday and didn't get it, keeping him towards the bottom of the chase.


Greg Biffle

Greg Biffle's No. 16 finish on Sunday isn't exactly what he had in mind for Dover.

Trailing by 51 points for the Sprint Cup lead, Biffle came in with at 16th on Sunday after starting in the sixth spot.

Biffle is one of few drivers in the chase who has earned multiple victories in 2012 and it has to be disappointing for the entire Ford team after a poor performance.

Biffle may have 15 top-10 finishes on the season, but he didn't earn one at Dover on Sunday.


Kevin Harvick

Finishing 13th at Dover isn't the end of the world for Kevin Harvick, but he could have used a stronger performance to benefit his cup standings on Sunday.

Harvick—who trails by 46 points in the Sprint Cup Standings—came in at 13th on Sunday and has yet to earn a win here in 2012.

With just seven races to go in the Sprint Cup chase, Harvick will need a win and a few top-five finishes to move him up in the standings.

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