BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Carl Edwards
It's not simply that he failed to win a race; it's that he wasn't even close. The man who won a series-high nine races in 2008—who actually made Johnson sweat during last season's Chase—was the popular choice to win his first Sprint Cup title in '09. But instead of racing to a championship, Edwards was hamstrung by the lack of speed that infected the entire garage at Roush Fenway Racing. He sputtered to the worst full season of his six-year career, failing to win a race and establishing personal lows for top fives (seven), top 10s (14) and laps led (164).