They may be leading now, but they won't be when it matters most

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While the MotoGP, DTM, WTCC, and WRC titles seem to be going in favor of one driver, there are still plenty of titles up for grabs.

Nico Rosberg, Jeff Gordon, Helio Castroneves, Mark Winterbottom, the Taylor brothers, Jose Maria Lopez, Colin Turkington, Marco Wittmann, Sebastien Ogier, Buemi/Davidson/Lapierre, Robert Hight, Marc Marquez, Reinis Nitiss, Johnny O'Connell and the list goes on.

These are all the names of drivers who are currently leading their respective championships. Who among them will still be leading when it matters most though; when it's time to crown a champion?

I selected three racers after evaluating the major racing series that Motorsport.com covers. They are drivers who I feel will lose their grip on the top spot by the end of the season.

Nico Rosberg - Formula One

Nico Rosberg currently holds a four point advantage over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. Had it not been for two retirements due to mechanical gremlins however, Rosberg would be the one trying to reel in Hamilton. Lewis already knows how to win a championship too; doing so with McLaren in 2008.

On track this year, Hamilton has had the upper hand over Rosberg more times than he not. That was never more evident than when he ripped off four straight wins earlier this year with Rosberg finishing second in each and every one of those races.

When the checkered flag flies in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, I expect nothing less than Lewis Hamilton becoming a two-time Formula One World Champion.

Jeff Gordon - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 

With the Chase format, any of the 16 drivers lucky enough to advance will have a legitimate shot come Chicagoland. As much as I'd like to see Jeff Gordon claim his fifth title after a 13 year hiatus from the head table, I don't see it happening in 2014.

After Phoenix, the top four drivers will go into the finale deadlocked. I believe those drivers will be Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kevin Harvick. Taking into account that Homestead is a 1.5 mile track, which are circuits that the Penske drivers have dominated at thus far, I wouldn't be surprised to see Brad Keselowski, like Lewis Hamilton, capture a second championship.

However, there's a driver that has been blistering fast at every kind of track this year, but luck just hasn't been on his side. His name is Kevin Harvick. With the hope that the pit crew dramas at SHR will be rectified before November, Harvick will rocket to the front of the pack and finally earn that illusive first championship.

Mark Winterbottom - V8 Supercars 

In V8 Supercars, Mark Winterbottom is crashing Red Bull's party and loving every second of it. Behind him sits the man who has won the last five championships in succession; Jamie Whincup. Although Winterbottom is perfectly capable of holding his ground against his bitter rival in the Holden, I don't see 'Frosty' taking home the big prize this year.

Jamie Whincup has come to life in the past few weeks, winning four of the last six races. When he gets on a roll, he usually rides that wave of momentum until it's all said and done. If Winterbottom wants to end Whincup's impressive streak at five, he's going to have to step up his game and take it to another level.

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Series F1 , V8SUPERCARS , NASCAR-CUP
Drivers Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Jamie Whincup, Mark Winterbottom
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