The Daytona 500 is just a couple of months away, and with it, the 2013 season will officially begin.
2013 will be filled with several drivers who will break out and prove they belong in the Sprint Cup Series. Some drivers will continue their overall improvement and become even better drivers than they were last year.
Other drivers, like Carl Edwards, will get back on track after a bad 2012 season and will break out to be one of the top drivers of the year, like he was back in 2011.
It takes a lot in some cases to be a breakout star. Some of the younger drivers, for example, need to make an impact by running well in several races or actually pulling off a win. They may not make The Chase, but if a new face in the Sprint Cup Series managed to win a race or more, they would easily be a breakout star.
Other, more experienced drivers will need to make The Chase if they want to break out in 2013.
Next season will see some drivers stumble, while others will continue to have average seasons.
Here are five drivers, though, who will break out in 2013.