NASCAR has had a long history of underdogs-make-good tales, drivers who have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Sometimes those drivers are the only ones that believe in themselves and their ability.
And often facing seemingly insurmountable odds, those underdogs achieve the impossible and end a season not as an afterthought, but as the champion.
Among my personal favorite underdog stories are the late Alan Kulwicki's drive to the 1992 Winston Cup championship, the late Benny Parsons' route from Detroit taxi driver to NASCAR champ and even the early years when the late Dale Earnhardt was considered one of the biggest underdogs in the sport.
Most recently, Brad Keselowski became the latest member of the underdog-made-good club by winning the 2012 Sprint Cup championship.
Looking at the crop of drivers that fall into the underdog category in Sprint Cup racing, who may be next in line to have a breakout season in 2013? Here's my top five picks:
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