Do you remember when Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte were first breaking into the Sprint Cup Series? How about when Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick were making their first laps in the top series?
Every few years, a new crop of talent breaks into the Sprint Cup Series and becomes the sport's newest stars. Right now there are a handful of drivers who are ready to take that next step and become the future of the sport.
Let's take a look at nine drivers who are all 31 years old or younger, and who are ready to make their mark in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. I will look into the crystal ball and tell you what to expect from each of them over the course of the next five years of their careers.