Every year, there are a handful of drivers in the Sprint Cup Series who have their breakout. Whether it's a young driver having his or her best season or a veteran who's recently fallen on hard luck but turns it around for one magical year, breakthrough performances are a part of every NASCAR season.
2014 promises to be no different.
The incoming rookie class is the best the sport has been in a number of years, and the list of veteran drivers eager to have a better showing than in recent seasons promises to give us plenty to discuss.
In the slides ahead, I will take a look at five Sprint Cup Series drivers set to have a big year in 2014. Some of these drivers are new to the sport's top division, while others are longtime runners who will reestablish themselves as top stars.