Major League Baseball isn't the only sport that has what fans have long called its hot stove league, where fans spend the offseason posturing and predicting which players and teams will have big comeback years in the upcoming new season.
NASCAR fans are cut from the same cloth. If their favorite driver has a mediocre to terrible season, many typically spend the offseason telling everyone who will listen why their driver is going to have a big comeback year in the new season.
There were several drivers who had less than satisfying performances in the 2013 season. For some, it was frustration built upon frustration. For others, they likely couldn't wait for the season to end so they could ultimately put it in their rear-view mirror and forget the season that was.
With less than four weeks remaining until the 2014 season-opening Daytona 500, five drivers in particular will start the new campaign with lots of attention and scrutiny on whether they indeed will be able to rebound and go from a mediocre 2013 to a competitive 2014.
Let's take a look at how those five drivers will likely fare.