There's an old belief in NASCAR that if a driver isn't in the top five in the Sprint Cup standings after the spring race at Bristol—just the fourth race on the 36-race schedule—his or her season is already just about over.
That's a brutal expectation indeed, but one that has been proven true numerous times.
As we prepare for the 2014 season-opening Daytona 500 in a little over two weeks from now, obviously every full-time driver on the Sprint Cup circuit wants to get off to a good start.
But there are five drivers in particular that not only want a good start, it's imperative that they get one as well.
Let's take a look at who needs to get hot right from the opening green flag at Daytona: