There's no other race in NASCAR like the Daytona 500. It's stock car racing's version of the Super Bowl and Indianapolis 500 combined.
They don't call it the Great American Race for nothing.
That's why the 500 is No. 1 on the bucket list of every Sprint Cup driver. Even if they fail to win any other race in their career, if they win the big one at Daytona, they'll forever be in a select class known as Daytona 500 Champion.
While Jimmie Johnson will be looking to successfully defend last year's Daytona 500 win—which kicked off Johnson's run to a sixth Sprint Cup championship—there remains a plethora of drivers still chasing their first 500 win.
If a former 500 winner doesn't perform a repeat performance in this year's race, of all those who have yet to take the checkered flag at the 500, the following five drivers in particular stand out as potential first-time winners on Feb. 23: