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The Daytona 500 Ends Months Of Waiting for Drivers

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR has officially started a new season and on Sunday, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will have their turn to officially begin their season, ending months of anticipation.

On Sunday it may be the 55th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway but for many fans, drivers, and teams it’s the end of months of waiting to have cars back on the track. As the Daytona 500 is set to begin a new year many drivers are hoping that the race will begin their new season on a good note.

Heading into Daytona, drivers such as Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Kurt Busch hope to leave everything that happened in 2012 behind and hope to get off to a good start at the Great American race. They’ve waited since the end of the 2012 season to have another opportunity to change things around. Most of these drivers hope to make their way back into victory lane beginning at Daytona but for others such as Montoya he wants to create a new Daytona memory to forget what happened last year.

For Busch, he hopes to make it two wins in a row at Daytona following his win at the second duel on Thursday.  Within the Cup Series he has not won a race since the first Richmond race last year. Meanwhile older brother Kurt looks to get off to a good start after missing out on the chase last year. Not only is Kurt Busch looking to bounce back racing wise but he also hopes to leave any trouble from 2012 in the past.

As for Edwards, he hopes for his bad luck to end at Daytona and at least end Speedweeks on a positive note after four wrecked cars in a week. Edwards has not visited victory lane since 2011.

Beginning at Daytona both Busch brothers, Edwards and Montoya will be some of the most determined drivers on the track to look for better results throughout the years. The long months wait is over and now they have the opportunity to chase better results and possibly contend for the championship later on.

Christy Valdez is a member of the NASCAR Media. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy