You could see the relief on Carl Edwards's face as he fielded questions from the media following his victory in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday.
After 70 races, Edwards found himself in position to do something he hadn't done in nearly two years: execute his trademark backflip in front of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fans.
Now that Edwards has flipped the monkey off his back (wow, really reached for that one), there's a number of other drivers that are looking to end droughts of their own. Here are five of the longest active winless streaks in the Cup Series:
205 - Martin Truex Jr.: Given his sluggish start this season, it's not likely this streak comes to an end anytime soon. Especially when you consider he only has one career victory on his resume - that coming at the Monster Mile in 2007. Then again, if Truex can find the form that led him to his first Chase for the championship appearance last year, there's no reason to believe that he can't take the checkers somewhere down the road this year
181 - Jeff Burton: It's one thing not to win, it's another to not even be a factor. That's been the Mayor of NASCAR, whose last win came at Charlotte back in 2008. Last year, he only led a total of 38 laps all season, with 24 of those coming in the season-opening Daytona 500. Burton has only led three laps in his last 33 races, but last week at Phoenix did score his first top-10 dating back to last October. At least that's a step in the right direction.
107 - Mark Martin: Believe it or not, Martin's last victory came at the Magic Mile nearly four years ago. Driving full time for Hendrick Motorsports, Martin won the 2009 SYLVANIA 300 and left New Hampshire with a 35-point lead over Jimmie Johnson in the standings. Unfortunately, Martin led just 30 more total laps over the final nine races and finished second in the standings, 141 points behind Johnson. While Martin races on a part-time basis nowadays, he's still one of the best drivers in the field week in and week out, and will almost certainly be back in Victory Lane again before he hangs up his firesuit for good.
88 - Juan Pablo Montoya: Coming off a 2009 season in which he made the Chase, JPM looked like he might finally have things figured out. He even won a race at Watkins Glen in 2010. It's been all downhill since. With just three top-fives since his last trip to Victory Lane, one has to wonder whether time is running out for the Colombian.
79 - Jamie McMurray: Sunday's race at Las Vegas will mark the 80th race since McMurray's last victory. McMurray not only picked up his last win in 2010, but he picked up his last three wins that season, including the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 - two of NASCAR's biggest races. Since then, he's led 168 out of a total of 20,806 laps. Ouch.