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Biggest NASCAR Storylines Ahead of the 2016 Daytona 500

The Great American Race, the 58th driving of the Daytona 500, isn’t so much a race (though it is) as a symbolic event. It’s the unofficial start of spring. It ignites the new NASCAR season. You hear people inside and outside of the sport call it the “Super Bowl of NASCAR," but it isn’t. The Super Bowl, while an event of similar magnitude relative to its sport, crowns a champion. The Daytona 500 is Opening Day where the winner becomes immortalized, though by no means a champion. It is the one race a driver wants to win, so perhaps the Daytona 500 does have something in common with the Super Bowl. Ah, it’s all confusing. Why don’t we drill down on some storylines? From a 20-year-old pole sitter to oil slick...

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