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Daytona 500 2013: Dark-Horse Contenders for Great American Race

The usual cast of characters are considered Daytona 500 favorites. Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are among the big names expected to contend. The one exception is Danica Patrick, who earned the pole position. With the spotlight shining brightly on those drivers, along with defending Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, there's a large group that is being overlooked. So the opportunity is there for another driver to emerge from the shadows and win the season's biggest race.Let's examine three Daytona hopefuls who are capable of defying the odds and winning Sunday's race. Regardless of who ends up in victory lane, a favorite or a sleeper, it should be another exciting start to a NASCAR ...

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