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Daytona 500 2013: Favorites to Claim Checkered Flag at Season’s 1st Race

Oddsmakers may have their favorites to win NASCAR’s 2013 Daytona 500, but so do we. Drivers, for one reason or another, seem to grasp some tracks better than others. Every turn and different surface presents a new challenge as they attempt to navigate through to the checkered flag. Looking at historical records at Daytona International Speedway is just the beginning. Momentum from the 2012 season, qualifying performance and overall handling skills also come into play. So, who will leave the pack in their exhaust and win the first race of the year? Take a look at three of our favorites.   Matt KensethFormerly of Roush Fenway Racing, Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag at the Daytona 500 in both 2009 and 2012. The defending race c...

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