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Daytona 500 Schedule 2015: TV Coverage, Preview for Great American Race

NASCAR never cared about saving the best for last, instead opening the Sprint Cup Series season with its main attraction. Every driver hopes to start strong by claiming the Daytona 500, racing's most prestigious event. After winning the 200-lap frenzy last year, Dale Earnhardt Jr. put himself in strong position to repeat with a Budweiser Duel victory on Thursday. The defending champion earned a cushy starting spot behind Hendrick Motorsport teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson. As noted by ESPN Stats & Info, it's not often one crew surmounts such promising positioning at Daytona Beach. Starting first hardly guarantees finishing first, but those stars have the upper hand heading into the anticipated event. Here's the essential viewi...

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