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NASCAR: Daytona’s July Race Brings Just as Much Magic as February’s

Just mention the words "Daytona 500" and memories of past magical races come alive.Rather, it’s the first one in 1959 with a photo finish in which Lee Petty claimed victory, or it’s the most recent one from February 2011 when Trevor Bayne surprised everyone. While the 500 is Daytona’s most famous race, by the time the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns in July the second Daytona race often gets overlooked. Lacking grandness and any real build-up, it seems the July Daytona race is just a regular race, missing the same magic as the 500. Or does it? Well, not exactly, and the history of the two races would suggest that in July, Daytona is a totally different racetrack. Only four drivers in the previous 54 years have won both Da...

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