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Which Sprint Cup Series Rookie Proved the Most at the 2013 Daytona 500?

If rookie performance awards were handed out at the end of the Daytona 500, Danica Patrick would be walking away with the top honors. Yes, of the three rookies heading into Daytona, Danica stood out. Not only did she win the pole position, but Patrick managed to stay up in the top 10 for most of the day, and eventually settled for an eighth-place finish. She out-performed fellow rookie drivers Austin Dillion and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Danica was a big focus heading into the Daytona 500, especially since she landed on the pole after qualifying. And while people may have doubted her ability to stay in the front after seeing her drop to the back during the first Budweiser Duel, Danica proved that her fast qualifying time was no fluke. The other r...

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