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February 24, 2013 

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    LINEUP

    Pos.No.DriverCarSpeed
    1.10Danica PatrickChevy196.434
    2.24Jeff GordonChevy196.292
    3.29Kevin HarvickChevy194.742
    4.18Kyle BuschToyota195.767
    5.16Greg BiffleFord194.729
    6.5Kasey KahneChevy195.852
    7.42J. Pablo MontoyaChevy195.508
    8.33Austin DillonChevy195.385
    9.48Jimmie JohnsonChevy195.084
    10.15Clint BowyerToyota195.228
    11.78Kurt BuschChevy193.657
    12.20Matt KensethToyota195.725
    13.14Tony StewartChevy195.925
    14.55Mark MartinToyota194.683
    15.2Brad KeselowskiFord194.961
    16.27Paul MenardChevy195.503
    17.13Casey MearsFord195.495
    18.31Jeff BurtonChevy195.156
    19.88Dale Earnhardt Jr.Chevy195.584
    20.1Jamie McMurrayChevy195.042
    21.22Joey LoganoFord195.767
    22.34David RaganFord194.616
    23.47Bobby LabonteToyota192.563
    24.9Marcos AmbroseFord194.793
    25.38David GillilandFord194.654
    26.43Aric AlmirolaFord194.742
    27.87Joe NemechekToyota190.046
    28.17Ricky Stenhouse Ford195.537
    29.26Michael WaltripToyota194.313
    30.7Dave BlaneyChevy192.996
    31.95Scott SpeedFord193.54
    32.35Josh WiseFord194.254
    33.21Trevor BayneFord195.976
    34.39Ryan NewmanChevy195.946
    35.11Denny HamlinToyota195.771
    36.99Carl EdwardsFord195.24
    37.56Martin Truex Jr.Toyota195.207
    38.98Michael McDowellFord193.544
    39.32Terry LabonteFord193.515
    40.51Regan SmithChevy193.096
    41.36J.J. YeleyChevy192.094
    42.83David ReutimannToyota190.339
    43.93Travis KvapilToyota190.142

DAYTONA 500

WHERE: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

TRACK Type: 2.5-mile paved, high-banked oval

RACE Distance: 200 laps, 500 miles

WEATHER: High in the low 70s with 40 percent chance of thunderstorms.

TV: Coverage begins at noon on Fox. Green flag is 1:29 p.m.

Things to watch

1 Danica Patrick became the first woman to win the pole in a Sprint Cup race. Last season, she wrecked out in the early-going.

2 It’s been a while since Jimmie Johnson has found success on a restrictor-plate track, but perhaps today can be a turnaround. It is his 400th Cup start.

3 This could be Mark Martin’s final Daytona 500. A win in it is one of two missing lines on his NASCAR resume. A championship is the other.

Observations

•  Not five minutes had passed since Patrick won the pole for the 500 when media members began chiming in on what it would mean for NASCAR, including a sellout of the race and the highest TV ratings in history. Neither is likely to happen. When it doesn’t, those same media will then write how expectations weren’t met. Whose expectations? Only their own. The biggest problem in NASCAR is media members — and sometimes the sanctioning body — overpromising on noteworthy events. Let’s let them unfold and then offer an analysis after the fact based on results.

•  There was lots of talk about how the racing in today’s 500 will look based on what was seen in the Sprint Unlimited and in Thursday’s qualifying. None of those, however, had full fields of cars — the key to developing anything close to real “pack” racing. If the same complaints are heard after the 500 is over, then there may be cause for concern.

•  Only 34 of the 43 teams elected to participate in Saturday’s final Cup practice before today’s Daytona 500, but of those who did Dale Earnhardt Jr. led with a lap at 198.592 mph. David Gilliland was second-fastest, Clint Bowyer was third, Marcos Ambrose was fourth and Aric Almirola fifth.

Jim Utter

The Charlotte Observer

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