2012 Daytona 500: Ranking the Teams for the Great American Race

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2012 Daytona 500: Ranking the Teams for the Great American Race
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While NASCAR may technically be an individual sport, there are few tracks on the circuit that require teamwork more than Daytona. With such reliance on drafting partners, there's just no winning Daytona without some help.

With that in mind, which teams have the strongest chance of putting one of their drivers in Victory Lane Sunday?

To bear down on such a ranking, a few rules would have to be put in place. What criteria should be used? Past wins in the Great American Race? Certainly.

Drivers with wins in the Daytona 500? Absolutely.

I'll also look at how the current drivers performed last year on restrictor plate tracks, in both qualifying and finishes.

And yes, I'll restrict this to multi-car teams. I realize full well that Trevor Bayne won last year while driving for single-car team Woods Brothers and drivers like Regan Smith (Furniture Row Racing) have had strong success at such tracks.

However, the bigger teams have a distinct advantage on virtually any track and no less so at Daytona. The information they can share only adds to the natural alliances they can form on the track.

With all of that in mind, which team has the best chance of having one of their drivers hoist the most coveted trophy outside of the series championship?

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