NASCAR Sprint Cup: 10 Drivers Poised to Finish Better at Phoenix After Daytona

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NASCAR Sprint Cup: 10 Drivers Poised to Finish Better at Phoenix After Daytona
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After unrelenting rain forced the 2012 Daytona 500 to become a Monday night race for the first time in its illustrious history, NASCAR now heads to the desert of Phoenix International Raceway, where precipitation will be the least of the drivers' concerns.

The track for the season's second race is nothing like Daytona, other than the fact that it has a start-finish line.

It is flat and short: None of the four turns are banked at more than 12 degrees, and it is only one mile long.

Needless to say, the cars will be going a bit slower at the Subway Fresh Fit 500, though the confines will be a little tighter.

There is not an extreme amount of pressure on the drivers at this juncture of the season, though this will be the first race of 2012 where drivers are more likely to attempt to salvage points rather than win at all costs.

Everyone wants to win, but this is the type of race that drivers and teams truly look to springboard their season upon.

At Daytona, some drivers emerged truly disappointed with their performance.

Here are 10 drivers who will almost certainly fare better than they did at the Daytona 500. Note that while Danica Patrick will be in Phoenix, she will only be participating in the Nationwide Series race.

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