NASCAR Sprint Cup: 10 Early Predictions for the 2013 Daytona 500

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NASCAR Sprint Cup: 10 Early Predictions for the 2013 Daytona 500
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No other race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit is as game-changing for the winner as the "The Great American Race." It not only is the kickoff of the season, but a preview of what fans might expect during the season.

The 55th running of the Daytona 500 will be one more chance for a driver to notch his name in the record books with a win of the prestigious race. That driver will forever be known for the victory.

The upcoming race will debut a new generation of race car that could give us racing similar to what we may have seen with cars prior to the Car of Tomorrow (COT) or perhaps racing unlike any we have ever seen on the high banks.

Speedweeks at Daytona is a big deal for fans who have patiently waited through the offseason for NASCAR racing to begin. It begins Feb. 14 and will be closed of by the Daytona 500 on Feb. 24.

The events like the Sprint Unlimited, Budweiser Duels and Drive4COPD 300 Nationwide race provide great racing that leads up to the big race. Each race may include unexpected happenings that could be talked about for the entire season.

This slideshow will cover 10 early predictions that could very well play out in the Daytona 500. There are many variables in any one race, but some factors may pretty much be a given. See if you agree.

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