The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season will kick off Sunday at the Daytona 500, the biggest race of the season. How important is a good finish in the Great American Race to a driver’s season?
In order to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, a driver must be consistent throughout the season. Putting together a string of top-five or top-10 finishes is more important than winning one race—unless that race is the Daytona 500.
Winning the Daytona 500 can give a driver confidence throughout the season, because no matter where the driver goes, he or she will be referred to as The Daytona 500 Champion.
Some drivers could use a good showing at this Sunday’s race to prove to fans and the media that they are ready to compete for a championship in 2013. Here is a list of five drivers with the most to prove at the 2013 Daytona 500…