2014 Daytona 500: Complete Guide to NASCAR's Premier Race

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2014 Daytona 500: Complete Guide to NASCAR's Premier Race
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
This is the top of the trophy they all seek heading into the Daytona 500.

It is the most prestigious NASCAR race of the year.

Winning it can make an entire season, no matter what else happens during the rest of the grind that will stretch over nearly nine months. In fact, winning it even just once can make an entire career.

It is the Daytona 500, and this will be the 56th running of the Great American Race on the 2.5-mile superspeedway that is Daytona International Speedway.

This race, however, isn't won very often by a one-time wonder such as Pete Hamilton (1970) or Derrike Cope (1990). Victory Lane usually is reserved for the best in the business such as defending champion Jimmie Johnson, who has won it twice.

There is no other race like it, and here is the complete guide to everything you need to know heading into this Sunday's event.


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