2014 Stock Watch for Drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Week 19 Edition

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2014 Stock Watch for Drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Week 19 Edition
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Aric Almirola celebrates after being declared the victor in the rain-shortened Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.

Score one for the underdog and the 30-and-under crowd (excluding established NASCAR Sprint Cup stars such as Kyle Busch, who is barely 29, having celebrated that birthday in May).

Busch may be a young gun, as is 2012 Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski, who turned 30 just before the running of the last Daytona 500.

But this is about the young and unsung Sprint Cup drivers, such as Aric Almirola (pictured above), who captured his first victory in NASCAR's premier series just last Sunday when he was declared winner of the rain-shortened Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. His long-awaited coronation began after 112 of 160 scheduled laps and a series of rain delays that forced what was supposed to be a Saturday night race well into Sunday afternoon.

Among the young and unsung, whose stock is rising, whose is falling and who deserves at least another look? Based on recent races, the momentum of their current race teams and even what some guys are able to do with less than fellows given more can't accomplish, or vice versa, here is a stock-watch update of the young NASCAR Sprint Cup crowd.

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