Daytona 500: Top 25 Drivers at Daytona International Speedway

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Daytona 500: Top 25 Drivers at Daytona International Speedway
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NASCAR is like any other sport. It has its moments and venues that allow its greatest competitors to shine.

The Daytona 500 is easily the most important race on the Sprint Cup schedule, and it's the race that everyone wants to add to their personal record.

Even the great Dale Earnhardt knew that winning the Daytona 500 was an important part of his legacy, and after 20 years his win was a crowning achievement.

In 52 Daytona 500s, there have been upsets and underdogs in Victory Lane, but in total the biggest race on the biggest stage in NASCAR has been a forum for the legends to shine.

The drivers here are in no particular order, since there are so many metrics that can qualify a driver for greatness. Laps led, total distance raced, top fives and tens and of course wins can do it.

Here's a look at 25 drivers (some who never managed to win) who always performed up to expectations when history was at stake.

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