Countdown to Daytona

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There are 61 days left before the Feb. 24, 2013 Daytona 500; hence, the number for today is:

61: The highest number of cars entered in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race since 2000. All told, 61 drivers attempted to qualify for the 2007 Daytona 500. Most fans will remember that Kevin Harvick edged Mark Martin for the victory. Far fewer will recall the 18 drivers who failed to qualify for the race. For the record, they are: Jeremy Mayfield, Mike Skinner, Regan Smith, Ward Burton, Paul Menard, AJ Allmendinger, Kevin Lepage, Bill Elliott, Brian Vickers, Kenny Wallace, Frank Kimmel, Mike Bliss, Eric McClure, Stanton Barrett, Kirk Shelmerdine, Brandon Whitt, Derrike Cope and James Hylton.
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