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Times in the last six years that the Daytona 500 winner has taken the lead in the last two laps.
Daytona 500 winners in the past 30 years who have gone on to take the Cup championship in the same season.
Years since a driver not named Jimmie Johnson has won a second consecutive Cup title.
Call It a ROYmance
Danica Patrick spilled the news in late January, only weeks after she had filed for divorce from her husband of seven years, Paul Hospenthal: Racing's glamour girl was now dating Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who also happens to be her chief rival for rookie of the year honors. Patrick, 30, and Stenhouse, 25, met during their debut seasons in the Nationwide Series in 2010, and both will be competing full time on the Cup circuit this year. Patrick, who qualified on the pole for the 500, and Stenhouse say that their romance won't affect how they race each other—consider it a vow to honor and respect once the engines have fired—but their bump draft will surely be one of the most closely monitored story lines in 2013. Talk about a relationship going around in circles.
Have at It, Boys
Clint Bowyer hasn't forgotten. Back in November, at Phoenix, he was in the thick of the title hunt when Jeff Gordon—frustrated for months with Bowyer's on-track aggression—administered payback in the desert, sending Bowyer into the wall with two laps left in the penultimate race of the season. Bowyer ended up 28th that day, his Cup hopes as wrecked as his race car. The incident ignited a brawl in the garage area between the drivers' pit crews. At the postseason events in Las Vegas, Bowyer avoided making eye contact with Gordon and has repeatedly declined to talk about the Phoenix incident. Will Bowyer exact revenge at Daytona? Per racing etiquette, he would be within his rights to do so. Make no mistake: The best NASCAR feud in years is far from over.