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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Austin Dillon's number 3 DOW Chevrolet sits atop the leader board at Daytona International Speedway early Sunday, February 23, 2014. Dillon starts from the pole position in the Daytona 500.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Crew members for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Trevor Bayne (21) get an early start of checking the tires and making last minute adjustments to the car prior to the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Daytona International Speedway.
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    Fans are all smiles as they enter the gates at Daytona International Speedway early Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    Crew members for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Gilliland (38) check information and make adjustments to the car prior to the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick's (10) crew members check and make adjustments to the car at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    NASCAR fans (L-R) Mark Slonicki and Bobby "The Sound Man," place caution tape over their friend while he sleeps in the infield of Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    A youngster uses a tire carrier as a kick scooter as he hurries through the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano's (22) crew members check and make adjustments to the car at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin's (11) crew members check and make adjustments to the car at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage area at Daytona International Speedway bustles with activity on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    A horse shoe is part of the cover over the cowl vent on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Austin Dillon's (3) DOW Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014. The car runs off the air coming through the cowl vent. NASCAR mandates that it be covered prior to racing.
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    NASCAR fans enter onto pit road at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    A crewman for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Trevor Bayne (21) places tape on the front of the car at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    Actor Gary Sinise poses with the Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 Trophy following an interview. Sinise is the honorary starter for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR fans crowd around the start/finish line to sign their names and best wishes to Sprint Cup Series drivers prior to the running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    (L-R) Roger Kostman reaches out to take the hand of his wife, Lee Ann Kostman and friend Kathy Brown after the two posed for a photograph on the asphalt of Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    Anthony Wright "NASCAR Tony" walks through the pits at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    The Spirit of Goodyear blimp flies over Daytona International Speedway during the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 23, 2014. The blimp took its final flight on Sunday during the Daytona 500. The blimp has flown over 41,000 hour.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR fans gather on the front stretch and infield area of Daytona International Speedway during the pre-race festivities of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 23, 2014. The race was stopped due to rain.
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    Blake Leeper, American Blade Runner is introduced to NASCAR fans during pre-race festivities at Daytona International Speedway for the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 23, 2014. The race was stopped due to rain.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Kevin Harvick (4) and Kyle Busch (18) are introduced during driver introductions for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014. The race was stopped due to rain. Harvick is carrying his son, Keelan Harvick.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) waves as he is introduced during driver introductions for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014. The race was stopped due to rain. Johnson is carrying his daughter, Genevieve Johnson.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR fans gather on the front stretch and infield area of Daytona International Speedway during the pre-race festivities of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 23, 2014. The race was stopped due to rain.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick (10) waves to fans after being introduced during driver introductions for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014. The race was stopped due to rain.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) waves to fans after being introduced during driver introductions for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014. The race was stopped due to rain.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Austin Dillon (3) waves to fans after being introduced during driver introductions for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014. The race was stopped due to rain.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) waves to fans after being introduced during driver introductions for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014. The race was stopped due to rain.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    The USAF Thunderbirds fly over Daytona International Speedway prior to the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 23, 2014. The race was stopped due to rain.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    The pace car leads the field in the Daytona 500 onto pit road as rain begins to fall at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR fans sit in the stands as rain falls at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    A crewman with Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s (88) National Guard Chevrolet walks down pit road as rain falls at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman ( 31) keeps dry by sitting behind his pit box at Daytona International Speedway after the Daytona 500 was stopped due to rain on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    (L-R) NASCAR fans and a crewman for Sprint Cup Series driver Parker Kligerman (30) attempt to stay dry during a rain stoppage at Daytona International Speedway during the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth (20) keeps dry by sitting behind his pit box at Daytona International Speedway after the Daytona 500 was stopped due to rain on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    (Right) Actor Gary Sinise walks down the pits during a rain stoppage at Daytona International Speedway during the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    Crewman for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth's (20) Dollar General Toyota sit inside a fenced off area with tires and fuel cans during a rain stoppage at Daytona International Speedway during the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR fans sit in the rain at Daytona International Speedway during the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 23, 2014. The race was stopped due to rain.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Workers attempt to dry the Daytona International Speedway track during a rain delay in the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    A crewman for 5-hour Energy Toyota tries to straighten the team's pit board during a rain delay in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Crewmen work to sweep and roll water from their pits during a rain delay in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Workers attempt to dry the Daytona International Speedway track during a rain delay in the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota jackman Wes Evan sweeps water from the team's pit during a rain delay at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014. The Daytona 500 race was stopped due to rain.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson's (48) crew hurry to change the tires and refuel during a pit stop in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick (10) passes a track dryer during the initial laps of the re-start of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014. The race had been halted due to rain.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Paul Menard's (27) crew hurry to change the tires and refuel during a pit stop in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Brad Keselowski (2) and Paul Menard (27) battle one another during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014. The race had been halted due to rain.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Danica Patrick (10) and Paul Menard (27) wreck during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick (10) is helped from her car following a wreck during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) leads Denny Hamlin (11) across the finish line to win the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his team celebrate his victory in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s (88) name is atop the leader board following his victory in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
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