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<p>Filed under: <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/motorsports/" rel="tag">Motorsports</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/racing/" rel="tag">Racing</a></p><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2013-daytona-500/"><img alt="2013 Daytona 500 start" src="http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2013/02/day1.jpg" style="margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 4px; width: 628px; height: 363px; " /></a><br /><br />It's been a huge month, leading up to the <a href="http://autoblog.com/tag/super+bowl">Super Bowl</a> of <a href="http://autoblog.com/tag/nascar">NASCAR</a>, the <a href="http://autoblog.com/tag/daytona+500">Daytona 500</a>. This is the first year of the new Car of Tomorrow, the "Gen Six" car, and all of the drivers have been trying to figure out its intricacies. The <a href="http://autoblog.com/ford/fusion">Ford Fusion</a> and <a href="http://autoblog.com/tag/nascar+ss">Chevrolet NASCAR SS</a> has joined the field and its street-legal equivalent, the <a href="http://autoblog.com/tag/ss">SS</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/02/16/2014-chevrolet-ss-makes-its-live-debut/">was introduced</a>. A <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/02/23/frightening-daytona-crash-leaves-at-least-11-fans-injured-w-vid/">huge wreck in the Nationwide Series</a> race the day before the Daytona 500 tore a car in half, tore a hole in the fence, sent car parts flying into the crowd and injured some 33 spectators.<br /><br />And then, of course, making just her 11th Sprint Cup Series start, there was <a href="http://autoblog.com/tag/danica+patrick">Danica Patrick</a> on pole position. She'd lead the way for the 43 cars on the grid to start the 200 laps of the 2.5-mile oval called the Daytona International Speedway, with its five-story-high turns banked at 31 degrees and the 3,000-foot front stretch banked at 18 degrees.<br /><br />Perhaps all that excitement is why James Franco, the honorary race starter there to promote Disney's new film, <em>Oz the Great and Powerful</em>, yelled "Drivers, and Danica, start your engines!" to begin the 65th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship...<p><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/02/24/race-recap-2013-daytona-500-runs-200-laps-six-of-them-count-s/" rel="bookmark">Continue reading <em>Race Recap: 2013 Daytona 500 runs 200 laps, six of them count [spoilers]</em></a></p><p style="padding:5px;background:#ddd;border:1px solid #ccc;clear:both;"><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/02/24/race-recap-2013-daytona-500-runs-200-laps-six-of-them-count-s/">Race Recap: 2013 Daytona 500 runs 200 laps, six of them count [spoilers]</a> originally appeared on <a href="http://www.autoblog.com">Autoblog</a> on Sun, 24 Feb 2013 22:40:00 EST. Please see our <a href="http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/">terms for use of feeds</a>.</p><h6 style="clear: both; padding: 8px 0 0 0; height: 2px; font-size: 1px; border: 0; margin: 0; padding: 0;"></h6><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/02/24/race-recap-2013-daytona-500-runs-200-laps-six-of-them-count-s/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to this entry">Permalink</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/forward/20475416/" title="Send this entry to a friend via email">Email this</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/02/24/race-recap-2013-daytona-500-runs-200-laps-six-of-them-count-s/#comments" title="View reader comments on this entry">Comments</a><div class="feedflare">

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