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Daytona preview: 500 victory doesn't guarantee success rest of the season

Here's some bad news for Sunday's Daytona 500 winner: The last two drivers to hoist the Harley J. Earl trophy haven't won a points race since.

Updated: February 14, 2009, 5:00 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

AP Photo/Reinhold Matay

Ryan Newman's crew celebrated just one victory in 2008 -- but it was a biggie.

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There's no arguing the biggest race of the NASCAR season is Sunday. The Daytona 500 is always explained to non-gearheads as the sport's Super Bowl.

The other Super Bowl, played earlier this month in the Sunshine State, identifies a season's champion. Like pro football, Sprint Cup's Big Game hands out a ...

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