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Here are 12 to watch in the Daytona 500

Updated: February 15, 2009, 3:15 PM ET
By Ed Hinton

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- My top 12 drivers to watch in the Daytona 500, with odds and reasoning:

Jeff Gordon: 3-1 -- He's stronger, smoother, more confident here than he's been in years. Only the risk of pileups and the crazy draft keep him from going off at 9-5.

Kyle Busch: 9-2 -- Wild Thing may lead if he can at the white flag, as he did in winning Thursday's qualifier, then show his spectacular reflexes at blocking.

Jimmie Johnson: 5-1 -- Hasn't been drafting quite as ...

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