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Who will win the Daytona 500?

The 2014 Daytona 500 gets underway this Sunday. Rookie Austin Dillon won the pole, but will face some tough competition from last year's winner and six-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, as well as from Joe Gibbs Racing's Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch. Who's your favorite heading into Sunday? How will Danica Patrick fare? Cast your votes below!

Which of these drivers is most likely to win the Daytona 500?

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  • Where will pole winner Austin Dillon finish in the Daytona 500?

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  • Where will Danica Patrick finish in the Daytona 500?

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      56%

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  • What is your reaction to Dale Earnhardt's No. 3 car returning to Sprint Cup?

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      32%
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  • Who is the biggest threat to Jimmie Johnson for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship?

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  • How much of the Daytona 500 will you watch on Sunday?

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      33%

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  • Which of these U.S. sporting events would you most want to attend?

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NASCAR predictions for 2014?

It's here. The 2014 NASCAR season is underway, with front-row qualifying complete for the Feb. 23 Daytona 500. On the pole: rookie Austin Dillon, who is driving the No. 3 made famous by the late Dale Earnhardt. Meanwhile, defending champion Jimmie Johnson -- who is aiming for his seventh title, which would tie Earnhardt and Richard Petty -- must wait for his place on the opening-day grid (the rest of the field will be set Thursday). How will J.J. fare this season? What do you make of all the changes? Cast your votes below!

Who will win the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship?

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    58%

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  • Who is the biggest threat to Jimmie Johnson for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship?

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  • How many races will Dale Earnhardt Jr. win in 2014 (0 wins in 2013)?

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      17%
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      48%
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      35%

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  • Who will be NASCAR's rookie of the year in 2014?

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      66%
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      23%
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      11%

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  • How many races will Austin Dillon win in 2014?

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      44%
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      40%
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      16%

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  • What do you make of NASCAR expanding the Chase to 16 with drivers ousted at three-race intervals until four remain for a winner-take-all final race?

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      67%
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      33%

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  • Should the Chase have a prime emphasis on winning races as opposed to placing well in them?

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      68%
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      32%

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  • How do you feel about NASCAR moving to pack qualifying with elimination rounds, instead of individual qualifying, in 2014?

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      62%
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      38%

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  • Will Tony Stewart make the Chase in 2014?

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      79%
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      21%

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  • Will Danica Patrick ever win a Sprint Cup Series race?

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      27%
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      73%

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  • How many championships will Jimmie Johnson retire with?

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      38%
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      44%

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Jimmie Johnson wins sixth title

Jimmie Johnson's sixth title in eight years has brought up comparisons to Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, and why not? Johnson trails them by just a single title, and Petty himself thinks Johnson might end up with eight or 10. Johnson will be hosting the 6 p.m. ET "SportsCenter" on Tuesday, so we'll get a firsthand account of what Johnson thinks his chances are of becoming the greatest NASCAR driver of all time.

  • Who is the greatest NASCAR driver ever?

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  • Richard Petty says Jimmie Johnson is ''liable to go to eight or 10'' Sprint Cup titles. How many will Johnson win in his career?

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  • Are you rooting for Jimmie Johnson to break the NASCAR championship record set by Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt?

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      61%
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      39%

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  • Is Jimmie Johnson's domination good or bad for NASCAR?

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      36%

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  • Who is most dominant right now in his respective sport?

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  • Would you call Jimmie Johnson an athlete?

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Who will make the Chase?

Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond is the last on the schedule before the circuit's 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup begins. For several drivers who need strong results to qualify for the Chase, the playoffs start now. Will defending champion Brad Keselowski overcome long odds and make the 12-car Chase field? Will four-time champ Jeff Gordon clinch a place in stock car racing's playoffs with a win?

Will defending Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski qualify for this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup?

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  • Which of these three drivers facing a "win and you're in" scenario for the Chase has the best chance of winning at Richmond?

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  • Which of these drivers has the best chance of clinching a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup at Richmond?

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      25%

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  • How concerned should points leader Jimmie Johnson be about his recent struggles as he enters the Chase?

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      19%
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      53%
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      28%

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  • Do you want to see Jimmie Johnson win his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title this year?

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      43%
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      57%

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Jimmie Johnson wins at Daytona

Jimmie Johnson hasn't won the Sprint Cup since 2010 (we know -- what a drought, right?), but it looks like he's back in championship form. Johnson has won four races this season and is 49 points ahead of Clint Bowyer, who's in second place despite winning zero races. Our analysts have Matt Kenseth as the driver with the best shot of taking Johnson down, but will it be déjà vu all over again when the 2013 Chase is finally over?

  • Who will win the Sprint Cup this season?

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  • Which driver has the best chance of beating out Jimmie Johnson for the Sprint Cup title this season?

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  • Is NASCAR a better sport when Jimmie Johnson is dominant?

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      52%
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      48%

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  • Does the Sprint Cup points system need an overhaul?

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