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No matter the sport, every fantasy owner wants to get their 2012 season off to a fast start. That is easier said than done in fantasy NASCAR. Daytona International Speedway creates some of the most unpredictable action and outcomes in the series, and owners need only look back to last year's race for a reminder. Rookie Trevor Bayne won the race in just his second-career Cup start, while David Gilliland and Bobby Labonte also finished in the top five.

Needless to say, fantasy owners don't necessarily need to rely on big names in order to have success in the season opener. In fact, it is probably a good idea to avoid them. The chances of a driver wrecking are higher at Daytona than at any other track, and wasting a start from Jimmie Johnson or Carl Edwards isn't exactly a great way to start the year.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  2. Carl Edwards, Fastenal/Aflac/UPS/Subway
  3. Matt Kenseth, Husky/Dollar General
  4. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  5. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  6. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/Axalta
  7. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Quaker State
  8. Juan Montoya, Target
  9. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  10. Paul Menard, Menards
  11. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  12. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  13. A.J. Allmendinger, Kingsford/Clorox
  14. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  15. Trevor Bayne, Motorcraft/Quick Lane
  16. Regan Smith, Guy Roofing
  17. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  18. Jeff Burton, PEAK BlueDEF
  19. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  20. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  21. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  22. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  23. Greg Biffle, 3M/Bondo
  24. David Gilliland, Love's Travel Stops/A&W Restaurants
  25. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  26. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  27. David Ragan, CSX Transportation/Peanut Patch
  28. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  29. Mark Martin, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  30. Danica Patrick, GoDaddy.com
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