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After less-than-stellar performances in the season-opening DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona, a quartet of drivers is hoping to reverse their fortunes in Saturday’s Dollar General 200.
After finishing the previous two seasons as runner-up in the standings to Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Elliott Sadler headed into 2013 as a favorite to claim the title at season’s end. A strong outing in Daytona would put him on the right path. However, after finishing 15th, he’s looking to finish better in Phoenix and work his way back into contention. In eight NNS appearances at the track, he has one win and two top 10s.
Former NASCAR Nationwide champion (2003) Brian Vickers returned to the series in 2013, his first full-time season since 2003, looking for his second championship. In order to accomplish that feat, he’ll need to finish better than 19th. Perhaps his fortunes will turn at Phoenix, a track at which he’s never won in four attempts.
Austin Dillon, who finished third in the 2012 standings, is also considered a contender for the crown. Unfortunately, his season also didn’t start as well as he had hoped. After finishing 21st, he needs a strong performance at Phoenix, where he has sixth- and fourth-place finishes in his two most recent trips.