Daytona 500: Media favorites to win race announced

MEDIA TABS GORDON, STEWART AS DAYTONA 500 FAVORITES DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2006) -- Reigning NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion Tony Stewart (No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet) and defending Daytona 500 champion Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont ...

MEDIA TABS GORDON, STEWART AS DAYTONA 500 FAVORITES

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2006) -- Reigning NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion Tony Stewart (No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet) and defending Daytona 500 champion Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet) have been tabbed as the favorites to win Sunday's Daytona 500, by 25 media outlets polled on Friday by NASCAR.

Both Stewart and Gordon got 10 first-place picks. But there were a couple of surprise predictions.

Tony Fabrizio of the Tampa (Fla.) Tribune picked Kevin Harvick (No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet).

And Richard Huff, from the New York Daily News, picked Bobby Labonte (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge) to bring Petty Enterprises back to Daytona's victory lane, in his first race with the team.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick