Don't think for a minute that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers haven't thought through the ramifications of the new 2013 qualifying rules -- particularly as they apply to the Daytona 500.
NASCAR's biggest mulligan, the rule that guaranteed starting spots in each race to the top 35 cars in the owner standings, is gone this year.
That alone will force such drivers as Joey Logano, who inherits a No. 22 Penske Racing Ford that's 21st in owner points, to focus more on Sunday's qualifying session than he has in the past.
"Quite a bit; quite a bit, for sure," Logano told the NASCAR Wire Service on Thursday during NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway. "We've got to go out there and qualify pretty good, to help ourselves in case something dumb happens in the Duel and make sure we're in."
After time trials on Sunday determine the two front-row starting positions, two Budweiser Duel 150-mile qualifying races on Thursday will cem...