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By JENNA FRYER
AP Auto Racing Writer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Want to capture the nation's attention? Try a giant fireball.
It certainly worked for NASCAR, which salvaged its marquee event despite the first ever rainout in 54 runnings of the Daytona 500.
The first primetime television race in NASCAR history was a win for Fox - its highest-rated Monday night audience since Game 5 of the 2010 World Series - with 36.5 million viewers, up 22 percent from 30 million last year.
And NASCAR surprisingly continued its momentum from last season, partly because of the freak crash in which Juan Pablo Montoya's car hit a truck loaded with jet fuel, injuring no one but scorching the track and forcing a two-hour delay.

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Odds to win the Daytona 500 @ Daytona International Speedway
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. #88 +600
Brad Keselowski #2 +750
Kevin Harvick #4 +1000
Kyle Busch #18 +1000
Joey Logano #22 +1000

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