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Optimism in high gear at Daytona for NASCAR's top teams

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Optimism abounds after the opening weekend at Daytona International Speedway, especially for NASCAR's top teams.

Teamwork at Joe Gibbs Racing appears as solid as ever despite adding rookie Daniel Suarez to the mix, evidenced by Denny Hamlin, Suarez, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch running 1-2-3-4 for much of the Clash at Daytona.

Standings: NASCAR Sprint Cup

As of: Feb. 20
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Jimmie Johnson5065-
2Kyle Busch5055-
3Joey Logano5052-
4Carl Edwards5022-
5Matt Kenseth2330-
6Denny Hamlin2320-
7Kurt Busch2296-
8Kevin Harvick2289-
9Kyle Larson2288-
10Chase Elliott2285-
11Martin Truex Jr.2271-
12Brad Keselowski2267-