By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service
Distributed by The Sports Xchange
There are 20 days remaining before the 2014 Daytona 500; hence, the number for today is:
20: The number of top-10 finishes recorded by Mark Martin in 55 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Daytona International Speedway. Despite his frequent appearances in the top 10, Martin has never won a race at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, though he came tantalizingly close in the 2007 Daytona 500. Kevin Harvick beat Martin to the finish line by .02 seconds that year, denying the popular Batesville, Ark., veteran a coveted victory in the Great American Race. Martin doesn't plan to compete in the 500 this year and will miss the race for the first time since 1987.