Despite being caught in this last-lap melee, several underdogs left Daytona with impressive finishes. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).
By: Toby Christie – Follow on Twitter @tobalical
There are some weeks where the underdogs of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series understand that they will have a car only capable of finishing in 30th place if everything works out perfectly.
Big time stock car racing takes big time money and big time sponsor support — something that the little guys for the most part lack. However for guys like Casey Mears, J.J. Yeley and David Gilliland restrictor plate tracks like Daytona International Speedway can level the playing field somewhat.
Saturday night in the Coke Zero 400 all three of these drivers came through for their teams, and their passionate fans with solid top-15 finishes.
Casey Mears, who is actually becoming less and less of an underdog with all of his great runs in 2013, had to battle adversity all weekend long en route to his ni...