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HOMETOWN: Kannapolis, N.C.

CREW CHIEF: Steve Letarte

SPONSOR: Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard

NOTES: NASCAR’s most popular driver made the Chase for the first time since 2008 but went winless for a third consecutive year. Finished seventh in the points.

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No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing

DRIVER: Michael McDowell

BORN: Dec. 21, 1984

HOMETOWN: Glendale, Ariz.

CREW CHIEF: Gene Nead

SPONSOR: (To Be Determined)

NOTES: McDowell was a start-and-park for this team last year and was running at the end of three of his 32 starts.

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No. 99 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing

DRIVER: Carl Edwards

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