By now, you know the basic NASCAR storylines as the 2017 season begins.
Kenseth is a two-time Daytona 500 victor and the 2003 NASCAR Cup champion.
2017 is not different, but the Can-Am Duel at Daytona is now worth 10 championship points for the driver who wins the race.
"I know for only two more days people are going to be talking about me and the last one, unless I do it again", Hamlin said. Elliott is also one of only three rookie drivers to ever make the Chase, finishing 10th in points last season. The more years that go by, the less opportunities you are going to have to get it done.
Earnhardt spoke with Men's Fitness about making his return to the Daytona 500, the training and exercises that helped him recover, and his favorite cheat-day meal.
What he's yet to master, he said "is the aggressive blocking, making the auto as wide as it can be at the end of the race to hold that position". "But it's also a distraction, and racing a vehicle, you need so much focus, [so] if it's a distraction, you go ahead and get rid of that distraction". The races are also much shorter, and the field is much smaller. Hamlin's victory past year was one of the most thrilling finishes in recent NASCAR history, but a repeat for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver certainly won't be easy.
Kings trade DeMarcus Cousins to Pelicans
The Pelicans (23-34), two and a half games back of 8th place in the Western Conference, will attempt to keep Cousins long-term. The NBA hasn't seen a big man duo this dynamic in years, maybe ever. "He's my favorite big man to watch in the league".
While most drivers dread the combination of high banks, fast speeds and horsepower-reducing restrictor plates at Daytona and Talladega, Waltrip learned to embraced them both. "Plus, I just think about getting to race a auto. But that's racing, I guess".
Earnhardt, who missed half of previous year because of another concussion, says he might walk away if he won a championship in his comeback season. Not to mention the fact that he would have started Speedweeks with a win in the Clash had he not be wrecked by Denny Hamlin.
But with all those liquids comes a familiar feeling: "When ya gotta go ya gotta go", Dale Earnhardt Jr. once tweeted. With the strong Stewart-Haas program now in Fords, as are the best 1-2 combo in NASCAR - Penske's Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano - something tells me we're due for complaints, legit or not.
The allure of winning the Super Bowl of racing is something that still sticks with all cup series drivers, too.
The two Can-Am Duels will take place Thursday evening over 60 laps, or 150 miles. "If you could have finished three spots better, we'd be in the chase cutoff right now". "He's going to win". One bonus playoff point will be awarded to the winners of the first two stages and the race victor will receive five playoff points. He looks like one of the most dependable mid-priced plays. Every time a checkered flag has been collected over the past five seasons, the bell has been carried around the campus with all four drivers last wheeling it around in 2014.