The two-time Daytona 500 victor will run his final NASCAR race Sunday, having announced this offseason he's retiring.
Or could it possibly be a real dark horse in an upset win reminiscent of Trevor Bayne and Wood Brothers Racing in 2011?
Other aspects of the issue, Earnhardt said, include drivers starting racing careers much younger than ever and the constant demands on those who reach NASCAR's pinnacle, the Monster Energy Cup Series. There was no indication of drivers playing it safe and looking ahead to the DAYTONA 500.
The No. 11 Toyota driver will attempt to become only the third driver to win back-to-back DAYTONA 500s: Richard Petty (1973-74), Cale Yarborough (1983-84) and Sterling Martin (1994-95).
FedEx has been the only primary sponsor Hamlin has had at NASCAR's top level. The move caused both to fall behind, but they needed what they needed to do to try and win.
Elliott now looks to take the next step and contend in the 500. The top-10 finishers in each race will earn points with the victor of each duel receiving 10 points down to one point for the 10th-place finisher. Under NASCAR's new season-long point format, drivers will be able to earn championship points in the duel races. But in one of the biggest spectacle of the season, moving to a backup auto that doesn't already have the same adjustments from earlier in the week is not where either team wanted to be at this point. "What worked last year or the year before isn't going to work this year". In fact, he has won three qualifying races at Daytona since 2009.
Kurt Busch boasts the fourth-best driver rating among active competitors at Daytona (89.9), but has never won at the Florida track.
Waltrip wants to "figure out a way to get to the front, run up front and finish in the top 10". Kyle Busch. 4. Denny Hamlin. 5. Pagenaud, who won the championship last season, will have his hands full, as almost every team has made some strong improvements.
Similar to Hamlin, Logano also announced he will have Shell-Pennzoil serving as his primary sponsor for 30 races a year. The alliance was successful previous year and I only see it getting better for the 2017 season. "[The new format] puts you in those moments three times throughout a race now". First, and foremost, it is no longer the "Sprint Cup" series. He'll be joined on the front row by teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr, returning from a series of concussions that sidelined him for half of last season.
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Daytona is a very prestigious race, even in a pace auto.
What Logano remembers most of all about winning the Daytona 500 is a gift he received from Mario Andretti.
"As I get older, as you think about your day coming up, it's a pretty good day when you're watching your two cars drive off to win the Daytona 500 and then you're in heaven right after that".
Chevrolet has won the Daytona 500 23 times, and Ford is runner up with 14 wins. Bill Elliott in 1985.
The other big victor in the second qualifier was D.J. Kennington, a 39-year-old veteran racer who will be just the eighth Canadian to start the Daytona 500.
Since that point, no Canadian driver had qualified for the 500 - until Thursday. "If that was my mom, I'd probably spin her out to make the Daytona 500, too".
LaJoie got his spot when Reed Sorenson crashed with 12 laps left after being bumped by LaJoie. There's going to be a lot of strategy that will mix the field up more than we've seen in the past.
He led 25 laps in total, including the final 24. Keselowski sits atop the odds despite finishing better than 20th just twice in seven career Daytona 500 appearances.