DFS Nascar Preview Daytona 500
The chase for the cup starts this Sunday with the prestigious Daytona 500. FanPicks presents to you our DFS Nascar Preview of the Great American Race.
DFS Nascar Preview Drivers to watch:
Hendrick Motorsports rookie, Chase Elliott, bagged pole position for the first race in which he takes over the storied No. 24 machine from retired Jeff Gordon. It is a fairytale start to the young driver’s career with one of the top teams in the series.
The 2015 Sprint Cup champ edged out Kevin Harvick by one point over the final standing, and has participated in 11 less races than him. Busch will look to start the season the way he finished it.
The defending Daytona 500 champion will have the odds against him. Only three racers have ever gone to win back-to-back in the first sprint cup race of the season. Last one to do so was Sterling Marlin in 1994-95.
Martin Truex Jr
Martin Truex Jr. has made the switch from Chevrolet to Toyota, this season. He had a breakthrough season in 2015 and will leverage a new partnership with John Gibbs Racing to take another step forward.
Mears hasn’t finished lower than 11th in his last five Daytona points races.
Jimmie Johnson is one of three active drivers to have won the Daytona 500 twice. He has finished top 5 in the past three years. He’s also a mainstay of the popular Hendrick Motorsports team for 14 years.
Another two time Daytona 500 winner, Kenseth will have the chance to start right next to Chase Elliott. Any rookie mistake from Elliott and Kenseth could take the early lead.
Kurt Busch has 12 top-5 finishes at the track from 29 starts.
Last week’s Sprint Unlimited winner Hamlin appears to have plenty of pace in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, and could pull off his second win at the track in as many weeks on Sunday.
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Fifteen years ago, Dale Earnhardt Sr past away after a crash at the Daytona International Speedway. His son made a legacy for himself, winning two Daytona 500. He’s always been a fan favorite throughout his career.