DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – The time has come for the NASCAR season to commence. Sunday’s 61st annual Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will be the beginning of a highly anticipated season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
With it also being NASCAR’s Super Bowl, who will come out on top?
Maybe these five.
He’s a past winner (2016) and is hungry to end his 46 race winless streak. Hamlin, has four top four finishes in his No. 11 Toyota in his last five Daytona 500 starts.
He was running second in his Duel before losing drafting help on the last lap.
The last time the reigning Cup Series champion won the Daytona 500 was 19 years ago (Dale Jarrett 2000). In fact, that feat has happened just twice since 1978. Maybe Logano can change that on Sunday.
He’s among the best plate racers today and has four straight top six finishes in the Daytona 500. It all started with a win in 2015.
He won his Duel on Thursday night too.
Ford has won 13 of the last 18 points paying Cup Series restrictor plate races. That’s good for Blaney. Plus, he led a race-high 118 laps in this very race a year ago. He finished seventh in 2018 but runner-up in 2017.
Blaney’s No. 12 Ford is certainly one to watch.
He won the last plate race in Talladega. Almirola also won the July race in 2014. On top of that, the Florida native finished fourth in the Daytona 500 in 2017 and was a 1/2 lap away from winning last year. He’s after redemption. Oh yeah, he drives a Ford.
He finished third in his Duel Thursday.
He won his Duel on Thursday night and is a past Daytona 500 champion. Harvick, finished second in this race in 2015 and fourth in 2016. While his past Speedweeks stats haven’t been the best, his No. 4 Ford is a hot rod.