Weekend Preview: Daytona 500

I am 0-2 in Winners Picks so far this year. Nonetheless, I was pleased with the quality of competition last night in the Bluegreen Vacation Duels.

Here are three reasons why:

  1. Few wrecked racecars.
  2. The new aerodynamics package made the racing better.
  3. Passing was possible.

Last night’s races, however, were a small sample size for what we’ll see on Sunday. Thus, I am nervous about the speed the Toyota Racing drivers presented. After the Dominance the Ford teams and Hendrick Motorsports showed in particular, I do not predict a Toyota driver will win. Also, Stewart-Haas Racing and Leavine Family Racing will struggle because they have a rookie on their roster. So we’re left with Chip Ganassi Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, and Team Penske.

  1. Byron and Logano won their respective Duel races.
  2. Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Chastain, Larson and Kurt Busch will start inside the Top-20.
  3. Jimmy Johnson has a fast car and the most experience of the Drivers who will start inside the Top-10.

I do not think its impossible to have a semblance of belief Johnson will win the Daytona 500, but I am revising my pick to Logano.

My updated roster will be


  1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr./JTG Daughtery Racing 1st
  2. William Byron/Hendrick Motorsports 4th
  3. Joey Logano/Team Penske 3rd
  4. Ryan Newman/Roush Fenway Racing 7th
  5. Erik Jones/Joe Gibbs Racing/14th

Garage Driver: Cole Custer #/Stewart-Haas Racing 12th

Bonus: Logano (Stage One), Newman (Stage 2), Logano (Race Win), Ford (Win Manufacturer)

Published by Michael J. Salvagni

I am an aspiring sports journalist. I tal;k sports. Keep it here for your daily dose of breaking sporting news.

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