Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Daytona 500 win on every driver's wish list

Daytona 500 win on every driver's wish list

Team owner Rick Hendrick gave him a auto capable of earning the top starting spot for the biggest race of the year, and after almost a full year out of a race vehicle, Bowman will lead the field to green.

Kyle Larson. Yeah, the Fords are fast this weekend, but it's Daytona. "It's the world center of racing". The Clash and the All-Star Race mean nothing as well, and the latter is usually a awful event.

Denny Hamlin. A lot of focus has been on the Fords and their success at restrictor-plate tracks, and Chevy has a new model, but it's a Toyota that ends up in Victory Lane.

That will be easier said than done, but it seems like the plan will be "cautious, but competitive". We've got you completely covered. And while teams have been practicing under the new rules, there's a significant difference between that and doing it on race day.

With Myrtle Beach native Jason Sarvis behind the wheel, RBR won the 2002 Hooters Pro Cup national championship. During those years, Benton's business, Black's Tire Service, also blossomed along the Grand Strand.

Truex, who grew up in the Mayetta section of Stafford Township, will try to check off another race on the list in Sunday's 60th running of the Daytona 500. "Myrtle Beach is kind of our home as a team". "But these young guys, they weren't going to let that happen, were they?"

"Right now, I'm just like, 'great, got through tonight, ' Wallace said". His best finish was third in 2014.

It's the final Daytona 500 for one of NASCAR's most popular drivers.

Byron has ascended rapidly through the stock vehicle ranks by making a stop at each level for one season and will have another different crew for the fifth straight season. That's probably one of the most challenging times for teammates, is to be able to work together. Bad luck, missed opportunities and close calls stamped him 0 for 19 in NASCAR's biggest race even though he was typically one of the favorites.

Members of the "gang" often wear multiple hats for Benton.

Some of the most successful NASCAR racers in history never won the Daytona 500, such as Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin, and Tony Stewart. We have a great relationship with Ed and his station as I am on every Thursday with WECO's morning show to talk motorsports. "We couldn't do this without everyone's help". It also led to a lot of very intense postrace conversations between drivers and crew chiefs about what needs to be done to improve those conditions before Sunday's Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET, Fox).

Ryan Blaney, in the No. 12 vehicle, and teammate Joey Logano battled it out for the win in Duel No. 1 Thursday night in Daytona. The accident destroyed RBR's primary vehicle and forced the team to thrash all day Friday to ready the backup auto. "Some people are saying the Fords will be faster in Daytona, the Chevys and Toyotas everywhere else, so we'll have to see how that plays out". "[The backup] might not be as good of a auto. We've been in this position before and, hopefully, we can find more speed and better handling before Sunday". If we know anything about Virginians, it's that we're always ready for a challenge.

All of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers competing in the 500 took part in the media day, and a few stopped by to answer some fun sports-related questions, starting with their memories of their first Daytona 500. But he doesn't like to look that far ahead. I hugged him and said, 'Man, we got it. Blaney won while driving for a somewhat new team, as he moved from Penske affiliate Wood Brothers Racing to an in-house Team Penske program in the offseason.

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