Ford brigade looks strong heading into Daytona 500

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Ford brigade looks strong heading into Daytona 500

There will be little drama when the engines rev up for tonight's Daytona 500 qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway.

But Elliott said he isn't anxious, that he feels his auto and his Chevy teammates will be in it Sunday at the end. Elliott didn't seem all that upset Sunday when he didn't win the pole for the first time in his three Daytona 500s.

Bowman has given no indication how his vehicle will handle because, in an effort to keep it safe for the Daytona 500, he dropped to the back of the field during his qualifying race and avoided drafting.

Martin Truex Jr. offered a preview in 2004-2005, when he won six races in each year and back-to-back NASCAR Xfinity Series (then-Busch) titles. Just three years ago he could walk into the Hendricks Motorsports garage area and communicate with fellow team drivers Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kasey Kahne. He was 39 when he made his ARCA debut at Daytona in 1991 and won two races in the series over 100 career starts.

Elliott is 22 and one of NASCAR's budding stars.

Fixing them will actually make a real difference. The 37-year-old will drive the No. 95 Chevy for Leavine Family Racing and will start 26th off the grid Sunday.

-He's the oldest pole victor for any Daytona race. It's unlikely, but he's at least worth a look given his pedigree and knowledge of the track. The Daytona 500 also will be Danica Patrick's NASCAR finale.

If drivers can't solve that problem before the Daytona 500, it could be an ugly race.

In practice on Thursday, Hill produced the 21st and 23rd quickest laps in practice respectively, while Lagasse maneuvered the 20th, 16th and 11th fastest laps overall. He'll start 34th on the 40-car grid. He was 76 for the 2011 Truck Series race at Pocono. He'll go off from the second-last spot on the grid.

"Judging from how we ran tonight, we have a lot of work to do before the (Daytona) 500", said Truex. I'm excited. I think we can match our win total or do even better. "The Daytona 500 is always a great way to kick off the first part of the year in terms of technological testing: a lot of the things that we bring down to Daytona to look at, to test, and to try are things that manifest themselves later and in other sports". Diversity in drivers is a good thing, and not just because of the ethnic-marketing push. Busch is +1,200 to repeat.

Brad Keselowski - He showed his ability to maneuver through traffic and came from last to win the Clash last Sunday.

Overkill Motorsports, a Jacksonville Beach, Fla. company will serve as a major partner for the season-opening race.

'Anyone can win at Daytona.' It's been said so much that it is nearly a cliche.

A Unique Point of ViewThis weekend's race will feature all the camera angles that racing fans have come to expect, plus a few new views that promise to enhance the broadcast.

He is ready for the race, and he isn't fretting over 2017. But he ran out of gas in the final laps, one of many potential Cup victories that slipped away last season.

No defending NASCAR series champion this decade has won the Daytona 500 the following year, though four drivers have posted Top-5 finishes.

There will be plenty of stars starting from the rear of the field in backup cars including Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson. Each 150 mile qualifying race will decide starting positions for the inside and outside lanes of the race.

Daytona presents an interesting challenge for announcers like Joy, as it's a race watched by many new fans and many who don't follow NASCAR year-round, but there's also a substantial audience of hardcore fans.

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