The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series gets underway with the Daytona 500 on Sunday, and the Can-Am Duels will serve as the qualifying legs for the competition opener on Thursday. Keselowski hasn't won the Daytona 500 but did take the July 2017 race at Daytona and has five career wins at Talladega, the other restrictor-plate track in the Monster Cup series. Byron especially is interesting, given his meteoric rise through the ranks of NASCAR (he spent one season each in the two lower divisions, winning the Xfinity Series championship in 2017).
Coming off his last-to-first win at the season kickoff Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona, Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski - who is likely to be one of the first people to get behind the wheel of any new vehicle in testing - claimed he didn't know anything about it.
A native of nearby Pierson, Jones was voted into the Cooperstown class last month in his first year of eligibility.
"This is the pinnacle", said 2016 Daytona 500 victor Denny Hamlin.
His only previous start in the Daytona 500 was in 2014 when he finished 23rd as a rookie.
But there will be challengers to his perch at Daytona, and second-fastest qualifier Hamlin will be one in particular worth keeping an eye on considering he won the Daytona 500 only two years ago.
This season, NASCAR is allowing fewer crew members over the wall during pit stops.
His nickname is Bowman the Showman, yet that did little in helping Alex Bowman to get Rick Hendrick to remember his name.
"I am just going to try to get up front and stay there". This year, I say he learns from that mistake and starts 2018 with a victory.
It's a good deal for Carpenter with Patrick bringing along the "Go Daddy" sponsorship dollars for what is believed to be her final race. That means no one will be going home after either race in the Can-Am Duel, which nearly always spell doom for someone making the big race. So no, this isn't a bold prediction - if anything, it's closer to a guarantee.