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59th Daytona 500 Preview


This weekend, NASCAR’s finest head to Daytona International Speedway for the 59th Daytona 500. This is the first race of the 2017 season and the biggest of the year. Denny Hamlin beat Martin Truex Jr. in the closest finish ever in last year’s Daytona 500.

Can Denny Repeat?: Defending Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin has been fast out of the box this month. He almost won the Clash and iced the field Thursday Night in his Duel race. He has shown great growth since the win last year and is a top contender regardless Sunday. Can he become the 1st driver since Sterling Marlin to go back-to-back?

Cinderella Rising?: Multiple sleepers could and can rise Sunday all the way into victory lane. Names like Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney, or even Landon Cassill could stun the world and win NASCAR’s biggest race. Others like Elliott Sadler, DJ Kennington, or Brendan Gaughan could sneak in a top 10.

Chasing Chase.: Chase Elliott enters Sunday with even more momentum than as a rookie last year. First, he won a record book rewriting back-to-back Daytona 500 poles. Then, he went out and outlasted Keselowski in the closing laps to win his Duel race Thursday. Can Chase finish the deal in the Daytona 500 Sunday, or face the same fate as last year?

Is It Miller Time?: Brad Keselowski has also looked strong all of Speedweeks. Like Hamlin, he nearly won the clash before getting taken out and nearly won his Duel. Not to mention he’s looked upon as a Super Speedway master as of late winning 2 of the last 3 SS races. Can Brad finally claim the Daytona 500 and name of CUP Champion at last?

Fantasy Insider.: The Daytona 500 like all Super Speedway races are basically a crap shoot for fantasy. But, here are some must picks, sleepers, and avoids for Sunday. Must use drivers include Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon, Kyle Busch, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Sleepers include Daniel Suarez, Clint Bowyer, Trevor Bayne, and David Ragan. Must avoid drivers include Chase Elliott, Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray, and Erik Jones.

When And Where To Watch.: The 59th Daytona 500 starts Sunday at 2:30pm on your local FOX affiliate.