Still the big one: Drivers hold Daytona 500 in high esteem

Still the big one: Drivers hold Daytona 500 in high esteem

"You are waiting to see what everyone else is going to do and you are thinking about the type of people they are and what the possible moves are they will make".

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"Everyone dreams of racing at Daytona and although we didn't get to race much last year we feel we're ready for this year's race", Friesen said.

Kyle Larson conceded that while his shocking and abrupt departure from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs last fall stung for a while, he's over it.

One of my favorite parts of Speedweeks is doing interviews with national and local media. A dead-center, start/finish-line seat was listed as high as $1,134.

To 2014 series champion Kevin Harvick, the answer is a no-brainer. Do you want to have raw speed or do you want to handle well.

There are some notable changes going into the 2018 season and it starts with pit road. Sometimes you make and it is never the right thing.

But as a driver who made his full-time Cup debut as a 20-year-old, Busch understands the value Jones brings and how it reflects the current landscape of young drivers replacing expensive veterans.

Will it encourage more "start and park" teams to appear?

2017 Summer - Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

The retirement of Earnhardt Jr. William Byron won the championship last season but has graduated to Cup and won't be defending his title.

Liberty University is the primary sponsor of the No. 24 auto for the 2018 races below. "We'll see how stable the vehicle is in the draft and go from there". Over his last four races, McDowell has picked up two Top 10's and finished inside the Top 15 all four times.

A year ago saw Chase Elliott win his Duel after finishing fastest in qualifying, a feat Bowman will be hoping to repeat in Thursday's showdown, while Hamlin won Duel 2 following a sixth-place run in qualification.

Hendrick Motorsports has built a habit of succeeding in the Can-Am Duels over recent years and boast at least one out of a possible two winners in the Daytona event for the last three years running.

The 2018 Daytona 500 will be the first race under NASCAR's new rules package for the season - though the changes for 2018 are not drastic. You typically miss more wrecks down there, knock on wood.

I talked about Aric Almirola's success at Daytona above and he has also been tremendous at Talladega recently as well. "Try to balance that out and have the best of both worlds". He will be a driver to target this weekend if he qualifies far enough back to give him some place differential upside.

Kurt Busch and wife Ashley. He will look to carry that momentum into Daytona, where he has one regular season win - back in 2005 when in the then-Busch (now Xfinity) Series.

"It's the action track", Sadler, the 2002 runner-up said. The Clash at Daytona was a pretty powerful start with the Nos. For those who qualified positions 3-40, their starting spot for Sunday will be determined at the Can-Am Duel at Daytona on Thursday night. I will be providing a full picks video following these races when I get back to the hotel or first thing Friday morning.

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Chris Durell has been playing Daily Fantasy Sports for four years and fantasy in general for more than a decade. He lives in Saskatchewan, Canada with his wife and two daughters.