Can Am Duels preview - The race to be in THE race

Mexican Driver Makes Leap To NASCAR's Top Circuit

Coming to the line here in July running second, third, behind Brad.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. would consider retirement if he won his first NASCAR Cup title this season.

For 36 of the remaining 40 drivers, the Can-Am Duels are about securing a position near the front of the pack.

The good news for rookie Daniel Suarez is that he will start his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup career this week in one of the sport's best cars - the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota formerly driven by Carl Edwards. This year's Can Am-Duel holds more importance as points are awarded to the top 10 finishers in each event. This should ensure that all drivers - even the two locked into the front row - have something to race for.

On the Hendrick Motorsports campus in Concord sits a Victory Bell.

Kenseth, has a son and three young daughters and says he has no idea when he will retire from full-time racing. "To be known as a NASCAR Cup victor for the rest of my life is pretty cool".

If Daniel Suarez takes the checkered flag at the Daytona 500 on February 26, it'll be the first time a Mexican driver wins 'the Great American Race.' Before Daniel gets to make racing history one more time, get to know all about him. Spring Training is right around the corner, March Madness will consume our souls, the National Basketball Association playoff race is heating up, and of course there's always Daytona.

Earnhardt spoke with Men's Fitness about making his return to the Daytona 500, the training and exercises that helped him recover, and his favorite cheat-day meal.

If the first Duel has some of the fastest cars in it, the second has some of the sport's highest profile names in it.

DALE EARNHARDT JR.: It sounds amusing, but I joined a campaign with Degree that's about redefining what's possible, and that resonated with me during my training and recovery. One wrong-place, wrong-time scenario could trigger the concussion issues that sidelined him in 2017. In addition, TSN and RDS will air 13 races from the NASCAR Pinty's series, Canada's national stock auto championship, starting May 21.

Why the change? Sprint's 10-year contract with NASCAR ended in 2016.

Pit Notes: Michael Waltrip says the Daytona 500 will be his final race. "That would be great, but if not, you want to come out of there with some points".

Truex was run off the track when he crashed in last weekend's opening Clash at Daytona. This year's 500 is loaded with champions, fresh faces and one driver whose about to call it a career. Of all the drivers in this race, Elliott has the least incentive to win. For one, he is dirt cheap, so he will give you plenty of roster flexibility. Logano should be battling for the win Thursday night, and since he starts ninth, he also has a little upside through place differential.