Daytona 500 sold out for 3rd consecutive year

Jimmie Johnson seven other drivers switching to backup cars for Daytona 500 after qualifying crashes

The answer is simple. With AP Photos.Dale Earnhardt Jr. departs Monday for South Korea to start his Olympics coverage for NBC Sports.

The 37-year-old Denny Hamlin, the 2016 Daytona 500 champion, will start from the outside pole in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. "Very thankful for that opportunity". "At Daytona, the cars are nearly a second faster a lap this year". Chase Elliott, the son of legendary driver Bill Elliott, is the one being most groomed for that position.

"But I think we show up with the expectation of winning the first game of the season and don't waver from that no matter who's in that clubhouse". "He's been acclimated with Hendrick Motorsports for a long time and he knows what is out there in this sport and how people go about things".

Brown, 24, drives in the Xfinity Series, NASCAR's second tier right behind the Monster Energy Series.

"I feel less pressure this year because of that", Truex said. "It's really flexible as far as my schedule goes".

"I think that we have what it takes to win", Brown said.

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Brad Keselowski, who is 34 and drives a Ford for Penske Racing, understands that there are large number of new drivers, but he thinks the idea of the young guys against the old guard is just a exhausted old story line.

The final 10 laps of the Daytona 500 may as well be called a demolition derby. "Everybody is different. Everybody's scenario is different".

"Amy says when I'm home and don't have anything to do, I just get up off the couch pacing around the house", Earnhardt said. That's a debate that's sure to be discussed for weeks, though something tells us that seeing the No. 3 back in Victory Lane at Daytona 20 years after Dale Earnhardt won is going to be popular for many NASCAR fans no matter what it took to get it there.

Ford drivers won all four restrictor-plate races last season, including Kurt Busch's victory in the Daytona 500, and Penske drivers Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney have one win apiece this Speedweeks. "And every team, I think there will end up being a quote-unquote right way to do this, but right now teams all have different choreography, and teams are going to make mistakes, or some of that choreography is going to prove not as effective as others in the close confines of pit road". "NASCAR is doing a really good job of bringing new, young talent to the top level". Kevin Harvick, once a teammate at Richard Childress Racing, accused the young driver of being "privileged", and growing up with a "silver spoon". Last year, he had a chance to win before running out of gas and went on to have a breakthrough season anyway.

"We got off to a good start last year and unfortunately as the year went on we couldn't get the vehicle to perform like we wanted to", Johnson said. Elliott's auto appeared to handle insanely well and was able to make moves that most other drivers couldn't do.

Alex Bowman, who took over the Number 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet when Earnhardt Jr retired, will start from the pole alongside Denny Hamlin, the 2016 victor of Joe Gibbs Racing.

But William Byron also rattled off other attributes describing his mindset heading into today's 60th running of the Great American Race at Daytona International Speedway.

GEICO signed a multi-year extension Friday through 2020 to serve as primary sponsor of the No. 13 Chevrolet and Germain Racing.

"Just understanding and knowing how hard my grandfather worked and what he meant to the fans".

The genesis of Benton's love affair with the sport started on the Grand Strand, where he began fielding cars for drivers in 1990 at Myrtle Beach Speedway.