What wild card? Five drivers with a chance to win at Daytona
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Daytona International Speedway this weekend for the Coke Zero 400. While restrictor-plate races often are wild cards, following are five drivers who are among the favorites to win under the lights at Daytona on Sunday night.
Jared C. Tilton
With two Daytona 500 victories under his belt, the 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion has already shown that he knows his way around the venerable superspeedway. Kenseth also knows how to manage the draft and should have a fast car.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Earnhardt won the season’s most recent restrictor-plate race at Talladega Superspeedway in May, and realistically, he’s always a threat at Daytona, too, where he has three victories. And, of course, he’ll be the crowd favorite.
One of the few drivers with victories in both the Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400, McMurray excels at restrictor-plate tracks, where four of his seven career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories have come.
The surprise winner of the Daytona 500 earlier this year, Logano is aiming to be just the sixth driver in history to sweep the 500 and the Coke Zero 400 in the same season. He has been the class of the field among the Ford drivers this year.
Yes, Stewart is in the midst of a prolonged slump and a crisis of confidence. But as he showed in 2011, he can snap out of that at any minute. And with four wins in this race, he certainly has to be considered one of the favorites.