Who might deliver a breakthrough win Saturday night at Daytona?
JUL 03, 2014 12:30p ET
Historically, when we come back to Daytona in July, it's a chance for folks to steal away a win from the expected frontrunners. These are drivers you don't expect to see win week in and week out, but like we always tell you, racing at Daytona like racing at Talladega is the great equalizer. All 43 drivers have a chance of winning.
There are a lot of drivers not only trying to win their first race of 2014, but there are drivers who are trying to win their first-ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The first couple names that come to mind come from our rookie ranks. I look for Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson to come back to Daytona and perform even better than in February, simply from an experience standpoint.
From the ranks of those who are still looking for their first win of 2014 come the veterans Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart. Of course, we all know that when it comes to Tony and Daytona in July, he has basically owned the joint. Tony is desperate for a win and he loves Daytona, so I look for him to be a factor Saturday night. Matt Kenseth has to come into Saturday night's race with a lot of confidence, too.
So we have a lot of characters who will be gunning to upset Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s chances of doing the Daytona sweep. Actually, it starts with his three teammates and then the list is long from there. It's going to be an exciting race, for sure. I've always loved racing in Daytona in July, and 2014 is simply no different.