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That said, Keselowski has won before at the trace. That was when he placed first in the edition of the The Coke Zero In 17 career races at the Daytona International Speedway, Keselowski has three top five finishes and four top 10s. Elliott only has four career races at the track, but he already has won the event once, when he topped the field last year.
Each of his other three races there, however, did not have him finishing higher than 22 nd. A number of experts are touting as the year Ryan Blaney would break out. Blaney captured his first win last year, when he topped the Axalta Presents the Pocono in June. Speaking of that, Blaney finished second in the Daytona and 26 th at the same track in July during the Coke Zero So far in his career, Blaney has two top five finishes, three top 10s, and seven top 20s in 12 races in restrictor plate tracks.
That makes him a very improbable driver to take home the win. He had three top 20 finishes in the said track type, which includes his 11 th finish in October during the Alabama at the Talladega Superspeedway. Hamlin won the second Duel last year and won this race back in Overall, he tends to do a good job in the tight conditions of plate races. He has four top-five finishes in the Daytona dating back to , so he is probably the best price of the lower numbers. The Georgia native has had the pole in this race in two straight years, including a win in the first Duel last year.
Elliott also won the Daytona race on the Xfinity Series back in At the very least, Elliott qualifies well at plate tracks. He also had the pole position in the first Talladega race in The very nature of this race brings a lot of longer shots into play, which is why the prices are as low as they are for most everybody in the field. He wound up finishing 28th, but was second at Talladega in the spring race. Stenhouse won the spring races at both Talladega and Daytona.
With a couple of new full-time drivers, another big name retiring from the sport at the end of the season, and some new rules packages that should enhance the fan and competitor experience, NASCAR is hoping for its best season yet as the sport continues to grow in popularity. Denny Hamlin won for the second time in three years in a race that needed a green-white-checkered finish and had some fireworks at the end. The grind of the season started painfully for some, including Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch, and there were some colorful words used after the race.
Restrictor plate races always get tight and the Unlimited was no different, so it should fuel a lot of competitive fires with a much bigger field going around the track at Daytona this weekend. The NASCAR season kicks off with the Unlimited, qualifying, and a couple nights of Duels, but this is the first race in which drivers will accumulate points in their quest to wind up in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Any win throughout the race season tends to be a free pass into the Chase, since the top 16 drivers make the field and normally 12 or 13 drivers have a win on their resumes. Joey Logano won last season and rode that momentum into an excellent season for the 22 Ford for Team Penske. One of the things that restrictor plate races do is that they open up the field to a lot of possibilities.
Before restrictor plates became a thing in , Richard Petty won seven Daytona events from Cale Yarborough won four times between and Bobby Allison was a three-time winner in , , and The only three-time winners in the restrictor plate era are Dale Jarrett , , and Jeff Gordon , , Gordon retired at the end of last season, so there are no three-time winners still active.
The restrictor plate angle is certainly playing to Dale Earnhardt Jr. Junior would move into that prestigious group with a win on Sunday. Another active driver with a chance to get into that three-time winner category is Jimmie Johnson.
Johnson made it to Victory Lane in and He finished fifth in the last year and second in the Coke Zero Matt Kenseth can also pick up his third Daytona win in this one. Kenseth ran relatively well in the Unlimited and was the champion in this event in and The race ran on Monday night because of rain and it actually became a night race.
Kenseth ran poorly at Daytona last season. He finished 35th in the and 23rd at the Coke Zero He also finished 25th and 26th at Talladega in other restrictor plate races.