It was stated last week that anything could happen at Daytona, and that the Underdog could rise above. Usual suspects running up front on NASCAR’s most famous track..and then the rains came. A difference in pit strategy and fear of the race going back green, a most fortunate team decided to wait it out. Young Justin Haley was that driver, his first career Cup Series victory in a handful of starts. Where do we go from here? Tonight we head to Kentucky, and the last 1.5-mile track before the Playoffs.
Here’s what to look for:
–Daniel Suarez was our quickest on Friday, he’ll roll of 1st tonight. He’s only had two starts here, an 18th and a 15th respectively. Suarez should turn in a better effort today with the aid of those Ford engines, but they race for a reason.
–Aric Almirola makes it an all Stewart-Haas front row, strong in Practice and backs it up with P2 at Q-time. Those Fords are looking beefy this week, all four SHR cars (along with Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer) will start in the Top 7.
–Kyle Busch touts our best average finish here (5.0), finishing outside of the Top 10 one time. That was a 12th back in 2016, but among the other races he’s recorded six Top 5s. Pretty good average here, Rowdy should be tough to beat.
–Martin Truex Jr. has claimed victory at the last two Kentucky races, looking for a third straight tonight. He’s one of the favorites, no doubt; Truex will start 8th.
–Brad Keselowski has three Wins here in eight attempts. A 39th in 2017 knocked him down the list a little bit by average (11.4), but he bounced back with a 3rd in 2018. It’s been three years since he’s visited Victory Lane, wouldn’t you say he’s due?
Coverage of the race starts on NBCSN at 7:30pm, green flag scheduled for 7:46pm.