It seems like each week the Cup guys put on more of a show, so expect the same at “The World Center of Racing”! Yes I said it, get excited about Daytona! Even though the racing style has changed some, it is still the same old Daytona track. This race in particular is carrying a lot of weight for those drivers that are fighting to get into the chase. With only ten races to go before the chase begins, you can expect drivers to really start competing for wins (exactly the kind of “chase” run NASCAR wanted to see).
Video of the 2010 Coke Zero 400 Finish
Making fantasy racing predictions for a track like Daytona is almost pointless, you might have better luck drawing names out of a hat. Here is what I am thinking, based on recent finishes at Daytona:
Target: Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Avoid: Mark Martin, Martin Truex Jr., and AJ Allmendinger
Analysis: The repaving project may make this track like Talladega, where handling is less important and lesser drivers could make noise. As we saw in the Daytona 500, expect the 2×2 style of racing once again, if you don’t have a drafting partner, tough luck!
Bargain: You have to take a look at Trevor Bayne, assuming he makes it into the race of course. This Daytona 500 winner has definitely turned some heads this year, so expect the same as he attempts to sweep both cup races at “The World Center of Racing”. David Ragan is also one to watch, he has finished six of eight races P16 or better.
Weather Outlook for Daytona Beach, FL: (Courtesy of weather.com)
Friday: Hi 85/ Lo 72 Sunny
Saturday: Hi 85/ Lo 71 Sunny
Sunday: Hi 85/ Lo 70 Sunny
Keep in mind this week is a Saturday night race and we all know everything gets far more crazier on a Saturday night! If you are going to the track, have a great, safe time! Branden and I will have you covered as we look forward to the Coke Zero 400!
Next Up: Kentucky (July 9th, 2011)