Daytona 500 win on every driver's wish list

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I'd like to see our schedule condensed time-wise, even if it meant more races.

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But there are also plenty of Chevys - with new Chevrolet Camaro bodies - and Toyotas in the field that will get up to the front and content.

To celebrate the return, Hooters is giving fans another reason to cheer Elliott and his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports team to victory - exclusive offers and prizes when Elliott wins or places in the top 10 all season long. I wish we could get back to that (peak time) for that excitement level.

"But I think when you look across all of sports now, the idea of sending someone home with a major sponsor just doesn't happen in sports today". I wish there were more people at the race who are involved and intrigued by it and want to be a part of it.

Waltrip: It got down to the end of the race, I said, 'Who's leading?' (Crew chief Jeff Hammond) said, 'Dale.' I said, 'Well, he won't win.' He never had.

Kyle Busch is 0-for-12 in the Daytona 500 with only three top 10 finishes, belying a driver of his talent. This created a look to the cars that reminded you of the moonshiner roots of racing.

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Overkill Motorsports, a Jacksonville Beach, Fla. company will serve as a major partner for the season-opening race.

Yes, Truex enters Sunday's Daytona 500 feeling like his best is still ahead in the No. 78 Toyota. Those were his only two races here since 2015. No drivers failed to qualify for the race.

The three drivers at Team Penske in particular - and all the drivers of Ford Fusions in general - have to be feeling confident after what they've done the last week on the track. Bowman did get three events previous year, two Xfinity Series races and a Truck Series race, but the rest of his time was spent in a simulator while he hoped Hendrick would come through with a job. Then when the laps start winding down, you'll have your usual parts of pack racing, combined with a big wreck or two. Let the value train continue as A.J.

The following year, after experiencing every form of Daytona 500 adversity imaginable, Dale Earnhardt Sr., "the greatest restrictor-plate driver ever", finally won the race that had eluded him throughout his career. That's probably one of the most challenging times for teammates, is to be able to work together.

That was essentially Kurt Busch's objective heading into the 2017 season. You look around now and definitely know that you're one of the older guys now, but I feel like I've never known more about what's going on in the sport and felt more comfortable in sitting in that auto and participating in the races in each week.

The trucks kicked off Daytona 500 weekend Friday night, and we'll get one step closer to the Great American Race with the PowerShares QQQ 300 on Saturday afternoon. He was one hell of a race vehicle driver and is an even greater human being.

Dillon: "This week I've been watching a lot of Olympic [short-track] speedskating". So that begs the question, with no one missing the race and starting positions not really mattering at a track like Daytona: Do we still need the Duels?

Joey Logan finished second in the first race.

The BK Racing team has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy but will be permitted to compete in the Daytona 500 after NASCAR declined to strip its ownership charter. "I think I've learned from all of those".

There isn't much of an off-season in NASCAR.

Daytona presents an interesting challenge for announcers like Joy, as it's a race watched by many new fans and many who don't follow NASCAR year-round, but there's also a substantial audience of hardcore fans.

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