Kyle Larson riding high on MIS win heading into 2017 NASCAR season

Kyle Larson riding high on MIS win heading into 2017 NASCAR season

Kyle Larson riding high on MIS win heading into 2017 NASCAR season

JGR should be able to apply pressure to the Hendrick cars early in the race, as Denny Hamlin - who won last year's 500 - is starting next to McMurray on row two.

It's nearly here. The 59th running of the Daytona 500 will commence Sunday at 2 p.m. ET live on FOX.

Imagine that, the champ's call carried some weight.

What really matters for the teams and fans is that the victor of the Daytona 500 is nearly assured of a place in the 10-race Chase at the end of the season to compete for the playoffs championship. Tony Stewart has retired as a driver, but remains as one of the team owners of Stewart-Haas Racing.

"I don't know what I could have done differently", he said.

The 25-year-old LaJoie will drive the No. 83 Toyota in only his third career Cup start and first since 2014. "It certainly wasn't on goal", said Lajoie, himself a second-generation racer (dad Randy was a two-time Busch Series champ in the '90s).

"We're probably just shy of 200 around here, so basically double", Buescher said of the speed of a race vehicle.

He tagged along as a kid with his dad to Daytona, though he found navigating the infield trickier than the track.

The 21-year-old son of two-time Daytona 500 victor Bill Elliott re-took the lead of the race with just over 20 laps to go and held off far more experienced chargers like Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray to take the victory. "We led the most laps, and we were the fastest vehicle". Covington said the brand contracts as many as 100 women at any given time to represent the Monster Energy logos.

"I obviously hope the race goes better this time than it did past year", he said, reports Fox Sports.

"I didn't want to be sipping margaritas on the beach on Sunday. But I'd probably wreck my mom if she was in that spot when I was trying to get into the Daytona 500". My doctor is [an expert], and when I have concerns or questions, I go to him.

"Unless our strategy is, 'We've got them right where we want them; they don't even know we're here, ' then we might be in a little bit of trouble on this one", Waltrip said. These young drivers, they go, 'OK.' It's kind of no big deal to those guys. Timmy Hill would fail to qualify, leaving DJ Kennington to join Corey LaJoie, Brendan Gaughan, and Elliott Sadler as the non-chartered qualifiers for the 2017 Daytona 500.

The last time the pole was won three years in a row was 1985-7, and Bill Elliott was at the wheel, with his brother, Ernie Elliott, as crew chief. He got it by earning the first of the two races. "Obviously, I wish I could have got a hug from him and everything had have turned out different, but that's just not the way it was meant to be".

It was Earnhardt's first race in his return from a concussion that caused him to miss the second half of last season. "I've been coming here since I was a kid, so every time we talk about coming to Daytona, I get a big smile on my face, which is insane, but that's racing".

"The hard part's over".

"We're doing things to make the sport better on television", Johnson said this week.

Logano comes to this Daytona 500 already familiar with the winner's circle this season. In its conundrum of a new racing format for the 2017 season, NASCAR introduced points to the Duels for the first time since 1971. HMS driver Jimmie Johnson won his NASCAR record-tying seventh championship in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series last November.

Elliott, the son of Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, now will look to see how he and his auto hold up during a much longer race with a star-studded field, including 2016 Daytona 500 victor Denny Hamlin and two-time victor

And you're definitely out of the driving mainstream when you have time to come up with ideas to better the sport like putting brake lights on race cars and making their roofs a uniform color with large, plain numbering on that palette, so he can tell the cars apart.

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