Feb 24 2014
THE DAYTONA 500 – NASCAR's Superbowl 2014

56th Daytona 500Anticipation is high for fans and drivers alike as we are less than an hour away from the start of the 2014 Daytona 500, also known as “The Great American Race”, and NASCAR’s Superbowl.  There are many team changes, rule changes, and new faces; but one thing remains the same…this is the Daytona 500…the one race every driver wants to win.

The green flag is scheduled to drop at 1:20 PM EST on FOX, as 43 drivers put the pedal to the metal around the 2.5-mile trioval superspeedway, all edging themselves closer to the first position.  But before they get the command to fire those engines, let’s take a quick look at the line-up.

2014 Daytona 500 Starting Line-up…

  1.   #3 – Austin Dillon* – Dow Chevrolet, Richard Childress Daytona 500Racing
  2. #78 – Martin Truex Jr. – Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing
  3. #20 – Matt Kenseth – Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing
  4. #11 – Denny Hamlin – Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing
  5.   #5 – Kasey Kahne – Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports
  6. #24 – Jeff Gordon – Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports
  7.   #9 – Marcos Ambrose – Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports
  8. #41 – Kurt Busch – Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing
  9. #88 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports
  10. #27 – Paul Menard – Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing
  11. #98 – Josh Wise – Ford, Phil Parsons RacingDaytona 500 DriversDaytona 500 Drivers
  12. #33 – Brian Scott – Chevrolet, Circle Sport Racing
  13. #43 – Aric Almirola – Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports
  14. #21 – Trevor Bayne – Ford, Wood Brothers Racing
  15. #47 – AJ Allmendinger – Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing
  16. #42 – Kyle Larson* – Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing
  17. #38 – David Gilliland – Ford, Front Row Motorsports
  18. #40 – Landon Cassill – Chevrolet, Hillman Racing
  19. #31 – Ryan Newman – Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing
  20. #15 – Clint Bowyer – Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing
  21. #14 – Tony Stewart – Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing
  22.   #1 – Jamie McMurray – Chevrolet, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
  23. #26 – Cole Whitt* – Toyota, Swann Racing
  24. #32 – Terry Labonte – Ford, Go FAS Racing
  25. #16 – Greg Biffle – Ford, Roush Fenway Racing
  26. #52 – Bobby Labonte – Chevrolet, Daytona 500HScott Motorsports
  27. #10 – Danica Patrick – Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing
  28. #13 – Casey Mears – Chevrolet, Germain Racing
  29. #23 – Alex Bowman* – Toyota, BK Racing
  30. #99 – Carl Edwards – Ford, Roush Fenway Racing
  31. #55 – Brian Vickers – Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing
  32. #48 – Jimmie Johnson – Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports
  33.   #2 – Brad Keselowski – Ford, Penske Racing
  34. #17 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – Ford, Roush Fenway Racing
  35. #22 – Joey Logano – Ford, Team Penske
  36.   #7 – Michael Annett* – Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin RacingDaytona 500 Drivers
  37. #18 – Kyle Busch – Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing
  38.   #4 – Kevin Harvick – Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing
  39. #36 – Reed Sorenson – Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing
  40. #51 – Justin Allgaier* – Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports
  41. #30 – Parker Kligerman* – Toyota, Swan Racing
  42. #66 – Michael Waltrip – Toyota, Jay Robinson Racing
  43. #34 – David Ragan – Ford, Front Row Motorsports

(*) Rookies Eligible To Earn Points

Number 3 Car On The Pole At The Daytona 500…

Daytona 500 2014The #3 car driven by rookie Austin Dillon won the pole position for the Daytona 500, and will be leading the pack when the green flag waves. There has been a lot of mixed emotions among the fans, as this will be the first time in 13 years the #3 car has been on the racetrack since the death of the late great Dale Earnhardt Sr., who died on the last-lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.  Many fans would rather have seen the car number retired in Earnhardt’s memory, but in my opinion I believe Dale Earnhardt Sr. has a big ole smile on his face today, as the car he made so famous takes its rightful place on the racetrack.

Who Will Take The Checkered Flag?The Daytona 500

There are many factors that determine who will take the checkered flag at the Daytona 500 and this year will be no different.  From old school to new school styles of racing, experience, raw talent, pure luck, mechanical failures, pit road mistakes, and one of the biggest factors of all…wrecks…including “the big one”, it’s bound to be interesting. Will one of the 7 rookies in the field make a name for themselves by winning one of NASCAR’s most coveted races; or can one of the 8 past Daytona 500 Champions cross the finish line first as history repeats itself?  For now the story is still unwritten; but either way it will definitely be survival of the fittest, both physically and mechanically.

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