Field Set For Daytona 500
The Daytona 500 field is now set. Last night, drivers competed in the Can-Am Duel at Daytona; two 60 lap races that would determine the starting positions for Sunday's Daytona 500.
In the first race, it took a pass with 5 laps to go by Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Denny Hamlin that propelled him to the win. Earnhardt Jr. now starts 3rd for the big race directly behind rookie teammate and pole-sitter Chase Elliot.
The second race featured a bit of drama. With 2 laps to go a wreck involving Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr., and Matt Kenseth had big implications on starting position for the 500. All three will start at the rear of the field on Sunday. Kenseth was slated to start second, but moving to a back-up car would force him to start in the back. Reigning champion Kyle Busch would go on to win the second race.
The favorites for Sunday really come down to a handful of drivers. Earnhardt Jr. is the hands-down favorite, but Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, and Jimmie Johnson all look to be near the front at some point.