Predicting A Winner At Daytona Takes More Luck Than Ever

This past February, all of we NASCAR fans were treated to the biggest surprise that the sport as a whole as ever seen as Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500 in his first attempt and his second start overall tying Jamie McMurray for that feat when he won UAW-GM Quality 500 in 2002.

[media-credit name=”David Yeazell” align=”alignright” width=”281″][/media-credit]As we come to the Coke Zero 400, what are some things we need to look out for and what are some things that we shouldn’t look out for? Well, #1 would be Michael Waltrip because he isn’t racing this weekend. That will bring a sigh of relief to many drivers as he caused two wrecks that day including the one that took out most of the top contenders. 2. A person who usually wins a lot. This race will come down to the wire and you never know who will win until that one car crosses the finish line. Sure, Johnson won at Talladega, but that was just luck.

Another thing we used to see at just Talladega and now appears in both is hanging out in the back until a certain amount of laps to go. Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson are pretty notorious for doing so and in 2007 they got the job done at Talladega. However; you can’t lose your draft partner otherwise it’s going to be a long night for many Sprint Cup Series drivers.

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I know that I talked about surprises, but I’ll have to pick the driver who has the most momentum coming into Daytona. It is a toss up between Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch, but I have to go with the 24. Reason? He’s actually won a plate race and Busch hasn’t yet, but who knows! Busch may surprise me, but it takes experience and strategy to win this race! Who are you guys picking? Comment below!

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