DAYTONA COASTLINE, Fla. — After a week of prep work, motorists will certainly band right into NASCAR Cup Series race automobiles Sunday mid-day as well as begin the period with supply auto auto racing’s greatest occasion, the Daytona 500.
The stories bordering the 63rd operating of The Great American Race at Daytona Int’l Speedway are virtually also various to count.
New possession by internationally-known super stars will certainly debut in the Cup Series, headlined by NBA tale Michael Jordan as well as Grammy Award-winning rap artist Pitbull, that will certainly debut as co-owners for 23XI Racing as well as Trackhouse Racing Team, specifically.
Denny Hamlin will certainly chase his record-setting 3rd successive Daytona 500 success, attempting to connect Cale Yarborough for 2nd on the listing of all-time success in the historical occasion with his 4th win generally. Richard Petty won 7 Daytona 500s.
Austin Dillon, the 2018 Daytona 500 victor, will certainly attempt to supply a Daytona 500 victory for Richard Childress Racing twenty years after the group left Daytona Beach grieving the fatality of seven-time Cup Series champ Dale Earnhardt.
And Kyle Larson will certainly make his highly-publicized go back to NASCAR Cup Series auto racing with Hendrick Motorsports, 10 months after making use of a racial slur in a streamed esports occasion cost him his work with Chip Ganassi Racing as well as brought about Larson assembling a period for the ages in dirt-track competitors.
But via all the stories that have actually been discussed advertisement nauseam throughout Daytona Speedweeks, one subject has actually flown under the radar that might well choose the victor of the legendary Harley J. Earl Trophy: producer partnerships.
Like it has for almost the previous years, group as well as producer positionings are anticipated to play a critical component in the result of the Daytona 500, with Ford, Chevrolet as well as Toyota competitors authorities all conference with their motorists throughout the week as well as designing prepare for success on NASCAR’s greatest phase.
It’s a technique that initially got to significant importance in 2016, when Joe Gibbs Racing as well as Furniture Row Racing’s Toyota groups controlled the closing laps of The Great American Race prior to clearing up the last lap amongst themselves, with Hamlin pounding Martin Truex Jr. in a picture surface for his very first 500 win.
Ever given that, Cup Series motorists have actually listened to the concept, “Help the brand you drive for,” taught over and over again throughout the lead-up to the 4 superspeedway races on the schedule.
However, that line tackles a lot more indicating on race day for the Daytona 500, which has actually yearly paid greater than $1 million to the victor as well as made tales of the motorists that have actually parked in success lane.
Toyota-backed young weapon Christopher Bell has actually been with the marque for his whole expert occupation in motorsports, as well as thinks the Toyotas in the area will certainly “try to stick together” when they can.
“I think it’s going to be a big part of what you see on Sunday, but I think when it gets to the end of the race, we’re going to all be out for each other and trying to get to victory lane ourselves,” kept in mind Bell. “There’s no doubt that sticking together as a team will help us out the course of the race and keep us up front a little bit, but it’s not going to solely be what decides the outcome, I don’t think.”
Bell understands the numbers aren’t always in Toyota’s support, with just 5 Camrys in the area contrasted to 18 Chevrolet Camaros as well as 17 Ford Mustangs, yet he’s confident that won’t matter as much “when it’s every man for themselves” coming towards the checkered flag.
“The numbers don’t work in our favor. We only have five cars in the field, so we don’t have a lot of depth, but I do think we have a lot of strength,” Bell claimed. “We saw that through practice in the draft, and we’ll see what happens at the end of the 500. The biggest thing for me is going to be trying to finish the race and get all the way to the checkered flag this time (after crashing out last year).”
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